Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Technology Management (Aerospace)

The CPDA, formerly known as the Aerospace Integrated Graduate Development Schement (IGDS), is a flexible part-time modular scheme jointly run by the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, acting in partnership with industry and other universities; delegates undertake selected technical and management modules, within the fields of Aerospace, Design, Manufacture and Management; modules can be taken either as part of a postgraduate qualification (Certificate, Diploma, MSc), or on an individual basis as short courses.

Entry requirements

Honours degree in mathematics, science or engineering with company sponsorship and 3 years' industrial experience. Non-graduates with HNC, HND or equivalent with 5-8 years' industrial experience plus proof of working as a professional engineer at the graduate level for at least 2 years. Applications from those with BTEC and NVQ qualifications are also encouraged. Special arrangements are now available for non-science graduates to join the programme.

Course modules

Modules fall into 4 fields. Aerospace field: Aerodynamics and performance; aerospace materials engineering; civil aircraft maintenance; aircraft operations; aircraft propulsion; aircraft structural design and stress analysis; airworthiness; avionics systems; flight test principles and practice; introduction to aeronautics; introduction to helicopter design; aircraft systems technology; UAV systems. Manufacturing field: Aircraft manufacture and assembly; manufacturing systems engineering; decision making for manufacturing. Design field: Advanced design of rotorcraft foundation in systems engineering; human factors in aerospace; design for operations; non-linear flight mechanics; aerospace life cycle and cost modelling; reliability and maintainability; supportability and logistics engineering; the aerospace design process, concept to compliance; requirements engineering; design optimisation. Management field: Aerospace marketing; aerospace risk management; aerospace strategic management; corporate culture and the management of change; financial management and control; human factors in organisations; lean thinking; management of international aerospace projects; product liability and contract law; project management; supply chain strategy and management; total quality management.

Sponsorship information

Various funding opportunities through the Royal Aeronautical Society; the Royal Academy of Engineering and the West of England Aerospace Forum.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time block-release - 2 years
PgCert Full-time £ 4,000 per Academic year (home fees) 6 months
Full-time - 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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