Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England


This course is offered by the Bristol and West of England Consortium for Continuing Professional Development in Aerospace (CPDA). The CPDA aims to increase the professional capabilities of engineers and managers in the Aerospace industry through strategic understanding of major technical, business and environmental factors both now and in the future, by: developing and broadening technical and business skills within the context of the industry as well as, more specifically, with individual participating organisations; enhancing the competitiveness of the industry with a high quality and carefully positioned professional development scheme; creating, developing and implementing flexible and innovative research and development opportunities geared to the needs of the industry. Students on the course come from a range of different companies within the sector, including primes and throughout the supply chain. This mix of students from different companies and with different roles adds a unique perspective to the learning environment, as they network and learn from each other.

Entry requirements

1st degree of 2.2 or above in an engineering subject, or substantial relevant experience.

Course modules

Modules fall into 4 fields as follows: 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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Part-time block-release - 2 years
PgDip Part-time block-release - 2 years
MSc Part-time day and block-release - 2 years
MSc Full-time - 18 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions and International Development
Telephone number: 
0117 328 3333