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    Hi all,

    Confused on whether I should go for the MSc Aerospace design at cranfield or the MSc Aerospace Eng at Uni of Manchester. I would like to specialise later in design engineering (in industry) so both courses are design-oriented from the specifications I read

    What do you guys think?

    Any advice is much appreciated!
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    (Original post by howbawdah)
    Hi all,

    Confused on whether I should go for the MSc Aerospace design at cranfield or the MSc Aerospace Eng at Uni of Manchester. I would like to specialise later in design engineering (in industry) so both courses are design-oriented from the specifications I read

    What do you guys think?

    Any advice is much appreciated!
    Cheers!
    Hi,

    I thought I should have a look at Aerospace Engineering MSc from Manchester- as I am from Cranfield and do not know much on Manchester- and I could see similarities. The cost is similar, the accreditations are similar and the industry connections seem to be same too.

    I study at Cranfield and do a PhD in Aerospace, hence I understand the choice of your specialising area. My PhD is design oriented and I have had good support from MSc students here at Cranfield who seem to be pretty good at aerospace design (yes, MSc students supported me at the onset!). I think the distinction with Cranfield is the number of core modules you will study- 12 core modules and 10 optional modules if you take for instance, the Aircraft Design MSc in Cranfield, (MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design).

    With Cranfield you have a group project, which is a live-project you would run with a team of 3 other students, plus academic staffs + company staffs. You can opt for a more design-oriented group project here to improve your aerospace-design skills- and possibly get a job at the end of your MSc! This is asides your own individual dissertation.

    Essentially, you are pretty covered in terms of Aerospace Design. Cranfield is the only UK University with a standard airport runaway in place- planes, helicopters and light planes land near my research office! This is asides the design and simulation facilities which you will use.

    Ultimately, it is down to whatever you are specifically looking for. I would suggest, perhaps attending the Open Days of both Universities (Cranfield's is on the 4th of February) or, if you have any more specific question, coming back here and posing them. We would do our best to answer them.

    All the best with the decision-making! I was there before, so I know how difficult it could be!
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    Hi,

    I thought I should have a look at Aerospace Engineering MSc from Manchester- as I am from Cranfield and do not know much on Manchester- and I could see similarities. The cost is similar, the accreditations are similar and the industry connections seem to be same too.

    I study at Cranfield and do a PhD in Aerospace, hence I understand the choice of your specialising area. My PhD is design oriented and I have had good support from MSc students here at Cranfield who seem to be pretty good at aerospace design (yes, MSc students supported me at the onset!). I think the distinction with Cranfield is the number of core modules you will study- 12 core modules and 10 optional modules if you take for instance, the Aircraft Design MSc in Cranfield, (MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design).

    With Cranfield you have a group project, which is a live-project you would run with a team of 3 other students, plus academic staffs + company staffs. You can opt for a more design-oriented group project here to improve your aerospace-design skills- and possibly get a job at the end of your MSc! This is asides your own individual dissertation.

    Essentially, you are pretty covered in terms of Aerospace Design. Cranfield is the only UK University with a standard airport runaway in place- planes, helicopters and light planes land near my research office! This is asides the design and simulation facilities which you will use.

    Ultimately, it is down to whatever you are specifically looking for. I would suggest, perhaps attending the Open Days of both Universities (Cranfield's is on the 4th of February) or, if you have any more specific question, coming back here and posing them. We would do our best to answer them.

    All the best with the decision-making! I was there before, so I know how difficult it could be!

    Thanks for a great reply! That's quite a handful! 12 modules in one year and how many do I have to pick from the optional list? Are most of these modules exam-based or coursework-based? How is it like living there? I've always lived in cities like in Coventry and London.

    I was thinking to commute from somewhere like Watford..but still unsure
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    (Original post by howbawdah)
    Thanks for a great reply! That's quite a handful! 12 modules in one year and how many do I have to pick from the optional list? Are most of these modules exam-based or coursework-based? How is it like living there? I've always lived in cities like in Coventry and London.

    I was thinking to commute from somewhere like Watford..but still unsure
    You are welcome! I am just having a chance to reply you now.

    I had not included the Aerospace Integrated Research Centre, the AIRC, a project co-funded by Rolls-Royce, Airbus, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and from Cranfield itself. It houses major aerospace research facilities, including design facilities which you would be able to make use of. It has just been completed now and you will be one of the first students to make use of this aerospace facility.

    You can read up more here; https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/press/ne...eld-university

    Yes, for that particular course, 12 modules. There are three MSc Options in Aerospace Vehicle Design, 1. Aircraft Design 2. Avionics Systems Design and 3. Structural Design. It is a minimum of 60 hours of optional modules, which will be largely down to your particular area of interest/ specialisation.

    You can send questions on the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design course to https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/forms/enquiry-form

    I must say, I had similar questions, moving to Cranfield. I had previously lived in Cardiff and then London, for most part of the last decade, hence I was very much used to the hustle and bustle of London. Bedfordshire/ Milton Keynes are the nearest cities, cities which are distinct from London. I live near the campus and it is ideal for me, as research is a time-intensive exercise. However, within Cranfield, there are social activities that are quite engaging; from the Friday and Saturday night party events at the CSA bar, to the mid-week/ Friday karaoke sing-song, to the movie nights or social activities planned by students in residential halls. Bedford and Milton Keynes are not far away and, going out at night and getting home at the early hours of the morning isn't uncommon, if you are the social-activities type. Personally, I leave those activities till the last few days in the term when my desk is not so full of work!

    Commuting from Watford is possible, as long as you can plan it. I have friends who commute from Watford, London and Northampton for studies. As long as you can plan your time, it should be fine.

    I hope these are okay?
 
 
 
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