Aviation Digital Technology Management, M.Sc. | Cranfield University | Cranfield, United Kingdom
12 months
26580 GBP/year
11910 GBP/year
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This MSc programme aims to develop professionals to innovate and apply digital technology in the aerospace industry. The course adds the digital component to aeronautical engineering graduates. It helps them to expand from the design and manufacture foci of established aeronautical engineering programmes to the wider aviation industry opportunities. 

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Why this course?

New and emerging generations of connected aircraft are entering service at pace. Aviation digitalisation spans the aircraft, airline, airport, airspace, MRO, ground operations, lessors and the wider ecosystem. New skills in the Internet of Things, robotics, AI, machine learning, AR/VR, big data analytics, predictive maintenance, blockchain, etc. are sought by the industry. While the digital technology is similar to other industrial sectors, the safety conscious and highly-regulated aviation industry imposes technology adoption hurdles specific to the aerospace regulatory and culture.

  • Unique Cranfield global research airport learning environment.
  • World-leading research centres - Cranfield University IVHM Centre has been leading research in the predictive health maintenance with technology adopted by major aircraft manufacturers. 
  • Digital MRO and hangar laboratories together with the Cranfield Boeing 737-400 ground demonstrator.
  • HILDA digital high performance computing ecosystem with up to 10.5 PetaFlops processing power, 2.5 PB storage and 200GBits/s network.
  • Work with industrial standard aviation IT systems.

Practical research projects make up 60% of the study. The group design project (GDP) develops the students’ professional practice to work as part of a team, plan and management project, and communicate ideas and results. The GDP design, implement, validate and test an aspect of digital aviation, applying the knowledge acquired in the taught modules and integrate the various methods learnt.

The individual research projects (IRPs) allow the students to specialise on a digital aviation topic relevant to their career development. The real-world relevance of the research project topics is an effective differentiator in the job market. Informed by industryThe MSc course content has been based on advice from the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), comprising leaders from Boeing, Etihad, easyJet, Marshall Aerospace, STS Aviation, SITA, Thales and others across the aviation sector.

Programme Structure

The MSc course consists of three weighted components, taught modules and individual research project, and a group project. Between October and January, students study eight taught modules. The content delivery is organised as one week contact time followed by private study time to complete the assessments. Pre-work and post-work are incorporated as appropriate. Private study weeks are spaced through the October to January period. 


This course is applicable to a broad range of applicants with backgrounds from aerospace, engineering, maths, physics and computing to experienced professionals looking to gain new skills in the area of digital aviation technology.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A first or second class UK honours degree in engineering, or an equivalent degree in engineering, engineering science, physics, applied mathematics, or other appropriate applied science.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26580 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26580 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    11910 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11910 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Cranfield

700 - 1300 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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