Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Drone Technology and Applications

You will also secure essential practical skills in constructing, flying and operating drone systems. You will build your own, professional standard, multi-rotor drone system; test fly this system and then use it for practical assignments during the programme, including undertaking a research dissertation project. At the end of the course you can take your drone system with you and use as part of your career. In today's world, to be commercially successful in drone applications, you must be safe and operating totally with the aviation law. That's why the programme includes a specialist module on UAV Operations and the Law. Not only will you know the legal and regulatory framework, more importantly you will learn how to interpret it so that you can design complex and challenging UAV operations within the current legal and regulatory framework.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements are at least a lower second Honours degree, or equivalent, in either an Engineering discipline, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science; applicants will be considered who hold at least a lower second honours degree, or equivalent, in another discipline which contains significant numerical and analytical content. Holders of such degrees might like to make informal contact with the programme team prior to application. We will also consider applications from individuals who may not hold any of the above qualifications but have significant relevant experience in the field or a related area. Anyone considering an application on such as basis should contact the programme team in the first instance for an informal discussion and advice.

Course modules

Semester 1: UAV technology and operations; drone construction; research methods.
Semester 2: advanced UAV technology and operations; UAV operations and the law; optical measurement and sensing; dissertation project.

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 2016 - 12 months

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