Taught course

Aerospace Vehicle Design - Structural Design option

Cranfield University · Aerospace

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

The MSc option in Structural Design aims to provide an understanding of aircraft structures, airworthiness requirements, design standards, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture (damage tolerance) and fundamentals of aerodynamics and loading.

The suitable selection of materials, both metallic and composite is also covered. Manufacturers of modern aircraft are demanding more lightweight and more durable structures. Structural integrity is a major consideration of today’s aircraft fleet. For an aircraft to economically achieve its design specification and satisfy airworthiness regulations, a number of structural challenges must be overcome.

This course trains engineers to meet these challenges, and prepares them for careers in civil and military aviation.

Information for international students

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study in the UK will need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.

Fees and funding

For details of any funding or bursaries that may be available, please contact the Enquiries Office.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment80

Course contact details

Enquiries Office
+44 (0)1234 758008