Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Drone Technology and Applications

Completing this Masters degree at Liverpool John Moores University will give you the knowledge and practical skills to become a specialist in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs. - Complete this masters degree in one year full time - Secure understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks - Gain the expertise to exploit this exciting new technology in a wide range of industries in the UK, Europe and around the world - Curriculum informed by ongoing research in drone technology

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. Level 7 •UAV Technology and Operations: This will teach you the basics of the technology at systems level. As part of this module you will learn to fly UAVs under experienced qualified instructors, first on simulators and then out in the field. •Drone Construction: You build your own multi-rotor drone, complete with flight controller, GPS systems and radio control system. Under the guidance of the teaching team, you will test and then fly your drone in a series of increasingly demanding exercises. •Research Methods: In order to obtain your Masters degree you will have to undertake an individual research project and write it up as a dissertation. In this module you will learn the research, presentation and critical appraisal skills you will need to successfully complete your project. • Advanced UAV Technology and Operations: Practical flying and operating experience, now in more advanced scenarios, is an important element of this module with further simulator exercises and another 5 full-day flying sessions. •UAV Operations and the Law: It is important to know the legal and regulatory framework within which UAVs operate, to become qualified for commercial UAV use it's essential. Here you will learn about the law, the guidelines and get to practice your understanding with 'moot' exercises - debating complex operational scenarios. •Optical Measurement and Sensing: Of all the data gathering devices carried by UAV's the overwhelming majority are optical and to get the best results you will need to understand this technology. It's not just video cameras; you need to fully understand technologies including stereo photogrammetry, LIDAR, structured light and shape from motion systems if you are to be effective in data gathering from drones. •Dissertation Project: On successful completion of the taught part of the programme you will complete an individual research or advanced practice project. Project topics can be self-generated, or drawn from a range of real-world applications originating from outside of the university among the research team's industrial contacts.

Assessment methods

As this is a very practical subject, most of the assessment is coursework based and of a practical nature. You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including: themed essays; practical tasks; flying tests; reports; presentations; on-line blogs; mission plan scenarios.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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