Delivered in Detroit, MI, USA, this course will provide you with the technical knowledge and understanding of weapon systems and military vehicles to make them effective in their specification, design, development and assessment.

This course is delivered by Cranfield University in the United States of America, and can therefore only accept applications from current residents of the United States of America and/or applicants who do not require a Visa to enter the USA for the purposes of education.


  • Start dateJune
  • DurationMSc: Up to five years part-time; PgDip/PgCert: Up to three years part-time
  • DeliveryWritten exam (50%) and course work (50%)
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typePart-time
  • CampusExternal

Who is it for?

The course provides education and training at postgraduate level for those who expect to fill technically-demanding appointments concerned with the design, development, procurement and operation of vehicles.

For those who are new to defence or those who plan to come out of military service or are retiring soon and would like to join the defence industry, this course offers the underpinning knowledge and education to enhance your employability. In the same way it increases a better understanding of those who are working in the industry to improve your quality of work.

The majority of the students attending the course are sponsored by GVSC, USA and GDLS, USA. In addition, staff from YPG, Yuma and other local organisations have attended individual courses.

The Associates from DoD such as GVSC, APG, YPG, CRTC and Industry from the USA have either joined the programme or have attended individual classes. Recently, Associates from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) have started to attend our classes. Any course listed as part of this programme can also be offered (non-accredited) at customer premises as part of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Each course is delivered to a class of 20 attendees.

Why this course?

This is the only MSc in the USA which offers a master’s degree in Military Vehicles and Weapon Engineering.

The course is designed to offer equally a broad and in-depth coverage of technologies used in the design, development, test and evaluation of weapon systems and military vehicles. Special attention will be given to recent advances in defence technology; and to educate you in the analysis and evaluation of systems against changes and developments in the threat. The course also offers a critical depth to undertake engineering analysis or the evaluation of relevant sub systems.

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

Course details


Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. You must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.



The taught element consists of 10 core and four optional modules covering major aspects of defence technology, providing a balanced and broad coverage of key aspects, issues and constraints associated with the design, development, performance and integration of weapon and vehicle systems.

Each standard module consists of a one-week (five days) course of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Earning the appropriate credits can lead to the following academic awards: PgCert – any combination of modules (building a total of 60 credits) / PgDip – all modules (120 credits) / MSc – all modules (120 credits) plus project (80 credits).

Course delivery

Written exam (50%) and course work (50%)

Individual project

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


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.

Your career

Takes you on to employment within the defence forces or defence research establishments and defence industry.

How to apply

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