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The Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures course offered by the Cranfield University covers key topics in composite structural design and analysis, impact and crashworthiness, materials characterisation and failure and advanced simulation.

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Delivered with a unique focus on industry challenges and concerns, this Advanced Lightweight and Composite Structures course offered by the Cranfield University  will equip you with strong experimental, numerical and analytical skills in structural mechanics for both composite and metallic components. This will help you to practically apply this knowledge to solve real engineering problems including automotive and aircraft structural design through to lightweight composites for use in wind turbines. Established in 2003 this postgraduate course has double accreditations with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and the Royal Aeronautical Society, graduates secure exciting roles with globally renowned companies around the world.

Your career

Industry-driven research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment by companies competing in the structural engineering sector, which forms a large worldwide industry.

Students who enrol come from a variety of different backgrounds. Many have specific careers in mind, such as working in automotive or aerospace disciplines (structural design or crash protection), materials development for defence applications, or working in the field of numerical code developments/consultancy. Others decide to continue their education through PhD studies available within the University.

This course provides graduates with the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in automotive, aerospace, maritime and defence sectors. This approach offers you a wide range of career choices as a structural engineer at graduation and in the future.



Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Composite Analysis and Impact 
  • Thin-walled Structures
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Materials Characterisation and Failure Simulations
  • Structural Stability 



Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics, computing or an engineering discipline. Candidates with a degree in a less applicable discipline, or mature applicants with alternative qualifications may be accepted subject to the discretion of the course director.

Tuition Fee

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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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