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Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Aerospace Engineering Aviation Safety

Course type


Course Summary

This course has been designed to address the needs of employees in the MoD, the armed forces and the international defence industry. It provides practising engineers with the knowledge and skills to enable them to work more effectively in aerospace engineering, airworthiness, and safety.

Who is it for?

The course draws students from the UK and Western Europe, giving an eclectic mix to the classroom environment.

The course structure allows students to continue in full-time employment whilst they are studying.

Why this course?

Today’s military aviation platforms are complex systems and it is essential, therefore, that they are deployed and maintained in such a way as to ensure their continued airworthiness and the safety of the crew operating them. Achieving this requires engineers to be cognisant of a broad range of aerospace engineering, airworthiness and safety disciplines.

The MSc distinguishes itself from similar courses offered by leading UK universities by offering one focused specifically on the military context, and offers unique subject areas unavailable elsewhere. You will be taught by staff, primarily from Cranfield Defence and Security and the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, many of them world leaders in their field. Visiting lecturers also include experts from industry, research establishments and the MoD.


The MSc of this course has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Your career

The course creates opportunities to develop your career at a more senior level and in achieving Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status.

Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert awards.

Different course options

Part time | Shrivenham | 5 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date



The aim of this module is to undertake a research project relating to a specific aspect of military aerospace and airworthiness.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in science, engineering or mathematics. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable. ATAS certificate Students requiring a visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.

Department profile

Cranfield University is one of the world’s leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy. Our academics’ expertise ranges from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation and cyber security. With an unrivalled reputation for defence education, research and consultancy, our expertise is trusted by governments, armed forces, industry and security services around the world. World-class,...more

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