This unique MSc course covers the essential technology required for the participants to take a lead role within their organisation on the specification, design and development of gun systems.

Overview

  • Start dateSeptember
  • DurationMSc: 11 months full-time, up to three years part-time. PgDip Up to 11 months full-time, up to two years part-time.
  • DeliveryContinuous assessment, examinations and thesis (MSc only). Approximately 10-15% of the assessment is by examination.
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield University at Shrivenham

Who is it for?

The course is intended for officers of the armed forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. It is particularly suitable for those who, in their subsequent careers, will be involved with the specification, analysis, development, technical management or operation of weapons systems.

Why this course?

The Gun System Design MSc is part of the Weapon and Vehicle Systems Engineering Programme. This course offers the underpinning knowledge and education to enhance the student’s suitability for senior positions within their organisation. 

This course provides education and training in selected weapons systems and provides students with the depth of knowledge to undertake engineering analysis or the evaluation of relevant sub systems.

Informed by Industry

The Industrial Advisory Panel is made up of experienced engineers from within the MoD, UK and international defence industry.

Teaching team

You will be taught by staff from the University and external lecturers, many of whom are world leaders in their field and who understand the problems of translating theory into practice. The teaching team includes:

Course details

Each individual module is designed and offered as a standalone course which allows an individual to understand the fundamental technology required to efficiently perform the relevant, specific job responsibilities. 

This MSc course is made up of two essential components: the equivalent of 12 taught modules (including some double modules, typically of a two-week duration), and an individual project. MSc and PGDip students take 11 compulsory modules and 1 optional module. PGCert students take 4 compulsory modules and 2 optional modules.

Group project

Armoured Fighting Vehicle and Weapon Systems Study: To develop the technical requirements and characteristics of armoured fighting vehicles and weapon systems, and to examine the interactions between the various sub-systems and consequential compromises and trade-offs.

Individual project

In addition to the taught part of the course, students can opt either to undertake an individual project or participate in a group design project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development. The project phase requires a thesis to be submitted and is worth 80 credit points.

Assessment

Continuous assessment, examinations and thesis (MSc only). Approximately 10-15% of the assessment is by examination.

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

Element Design

Aim

    To develop an ability and experience in designing mechanical components and subsystems.

Syllabus
    • Product design methodologies, phases of product design, product portfolio planning, concept engineering methodologies such as Quality Function Deployment and TRIZ (the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving).
    • Theories of fatigue and creep, fatigue/endurance strength, calculation of modified fatigue/endurance strength.
    • Design of machine elements – shafts, springs, cams, gears, clutches and brakes, threads and threaded joints.
    • Engineering tolerance design.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of good detail design in achieving customer satisfaction, especially in respect of reliability.
  • Propose novel solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrate the design of a system element or elements to meet an ill-defined or general requirement.
  • Apply solid modelling techniques to effectively communicate conceptual and detailed designs.
  • Appraise designs critically for fitness-for-purpose and cost-effectiveness in relation to customer/user requirements.
  • Produce clear and concise engineering reports on the design produced.
  • Demonstrate the use of correct tolerancing to the design of an engineering component(s).

Fundamentals of Ballistics

Aim

    The module will provide fundamental understanding of internal, intermediate and external ballistics and ammunition system design.

Syllabus
    • Internal ballistics.
    • Intermediate ballistics.
    • External ballistics.
    • Rocket propulsion. 
    • Sabot design.
    • Charge and shell design.
    • Shell blast and fragmentation.
    • Fuses and terminal guidance.
    • Smart ammunition. 
    • KE ammunition. 
    • Cannon ammunition.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the internal and external ballistics of a gun and its ammunition.
  • Explain the key points and significance of a travel-pressure curve and how altering its shape alters the performance of a gun.
  • Calculate the energy transferred to a projectile before it leaves the gun barrel.
  • Describe the effect of propellant mass, shape and size on gun performance.
  • Identify the forces and moments acting on the projectile in flight and explain how a projectile may become unstable.
  • Calculate simplified projectile mechanics including rigid body motion relating to translation, rotation and gyroscopic effects.
  • Identify the main types of ammunition and their modes of operation.

Finite Element Methods in Engineering

Module Leader
  • Dr Shaun Forth
Aim

    To introduce the fundamental skills and knowledge required to perform a computational heat transfer, structural or impact analysis using an industry standard finite element or hydrocode package and to be able to critically assess such an analysis in terms of modelling and numerical error

Syllabus
    • Trusses: element and global geometries.
    • Mathematical Foundations: overview of finite-elements in one dimension, weighted residuals, Galerkin method and weak form, shape and weight functions, one-dimensional elements, time-dependent problems, applications to heat transfer and mechanics.
    • Two-dimensional Problems: review of 2D heat transfer and mechanics, 2D elements, linear and quadratic, rectangular and triangular elements, practical - 2D heat flow.
    • Three-dimensional Problems: review of 3D mechanics, 3D elements, grid generation, solution singularities, modelling failure, practical – 3D mechanics.
    • Hydrocodes: background, Lagrangian and Eulerian approaches, time-integration, artificial viscosity, methods for material contact and large deformations, overview of material and explosive modelling, applications, practical – impact problem.
    • Material Modelling: stress-strain relations, equations of state, case studies.
    • Dynamic Problems: finite element methods to determine natural frequencies.
    • Introduction to Design Optimisation: the design cycle, design as an optimisation process, objective and constraints, gradient-based versus heuristic methods, multi-objective problems.
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Perform a computational analysis of a simple problem in structures, heat transfer, or impact using an industry standard finite element or hydrocode  package.        
  • Critically assess their analysis by using knowledge of the underlying mathematical model and numerical algorithm as well as their engineering judgment.
  • Produce a clear and concise report detailing their analysis.

Gun System Design

Aim

    The module looks at in-depth analysis, design and manufacture of a gun system including its ammunition, integration and the integrity of various sub-systems based upon the ammunition, gun, propellants, ballistics and the thermodynamics.

Syllabus
    • Gun design pressure and maximum safe pressure curves
    • Barrel material and heat treatment
    • Ordnance design (strength), pre-stressing, autofrettage stresses (hydraulic and shrink fit)
    • Ordnance design (fatigue)
    • Barrel thermodynamics
    • Breech design; load analysis, stress evaluation in both sliding and screw breech mechanism, supported by a tutorial
    • Recoil system design; buffer assembly, recuperator and control to run-out and muzzle brake design
    • Gun control algorithms
    • Gun mounting; general problems of fitting guns into vehicles, spatial and interference considerations, swept volume, recoil constraints, gun and turret location, tactical and strategic mobility implications, ammunition stowage and replenishment, saddle and cradle design
    • Ammunition handling; need for mechanised loading system, advantages and disadvantages, ammunition handling chain, design consideration, influence of ammunition configuration, typical stowage configurations, autoloader concepts (artillery and tank), features and examples of autoloaders
    • Introduction to fatigue and fracture mechanics for gun barrels, real life effects in gun barrels, realistic fatigue life calculations, failure mechanisms and implications for wear and erosion
    • Case study (Ordnance design exercise): Ammunition design, gun design pressure, barrel and breech configuration including autofrettage stresses and fatigue life, rate of fire and operating temperature, recoil system and cradle design, CAD modelling and engineering drawings, material and manufacturing specifications.
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Define the fundamental terms used in gun design.
  • Describe the processes involved in the design of a gun system.
  • Compute the forces, pressures and stresses generated in a gun system during firing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering and physical limits of gun systems in relation to their installation and performance.
  • Analyse the design of a gun system in relation to current standards and practice. 
  • Understand the conceptual design of an ordnance system.
  • Evaluate the system requirements and recognise the practical issues related to meeting them.
  • Design a gun system and critically evaluate the integration of subsystems and their affect on the system performance.
  • Recognise and predict the effect of; stress, fatigue, wear and thermal loading on a gun system.
  • Communicate effectively the design of a gun using detailed engineering drawings.
  • Report, concise and clearly the design of a gun.

Indicative Reading

  • Text Book of Ballistics and Gunnery, Vol. 1 and 2, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London.
  • Oerlikon Pocket-Book, 2nd revised edition 1981, Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik, Oerlikon-Buhrle AG.
  • Hand Book on Weaponry, English edition, Rehinmetall GmbH P O Box 6609, D-4000 Dusseldorf, Germany.

Light Weapon Design

Aim

    The module will provide the information and experience to understand the principles of operation and analysis required in designing a light weapon and its components.

Syllabus
    • Operation and safety
    • Ballistics
    • Hit probability
    • Operating mechanisms of rifles and machine guns
    • Firing mechanisms
    • Gun springs
    • Extractor design
    • Sighting systems
    • Introduction to mortars
    • Introduction to grenades
    • Introduction to less lethal weapons systems.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the systems that make up a light weapon
  • Explain and demonstrate the operating principles of small arms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process of designing a light weapon system
  • Critically assess the function of a light weapon system using engineering principles and report and discuss the findings with a weapons engineer
  • Measure and analyse accuracy data to establish the hit probability of a weapon system.

Indicative Reading

  • Allsop, D. F., Cannons, ISBN 1-85753-104-3, Brassey’s, 1995
  • Allsop, D. F., Small Arms, Brassey’s, 1998
  • Allsop, D. F., Military Small Arms Design Principles and Operating Methods, Brassey’s, 1997
  • Oerlikon Pocket-Book, 2nd revised edition 1981, Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik, Oerlikon-Buhrle AG
  • Hand Book on Weaponry, English edition. Rehinmetall GmbH P O Box 6609, D-4000 Dusseldorf, Germany
  • DCMT Staff, Light Weapons Handbook.

Military Vehicle Propulsion and Dynamics

Aim

    To provide a fundamental understanding of vehicle performance, terramechanics, powertrain technology and vehicle dynamics (ride and handling) applied to both wheeled and tracked military vehicles.

Syllabus
    • Terramechanics
    • Drivelines for wheeled vehicles
    • Gearboxes
    • Tracked vehicle transmissions
    • Engines and powerpacks for military vehicles
    • Vehicle performance and its prediction
    • Terrain accessibility and cross country performance
    • Gear ratio and transmission matching
    • Launch performance
    • Hybrid technologies for military vehicles
    • Vehicle performance simulation
    • Design trade-offs
    • Human Response to Vibration
    • Steering
    • Tyres
    • Suspension types and components
    • Ride and handling..
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to – 

  • Describe the elements and systems that form the vehicle powertrain and chassis, giving typical examples for military vehicles.
  • Understand the fundamentals of engine and transmission design and explain why the majority of military systems rely on the diesel engine.
  • Analyse the interaction between the vehicle and different ground types and interpret the results in relation to its mobility and performance.
  • Demonstrate using simplified vehicle dynamic models a fundamental understanding of ride and handling.
  • Evaluate the requirements for a military vehicle in relation to its means of propulsion, ride and handling and produce a clear and concise report on the outcome.

 

Modelling, Simulation and Control

Aim

    The module provides an introduction to mathematical modelling, control and the simulation environment Matlab/Simulink.

Syllabus
    • Application of Newton’s Laws of Motion to the modelling of dynamics systems and the formation of transfer function and state space models. 
    • Dynamic response, effect of damping, natural frequency and time constant in both the time and frequency domains.
    • Concepts of control, block and simulation diagrams, introduction to control system design and performance specification. 
    • Introduction to Matlab and Simulink for simulating dynamic systems.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise the implications of the assumptions made in forming a model of an engineering system.
  • Demonstrate how to perform modelling and simulation studies using Matlab and Simulink.
  • Judge the results of a simulation as to whether they and the model used are useful in relation to experimental results or engineering experience.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of control systems and how they may be modelled and designed.
  • Develop further your skill and knowledge of modelling and simulation in an engineering context.

Indicative Reading

  • Thomson, W. T., Theory of Vibration with Application, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition, 1993.
  • Rao, S. S., Mechanical Vibrations, Addison-Wesley, Third Edition, 1995.
  • Meriam, J. L. and Kraige, L. G., Engineering Mechanics (Vol 2) Dynamics, John Wiley and Sons, Third Edition, 1993.
  • Moon, F. C., Applied Dynamics with Application to Multibody and Mechantronic Systems, John Wiley and Sons, 1998.
  • Dutton, K., Thompson, S. and Barraclough, B., The Art of Control Engineering, Addison-Wesley, 1997.
  • Franklin, G. F., Powell, J. D and Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamics Systems, Addison-Wesley, Second Edition, 1991.
  • Dorf, R. C., Modern Control Systems, Addison-Wesley, Eighth Edition, 1998.
  • Issermann, R., Mechatronics System Fundamentals, Springer-Verlag, London, 2003.
  • Software manuals for the latest versions of Matlab, Simulink and other useful resources are available for downloading from the Mathworks web site http://www.mathworks.com or via the Matlab help facility.

Solid Modelling CAD

Aim

    This module will develop your understanding of the main concepts and methods used in solid modelling for engineering applications using Pro-Engineer in preparation for the Element Design module.

Syllabus
    • Parts generation.
    • Sketching and drawing.
    • Relations within models.
    • Assembly generation.
    • 2D engineering drawings.
    • Performing kinematic and dynamic studies.
    • Structural analysis.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Translate engineering components, by reducing them to their fundamental solid geometries, into solid models using a variety of constructional methods.
  • Generate working drawings suitable for manufacturing and assembly from a solid model using engineering judgement.
  • Demonstrate the use of a solid modelling tool to perform stress and dynamic investigations and judge whether the outputs are sensible.
  • Understand and explain the benefits of using solid modelling to engineers involved in development and manufacture.

Indicative Reading

  • Toogood, R., ProEngineer Wildfire 4.0, Advanced Tutorial, Schroff Development Corporation, ISBN 978-1-58503-308-5, 2008.
  • Toogood, R., Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 Mechanica Tutorial (Structure/Thermal), Schroff Development Corporation, ISBN 978-1-58503-381-2, 2008.
  • Peare, A., An Introduction to ProEngineer Wildfire 4.0, Course notes.

Survivability

Aim

    The module will provide a fundamental understanding of armour systems and approaches to integrated survivability.

Syllabus
    • Extent and constraints on survivability and the requirements of survivability on different theatres.
    • Terminal ballistics and armour materials, hydrodynamic and sub-hydrodynamic penetration. 
    • Penetration mechanisms and design against penetration.
    • Choice of materials against protection and fabrication criteria.
    • Armour systems including complex armour, body armour and protection against mine threats. 
    • Prediction of armour performance including analytical and numerical methods. 
    • Survival in depth and the layered approach.
    • Electronic systems for protection including battlefield ID, defensive aids suites and electro optic protection.
    • Human vulnerability and the mitigation of threats.
    • Integrated survivability and its analysis including analytical methods, modelling and simulation. 
    • Force level and platform simulation.
    • Survivability against Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear threats including typical threats, detection, individual protection and collective protection.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the layered approach to survivability and identify the engineering and operational approaches that may be used at each level to enhance the chance of surviving.
  • Describe the mechanisms of armour penetration and differentiate between hydrodynamic and sub-hydrodynamic regimes, and employ the correct terminology in describing terminal ballistic events.
  • Evaluate the relative merits of various penetration prediction methods and select and implement the appropriate methodology successfully.
  • Apply engineering judgement to balancing the trade-offs between protection, performance and mobility, producing clear and concise reports detailing their recommendations.
  • Discuss with practitioners the fundamentals of survivability in relation to buildings, vehicles and personnel.
  • Have developed an autonomous approach to learning in this rapidly changing field of knowledge.

Vehicle Systems Integration

Module Leader
  • David Diskett
Aim

    The module provides an understanding of the electrical, electronic and electro-optic sub systems in fighting vehicles and their integration into a complete system.

Syllabus
    • Overview of hybrid and electric combat vehicles and their key subsystems. 
    • Power subsystem, power generation and storage, motor and actuator technologies, power budgeting. 
    • Electronic subsystem, vetronics and the digital battlefield, current and future civilian and military databus standards and operation, radio communications equipment.
    • Electro-optic subsystem, thermal imaging, pyro-electric and image intensifying electro-optic systems, laser designators. 
    • Other integration issues, built in test, embedded training, the man-machine interface.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe existing electrically based vehicle systems and estimate their power demands using simplified models.
  • Understand the processes and procedures of integrating systems on to a fighting vehicle and identify the engineering problems that could be encountered.
  • Perform independent investigations of individual vehicle systems to explore the limit of their performance and produce clear and concise reports on the results.
  • Discuss from an engineering standpoint the integration of novel systems onto fighting vehicles with practitioners.
  • Develop an independent ability to further their understanding and explore emerging and future technologies in these areas.

Indicative Reading

  • Emadi, A., Ehsani, M., Miller, M.J., Vehicular electric power systems land, sea, air and space vehicles, Marcel Dekker, 2004.
  • Miller, M.J., Propulsion systems for hybrid vehicles, IEE, 2003.
  • Emadi, A, Handbook of automotive power electronics and motor drives, Taylor & Francis, 2005.
  • Vincent, C. A., and Scrosati, B., Modern Batteries, Arnold, 2nd Edition, 1997.

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

Guided Weapons

Aim

    The aim of this module is to: provide a general overview of guided weapon systems and technology; introduce students to the theoretical design of guided weapon subsystems; demonstrate how these subsystems form the overall guided weapon system.

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.

    Airframes 

    • 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.

    mmW seekers

    • Introduction to the principles of millimetric wave (mmW) seekers.

    Electro-optics 

    • Introduction to the principles of infra-red seeker technology.

    Guidance 

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

    Propulsion 

    • Reaction thrust, propellants, jet propulsion, rocket and air-breathing engines.

    Radar 

    • Introduction to the principles of homing and surveillance radar.

    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.
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • 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, IR and mmW technology and how these technologies are used in guided weapon systems
  • Develop a preliminary guided weapon design.

Indicative Reading:

  • R. G. Lee et al., Guided Weapons, BrasseyÕs Inc., 1998, ISBN 1857531523.

Military Vehicle Dynamics

Aim

    To provide a fundamental understanding of vehicle dynamics (ride and handling) as applied to both wheeled and tracked military vehicles.

Syllabus

    To provide a fundamental understanding of vehicle dynamics (ride and handling) as applied to both wheeled and tracked military vehicles.

    • Human response to vibration, sources of vibration and terrain characterisation.
    • Suspension systems; types, components and their characteristics, design for military vehicles (springs, dampers, anti-roll-bars, kinematics, force analysis, antidive and antisquat geometries).
    • Modelling, simulation and testing of suspension systems and components, including transient, frequency and random response.
    • Fundamentals of acoustics and sources of noise.
    • Tyres for military vehicles and their behaviour. 
    • Track systems for military vehicles. 
    • Steering systems for wheeled and tracked vehicles.  
    • Wheeled and tracked vehicles at low and high speed including steady state and transient response.
    • Braking systems for wheeled vehicles. 
    • Vehicle testing.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the elements and systems that form the vehicle chassis and give typical examples for military vehicles.
  • Demonstrate using simplified vehicle dynamic models a fundamental understanding of ride and handling.
  • Construct numerical vehicle models using Matlab and Simulink and interpret the simulation data produced.
  • Evaluate the performance of suspension systems and components for tracked and wheeled vehicles both theoretically and experimentally.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practical issues involved in the design of military vehicles when considering the ride and handling.
  • Critically evaluate proposed chassis designs and modifications in relation to ride and handling and produce a clear and concise report of the findings.

Reliability and System Effectiveness

Aim

    The module examines the fundamental factors which influence the availability, reliability and support of defence equipment.

Syllabus
    • Availability, effectiveness and user requirements.
    • Supportability concepts and logistics.
    • Quantitative requirements. 
    • R, M and S analysis techniques.
    • Strengths, weaknesses and alternatives. 
    • Human factors.
    • Integration (HFI).
    • Testing and evaluation. 
    • System operation and support.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Define the terms; reliability, maintainability and supportability and give supporting examples of each.
  • Demonstrate the application of reliability, maintainability and supportability methods to existing military systems and identify their influence on equipment availability.
  • Evaluate and critically judge the reliability, maintainability and supportability techniques used during concept, design, development, demonstration, production and trials.
  • Prepare a report for a critical audience on the reliability, maintainability and supportability issues applied to a new or existing piece of military equipment.

Uninhabited Military Vehicle Systems

Aim

    To provide an overview of the ongoing debate for the levels of autonomy in the defence and security arena.

Syllabus

    The various relevant technologies and real system demonstrators will assist towards building up student abilities in the area of autonomous military vehicles including the technological, human factor, security and defence challenges. In particular the following areas will be covered:

    • Uninhabited vehicle taxonomy
    • System sensors
    • Intelligent propulsion
    • Communications
    • System behaviour
    • Systems integration.
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Recognise and assess the on-going debate for the preferred levels of autonomy for defence and security for the three domains and the implications to the human and associated technologies
  • Synthesise and evaluate the sub-systems that make up a generic autonomous platform
  • Determine and evaluate the fundamentals of military vehicle autonomous systems and assess them within the framework of system integration
  • Assess the key design issues when multiple criteria are used for performance and endurance
  • Recognise and synthesize within the context of Uninhabited Vehicles the requirements for; sensors, intelligent propulsion technologies, propulsion graph theory, electrical thrusters, communication systems, mission planning, principles of data buses, radar based tracking, IR seekers, humans vehicles and autonomy and systems integration
  • Evaluate and criticise the current technology and the implications it could have on missions and human factors
  • Evaluate the design principals for full, partial and selectable autonomy
  • Evaluate and judge the operational mission behaviour of ground autonomous vehicles in an experimental laboratory environment
  • Be able to work in teams for group projects, reports and oral presentations.

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.

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Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)
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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.

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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

Many previous students have returned to their sponsor organisations to take up senior programme appointments and equivalent research and development roles in this technical area.

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.