This course is offered subject to final University approval
- Start dateOctober
- DurationFull-time one year; part-time up to three years; PgCert 1 year; PgDip 2 years.
- DeliveryTaught modules 40%, group project 20% (or dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%
- Study typeFull-time / Part-time
- CampusCranfield campus
Who is it for?
Why this course?
Informed by industry
The MSc course content has been based on advice from the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), comprising industrial representatives from big primes to small- and medium-sized enterprises. The relevant, competent and pro-active Industrial Advisory Board includes:
- Boeing UK
- Connected Places Catapult
- BAE Systems
- ANRA Technologies
- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems UK
- Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd.
- Lockheed Martin UK
- Northrop Grumman
Members of the Board not only continuously advise on updating the course content but also provide topics for individual research projects (IRPs). After the final oral exams in early September, all students present posters summarising their IRPs to the whole Industrial Advisory Board, thus exposing their work to seasoned professionals and potential employers. The IRPs benefit from our own lab where real autonomous vehicles can be designed and tested.
The MSc course consists of three weighted components, taught modules, and individual research project, and a group project. The taught course element includes eight taught compulsory modules, generally delivered from October to March. The eight modules cover the fundamentals of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and communications systems and progresses to the core subjects of sensor fusion, guidance and navigation, AI for autonomous systems, and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).
The taught part of the course is followed by a Group Design Project (GDP) and individual research projects (IRPs). The GDP enables students to work as part of a team, develop project planning and management skills, and communications abilities, to design, implement, validate and test an advanced air mobility system component, applying the knowledge acquired in the taught modules and integrate the various methods learned.
Students are also supported in their learning and personal development through participation in: industry seminars, group poster sessions, group discussions, group presentations, video demonstrations, case studies, laboratory experiments, coursework, and project work. Students will receive hands-on experience accessing equipment and facilities within our Digital Aviation research and Technology Centre and Aerospace Integration Research Centre.
Air Traffic Management
Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems
Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems
Guidance and Navigation for Autonomous Systems
Unmanned traffic Management
Taught modules 40%, group project 20% (or dissertation for part-time students), individual project 40%
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 and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course.
You will be taught by Cranfield's experienced academic staff. Our staff are practitioners as well as tutors, with clients which include the members of the Industrial Advisory Board and beyond. Knowledge gained working with our clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme, to ensure provision of durable and transferrable skills practised on problems relevant to industry. Additionally, experienced members of the Industrial Advisory Board deliver industrial seminars in which they share their experience and explain the research and development proprieties of their companies. The Course Director for this programme is Dr Dimitrios Panagiotakopoulos.
AccreditationAccreditation will be sought for the MSc in Advanced Air Mobility Systems from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
It is becoming clear that Advanced Air Mobility [encompassing subject areas such as digitalization of Air traffic Management (ATM), Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM)] will be a major transformative factor in the aerospace, defence, and security sectors. In the UK, and wider in the EU, we perceive a shortage of qualified people trained in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), specifically in autonomy and automation in ATM, UTM and UAM. In particular, we would need not only engineers but also software and application developers with a deep understanding of the AAM subject areas described above, tailoring them to tackle ambitious industrial problems of enabling ubiquitous UAS operations and their seamless integration into conventional manned aviation. We need employees able to address complex, real-world problems, who have state-of-the-art ATM, UTM and UAM expertise, and who are equipped to work collaboratively across traditional disciplinary boundaries. This rounded skillset is of high importance to us, and the MSc course in AAM is perfectly suited to fill this gap.
Industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable all over the world for recruitment by both global primes to smaller innovative start-ups looking for the brightest talent. Industrial contact may take place even from the Individual Research Project that enables familiarisation with our Industry Advisory Board, which include: From the
- BAE Systems,
- Heathrow Airport
Graduates from this course will be equipped with the advanced skills which could be applied to the aviation, air traffic, air transport, security, defence, and aerospace industries. This approach offers you a wide range of career choices as an autonomous systems engineer, design engineer, or in an operations role, at graduation, and in the future. Others decide to continue their education through PhD studies available within Cranfield University or elsewhere.
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.