Taught course

Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

Wrexham Glyndwr University · School of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

A degree level or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) which are more commonly referred to as Drones are now being used for commercial purposes in an exciting and booming business sector predicted to be worth more than £15 billion in the next 10 years.

This practical orientated MSc in Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Technology has been specifically designed for professionals whose occupational fields would benefit from applications of UAS technology. These are as diverse as agriculture, logistics, surveying, mining, forestry, ecology, archaeology, emergency services, estate management, virtual reality and computer gaming. This course is also ideal for those who are keen to enter this industry sector and wish to develop a thorough understanding of UAS Technology.

During this course you will construct a Drone and gain an in depth understanding of drone and payload sensor technology. This course will also help to build your confidence as a drone operator, allowing you to safely undertake simulated and actual UAS missions in the knowledge that you have complied with all of the relevant statutory requirements.

UAS are frequently used for data-gathering purposes and during this course you will have the opportunity and the analytical support to gather and analyse data as part of the project dissertation. Typical forms of data gathering are 3D terrain mapping and surveying using PIX4D software.

The structural design and component architecture of UAS is also a rapidly evolving field of technology. Here at Wrexham Glyndwr University we have the facilities and technical support staff necessary to realise the conceptual ideas that you may have. Our Advanced Composite Centre facility allows the manufacture and testing of high performance UAS airframes, there are rapid prototyping and 5-axis CNC machining facilities, wind tunnels for aerodynamic testing and our electrical and 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 Glyndwr University’s Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Testing Facilities.
  • Use of Glyndwr University’s Drone Simulator and Flight-Test field facilities.
  • The latest computational software for engineering design, and image analysis.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

01978 290666