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Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc/PgDip/PgCert - MAAMSC



Start Date: Mon 4 Sep 17 or Mon 8 Jan 18 (subject to demand), study spread over 5 years.

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

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. To achieve this requires engineers to be cognisant of a broad range of aerospace engineering, airworthiness and safety disciplines. The MSc in Military Aerospace and Airworthiness has been designed to address these needs by providing a course aimed specifically at employees in the MOD, Armed Forces and the defence industry. It provides practising engineers with the knowledge and skills to enable them to work more effectively in aerospace engineering, airworthiness, and safety. The course structure allows students to continue in full-time employment while they are studying.


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In completing this course, and achieving the associated award, a diligent student should be able to:  

Knowledge and understanding: 

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key facts, concepts and practices in airworthiness; 
  • describe the design, operation and performance of military aircraft at a level appropriate to airworthiness requirements; 
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of aviation safety management; 

Skills and other attributes:

  • analyse and calculate operational and performance data for selected military aircraft; 
  • outline the key aspects affecting the airworthiness of military aircraft and the lessons learned from previous accidents; 
  • assess the ways in which aviation safety is quantified and managed.

In addition to the intended learning outcomes outlined for the PgCert above, a diligent student would also be expected to: 

Knowledge and understanding: 

  • demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of a broad range of aviation disciplines and their interdependency in the context of military aerospace and airworthiness. 

Skills and other attributes: 

  • demonstrate the application of knowledge and understanding in a complex multi- disciplinary aerospace technology environment and within an airworthiness context; 
  • compute and analyse systems-level military aircraft data; 
  • plan and deliver an assessment of the airworthiness and safety of an aircraft. 


In addition to the intended learning outcomes outlined for the PgDip above, a diligent student would also be expected to: 

Knowledge and understanding: 

  • identify relevant areas of previous research, placing them in context with a research project and providing critical appraisal;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles and theories and articulate these through reasoned analysis and discussion; 
  • describe the background to an area of research, justify the research methodologies and discuss the main findings and conclusions in a viva voce examination. 

Skills and other attributes: 

  • assess new research ideas, concepts or methodologies through the use of techniques such as experimentation, analytical models and numerical models; 
  • plan a research project with aims, objectives, risk assessment and time lines (with identification of critical path and contingencies); 
  • write a dissertation in a clear and concise manner with consideration given to the points above.

Business Benefits

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


There are no restrictions for this course.


There are no exemptions for this course.


Normally a 1st or 2nd class Honours degree in engineering, science or mathematics or the professional equivalent. Students whose native language is not English must attain an IELTS score of at least 7.0.


  • British Army
    • OF-8
      • Lieutenant General
    • OF-7
      • Major General
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
    • OF-4
      • Lieutenant Colonel
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Civil Servant
    • OF-8
      • SCS Pay Band 3
    • OF-7
      • SCS Pay Band 2
    • OF-6
      • B1
      • SCS Pay Band 1
    • OF-5
      • B2
      • B2 MSF
      • B2 PR LEC
    • OF-4
      • C1
      • C1 MSF
      • C1 SNR LEC
    • OF-3
      • C2
      • C2 LEC
      • C2 MSF
  • Royal Air Force
    • OF-8
      • Air Marshal
    • OF-7
      • Air Vice Marshal
    • OF-6
      • Air Commodore
    • OF-5
      • Group Captain
    • OF-4
      • Wing Commander
    • OF-3
      • Squadron Leader
  • Royal Marines
    • OF-8
      • Lieutenant General
    • OF-7
      • Major General
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
    • OF-4
      • Lieutenant Colonel
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Royal Navy
    • OF-8
      • Vice Admiral
    • OF-7
      • Rear Admiral
    • OF-6
      • Commodore
    • OF-5
      • Captain
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      • Commander
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      • Lieutenant Commander
Course Details

Course Elements

The course contains four compulsory modules:
1. Aeronautical Engineering 1;
2. Aeronautical Engineering 2;
3. Airworthiness of Military Aircraft;
4. Safety Management Systems in Aviation; 

Plus the following optional modules: 

  • Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations; 
  • Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response; 
  • Aircraft Survivability; 
  • Design, Durability and Integrity of Composite Aircraft Structures; 
  • Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control; 
  • Gas Turbine Fundamentals; 
  • Guided Weapons; 
  • Introduction to Aircraft Structural Crashworthiness; 
  • Introduction to Human Factors (A/W); 
  • Mechanical Integrity of Gas Turbines; 
  • Military Aircraft Systems; Military Avionics; 
  • Practical Reliability; 
  • Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems.

Accreditation / Assessments

Closed-book written examinations; Individual and group design exercises; Technical essays; Engineering calculations; Computer-based assessment; Examination of a written dissertation; Viva voce examination.

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


Aeronautics and Airworthiness, Science and Engineering




MSc: up to 5 years part-time 
PgDip: up to 4 years part-time 
PgCert: up to 3 years part-time

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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