M.Sc. Explosives Ordnance Engineering PgDip

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP29500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Cranfield University | Swindon, United Kingdom
This course has been designed specifically to provide an opportunity to a wide range of attendees, which include military officers, defence industry staff, government servants and civilian students.

Description of Explosives Ordnance Engineering PgDip


The course offers advanced academic background necessary for students to contribute effectively to technically demanding projects in the field of explosives and Explosives Ordnance Engineering (EOE). It does this by introducing them to up-to-date and current research, which enables them to obtain a critical awareness to problem solving and capability to evaluate both military and commercial best practice in the field of EOE.

This course enables students to learn in a flexible manner as it offers both part-time and full-time learning all with full access to an outstanding remote virtual learning environment and on-line literature through our extensive library facilities. Other qualities and transferable skills include opportunities that will enhance employment potential in this field, problem solving, self-direction and informed communication skills.

This course meets the educational requirements for the Engineering Council UK’s register of Chartered Engineers (CEng); the course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 29500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 29500 Year (EEA)
Home/EU studentMSc Full-time - £29,500MSc Part-time - £29,500 *PgDip Full-time - £20,800PgDip Part-time - £20,800 *Overseas studentMSc Full-time - £29,500MSc Part-time - £29,500 *PgDip Full-time - £20,800PgDip Part-time - £20,800 ** For taught courses where the registration is 2 years or longer, students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or to pay in four equal instalments at six month intervals (i.e. the full fee to be paid over the first two years of their registration). For courses lasting less than two years, students will be offered the option of paying the full fee up front, or to pay in four equal instalments at three month intervals.
Start date September  2016 Part-time: by arrangement
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 60 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Group project

To integrate module learning into an overall critical evaluation of new trends in EOE the students undertake a group project, which considers current ‘Hot Topics in EOE’, for example, nanotechnology, insensitive munitions, analysis and detection and environmental initiatives. The group project involves the students working together to research these hot topics and to critically appraise the facts, principles, concepts, and theories relating to a specific area of EOE. They do this as a group and then individually prepare elements of a presentation that they feedback in groups to their peers in an open forum. The presentation is then graded from an individual and group perspective.

The group project enables the students to work as a team, enhances their communication skills and encourages the ability to present scientific ideas in a clear and concise manner. It also gives the students an understanding of the procedures and challenges associated with peer review and grading and prioritisation of presented work against a clear assessment framework.

Individual project

The aim of the project phase is to give the students an opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired on the taught phase of the course to a practical problem in EOE. A list of available project titles is produced in the first few months of the course so that a student can make an early choice and begin planning their programmes well before the project phase begins. Suggestions for projects may come from a variety of sources, for example an individual student’s sponsor, a member of staff, or the wider EOE community.


The MSc is 200 credits of which 90 are compulsory, 80 are for the thesis and 30 credits are elective.

The PGDip is 120 credits of which 90 are compulsory and 30 credits are elective.

Full modules are 10 credits each; half modules are 5 credits each.


  • Ammunition Systems 1 (Warheads)
  • Ammunition Systems 2 (Delivery Systems)
  • Ammunition Systems 3 (Target Effects)
  • Future Developments: Scanning the Horizon in EOE
  • Insensitive Munitions (Half Module)
  • Introduction to Explosives
  • Manufacture and Material Properties of Explosives
  • Gun Propellants
  • Research Methodology
  • Testing and Evaluation of Explosives (Half Module)
  • Transitions To Detonation (Half Module)
  • EOE Project Phase


  • Explosives and the Environment (Half Module)
  • Explosives for Nuclear Weapons
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Computer Modelling Tools in Explosives Ordnance Engineering (Half Module)
  • R-EOE-RAE - Risk Assessment for Explosives (Half Module)
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Explosives Ordnance Engineering PgDip

This programme is accredited as a programme of further learning for CEng registration. When presented together with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme the educational requirements for CEng registration will be met in full. Students who do not have a first degree should contact the relevant institute directly for further details on whether they meet the requirements.

Work Experience for Explosives Ordnance Engineering PgDip

No work experience is required.

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