University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design

Our programme - supported by several major UK companies, including Thales, BAE systems, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and Cobham - is suitable for graduates wishing to specialise in unmanned systems, or in support of continued professional development. You will have the opportunity to design and build a sophisticated unmanned system and have access to rapid prototyping and testing facilities to put your designs through mission testing. You will have access to a sophisticated autopilot system including relevant training.

Entry requirements

MSc: Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences or a related subject. Those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

Compulsory modules include: Unmanned Vehicle Systems Design; Systems Reliability; Design Search and Optimisation; Aerospace Control Design; Avionics; MSc Research Project Optional modules include: Aeroelasticity; Aircraft Structural Design; Control and Instrumentation, Wing Aerodynamics; Advanced Control Design; Advanced Finite Element Analysis; Aircraft Propulsion; Aircraft Structures; Composites Engineering Design and Mechanics; Powered Lift; Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics; Applications of CFD; Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring; Automotive Propulsion.

Assessment methods

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 21,578 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site - Highfield Campus SO17 1BJ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Taught Admissions - Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
Telephone number: 
02380594651