Glyndwr University

Wrexham Glyndwr University

Aircraft Electronics and Control

Aircraft, perhaps even more than other vehicles, are increasingly dependent on computer-based automatic systems; in aircraft, the avionics, communications and control systems fly the aircraft automatically more and more often; this course is an opportunity to combine a knowledge of electronics with an interest in aircraft and to develop, model and test in-flight control systems by flying the 3-axis flight simulator; the subject of avionics generally covers 2 specialist areas, namely radio, microwave and radar-based technologies and aircraft automatic control; in-depth study is provided in aircraft control systems, particularly in the use of airborne computer networks aimed at flight control (fly-by-wire and automatic flight control); to do this students� understanding of the flight characteristics of the aircraft being studied are developed; this course is centred around using the full 3-axis engineering flight simulator to characterise a given aircraft performance and to design control systems for it; this is supported by other studies in control theory and electronics selected from a range of option modules; the dissertation (1/3 of the course time) allows students to develop a specialist interest they need in order to become an expert in that subject; students gain exposure to cutting-edge technological development in electrical and electronic technology; the University has facilities for this course including its own state-of-the-art engineering flight simulator and its joint facility with Airbus UK in connection with composites; strong links have been developed within the aircraft industry including Airbus who have the largest wing manufacturing site in Europe nearby in Broughton.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline or relevant professional experience.

Course modules

Modules include: research methods; sustainable design and innovation; aircraft avionics systems; flight dynamics and control; advanced control systems options; digital communication systems; advanced electronic design and testing; radio frequency electronics; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes a variety of methods including practical work, portfolios, presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Wrexham Campus Wrexham LL11 2AW Wales

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