The Guided Weapon Systems MSc is a flagship Cranfield course and has an outstanding reputation within the Guided Weapons community.  The course meets the requirements of all three UK armed services and is also open to students from NATO countries, Commonwealth forces, selected non-NATO countries, the scientific civil service and industry.

Overview

  • Start dateSeptember
  • DurationMSc: 11 months full-time, up to five years part-time. PgDip : Up to 11 months full-time, up to four years part-time. PgCert: Up to 11 months full-time, up to 3 years part-time
  • DeliveryThis varies from module to module but comprises a mixture of oral examinations, written examinations, informal tests, assignments, syndicate presentations and an individual thesis
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield University at Shrivenham

Who is it for?

This course is an essential pre-requisite for many specific weapons postings in the UK and overseas forces. It also offers an ideal opportunity for anyone working in the Guided Weapons industry to get a comprehensive overall understanding of all the main elements of guided weapons systems.

It typically attracts 12 students per year, mainly from UK, Canadian, Australian, Chilean, Brazilian and other European forces.

Why this course?

The main objective of the Guided Weapon Systems course is to bring together the wide variety of disciplines constituting guided weapon systems technology and to present them in an integrated manner. It takes you on to an understanding of the principles of guided weapon systems technology and all interrelated and multi-disciplinary facets involved with the complete systems design process.

The course structure is modular in nature with each module conducted at a postgraduate level. The interactions between modules are emphasised throughout. A comprehensive suite of visits to industrial and services establishments consolidates the learning process, ensuring the taught subject matter is directly relevant and current.

Informed by Industry

The industry advisory panel consists of the main services customers:

  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Air Force
  • Army

and a variety of industry contacts:

  • Dstl
  • Roxel
  • Thales
  • MBDA

Accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.  Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.



Engineering Council accredited degree

Course details

The course comprises a taught phase and an individual project. The taught phase is split into three main phases: Part One (Theory), Part Two (Applications), Part Three (Systems).

Individual project

Each student has to undertake an research project on a subject related to an aspect of guided weapon systems technology. It will usually commence around January and finish with a dissertation submission and oral presentation in mid-July.

Assessment

This varies from module to module but comprises a mixture of oral examinations, written examinations, informal tests, assignments, syndicate presentations and an individual thesis

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

Introductory and Foundation Studies

Aim

    To provide the students with the necessary background knowledge and information to be able to successfully complete the remainder of the course.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to GW: Terminology, fundamental technology and examples
    • Library Induction: Library services
    • IT, Computer & FLSC Services: Email accounts, Moodle, Turnitin, etc
    • Maths: Differentiation, integration, complex numbers, matrices, differential equations, Laplace transforms
    • Matlab & Simulink: Introduction and worked examples.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the Library, IT and FLSC services at Shrivenham
  • Understand the basic terminology involved with the wide variety of GW systems in service today
  • Be acquainted with some of the mathematical methods and techniques used in many of the later modules.

Electro-Optics and Infrared Systems 1

Module Leader
  • Dr David James
Aim

    To introduce the student to the field of Electro-Optics (EO) and Infrared (IR) technology and give an understanding the underlying principles. To give an appreciation of the likely future advances in the technology and the importance of EO/IR technology in the wider defence system.

Syllabus

    Simple radiometry and power calculations
    Signature generation (solid and gaseous)
    Contrast
    Atmospheric effects
    Optical systems
    Detector type (thermal, photon, one and two dimensional arrays, fibre sensors)
    Cooling requirements
    Detector performance characteristics
    Simple electronic processing
    Display options
    EO/IR seeker systems
    Countermeasures (including stealth) 
    Counter-countermeasures
    Digital image processing

     

     

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

Describe EO/IR systems and the underlying principles and technology
Analyse the significance of the EO/IR system in the defence context
Assess the performance of EO/IR systems



Radar Principles

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the fundamental principles, design and analysis of advanced radar systems.

Syllabus
    • Introduction: comparison with other sensors, frequency bands, relationship between size, wavelength and range ,target data, historical notes
    • Radar detection theory: radar range equation, Pd, Pfa and SNR relationships, FAR, No. hits, Integration (quadrature detection)
    • Pulsed Radar Parameters: PRF, pulse width, duty ratio, peak and average powers, min range, eclipsing, max unambiguous range, low PRF, spectrum of pulsed radar, signal bandwidth, matched reception, range resolution. Search radar application
    • Losses: effect of clear air, precipitation, multipath; Losses associated with radar system, including the antenna (beam-shape loss)
    • CW and FM ranging: The Doppler effect, Doppler sensing, clutter rejection, Doppler filtering/velocity gating. Two phase linear saw-tooth modulation, ranging, effect of Doppler, velocity and range measurement. Missile seeker
    • Radar cross-section: principal factors; surface reflection effects; forms of scattering; echo mechanisms; variation of RCS with angle; typical values; Swerling models
    • Pulse compression: frequency coding (FMOP); Phase coding (PMOP); matched filtering; range and velocity resolution; Compressed pulse width; Range-velocity coupling
    • Clutter: surface and volume backscatter coefficient; spatial and temporal variation; estimation of clutter return and signal-to-clutter ratio for volume and surface clutter; statistical description for clutter; clutter spectrum and de-correlation time
    • CFAR: Constant false alarm rate systems; Clutter statistics and CFAR performance
    • Pulse-doppler radar: principle of operation; clutter spectrum; characteristics of HPRF and MPRF systems; FMICW in range measurement; multiple PRFs in range measurement. Airborne early-warning radar: requirements; design drivers and solution; typical parameters. Battlefield surveillance radar: requirements; system design; unambiguous range and velocity measurement
    • MTI radar: System diagram; clutter rejection by single and double delay line cancellers; blind speed
    • GMTI: MTI from an airborne platform, target measurement accuracy in range and in angle; clutter Doppler spread Tracking Radar. Monopulse and conical scan angle- trackers; range and velocity gates for range and Doppler tracking; angle-tracking errors; track-while-scan systems; continuity tracking
    • Synthetic-aperture radar: Cross range resolution, unfocussed SAR, focussed SAR, array length, array processing, resolution, Doppler Beam
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Identify the principles underlying radar detection in noise and clutter, relating these principles to conventional radar system design
  • Explain the specialist properties and particular operational advantages of modern multi-function radar and SAR systems
  • Critically evaluate the detection performance of a radar system, given its design parameters
  • Produce a viable radar system design, given a suitable specification of the required radar performance
  • Generate and analyse radar waveforms and target echoes with Matlab.

GW Propulsion & Aerodynamics Theory

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the principles, concepts and techniques of GW propulsion and aerodynamics.

Syllabus

    Propulsion

    • Introduction: Descriptions of operating features of propulsion systems used for GW (solid and liquid propellant rockets, ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, pulsejets and ramrockets).
    • Thermodynamics: Definitions and properties, 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, steady flow energy equation.
    • Gas Dynamics: Conservation laws, isentropic flow relationships, duct flows (convergent and convergent-divergent nozzles), Mach number; normal and oblique shock wave properties.
    • Parameters: Thrust, specific impulse, effective exhaust velocity, specific propellant consumption, specific fuel consumption, efficiency (overall, thermal and propulsive).
    • Flight Mechanics: Range and velocity equations.
    • Rockets: Description and features, history, military applications, criteria of performance (thrust, specific impulse, total impulse, thrust coefficient, characteristic velocity, internal ballistics (combustion), burn rate, self-regulation, sensitivity, grain shapes (radial and end-burners).

    Aerodynamics

    • Fundamental Definitions: Fluids, fluid properties, basic equations, ISA.
    • Basic Fluid Dynamics: Streamlines and streamtubes, continuity equation, Bernoulli’s equation, pressure coefficient, airspeed measurement, isentropic flow
    • Basic Aerodynamics: Viscous flow, Reynolds number, boundary layers, lift and drag, force and moment coefficients, wind tunnel testing.
    • Origins of Lift: Aerofoil section and wing geometry, physical theory, circulation theory, pressure distributions, lift curves, 3-D lift, centre of pressure, aerodynamic centre.
    • Subsonic Drag: Profile drag, downwash, induced drag, drag reduction, winglets.
    • Compressible Flow: Subsonic and supersonic propagation of disturbances, von Karman’s rules of supersonic flow, sound waves, flows around convex and concave corners, Prandtl-Mayer expansion fans.
    • Transonic Flow: Prandtl-Glauert theory, sound barrier problems, supercritical wing sections.
    • Supersonic Flow: Ackeret theory, supersonic wing sections, drag breakdown, unswept supersonic wings, Subsonic.
    • Hypersonic Flow: Shock layers, entropy layers, viscous interaction, high temperature effects, low density effects, Newtonian flow model, X-15
    • General Aerodynamics: Supporting tutorials.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module a diligent student will be able to:

  • Comprehend the underlying principles of thermodynamics and gas dynamics, as applied to thermomechanical jet propulsion
  • Understand the operating features of military rocket systems and the parameters used to assess their performance
  • Apply the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and aerodynamics to subsonic and supersonic missile systems
  • Analyse the performance of a GW rocket motor.

GW Control Theory

Aim

    To provide students with an understanding of fundamentals of classical/modern control theory as a basic background of GW control and guidance.

Syllabus
    • Introduction: introduction to feedback control, control states and outputs of a dynamical system, control objectives.
    • Modelling: Laplace transform, open-loop transfer function, closed-loop transfer function, state-space modelling, block diagram algebra.
    • S-plane Analysis and Time Response: pole-zeros, properties of transfer functions, inverse Laplace transform, time response, steady-state error, Ruth-Hurwitz stability criterion.
    • Frequency Response: Bode diagrams, polar plots, Nyquist and inverse Nyquist diagram, Nyquist stability criterion, closed loop frequency response, relative stability: gain and phase margins, sensitivity analysis in the frequency domain.
    • Frequency Response – Case Study: loop analysis of feedback systems, frequency response performance criteria.
    • Root Locus: root loci plots, construction of root-locus, root locus design.
    • Compensation: lead compensation design, lag compensation design, lag-lead compensation design, PID compensation, compensation using Bode plots, pole placement.
    • Compensation – Case Study:performance specification and design approach, control design and analysis.
    • State Space: canonical transformations, controllability and observability, state feedback design




Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the control system fundamentals relevant to guided weapon systems.

 

Knowledge and Understanding:

 

  • Understand and apply the control theory for dynamical system modelling.
  • Understand the time and frequency response.
  • Understand the Laplace transform and state-space representation of dynamical systems.
  • Understand the frequency and root-loci methodologies for compensation design.

 Skill:

 

  • Apply the control theory to design compensators for dynamical systems.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate a control system performance

 




Signal Processing, Statistics and Analysis

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the subjects supporting the specialist modules and to provide them with the essential signal analysis and statistical tools used in the course.

Syllabus
    • Statistics and Noise: Probability, random variables, probability distributions, covariance, correlation. Noise sources, noise bandwidth, noise figure, noise temperature. Cascaded networks. Mathematical representation of noise
    • Analogue and Digital Signal Processing 1: Analogue methods used to describe, analyse and process signals and the behaviour of systems: Fourier and Laplace transforms, correlation and convolution, impulse response and transfer function.
    • Analogue and Digital Signal Processing 2: Matched filters, the z-transform. Advantages/ disadvantages of DSP, sampling and quantisation, digital filters, DFT and FFT, DSP applications in communications and radar.
    • Decision Theory: Hypothesis testing, probabilities of false alarm and detection, Bayesian systems, error probability and bit error rate, receiver operating characteristics. Bit-error rate lab demo.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Describe the signal processing methods commonly encountered in sensor, communications and EW systems
  • Evaluate the effect of randomly varying signals on the decision processing in sensor and communication systems
  • Identify and analyse signal and noise waveforms commonly encountered in communications, sensor and electronic warfare systems in the time and frequency domains
  • Analyse the detection performance of such systems.

GW Applications – Control & Guidance

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the principles, methods and design of guided weapon autopilot and guidance systems and the interaction between auto-pilot, guidance and other missile sub-systems.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to Missile Control and Guidance: Introduction to closed loop control applied to guided weapon guidance, classification of guidance methods, autopilots and guidance loop performance requirements. Interaction between control, guidance and other key GW sub-systems.
    • Control & Actuation Methods: Aerodynamic control methods, flight stability and control surface positioning. Thrust vector control (TVC), side thrusters and bonkers. Pneumatic hydraulic and electric actuation systems.
    • Missile Instrumentation: Control sensors, accelerometers, mechanical angle and rate gyroscopes, solid-state rate sensors, roll resolvers and altimeters.
    • Missile Dynamics & Autopilots: Heading and velocity control, missile lateral, roll and altitude dynamics. Lateral roll and altitude autopilots design and application of state space, root-locus and frequency response methods to autopilot design.
    • Homing Guidance: Active, semi-active and passive homing, homing guidance loop dynamics and kinematics. Proportional navigation (PN) type guidance and modern homing guidance algorithms. Guidance performance and sensitivity analysis.
    • Target Tracking: System and performance requirements, tracker loops and system type, multi-spectral sensors. Alpha-beta trackers and Kalman filters.
    • Command Guidance: Line-of-sight (LOS) systems, LOS-beam riders, command off the line-of-sight (COLOS), command guidance loop dynamics, kinematics and stability, LOS trajectories and coverage diagrams, augmented CLOS.
    • Navigation Guidance: Navigation guidance loop dynamics, kinematics and stability, inertial navigation and GPS integration, terrain reference systems, hybrid and compound guidance


Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Design roll, altitude and lateral autopilot systems using closed loop control methods.
  2. Design command, homing and navigation guidance systems using closed loop control methods.
  3. Describe interaction between guidance, control and other key GW sub-systems.

     

    Knowledge and Understanding:

  4. Understand the types of guidance techniques employed on modern guided weapons.
  5. Understand the key components of missile autopilots and types of autopilot required by various guidance systems.
  6. Understand the parametric relationship between guidance, control and other key guided weapon sub-systems

    Skill:

  7. Analyse and critically evaluate the performance of guided weapon guidance and autopilot systems.



GW Applications – Propulsion & Aerodynamics

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the principles, concepts and techniques of GW propulsion and aerodynamics.

Syllabus
    • GW Aerodynamics Applications: Weapon aerodynamics, aerofoil sections, swept wing, slender delta wings, bodies (axial and normal force), wing/body combinations, controls, missile trim and stability, aerodynamic derivatives, aerodynamic interactions, high angle of attack aerodynamics, aerodynamic heating and heat transfer.
    • GW Aerodynamics Applications - Weapon Aerodynamics: Supporting tutorials. Propulsion – Rocket Design: Mechanical design, rocket components (body, igniter, nozzle, inhibitors, insulators), thrust vector control methods. Propulsion – Rocket Propellants: Liquid propellants (cryogenic and hypergolics), solid propellants (double base and composite), modifiers and additives.
    • Propulsion - Gas Turbines: Introduction and history, operating principles, component design, thermodynamic cycle, engine performance.
    • Propulsion - Ramjets: Introduction and history, operating principles, component design, thermodynamic cycle, engine performance.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Comprehend the underlying principles of thermodynamics and gas dynamics, as applied to thermo-mechanical jet propulsion for rockets and air-breathers
  • Understand the operating features of military rocket systems and the parameters used to assess their performance
  • Appreciate the trade-offs involved between missile aerodynamic and propulsion design
  • Comprehend the aerodynamic design features adopted on modern missile designs
  • Apply the fundamental laws of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics to subsonic and supersonic missile systems
  • Analyse, using thermodynamics and gas dynamics theory, the performance of a GW powerplant (rocket motor, turbojet, turbofan, ramjet or scramjet)
  • Calculate the necessary parameters of propulsion system individual components to meet given overall design requirements
  • Calculate the aerodynamic characteristics of typical missile systems, as needed for subsequent stability and control analysis.

Radar Electronic Warfare

Module Leader
  • Ioannis Vagias
Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the principles, design and analysis of the electronic threats to radar systems and how radar systems may be protected.

Syllabus

    Radar ES: Operational use; Calculation of ES sensitivity; The radar/ES detection battle; The requirements for a quiet radar; The ES process; Observable parameters; Antenna configurations for AOA measurement; Probability of intercept; Intercept analysis; Signal Sorting
    Radar EA: Jamming techniques and strategies; SJNR calculations; range-gate and velocity-gate pull-off; angle deception against monopulse trackers; deception and decoy techniques; DRFMs
    Radar ED: Frequency and PRF agility; polarisation diversity; power management; sidelobe suppression; dual-band technique
    Low probability of intercept radar waveforms: Power management, wideband FM, PSK: pseudo-random phase coding (maximal length sequences), poly-phase coding (Frank, P1, 2, 3, 4 codes), FSK: frequency hopping (Costas sequences), hybrid approaches
    Jamming of SAR systems: Principles of SAR Jamming
    Anti-Radiation Missile Seekers: ARM operational modes and impact on seeker, monopulse seeker design, detection ranges, example designs

     

     



Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

 
Knowledge and Understanding 

• Use concepts of sensitivity, resolution and discrimination to establish the capabilities and applications of receivers used in ES
• Outline the various electronic attack and associated defence measures applicable to modern radar systems

Skills and Other Attributes

Identify the role and quantify the performance of a modern radar system, given suitable data regarding its transmissions
Select and assess appropriate electronic defence measures against specified threats, given an operational specification

 

 





Electro-Optics and Infrared Systems 2

Module Leader
  • Dr David James
Aim

    Increase the depth of knowledge in the field of EO/IR technology and give an understanding of the underlying principles. Give an appreciation of the likely future advances in the technology and the importance of this technology in the wider defence system.

Syllabus

    Advanced radiometry and power calculations
    Modulation transfer function
    Minimum resolvable temperature difference
    Advanced fibre sensors
    Advanced digital image processing
    Laser systems (principles and applications)
    Laser directed energy weapons
    Laser countermeasures
    Electro-Optic protection measures

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

Describe EO/IR systems and the underlying principles and technology
Analyse the significance of the EO/IR system in the defence context
Assess the performance of EO/IR systems


GW Warheads, Explosives and Materials

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the principles, concepts and techniques of various key facets of GW design, including explosives, warheads, materials and terminal effects.

Syllabus
    • Warheads: Introduction to the design of warheads in relation to the type of attacks; review of the characteristics of blast, fragmentation and shaped charges and their effects on the design of warheads; assessment of the effect of different warheads on various types of target; review of the explosives components and the safety and arming systems in guided weapons.
    • Explosives: Review of explosives suitable for warheads and of the various designs of a range of warheads; evaluation of the methods whereby a requirement for a lethal package may be translated into a design; calculation of the characteristics of explosives and high explosives.
    • Materials: Description of the main failure modes in materials in the guided weapon context; review on composite materials, steels, aluminium alloys and materials for radomes, airframes, nozzles and rocket motor insulation; exploration on the use of radar absorbing materials; description of the hydrodynamic behaviour of materials under high strain rates; review of the selection process of materials in guided weapons.
    • Terminal Effects: Selection of material’s mechanical and physical properties for both the missile and the warhead components.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, a diligent student will be able to:

  • Critically define the requirements for GW in terms of warheads, explosives and materials
  • Describe the importance of warheads and explosives within the context of guided weapon systems
  • Gain knowledge in materials, material properties and specific failure modes for guided weapon systems
  • Create the knowledge base for setting realistic acquisition requirements for the guided weapons in terms of warheads, explosives and materials
  • Evaluate the key terminal effects that relate to explosives, materials and warheads.

GW Structures, Aeroelasticity and Power Supplies

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of the principles, concepts and techniques of various facets of GW design, especially involving the key disciplines of structures, vibrations & aeroelasticity and power supplies.

Syllabus
    • Structures: Understand the basic principles of the stress and structural analysis of guided weapons, comprehend the various loading mechanisms acting on the structure, understand the rationale behind airframe design decisions, appreciate the role of operational requirements on airframe design, execute structural analyses of guided weapon airframes, produce a preliminary airframe design.
    • Missile Power Supplies: Understand the importance of Electrical Power Supplies (EPS) in a GW, explain the role of intelligent and performance enhancement of EPS for a Guided Weapon system, define the types of power generation and distribution for a Guided Weapon, appreciate the EPS design in association to switching characteristics.
    • Guided Weapon EPS Design:  A MATLAB based tutorial exploring the critical EPS design factors for an air-launched guided weapon system. To consider the EPS performance enhancement and key realisation constraints within the context of GW systems.
    • Vibrations & Aeroelasticity: Comprehend the various sources of vibrations on a GW, understand the various aeroelastic effects acting on the guided weapon airframe.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Undertake a mechanical design of a GW system, involving consideration of structural design principles, stress analysis requirements and vibration/aeroelasticity effects
  • Synthesise suitable intelligent based with performance enhancement EPS for a state of the art Guided Weapon
  • Uunderstand the structural design principles for GW systems
  • Comprehend the influences of vibration and aeroelasticity on a GW design
  • Understand the operational principles of Electrical Power Supplies (EPS) and thereby critically improve GW performance
  • Realise the constraints and design implications of EPS design to GW systems
  • Perform preliminary-level structural design and stress analysis
  • Analyse a GW aeroelastic mechanical design
  • Critically evaluate the key GW design trade-offs which relate to structures, vibrations, aeroelasticity and power supplies.

Parametric Study

Aim

    To provide the students with an understanding of multi-disciplinary nature of GW design and the ability to perform complex trade-off studies according to a fixed set of customer requirements.

Syllabus

    Introduction and confirmation of background theory and supporting software packages.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Understand the inter-disciplinary nature of Guided Weapon systems design
  • Understand the key parameters affecting the performance of a Guided Weapon system, particularly regarding the fields of propulsion, aerodynamics, warheads, control, guidance and autopilots
  • Analyse a weapon system and modify its characteristics to meet a given set of design objectives
  • Analyse the inter-linked parametric trends.

GW Systems

Aim

    To comprehend the systems design principles of all major classes of modern missiles in the land, sea and air environments.

Syllabus
    • Introduction

    Introduction to the ‘missile’ and the system; constituent parts of the missile and how they integrate into the complete system; the threat and how it can be countered; overview of sub-system operating principles, requirements and trade-offs.

    •  GW Propulsion – Rockets & Air-Breathers

    General principles of reaction thrust and jet propulsion; overview of propulsion system selection criteria; rocket principles of operation; propulsion performance parameter definitions; solid propellant design considerations; air-breather (turbojet, turbofan and ramjet) characteristics; component design; propellants; flight mechanics.

    •  Aerodynamics

    Airframe materials and structures; factors affecting aerodynamic lift and drag.

    •  Control

    Polar, Cartesian and roll control; aerodynamic and thrust vector control; actuation systems; instrumentation; accelerometers; rate and position gyroscopes; acceleration and velocity control; roll rate and position, latex and altitude autopilots.

    •  Guidance

    The need for guidance; types of trajectory; system characteristics and classification; command, homing and navigational guidance coverage diagrams.

    •  Radar Surveillance and Target Acquisition

    Basic principles of radar  systems; antenna beam widths and patterns; antenna sizing; radar range equation; waveforms; range resolution; surveillance requirements; clutter; target acquisition and classification; modes of radar operation; real beam scanning; Doppler and velocity; micro Doppler; imaging radar systems; synthetic aperture radar; example radar systems.

    •  mmW radar seekers

    Attenuation versus frequency; MMW pros and cons; beamwidth versus frequency; antenna considerations; range resolution; Doppler frequency; schematic diagram; range limitations; transmitter power limits; weather attenuation; applications; target recognition; range profiling; waveforms; GW examples.

    •  Electro-optic systems and countermeasures

    Homing systems; spin-scan and con-scan techniques; proportional navigation method; pulse modulation without reticle; pseudo imaging systems; pulse width discrimination; imaging and staring systems; advanced seeker examples; flares; counter-countermeasures; jammers; missile approach warners; DIRCM/ATIRCM; retro-reflection.

    •  Laser Principles & Applications

    EM spectrum; photon energy, emissions and effects; stimulated emissions and lasers; amplification issues; population inversion; excitation methods; laser materials; pulsed and continuous wave methods; cavities; level laser action; energy levels; Gaussian beam and divergence; laser mode and techniques; laser types; uses (rangefinders, designators, pointers, beam riding, fuzing, Directed Energy Weapons).

    •  Warheads

    Overview of warheads for guided weapons for attack of armour, airborne targets and ground installations; safety and arming; types of fuze, matching and countermeasures.

    • Structures & Materials
    Loads analysis; stress and structural analysis principles; materials selection considerations; aeroelasticity effects.



Intended learning outcomes

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

 

Knowledge

  • Describe the elements that make up a guided weapon system.
  • Discuss the principles involved and the design constraints on guided weapon airframe, propulsion, warhead, control and guidance systems and how these subsystems interact with one another.
  • Explain the principles of radar, EO/IR and mmW technology and how these technologies are used in guided weapon systems.

Skills

  • Develop a conceptual/preliminary guided weapon system design.

Research Project

Aim

    To undertake an extensive analytical research project using appropriate research methodology, involving simulation and modelling, measurements, experimentation, data collection and analysis. This will enable students to develop and demonstrate their technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical research skills in a specialist subject area relevant to the field of study of the course.

Syllabus
    • Thesis preparation, large document template 
    • Advanced search techniques; information literacy
    • Research techniques and methodology; project management.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Perform a technical, theoretical analysis of a specialist area of study relevant to the course
  • Validate the experimental results by means of a theoretical analysis
  • Discuss and assess the results of the experimental and theoretical analysis, making valid conclusions about the work and recommending suitable follow-up work to continue the investigation
  • Critically evaluate the initial project proposal, revise if necessary, and hence prepare a detailed project plan to implement the revised proposal in the time available
  • Utilise search engines and tools to investigate a specialist area of study, critically analysing the results of the search to further the investigation
  • Employ suitable analysis and modelling tools such as Matlab or Excel
  • Design and implement a coherent and comprehensive sequence of experiments to test hypotheses arising from the searches, critically analysing and evaluating the results of the experimentation, and using the results generated to amend the sequence as necessary
  • Document the theoretical analysis and experiments in a comprehensive technical research report
  • Defend the report in a viva-voce examination before an examining panel, explaining project results, analysis and method.

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2019 to 2020 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (24 July 2018).

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 £31,000
MSc Part-time £31,000 *
PgDip Full-time £21,100
PgDip Part-time £21,100 *
PgCert Full-time £10,550
PgCert Part-time £10,550 *
  • * 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.
  • For self-funded applicants a non-refundable £500 deposit is payable on offer acceptance and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee.
  • 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 £31,000
MSc Part-time £31,000 *
PgDip Full-time £21,100
PgDip Part-time £21,100 *
PgCert Full-time £10,550
PgCert Part-time £10,550 *
  • * 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.
  • For self-funded applicants a non-refundable £500 deposit is payable on offer acceptance and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee.
  • 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.

To find out about funding for UK MOD staff, please visit the MOD funding and eligibility page.

For any further funding enquiries please contact studentfunding@cranfield.ac.uk for more information on funding.



Entry requirements

A first or second class Honours degree or equivalent in science, engineering or mathematics. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable.

ATAS Certificate
Students requiring a visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.



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. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

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.

Security clearance for Shrivenham

Some Cranfield University courses are delivered at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham which is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) site. All applicants to courses that are wholly or partially delivered at Shrivenham must complete the BPSS (HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard V4 April 2014) prior to registration on the course or must already hold a security clearance to this level or higher.

Please visit our security clearance page for further information.


Your career

Successful students will have a detailed understanding of Guided Weapons system design and will be highly suited to any role or position with a requirement for specific knowledge of such systems. Many students go on to positions within the services which have specific needs for such skills.

How to apply

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.