11 months
31950 GBP/full
31950 GBP/full
Tuition fee
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The Gun Systems Design course from Cranfield University 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.

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Key facts

The Gun Systems Design course from Cranfield University  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.

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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Element Design
  • Fundamentals of Ballistics
  • Finite Element Methods in Engineering
  • Gun System Design
  • Light Weapon Design
  • Military Vehicle Propulsion and Dynamics
  • Modelling, Simulation and Control



Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 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.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31950 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31950 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.
  • National

    31950 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31950 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.
  • MSc Full-time £31,950
  • MSc Part-time £31,950  
  • PgDip Full-time £25,550
  • PgDip Part-time £25,550  
  • PgCert Full-time £14,000
  • PgCert Part-time £14,000

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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