12 months
24725 GBP/year
11850 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University aims to build knowledge on the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft. 

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Key facts

The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University  provides a taught engineering programme with a focus on the technical, business and management aspects that encompass aircraft design in the civil and military aerospace sectors.

Select from one of three specialist options and excel in a growing aerospace industry:

  • Aircraft Design
  • Avionics Systems Design
  • Structural Design (available for October intake only)

Why this course?

Cranfield have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946 with the Aerospace Vehicle Design being one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates from this course also become members of the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which holds a number of networking and social events throughout the year.

One unique feature of the course is that we have a range of external examiners, from industry and from academia who continually assess the quality of the course.

Cranfield University is very well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library, IT and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst achieving the right balance of work/life commitments.


The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.

This course prepares graduates for careers as project engineers, systems design, structural design or avionic engineers in aerospace or related industries, with the aim of progressing to technical management/chief engineer roles. Graduates from the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design can therefore look forward to a varied choice of challenging career opportunities in the above disciplines. 

Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Some example student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.


The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design, in part meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the required educational base for CEng registration.

  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Programme Structure

Example in conceptual aircraft design topics: 

  • Aircraft configurations appropriate to hybrid-electric designs
  • Design and testing of a bird like flapping wing ultra-light aircraft
  • Design of a human powered helicopter
Example in aircraft structural design and analysis topics:
  • Investigation in the numerical representation of damage on CFRP stiffened panels and behaviour under combined loading
  • Delamination growth of carbon fibre composites under fatigue loads
Example aircraft systems design and analysis topics:
  • Systems/Structure design modifications to increase manufacture and assembly rates
  • Environmental control system for aircraft with variable fesh air
  • The design of a propeller for an electric microlight aircraft
Example avionic systems design and analysis topics:
  • 4D Integrated flight management and traffic avoidance software system
  • Station keeping for flight formation in oceanic airspace
  • Air to air refuelling formation behaviour

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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 UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline.
  • Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-master's course, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24725 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11850 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Bedford

660 - 1140 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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