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Defence Simulation and Modelling MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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  • Course description
    Course Description:

    The course addresses the design, development, procurement, use and management of models and simulations for applications in experimentation, training, testing, analysis and assessment of military forces, systems and equipment.

    Start Months:
    Full-time: annually in September. Part-time: by arrangement

    Full Time/ Part Time:
    Full-time/Part-time

    School:
    CDS

    Theme:
    Defence and Security

    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:
    Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

    (For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

    (For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

    (For MOD status students the duration may vary, subject to annual review.)


    Course Format:

    • Taught
    • MSc/PgCert/PgDip

    Overview:
     
    This course addresses the design, development, procurement, use and management of models and simulations for applications in experimentation, training, testing, analysis and assessment of military forces, systems and equipment.

    The application of Modelling and Simulation continues to enhance and transform both systems development and training. It allows representation of increasingly complex equipment, systems and scenarios for the purposes of decision support and helps to reduce wear on live equipment and on test and training areas.

    Who is it for?

    The course is suitable for both military and civilian personnel, including those from defence industry and government departments.

    Ten places are normally available for the full-time cohort.

    Why this course?

    On successful completion of the course you will be familiar with the technologies, methodologies, principles and terminology of modelling and simulation as used across defence, including the challenges and issues as well as the benefits. Through use of facilities such as the Simulation and Synthetic Environment Laboratory (SSEL), with its wide range of specialist applications, students will gain a broad understanding of modelling and simulation in areas such as training, acquisition, decision-support, analysis and experimentation.
    Informed by Industry

    The aim of the Industrial Advisory Panel, which is common to all components of the AMOR Postgraduate Suite (which comprises the DSM and MOR courses) is to offer advice and input to the course director and the teaching team in terms of curriculum content, acquisition skills and other attributes that the practitioner community may be seeking from graduates of the course. Currently the Industrial Advisory Panel for this programme has members on it from both the defence industry and the MOD.

    Your teaching team:

    •     Jonathan Searle (Course Director)
    •     Dr Shaun Forth
    •     John Hoggard
    •     Mark Lewis
    •     Dr Ken McNaught
    •     Dr Trevor Ringrose
    •     Dr Venkat Sastry
    •     Jeremy Smith
    •     Dr John Salt

    External speakers from industry and defence (due to frequency of post changes it is not practical to include names).

    Course details:

    Standard modules normally comprise a week of teaching (or equivalent for the limited distance learning options available), followed by a further week of directed study/coursework (or equivalent for part-time and distance learning).

    Advanced modules, which enable students to explore some areas in greater depth, are two week (or equivalent for part time) individual mini-projects on an agreed topic in that subject which includes a written report and oral presentation. MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of eight standard modules, which includes two core modules (Foundations of Modelling and Simulation and Networked and Distributed Simulation), plus four advanced modules, followed by an individual thesis in a relevant topic.

    Individual project:

    An individual research project on an agreed topic that allows you to demonstrate your technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills.

    Thesis topics will be related to problems of specific interest to students and sponsors of local industry wherever possible. PgDip students are required to undertake the same taught phase as the MSc, but without the individual thesis. PgCert students must complete the core module (Foundations of Modelling and Simulation) together with five other modules; up to three of these may be advanced modules. Part-time students will typically not study as a cohort, but will follow an agreed individual programme of study, attending courses as convenient.

    Assessment:

    Assessment is 50% by coursework, 10% by exam and 40% thesis/dissertation

    Core modules:

    • Foundations of Modelling and Simulation
    • Networked and Distributed Simulation
    • Discrete and Continuous Simulation
    • War Gaming and Combat Modelling
    • Computer Graphics
    • Weapon System Performance Assessment
    • Intelligent Systems
    • Networked and Distributed Simulation Exercise
    • Advanced Module 1
    • Advanced Module 2
    • Advanced Module 3
    • Experimentation Analysis and Trials for Simulation
    Fees and funding:

        Home EU Student Fees
        Overseas Fees

    • MSc Full-time     £16,250
    • MSc Part-time     £16,250 *
    • PgDip Full-time     £13,900
    • PgDip Part-time     £13,900 *
    • PgCert Full-time     £6,950
    • PgCert Part-time     £6,950 *

        * Students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or to pay in four equal instalments at six month intervals (i.e. the full fee to be paid over the first two years of their registration).

    Fee notes:

    •     The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
    •     All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
    •     Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
    •     Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

    Security clearance for Shrivenham
    :

    Some Cranfield University courses are delivered at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham which is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) site. All applicants to courses that are wholly or partially delivered at Shrivenham must complete the BPSS (HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard V4 April 2014) prior to registration on the course or must already hold a security clearance to this level or higher.

    Your application and BPSS clearance application will be shared during the application process with the MOD who have ultimate discretion over whether to admit applicants to the Shrivenham site. This information will be returned by the MOD to Cranfield University after checks are completed and no copies will be retained by the MOD.

    BPSS checks may involve confirmation of the following:

    •     Identity (e.g. Photo ID)
    •     Nationality and Immigration Status
    •     Employment/Academic History (covering the past 3 years)
    •     Criminal record (unspent convictions only)

    Additionally, applicants are required to give a reasonable account of any significant periods (6 months or more in the past 3 years) of time spent abroad.

    This may be revised from time to time dependent on national security requirements. For more details, please consult the BPSS Guidance.

    It will take additional time to process your BPSS clearance application once you have completed your course application.

    Inability to access the Shrivenham site as a result of failure to meet security clearance requirements will result in a withdrawal of offer, or, if already registered, a termination of registration.

    Your career:

    This qualification will equip you for simulation-specific appointments within the armed forces or government, or in the defence related activities of commercial organisations.

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