This course is specifically designed for those coming to study here at Shrivenham, particularly after a long break from academic studies. By taking this course, you will be able to refresh your knowledge and skills which will prepare you for an MSc.The programme includes two social or cultural visits.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationTen days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,700.

Course structure

A ten day with a mixture of lectures, practical exercises, diagnostics tests and the use of the virtual learning environment.

Core content

  • To provide opportunities to review a selection of topics from mathematics and engineering
  • To introduce the learners to some software tools in support of their learning
  • Algebra Refresher
  • Review of algebraic simplification; Logarithms; Solution of quadratic and cubic equations; Partial fractions; Complex numbers (Optional).
  • Calculus Refresher
  • Derivatives of basic functions; Higher derivatives; Product rule, quotient rule and chain rule; Implicit differentiation; Differentiating functions that are defined parametrically; Maxima and minima; Applications of differentiation; Integrals of basic functions; Evaluating definite integrals; Integration by parts; Integration by substitution; Integration using partial fractions; Integration using trigonometric identities; Miscellaneous exercises.
  • Review of Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Review of Electrical Communications
  • Introduction to MATLAB – Basic; Matrix algebra; Plot functions – 2D and 3D; Writing a simple user-defined function; Simple numerical tasks – zeros of a function, definite integrals; Generating reports
  • Introduction to Geogebra – define functions; interactive graphs; simple use of  Computer-Aided Algebra System 
  • Tips on Academic Writing; Bibliographic citation tools

Who should attend

Suitable for all applicants who hold offers for MSc's in Science or Technology based capabilities.


Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

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

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.