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Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

Wrexham Glyndwr University · School of Science and Technology

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Entry requirements

To apply for the course, applicants must meet one or more of the following entry criteria:

(a) A Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree, or other Bachelors Honours degree, normally with a 1st or 2nd class award in a relevant subject area

(b) Academic qualifications at a lower level than an Honours Degree, but supported by a maturity of experience at a professional level in a relevant specialist area

(c) Equivalent qualifications of another overseas country which are deemed satisfactory by the program team.

Months of entry


Course content

his MSc in Unmanned Aircraft System Technology is designed to equip practitioners of the future with the in-depth knowledge required to safely and legally design, manufacture and operate SUA (up to 20kg MTOM) here in the UK.

Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) which are more commonly referred to as “Drones”, are being used for civil purposes in a growth business sector predicted to be worth £15 billion of pounds over the next 10 years. UASs are currently revolutionising everything from agriculture to film-making and are increasingly being used to monitor, research and conduct data gathering missions in surveying, mining, forestry, ecology, archaeology virtual reality and computer gaming. This degree is intended to address the looming skills shortage in this field and is ideal for workplace professionals wishing to pursue an interesting and relevant course to enhance their career development.

This is a practical, hands-on course in which students will get to build, fly and keep their very own drone. An engineering degree qualification is not necessary to enrol on this course. Scientists across all disciplines who wish to adapt drone technology to their field of study and people from any industry, employed or self-employed, are eligible and encouraged to join the course. For example in agriculture, drones can be used to assess crops and yields. This can be achieved by understanding the technologies behind the drone and then adapting it for a specific purpose. The course is not so much about training people to become pilots, it’s about providing the skills to extract and process data in a whole range of subject areas.

Students will learn the legal and safety aspects of advanced drone operations and also plan missions and conduct actual operations in the field. Flying tuition will be provided by our Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) qualified staff using our drone simulator and also out on our dedicated flight-test field. nd electronic build and test laboratories are available for the production and testing of control, sensor and power supply circuitry.

Course features

  • Build and keep your own Drone.
  • Learn to fly and safely operate a Drone.
  • Field trips to conduct actual Drone missions.
  • Use of Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Testing Facilities.
  • Use of Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Drone Simulator and Flight-Test field facilities.
  • The latest computational software for engineering design, and image analysis.
  • There is also the chance to participate in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) UAS Challenge where teams design, build and operate UAS in an annual international competition.

This course can be completed over 1 year full time, or 2 years part time.

Fees and funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for MSc Unmanned Aircraft System Technology are £5940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

01978 290666