Aerospace Systems MSc

Why choose this course?

The MSc Aerospace Systems provides specialist education at postgraduate level in advanced avionics and aerospace concepts for operationally experienced officers from the RAF and other military services from the UK and abroad. The programme is designed to enhance the defence procurement process by providing intelligent customers.The aerospace systems field has many unique features which facilitate a range of approaches to teaching and learning and distinguish it from other postgraduate fields. It is delivered as a full time residential course and the students undertaking it bring with them a wide range of operational experience. This allows extensive use of group based learning activities.

The students are able to undertake a number of visits to industrial and military establishments throughout the UK and abroad. This gives them first hand exposure to the very latest developments and allows them to compare the approaches used by different organisations. Students have access to classified and commercially confidential material and to experts within industry and the MOD.

This course is taught at MOD Boscombe Down and only MOD personnel may apply.

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year For Ministry of Defence personnel only September 2020
Location MOD Boscombe Down

What you will study

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Core modules

Personal Project

60 credits

This module is designed to provide a vehicle for the application of the taught content of the ASC to a research topic concerned with a defence-related operational problem.


Sensors (Radar and Electro-Optical Systems)

30 credits

This module is designed to introduce the main principles of Radar and Electro-optical Systems technology and to provide an appreciation of the likely future advances in this technology thus enabling the student to understand the importance of Radar and Electro-optical Systems technology in the context of the wider defence system.

Applied Aerospace (Navigation Systems, Platforms, Flight Trials)

30 credits

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental technologies underlying navigation systems, the key technological issues in platform design and the fundamental techniques of Flight Trials. This enables student to critically assess current and proposed systems and their implications on acquisition projects.

Aerospace Practices

30 credits

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to analyse aerospace industry and related government operations, contrast such operations in the UK with those in other nations, and assess newly emerging aerospace-related technology for suitability within the Services. Also, this module presents an opportunity for students to research, analyse and provide solutions for a real-world, MOD-sponsored system integration problem.

Telecommunications and Information Systems

30 credits

This module is designed to cover/analyse the main principles of Telecommunications and Information Systems technologies. It is designed to provide the student with an appreciation of the likely future advances in, and limits of, these systems; enabling the student to evaluate the performance of such technology within the context of the wider ‘system of systems' that is frequently encountered on military platforms.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

This course is only open to MOD personnel.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching and learning methods consist primarily of directed reading, formal lectures, problem analysis sessions, group work and individual coursework. The formal lectures are used to introduce course material and to identify priorities for self-study. Substantial course notes typically support the formal lectures. The problem analysis sessions allow students to work on problems and design exercises under the guidance of academic staff. This helps to consolidate the material covered in the lectures, and aims to equip students with the skills and methods required for extracting and synthesising information; promoting rigour, curiosity, excellence, originality and breadth of knowledge.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 818 hours
  • Guided independent study: 982 hours

Year 1: 45% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 1
  • Coursework: 86%
  • Exams: 14%

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Who teaches this course?

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

This course is delivered by the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

The Faculty's wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covers a diverse range of subject areas, from aerospace to geography; from maths and computing to biotechnology; and many more. Our collaborative set-up provides new opportunities for our students, and we design our courses with industry professionals to ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments.

School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering

The University has a long historical association with training aerospace engineers, dating back to the Sopwith Aviation company in 1912. Today we are the largest aerospace provider in higher education (HESA data 07/08).

Kingston is the only UK university approved by the European Aviation Safety Association EASA Pt 14, allowing us to deliver courses at our Roehampton Vale campus. Students benefit from the specialist facilities at Roehampton Vale - from a Boeing 737 fuselage to large scale wind tunnels - all with programmes supported with the latest software technology.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MSc Full time £1,550