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Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

MSc
Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

build

and keep your own drone


learn

to fly and safely operate a drone


visit

field trips to conduct actual drone missions


Year of entry: 2019

Course duration: 1 YR (FT) 2 YRS (PT)

Institution Code: G53

Location: Wrexham Campus

Overview of the programme

This 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.   

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