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    Course Description : The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) aims to build knowledge on the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft. This course provides a taught engineering programme with a focus on the technical, business and management aspects of aircraft design in the civil and military aerospace sectors.  One unique feature of the course is that we have four external examiners; two from industry who assess the group design project and two from academia who assess the individual research project. Students can take advantage of our impressive facilities at Cranfield, which include large aircraft flight simulator, a flying experience with our Bulldog aircraft, and the National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) Jetstream aircraft in which on-board monitors give you first-hand experience of the theory from a pilot’s perspective. Start Months: March or October School: SATM Theme: Aerospace 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 Course Format: TaughtMScOverview: This MSc aims to build your knowledge of the design of flying vehicles such as aircraft, missiles, airships and spacecraft. Select from three specialist options in order to excel in a growing aerospace industry:     Aircraft Design    Avionics Systems Design    Structural Design (available for October intake only)Who is it for?:  This MSc course provides a taught engineering programme with a focus on the technical, business and management aspects of aircraft design in the civil and military aerospace sectors. Teaching integrates a range of disciplines required by modern aircraft design, for example:     Structural design and analysis    Aircraft systems design    Avionic systems design    Propulsion    Flight performance    Aspects of manufacture    Operations and cost.Why this course ? We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University was one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which holds a number of networking and social events throughout the year. One unique feature of the course is that we have four external examiners, two from industry who assess the group design project and two from academia who assess the individual research project. Cranfield University is very well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. Informed by Industry: The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK aerospace companies, government bodies, and the military services. The committee meets twice a year to review and advise on course content, acquisition skills and other attributes desirable from graduates of the course. Panel members include:     BAE Systems    Airbus    Royal Air Force    Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform    Royal Australian Air Force    Messier-Dowty    Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.Your teaching team : You will be taught by Cranfield's leading experts in aerospace. The Course Directors for the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design are:     Aaron Latty    Dr Shijun GuoThe teaching on some taught modules is supported by lectures from visiting speakers from both industry and the military. Former speakers have included senior representatives from:     Boeing    Airbus    BAE Systems    Eurocopter.Accreditation : The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design 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 Engineer.  The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is also subject to ratification by Institution 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)    Institution of Mechanical EngineersCourse details: The taught programme for the Aerospace Vehicle Design masters is generally delivered from October to March. Modules for each option vary - please refer to option MSc course pages for descriptions of compulsory modules which must be undertaken. Students have an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests. Group project:   The extensive group design project is a distinctive and unique feature of this course. This teamwork project takes place from October to March, and recreates a virtual industrial environment bringing together students with various experience levels and different nationalities into one integrated design team. Each team member is given responsibility for the detailed design of a significant part of the aircraft, for example, forward fuselage, fuel system, or navigation system. The project will progress from the conceptual phase through to the preliminary and detail design phases. You will be required to run project meetings, produce engineering drawings and detailed analyses of your design. Problem solving and project co-ordination must be undertaken on a team and individual basis. At the end of the project, groups are required to report and present findings to a panel of 200 senior engineers from industry. This element of the course is both realistic and engaging, and places the student group in a professional role as aerospace design engineers. Students testify that working as an integrated team on real problems is invaluable and prepares them well for careers in a highly competitive industry. Students following the Structural Design option do not participate in the Group Design Project. Watch past presentation videos to give you a taster of our innovative and exciting group projects     Blended Wing Body Aircraft    A9 Dragonfly Box Wing Aircraft    MRT7 Tanker Aircraft    A-13 Voyager    SL-12 VimanaIndividual project: The individual research project aims to provide the training necessary for you to apply knowledge from the taught element to research, and takes place from March to September. The project may be theoretical and/or experimental and drawn from a range of topics related to the course and suggested by teaching staff, your employer or focused on your own area of interest.   Previous individual research projects include:     Fin structure aeroelastic warping effect    Modelling of helicopter crash behaviour    Shock load simulation on aircraft structures    Crack stoppers and fail safety in integral metal structures    Impact damage of composite laminates    Composite panel cut out and edge reinforcement    Repair of composite structuresAssessment: Refer to option MSc course pages for breakdown of assessment 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. Bursaries may be available, however please be aware that funding will, in most cases, only be discussed once you have secured a firm offer of a place on the course. Please contact the Enquiries Office for further details. Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses. Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering. Your career: The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression. This course prepares graduates for careers as project design engineers, systems design, structural design or avionic engineers in aerospace or related industries, with the aim of progressing to technical management/chief engineer. Graduates from the MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design can therefore look forward to a varied choice of challenging career opportunities in the above disciplines. Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Typical student destinations include BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.

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