The space sector contributes £13.7bn per annum to the UK economy alone, and space activity across Europe and the world continues to thrive. There is a continuing need for talented employees with a good understanding of spacecraft systems engineering, coupled with a broad range of technical skills. Evolving constantly since 1987, this course has prepared graduates for highly successful careers in the space sector.




Overview

  • Start dateOctober
  • DurationOne year full-time, two-five years part-time (by extended thesis)
  • DeliveryTaught modules 25%, Group project 30%, Individual research project 45%
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

Suitable for graduates in engineering, physics or mathematics, this course will prepare you for a career in this exciting field, from earth observation to planetary exploration, launch vehicles to spacecraft operations, and much more.

Why this course?

This Masters is highly respected around the world, and many of our students obtain employment/research offers in the space sector before the course finishes. We encourage interaction between our students and potential employers at events such as the Group Design Project industry presentation, dedicated interview days, and Alumni Conferences. In many space companies and agencies within Europe you will find our former graduates, some in very senior positions. Many of them continue to contribute to the course, forming a valuable network of contacts for those entering the industry and this course will equip you with the skills required to join them in a successful career in industry or research.

This course is also available on a part-time basis for individuals who wish to study whilst remaining in full-time employment. Cranfield University is well located for part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of support services for off-site students. This enables students from around the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.

Informed by Industry

The course is directed by an Industrial Advisory Panel comprising senior representatives from leading space and associated sectors. This group makes sure that the course content equips you with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers.

The Industrial Advisory Panel includes:

  • Mr Andrew Bradford, Director of Engineering, SSTL
  • Dr John Hobbs, ex-EADS Astrium
  • Dr Adam Baker, Newton Launch Systems Ltd
  • Mr Steve Eckersley, EADS Astrium
  • Mr Richard Lowe, Group Manager, EO Systems and Operations, Telespazio Vega.

Your teaching team

You will be taught by a small team of dedicated space engineering specialists, including:

Previous sponsors of their work include UK research councils, the European Commission, the Royal Society British National Space Centre, and the European Space Agency.

Knowledge gained working with our clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry.

The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice. In recent years, our students have received lectures from industry speakers including:

  • Professor M Rycroft, International Space University
  • Professor B Parkinson, EADS Astrium
  • Dr S Hardacre, EADS Astrium, and
  • Various external speakers from UK Space Agency.

Accreditation

The MSc in Astronautics & Space Engineering is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements of Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.


Course details

The taught programme for the Astronautics and Space Engineering masters is generally delivered from October to September. A range of core modules allows you to gain a firm grounding in space engineering before opting for specialist modules to build your knowledge in a certain area.

Group project

This is a space mission design study conducted in teams of 10-15 students. It typically takes place from September to April and is assessed by written reports and presentations. It emphasises space systems engineering methodologies, and is designed to prepare our graduates for the project-based working environment often found in space companies and agencies. The topics chosen for the project are strongly influenced by industry.

Recent Group projects have included:

  • Asteroid Sample Return
  • Titan Exploration Mission
  • European Data Relay Satellite System.

Our part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.

Watch a past presentation video to give you a taster of our innovative and exciting group projects (YouTube).

Individual project

The individual research project is the largest single component of the course typically taking place between April and August. It allows you to develop specialist skills in an area of your choice by taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical experience. A list of suggested topics is provided, and includes projects proposed by academic staff and industry.

Recent Individual Research Projects have included:

  • Thermal Analysis of a Google Lunar X-Prize Rover
  • Cubesat Ground Station Implementation
  • Responsive Space and Concurrent Engineering
  • Space Suit Performance During Seat Ingress/Egress
  • Radar Data Simulation for Soil Moisture Estimation.

Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.



Assessment

Taught modules 25%, Group project 30%, Individual research project 45%

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Astrodynamics and Mission Analysis

Module Leader
  • Dr Joan Pau Sanchez Cuartielles
Aim

    To provide a critical understanding of the basic principles of Astrodynamics and Mission Analysis and of their application to typical mission analysis problems.

Syllabus

    Astrodynamics - Keplerian orbital motion

    • Newton’s Law of Gravitation.
    • Equations of Motion for a two body system.
    • Motion in a Central Field. Conic Sections.
    • The Geometry of the Ellipse. Kepler's Laws.
    • The Position-Time Problem.
    • The Energy Integral.
    • The Satellite Orbit in Space.

    Astrodynamics - Orbit Perturbations. 

    • Variation of Parameters.
    • Perturbations Caused by Earth Oblateness.
    • Perturbations Caused by a Third Body.
    • Triaxiality Perturbations.

    Mission analysis

    • Orbit Selection for Mission Design.
    • Hohmann Transfer and Inclinations Changes.
    • Hyperbolic Passage.
    • Patched Conics Interplanetary trajectories.
Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this module the student should :

  • Be able to apply appropriate techniques to solve a range of practical astrodynamics and mission analysis problems
  • Be able to describe widely used orbit types and their applications, and evaluate the perturbations on these orbits
  • Be able to plan impulsive orbital manoeuvres to achieve mission design requirements.

Space Systems Engineering

Module Leader
  • Dr Jennifer Kingston
Aim

    To demonstrate how to develop the design of a space system, from the initial mission objective, through requirements definition, concept development and trade-off, and through to a baseline design.

Syllabus
    • Brief history & context: Background to the development of space, agencies, funding, future missions.
    • Introduction to space system design methodology: requirements, trade-off analysis, design specifications, system budgets.
    • Spacecraft sub-systems design: Structure & configuration; Power, the power budget and solar array and battery sizing; Communications and the link budget; Attitude determination and control; Orbit determination and control; Thermal control.
    • Mission and payload types Spacecraft configuration: examples of configuration of spacecraft designed for various mission types; case study.
    • Introduction to cost engineering.
    • Space and Spacecraft Environment: Radiation, vacuum, debris, spacecraft charging, material behaviour and outgassing.
    • Assembly, Integration and Test processes; Launch campaign; Space mission operations.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Establish quantitative mission requirements.
2. Characterise the mission design drivers and identify solution options at system and subsystem level.
3. Evaluate the performance of options by means of a trade-off analysis.
4. Produce a baseline system definition, with appropriate engineering budgets.
5. Outline a programme plan to verify the system performance.

Space Propulsion

Module Leader
  • Dr Joan Pau Sanchez Cuartielles
Aim
    To provide an understanding of the thermofluid dynamic concepts underlying rocket and air-breathing space propulsion and of their implications for launch vehicle and spacecraft system performance and design.

Syllabus
    Introduction: The interactions between propulsion system, mission & spacecraft design.

    Launch Vehicle Performance: Mission requirements, Vehicle dynamics, Tsiolkovski rocket equation, Launch vehicle sizing & multi-staging, Illustrative launcher performance (Scout, Ariane, Shuttle programmes) - launch site / range safety constraints, Geostationary orbit acquisition.
    .
    Expendable Launch Vehicles - Current Options: Vehicle design summaries, Orbital transfer vehicles, Comparative launch costs, Reusable launchers.

    Propulsion Fundamentals:
    Systems classification, Nozzle flows, Off-design considerations (under/over-expanded flows), Thermochemistry.

    Space Propulsion Systems and Performance: Propellants and combustion, Solid and liquid propellant systems, Engine cycles: Spacecraft propulsion - orbit raising, station-keeping and attitude control, Propellant management at low-g - alternative storage and delivery systems: Electric propulsion, Separately-powered rocket performance, Low thrust manoeuvres, Thruster concepts and configurations.

    Air-Breathing Propulsion for Launcher Applications:
    Motivation, Concepts and Mach number Constraints : Ramjet cycle analysis - implications of alternative fuels, intake design, Supersonic combustion, Air liquefaction cycles, Future trends in launcher configuration

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding the constraints imposed by launch vehicle performance & operation on mission analysis.
2. Be able to perform preliminary mission design studies which accommodate the capabilities of the major launch systems currently available.
3. Be able to use one-dimensional gas dynamic relationships to perform initial propulsion system design point and off-design calculations.
4. Be familiar with the principal options for propulsion system design in relation to both boosters and secondary spacecraft propulsion, and to be able to assess critically their relative strengths in a range of mission applications.
5. Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the determining factors in high speed flows which constrain the application of air-breathing propulsion to space launcher applications and the current responses to the technical challenges posed.

Space Communications

Module Leader
  • Dr Jennifer Kingston
Aim
    To provide an overview of data handling on-board spacecraft and of current approaches to communications between spacecraft and the Earth for telemetry and for spacecraft payloads. Issues of particular relevance to system design are highlighted.
Syllabus
    • Overview of Satellite communications
    • Communications link, Signal to Noise Ratio, Modulation
    • Multiplexing
    • Compression and Error coding
    • Analogue to Digital Conversion
    • Satellite repeaters
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Understand and describe the key features of different satellite communications systems.
2. Understand the modulation and multiplexing processes and the different techniques used.
3. Calculate system noise and error rates.
4. Calculate the capacity of a communication channel.
5. Describe different antenna types, characteristics and applications.
6. Compare different multiple access methods.
7. Calculate a link budget and its constituent elements.
8. Describe different methods of error detection and correction, and data encoding.

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Control Systems

Module Leader
  • Dr James Whidborne
Aim

    To provide knowledge of the fundamentals of control engineering for the analysis and design of control systems in aerospace applications.

Syllabus
    • Feedback control system characteristics
    • Control system performance
    • Stability of Linear Feedback Systems
    • Root locus method
    • Frequency response method
    • Nyquist stability
    • Classical controller design
    • State variable controller design
    • Robust control
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Understand the stability, characteristics and behaviour of single-input single-output feedback control systems
  • Design compensators for single-input single-output systems
  • Use modern PC-based CAD software as an aid in the solution of control engineering problems and design of control systems using classical methods
  • Recognise the advantages and limitations of feedback and understand the importance of robustness.

Finite Element Analysis

Module Leader
  • Dr Ioannis Giannopoulos
Aim

    The course is aimed at giving potential Finite Element USERS basic understanding of the inner workings of the method.

    The objective is to introduce users to the terminology, basic numerical and mathematical aspects of the method. This should help students to avoid some of the more common and important user errors, many of which stem from a "black box" approach to this technique. Some basic guidelines are also given on how to approach the modelling of structures using the Finite Element Method.


Syllabus
    • Background to Finite Element Methods (FEM) and applicability to different situations.
    • Illustration of basics of FEM using the Direct Stiffness method to define both terminology and theoretical approach.
    • Introduction to FE modelling: Idealisation, Discretisation, Meshing. ‘Do’s and don’ts’ of modelling. Potential Energy methods for structures and their use in Finite Elements.
    • FE method for continua illustrated with membrane and shell elements.
    • Accuracy considerations: higher order elements, isoparametric elements.
    • The role of numerical integration and methods used in FE.
    • Problems of large systems of equations for FE, and solution methods. Sub structuring.
    • The SAFESA approach for tracking and controlling errors in a finite element analysis.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Understand the underlying principles and key aspects of practical application of FEA to structural problems.
2. Understand the main mathematical and numerical aspects of the element formulations for 1D, 2D and 3D elements.
3. Build and analyse finite element models based on structural and continuum elements with proper understanding of limitations of the FEM.
4. Interpret results of the analyses and assess error levels.
5. Critically evaluate the constraints and implications imposed by the finite element method.
6. Extend their knowledge and skills to the FE analysis of more complex structures on their thesis work.

Design and Analysis of Composite Structures

Module Leader
  • Professor Shijun Guo
Aim

    To introduce the composite materials, manufacturing techniques and analysis methods for the design of aerospace composite structures.


Syllabus
    • Introduction; Types of composite materials, especially FRP composites;
    • Overview of composites manufacturing techniques;
    • Micromechanics and macro mechanics for stiffness and strength analysis of a FRP ply; Macro mechanics, constitutive equation, stiffness and strength analysis of a FRP laminate; Thermal and moisture residual stresses in a FRP laminate;
    • Stress analysis of an open section FRP composite structure subjected to various loadings;
    • Stress analysis of a closed section FRP composite structure subjected to various loadings;
    • Design guidelines and examples for composite structure design and analysis;
    • Computer programmes for laminate stress, buckling of laminate and stiffened skin and
    • sandwich panels with FRP composite facing skins.

    The classroom assignment on composite manufacturing techniques will take place towards the end of this module. The date and time will be confirmed by the tutor. The assignment is a one hour written paper that will take place in the classroom under exam conditions. This assignment is formally assessed and is worth 25% of the marks available for this module.

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key features and particular properties of composite materials, especially fibre reinforced plastics (FRP).
2. Understand modern manufacturing techniques for aerospace composite structures.
3. Apply analytical methods for the evaluation of moisture and thermal effects on a FRP laminate.
4. Demonstrate an ability to predict the buckling behaviour of laminate plates and sandwich panels through the application of analytical techniques and data sheets.
5. Evaluate a FRP laminate based on stiffness and stress analysis failure criteria techniques using PC-Based software.
6. Perform stress analysis of laminated composite structures with open and closed sections subjected to various loadings.
7. Extend their knowledge and skills to the design and analysis of more complex composite structures on the Group Design Project.

Multivariable Control Systems for Aerospace Applications

Module Leader
  • Dr James Whidborne
Aim
    The course is structured with 20 hours lecture time, a 2 hour revision tutorial and 8 hours PC lab based practical design work. The theory is delivered in lectures and class discussions. The lectures are supported by tutorial problems to consolidate their fundamental knowledge and understanding. Knowledge of the application of the methods to industrially relevant practical problems is through the PC based labs, where the students also learn the computational software that aid the design and analysis of modern robust control methods.
Syllabus
    Multivariable System Analysis
    • Multivariable linear systems theory
    • System realizations
    • Controllability, observability and canonical forms
    • Size of signals and systems

    Multivariable Control System Design
    • System interconnection and feedback
    • Optimal linear quadratic control and estimation
    • Uncertainty and conditions for robustness
    • H-infinity optimal control
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Analyse the stability, robustness and performance of multivariable aerospace control systems.
2. Design robust and optimal feedback control systems using state variable techniques using MATLAB.
3. Recognise the advantages and limitations of optimal feedback control.

Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control

Module Leader
  • Dr Joan Pau Sanchez Cuartielles
Aim

    To provide an introduction to spacecraft kinematics and dynamics, focussing on rigid body dynamics and control of Earth orbiting satellites.


Syllabus
    Overview:
    • How does spacecraft dynamics relate to satellite control problem?
    • AOCS (Attitude & Orbit Control Sub-system) design process
    • Interactions with other sub-systems
    • Control loop representation

    Kinematics:
    • Attitude representation: Euler angles, Euler parameters (quaternions)
    • Common reference frames (inertial, orbit referenced)
    • Transformation between reference frames
    • Small angle linearisation (reduction of 3dof control problem to 1dof)

    Rigid body dynamics:
    • Euler's equations for rigid bodies
    • Axisymetric spacecraft & free-body dynamics
    • Disturbance torques

    Application to spacecraft control:
    • Simulating spacecraft free-body kinematics & dynamics in MATLAB
    • Sensor basics (sun sensors, star trackers, rate sensors)
    • Actuator basics (thrusters, reaction wheels)
    • Rate control of rigid body spacecraft
    • Attitude control of 3-axis stabilised spacecraft

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

1. Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the dynamics and kinematics of rotational motion of spacecraft
2. Be able to apply appropriate techniques to solve a range of practical spacecraft dynamics and control problems

Aerospace Navigation and Sensors

Module Leader
  • Dr Stephen Hobbs
Aim
    The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the principles of aerospace navigation systems based on inertial sensors and satellite navigation as well as to provide an introduction to the principles of sensor fusion, system integration and error analysis and prediction.
Syllabus
    GNSS and INS

    • Introduction (1 hour)
    Overview of navigation principles, typical applications; axis systems and projections (1 hour)
    • Inertial Navigation Systems (3 hours)
    Principles of inertial navigation; accelerometers, gyroscopes, specific technologies such as Ring Laser Gyros; Axis transformations and mechanisation of IN equations; Errors in inertial navigation, Schuler loop tuning, INS modelling & aiding
    • GNSS (6 hours)
    Development history: GNSS, GPS, GLONASS, EGNOS, Galileo; GPS system architecture (ground, space, user segments); Code (CDMA) and carrier techniques; signal processing (correlation), integer ambiguities; Error sources (natural, other); Augmentation: differential GPS (local, wide area), other sensors (e.g. INS); Applications / issues: user groups (aviation, space), integrity (RAIM), accuracy, reliability

    Sensors and Data Fusion

    • Error Characteristics of Aircraft Sensors, INS, GPS, VOR, DME (2 lectures)
    • Random Signals And Random Processes (1 lecture)
    • Measurement In Noise (1 lecture)
    • Error Analysis (2 lectures)
    • Discrete Kalman Filter (2 lectures)
    • Case Study: Barometric Aiding For INS (1 lecture)
    • Case Study: GPS models (1 lecture)

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

GNSS and INS:
1. Explain and discuss the roles of inertial and satellite navigation in aerospace.
2. Explain and discuss inertial navigation principles, error sources, and aerospace applications.
3. Explain and discuss satellite navigation principles, error sources, applications and key issues.

Sensors and Data Fusion:
4. Explain the principles of data acquisition systems and design a basic system.
5. Design and implement a simple Kalman filter to process measurements and estimate position, velocity, etc.
6. Appreciate the design methods using to integrate aerospace navigation systems.


Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.


MSc Full-time £11,250
MSc Part-time £11,250 *
  • * Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A non-refundable deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee.  Home/EU Students will pay a £500 deposit.  Overseas Students will pay a £1,000 deposit.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

MSc Full-time £23,000
MSc Part-time £23,000 *
  • * Fees can be paid in full up front, or in equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A non-refundable deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee.  Home/EU Students will pay a £500 deposit.  Overseas Students will pay a £1,000 deposit.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding Opportunities

To help students find and secure appropriate funding, we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)
Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering.


Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England
A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Santander MSc Scholarship
The Santander Scholarship at Cranfield University is worth £5,000 towards tuition fees for full-time master's courses. Check the scholarship page to find out if you are from an eligible Santander Universities programme country.

Chevening Scholarships
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s at Cranfield university. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)
The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries
Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Future Finance Student Loans
Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent, in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline.

In general, our intake comes from both a physics and engineering background. Students from other sciences, mathematics, or computing backgrounds are welcome to apply and we will consider applications on a case by case basis.

Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

IELTS Academic – 6.5 overall
TOEFL – 92
Pearson PTE Academic – 65
Cambridge English Scale – 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency – C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.


Your career

Cranfield University is heavily supported by the space industry in the UK. Many of these companies provide case study lectures, concepts and thesis topics for the individual research projects, and some actively support the group design projects. They also provide a guide to the content of the course, so they are confident that Cranfield are training people with the industry skills employers require.

As a result, our graduates are regularly recruited by organisations including EADS Astrium, SSTL, Vega, ABSL, Tessella, OHB, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the European Space Agency in roles including Systems Engineer, Spacecraft Operations Engineer, Thermal Analyst and Space Robotics Engineer. We arrange company visits and interview days with key employers.

If your interests lie in research, many former students have gone on to pursue PhDs at Cranfield and other universities.

How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

Decision rounds in 2019 

Due to the competitive nature of this programme, decisions are made in rounds, as we receive a high volume of applications.

All applications received by Friday 2 November 2018 will be considered in the first round and you will receive a confirmed decision by Friday 30 November 2018

If you submit your application by 07:30am UK time on Friday 4 January 2019, you will be considered in the second round and will receive a confirmed decision on your application by Friday 8 February 2019.

Application received after Friday 4 January 2019 and by Friday 8 March 2019 will be considered in the third round and will receive a confirmed decision on your application by Friday 29 March 2019.

Applications received after Friday 8 March 2019 and by 17 May 2019 will be considered in the fourth round of decisions and you will receive a confirmed decision on your application by 14 June 2019.

Any applications received after 17 May 2019 will be put on a waiting list and will be considered should places become available.