Taught course

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design

University of Southampton · Aeronautics and Astronautics

Entry requirements

This MSc course is aimed primarily at people with mechanical or aerospace engineering degrees. However, well qualified and motivated applicants with other degrees (for example electronics) will be considered. The admissions criteria will allow such individuals but they will be encouraged to undertake a suitably amended syllabus to ensure they acquire the necessary base skills.

Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University) 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, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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