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Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control, MSc, PgDip, PgCert

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #690 (BCR) ,
We are unique in that we offer a combination of subjects much sought after in the Autonomous Vehicle Industry and not covered in a single MSc course anywhere else. Successful graduates of the Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control offered by the Cranfield University become conversant in key aspects of Autonomy which advantageously differentiates them in today's competitive employment market.


The global market for aerial, ground, and marine Autonomous Vehicles has grown rapidly due to the advent of drones and driverless cars. 

Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, and Marine Industries seek graduates conversant in key aspects of Autonomy including: dynamics & control, guidance & navigation, decision making, sensor fusion, data & information fusion, communication & and networking. 

The Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control offered by the Cranfield University begins with the fundamentals of autonomous vehicle dynamics and control, and progresses to the core subjects of guidance & navigation, decision making, sensor fusion, data & information fusion, communication & and networking. A choice of optional modules allows individual tailoring of these subjects to specialise in appropriate subject areas.

The taught part of the course is followed by Individual Research Projects (IRPs) and the topic of each of the IRPs is provided by one of the member of the Industrial Advisory Board. The real-world relevance of the IRP topics is another unique feature of our MSc course and can be another effective differentiator in the job market.


The industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable all over the world for recruitment by companies competing in the autonomous vehicle market including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • MBDA
  • Other companies from our Industrial Advisory Board.

Graduates from this course will be equipped with the advanced skills which could be applied to the security, defence, marine, environmental and aerospace industries. This approach offers you a wide range of career choices as an autonomous systems engineer, design engineer or in an operations role, at graduation and in the future. Others decide to continue their education through PhD studies available within Cranfield University or elsewhere.



Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight Dynamics
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight Control Systems
  • UAS Modelling and Simulation
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems
  • Guidance and Navigation for UAS
  • Autonomous Vehicles Control Systems



                Detailed Programme Facts

                • More details: Although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place.
                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                  • Duration description
                    • MSc - one year 
                    • PgCert - one year 
                    • PgDip - one year
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: Lower Second Class

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                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.
                • Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

                Tuition Fee

                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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