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Unmanned Aircraft System Technology*

Unmanned Aircraft System Technology*

1 YR (FT)
2 YRS (PT)
Wrexham Campus

Overview of the programme

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.  


*Subject to ValidationThe University reviews its courses on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect the needs of students and employers. To do this we have a schedule for approving new programmes and updating existing ones. Some are awaiting their turn in the approval cycle and are shown as 'subject to validation'. As soon as the award is validated, details will be amended automatically. For those courses listed as subject to validation, please contact the Admissions Office on 01978 293439 for further information.  Once a programme that you have applied for is validated, details will be communicated to you. If you are not happy with the changes made and wish to withdraw your choice, the University will assist you with finding an alternative programme.


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