The aim of this module is to undertake a research project relating to a specific aspect of military aerospace and airworthiness.

This module is only offered as part of the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


  • Identify relevant areas of previous research, placing them in context with a research project and providing critical appraisal.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles and theories and articulate these through reasoned analysis and discussion.
  • Describe the background to an area of research, justify the research methodologies and discuss the main findings and conclusions in a viva voce examination.


  • Assess new research ideas, concepts or methodologies through the use of techniques such as experimentation, analytical models and numerical models.
  • Plan a research project with aims, objectives, risk assessment and time lines (with identification of critical path and contingencies).
  • Write a dissertation in a clear and concise manner with consideration given to the points above.

Core content

  • Execution of a research project under the supervision of one or more members of the academic staff.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

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