To design modern efficient aircraft requires a complex combination of aerodynamic performance, lightweight durable structures and advanced systems engineering.
The Aerospace Vehicle Design - Aircraft Design programme offered by the Cranfield University aims to provide a comprehensive overview of whole aircraft configuration design as well as, structures and systems. A holistic teaching approach is taken to explore how the individual elements of an aircraft can be designed and integrated using up-to-date methods and techniques. You will learn to understand how to select and integrate specific systems such as fuel systems, and their effect on the aircraft as a whole.
We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University was one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.
Cranfield University is well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.
This MSc 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.
Graduates from this option have gone on to pursue engineering careers in disciplines such as structural design, stress analysis or systems design.
Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Typical student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.
More informationVisit official programme website
Examples 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
- 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
- Experimental Testing and Numerical Analysis of Aircraft Bolt Jointed Sandwich Composites
- Systems/Structure design modifications to increase manufacture and assembly rates
- The development of a hypersonic air-breathing propulsion model and the sizing and integration of a propulsion concept
- Environmental control system for aircraft with variable fresh air
- The design of a propeller for an electric microlight aircraft
- 12 months
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DisciplinesAerospace Engineering Industrial Design View 50 other Masters in Industrial Design in United Kingdom
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline. There is a limited opportunity for candidates with other qualifications to enter the course via a one-year Pre-Master's preparatory course, which provides the necessary level of knowledge of engineering principles applicable to aerospace design.
International24000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 24000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA11500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
- ISTAT Foundation Scholarships
- GREAT Thailand Scholarship
- The Cranfield Scholarship
- Masters Loan from Student Finance England
- Santander Scholarship
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