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    Course Description: This unique part-time MSc in Airworthiness provides an academically recognised high standard of qualification in airworthiness, a fundamental part of aviation safety. The course offers flexibility and choice, providing a thorough understanding of airworthiness. This popular degree has been running for almost ten years to meet industry demand for qualified airworthiness specialists who must have both technical knowledge and an understanding of the related regulatory and safety issues. An appreciation of airworthiness issues early in the development stage of a product’s design, modification, or repair process helps the downstream business operation. It also enables a better balance to be struck between cost and safety. Start Month: September Full Time/ Part Time: Part time School: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing Theme: Transport Systems Entry Requirements: A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page. English Language: If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:     IELTS - 6.5     TOEFL - 92     Pearson PTE Academic - 65     Cambridge English Scale - 180     Cambridge English: Advanced - C     Cambridge English: Proficiency - C In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test. Duration: MSc/PgCert/PgDip Course Format: TaughtMSc/PgCert/PgDipOverview: Airworthiness is at the forefront of aviation development. It is vital that staff have sufficient knowledge and skill to apply principles in design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of aircraft to both develop and maintain airworthiness. This part-time course has been developed to meet industry demand for qualified airworthiness specialists and addresses key aspects of aircraft design, construction, operation and maintenance.  Who is it for?:  The Airworthiness Master's course is highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of individuals who are balancing work commitments with study.  It is especially relevant to engineers and technologists working in the airworthiness field of aviation safety, either in a regulatory authority or in the industry. The format is especially suitable for those who wish to enhance and focus their knowledge in a structured but flexible part-time format while continuing to work. The subject of your research project can be chosen to match the research needs of your employer and/or your own career ambitions. Why this course ?:   This course provides an academically recognised high standard of qualification related to the wide spectrum of technologies met in aerospace. It offers a wide range of technical knowledge in the context of related regulatory and safety issues, a background that managers in today's aerospace industry need to possess. A detailed knowledge of airworthiness issues early in the product development stage helps the downstream business operation which must balance cost and safety. This will also help to optimise the aircraft design, modification and/or the repair process. We appreciate that students will be balancing employment with study which is why we aim to minimise the number of visits required to Cranfield University and offer modules in one-week blocks. Students undertaking the full MSc programme would be expected to come to Cranfield ten times in the 2-3 year period. We are well located for part-time students from across the world and offer a range of support services for off-site students. We welcome delegates from all over the world and this provides a unique learning environment for both students and delegates who benefit from the mix of experience and backgrounds. Attendance of our short courses is a popular entry route onto this course as delegates are able to carry their credits forward onto the Airworthiness programme which a choice of qualification levels available to choose from: Master’s Degree (MSc) option of this course consists of a taught element (ten modules), an individual research project and course portfolioPostgraduate Certificate (PgCert) option of this course consists of only the taught element where students must complete six modulesPostgraduate Diploma (PgDip) option of this course consists of a taught element (ten modules) and course portfolio.Informed by Industry:   The Airworthiness MSc is directed by an Industrial Advisory Board comprising senior representatives from industry. The board acts in an advisory role, assessing the content of the course and its relevance to present industrial needs. Current members include representatives from:     Airbus    Rolls-Royce    Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).Your teaching team:   Our staff and industrial experts explain the safety aspects of current airworthiness regulations in relation to the background technology. You will be taught by Cranfield’s leading expects in airworthiness including:     Dr Simon Place, Course Director    Professor Phil Irving Visiting academics include: Professor John Bristow. Visiting Professor of Structural Integrity with over 40 years' experience in the aircraft industry, in structural design and regulations and who was formerly Head of the Structures and Materials Department of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are particularly proud of the wide range of seminars and guest lectures offered to our students, given by senior personnel in the aviation industry. Past speakers include:     Systems Process Manager of GE Aerospace    Head of Systems (Aircraft) of Raytheon Systems Ltd    Chief of Systems Capability of Aero Engine ControlsAccreditation: The MSc in Airworthiness is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineering.  The MSc in Airworthiness is also subject to ratification by Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) following accreditation visit in June 2015.  Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)     Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)    Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)Course details: There are seven mandatory modules which aim to provide you with a common basis of knowledge and skills on which the specialist options can build further. You are then free to choose three optional modules in line with your developing interests. The course uses a range of assessment types. Students can expect to have written examinations, assignments and presentations as well as the group design and individual research projects. The range of assessment methods have been chosen to develop skills and be of relevance to the taught materials. Individual project:   The individual research project is completed by students who wish to complete the MSc qualification of the Airworthiness course. The project is normally undertaken in the final year and brings together the learning from the taught components to consolidate learning. The subject of the project is normally chosen to reflect the needs of the sponsoring organisation and/or to match your career ambitions. Project topics represent the broad range of areas covered by the course. Previous Individual Research Projects have included: An assessment of the applicability of an ageing aircraft audit to the microlight aircraft typeThe justification of ALARP by Ministry of Defence aircraft project teamIntroduction of a service bulletin review process in the military environment.Assessment: Taught component 50%, Individual research project 40%, Course portfolio 10%. PgDip: Taught component 83%, Course portfolio 17%. PgCert: Taught component 100% Funding Opportunities:To help students find and secure appropriate funding, we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs.Your career:Many of our students are already in employment with aerospace/defence companies and choose to pursue an internationally recognised qualification with Cranfield University to enhance their career. Graduates are able to use this qualification to obtain secure permanent positions abroad.Destinations of our students vary as many remain with their sponsoring company, often being promoted upon completion of the course. Some companies have used the Airworthiness programme as pre-employment training.

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