MSc in Vehicle and Weapon Engineering


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Programme Description


Delivered in Detroit, MI, USA, this course will provide students with the technical knowledge and understanding of weapon systems and military vehicles to make them effective in their specification, design, development and assessment.

The taught element consists of 10 core and 4 Optional modules covering major aspects of defence technology, providing balanced and broad coverage of key aspects, issues and constraints associated with the design, development, performance and integration of weapon and vehicle systems.

Each standard module consists of a one-week (5 days) course of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Earning the appropriate credits can lead to the following academic awards: PgCert – any combination of modules (building a total of 60 credits)/PgDip – all modules (120 credits)/MSc – all modules (120 credits) plus project (80 credits).

Individual project

In addition to the taught part of the course, students can opt either to undertake an individual project or participate in a group design project. The aim of the project phase is to enable students to develop expertise in engineering research, design or development. The project phase requires a thesis to be submitted and is worth 80 credit points.


Written exam (50%) and course work (50%)

Course details

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:

  • Fighting Vehicle Design
  • Finite Element Methods in Engineering
  • Systems Engineering & Assured Performance
  • Modelling, Simulation and Control
  • Weapon System Technology
  • Fundamentals of Ballistics
  • Electric Drive Technologies
  • Light Weapon Design
  • Military Autonomous Vehicles
  • Survivability
  • Vehicle Systems Integration
  • Reliability and System Effectiveness
  • Armoured Fighting Vehicle and Weapon Systems Study
  • Design Study/Projects

Elective modules

A selection of modules from the following list needs to be taken as part of this course:

  • Military Vehicle Propulsion
  • Military Vehicle Dynamics
  • Military Vehicles Propulsion and Dynamics
  • Gun System Design

Entry requirements

A first or second class Honours degree or equivalent in science, engineering or mathematics. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable.

Your career

Takes you on to employment within the defence forces or defence research establishments and defence industry.

Last updated Apr. 2019

About the School

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