MSc Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1 YR (FT) 2 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham

Course Highlights


and keep your own drone. 


to fly and safely operate a drone. 


field trips to conduct actual drone missions.

Why choose this course?

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 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 billions 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. 
  • 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 qualified staff using our drone simulator and out on our dedicated flight-test field.

Key course features

  • Students will build and keep their own Drone, as well as learn how to fly and safely operate it.
  • There will be opportunities for students to go on field trips and conduct real Drone missions.
  • You will have use of Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Testing Facilities, as well as our Drone Simulator and Flight-Test Field. 
  • Enjoy access to the latest computational software for engineering design and image analysis.
  • There is also the chance to participate in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) UAS Challenge where teams design, build and operate UAS in an annual international competition.   

What you will study


  • Engineering Research Methods & Postgraduate Studies
  • Engineering Design & Innovation
  • UAS Technology & Applications
  • UAV Construction
  • UAS Operations and The Law
  • UAS Sensor Technology
  • Dissertation

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

To apply for the course, applicants must meet one or more of the following entry criteria: 

(a) A Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree, or other Bachelors Honours degree, normally with a 1st or 2nd class award in a relevant subject area

(b) Academic qualifications at a lower level than an Honours Degree, but supported by a maturity of experience at a professional level in a relevant specialist area

(c) Equivalent qualifications of another overseas country which are deemed satisfactory by the program team.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be assessed throughout your course through a variety of methods including portfolios, presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject-specific and key skills. This is promoted through guided study or feedback given to students.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.


The taught element, Part One, of the programme will be delivered in two 12 week trimesters, with a total of 60 credits to be completed in each. 

You will cover six taught modules which include lectures, tutorials and practical work on a weekly basis. The expected timetable per module will be a total of 200 hours, which includes 40 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours and 160 independent study hours.

Part Two will then take a further 15 weeks, with a notional study time of 600 hours. 


The taught element, Part One, of the programme will be delivered over two academic teaching years. 80 credits or equivalent worth of modules will be delivered in the first year and 40 credits or equivalent in the second year. The part-time students would join the full-time students with lectures and tutorials/practical work during one day on a weekly basis.

The dissertation element will start in the second trimester, taking a further 30 weeks with a total notional study time of 600 hours. 

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The course equips you with thorough knowledge and skills in engineering at the forefront of new and emerging technologies. Graduates will be well placed to become subject specialists within the industry or to pursue research careers within academia.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for MSc Unmanned Aircraft System Technology are £5940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specificationhere.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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