Guided Weapon Systems, Master | Cranfield University | Swindon, United Kingdom
11 months
38340 GBP/full
35145 GBP/full
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The Guided Weapon Systems programme is a flagship Cranfield University 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.

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Key facts

The Guided Weapon Systems course from Cranfield University  brings 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.


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.


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). 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Electro-optic and Infrared Systems 
  • Guided Weapons - Control Theory
  • Guided Weapons - Propulsion
  • Guided Weapons - Aerodynamics
  • Guided Weapons - Energetics
  • Missile Systems Design 


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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38340 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 38340 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.
  • National

    35145 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35145 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.
  • MSc Part-time £35,145  
  • PgDip Full-time £28,105
  • PgDip Part-time £28,105  
  • PgCert Full-time £15,400
  • PgCert Part-time £15,400

Living costs for Swindon

700 - 1400 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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