Taught course

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design

University of Southampton · Aeronautics and Astronautics

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Engineering and the Environment
+44 (0)23 8059 4651