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Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc/PgDip/PgCert - MESEMSC



Start Date: Mon 4 Sep 17, study spread over 3-5 years.

This course is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of Technology School, Defence Academy.

The course covers the technology and techniques used in modern military communications (including information systems) and surveillance systems (including radar and electro-optic sensors) operating in a joint Electronic Warfare (EW) environment.


The aim of the course is to provide EW-oriented education for officers of the Armed Forces and scientists or technical officers to enhance employment opportunities in fields such as: defence acquisition; defence evaluation and testing; and technical intelligence.


By the end of the package/course students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the threat from Electronic Surveillance (ES) and Electronic Attack (EA) to typical military sensor and information systems and propose strategies involving Electronic Defence (ED) mechanisms to such threats.
  • Evaluate the performance of a number of military sensor and information systems in a hostile EW environment.

Business Benefits

A key development course to support the needs of the business.
Entry Requirements


The course is classified and security clearance is required to attend.


There are no exemptions for this course.


Normally a 1st or 2nd class honours degree or professional equivalent in electrical or electronic engineering or related subjects. Students whose native language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7.


  • British Army
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Civil Servant
    • OF-3
      • C2
      • C2 LEC
      • C2 MSF
  • Royal Air Force
    • OF-3
      • Squadron Leader
  • Royal Marines
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Royal Navy
    • OF-3
      • Lieutenant Commander
The MSc in Military Electronic Systems Engineering (MESE) is suitable for officers of the armed forces and for scientists and technical officers in government defence establishments and the defence industry. This course is centrally funded less T&S and is primarily aimed at mid career officers (Major (OF3) rank) and above, equivalent grade MOD Civil Servants, in an associated career field or employment.
Course Details

Course Elements

  • Foundation subjects – signal processing; statistics; electromagnetic propagation and devices; antennas.
  • Communications systems – modern analogue and digital systems; communications networks.
  • Analysis and performance of modern radar systems, including bistatics, SAR and phased array radars in a hostile environment
  • Electro-optic and infrared systems; digital image processing
  • Information warfare; systems engineering; network centric warfare
  • Communications electronic warfare – electronic attack and protection; electronic surveillance
  • Non-communications electronic warfare for radar, electro-optic and infrared systems.
  • Aeronautical engineering

Accreditation / Assessments

A mix of examinations and varied coursework are used to assess the taught modules of the course. The project is assessed by means of a viva voce examination and project thesis.

Further Course Information

This course is part time residential attendance.

For further course information please refer to the flyer below.



Application Form

Further Information

Application Process:

RN – applications through 2016DIN07-149 by 6 Mar 17.

Army – applications through Army Command Order 2017/04.  Closing date extended until 29 Apr at the request of the document Author.  Should you have difficulty accessing this document please request a copy by emailing the admin team at:    

RAF – applications through 2017DIN07-050 by 30 Apr 17.

MOD CS – applications direct to: between 1 Feb 17 and COP Fri 12 May 17.

Applications received outside of these dates will not be processed. Where the course is oversubscribed with applications a Selection Board will be convened by the Training and Education Team at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, with academic input from Cranfield University staff to prioritise nominations. Applicants will be notified of the results by COP Fri 30 Jun 17.


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Key Information

Delivered By

Technology School


Science and Engineering




MSc: One year full-time.
PgDip: Six months full-time
MSc: Part Time: Up to Five years.

Course Price

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Delivery Method

Blended Learning

Course Contact Details

Name: Cranfield Course Enquiries
Email: email contact
Tel: 01793 785810
Mil Tel: 96161 5810
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