Air and Space: Operations and Tactics

For HM Forces

Study options



Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, blended learning
2 Years
Start date:

MOD focused

Curriculum content designed to complement your Professional Training and allow for further development

Virtual Learning Environment

Highly interactive distance learning course delivered through Blackboard VLE

Flexible Learning

Plenty of flexibility with minimal attendance supporting remote learning and fully supported to allow completion anywhere in the world

Our MSc Air and Space Operations and Tactics course is designed specifically for MOD personnel completing the prestigious QWI/QSI training programme.

Students graduating from this course will demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency and meet the expectations of enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability as these are essential elements of being able to create, maintain and deliver a complex military mission of various aircraft types and capabilities. Eminently employable, many are destined for the higher echelons of the RAF.

To make an initial enquiry about this programme please contact the HM Forces team.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Air and Space: Operations and Tactics

Course content

This is a programme that is unique to the MOD. It covers disciplines from aircraft engineering, planning, problem solving, communication, self-reflection, critical analysis.

The programme requires the extensive use of high value military assets and a large element of one to one instruction, assessment and review that could not be undertaken solely by an academic institution.  However, the academic input from Staffordshire University staff will be present throughout the course and will be most evident during the dissertation module; this will enable students to enhance their analysis and contextualise their learning. 

The programme is a close partnership between the University and the MOD where both entities work closely to deliver the best possible outcome for the student.


The course fee is £2500 and the course is listed on the ELCAS website

Entry requirements

QWI/QSI Students: 
The entry to the course is by selection by the RAF.  Commencement of the course is dependent on satisfactory completion of pre-course preparation.

QWI/QSI Legacy Students:
Personnel, who can demonstrate satisfactory completion of the course at a time where the content was predominantly the same as now, should be eligible for the course with discussion and possible interview with the Course Leader.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Check our entry and English language requirements for your country.

Teaching and assessment


All modules are individually assessed via one or more methods dependent upon the requirement of that module. The method of assessment is chosen to ensure that we can verify that you have met the learning outcomes of the module. These methods may include individual coursework assignments, written reports, discussion contributions and practical exercises.

Typically, assignment submission and feedback will be via Blackboard Learning Portal. Module results will also be made available electronically.

Learning support

You will have access to Blackboard Learning Portal, our online learning environment, where the course information, handbook, tasks and discussion boards can be found. In addition to any textbooks that may be provided for you, all of the disciplinary Journals that the University subscribes to can be accessed online, and we have a substantial and growing collection of eBooks available to use.

A personal tutor will be appointed who is a subject matter expert. Support for any modules will be conducted via email, VLE or telephone.  

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.


Course leader is Stuart Smith


Applications are currently unavailable.

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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