Male student inside a flight simulator

Professional course


About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Frenchay Campus
Five Days
Course director:
Dr Hadi Abulrub

Page last updated 16 March 2017


This course introduces Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) which is a very powerful approach that uses a computer model designed to mimic the behaviour of a real system. Examples include stock control problems, risk analysis, critical path analysis, and queueing systems. DES is particularly used in systems where queues form, for example, supermarket checkouts, or incoming flights in an air stack before landing at an airport. 

By completing the optional course assessment, this course can contribute towards one or more of the Awards within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. This framework of engineering modules gives participants the opportunity to take a flexible route towards a named Postgraduate Award, such as MSc Aerospace, MSc Professional Engineering, MSc Engineering Management or MSc Engineering Operations and Improvement.

Careers / Further study

Simulation can be taken as a stand-alone short course, or used to build up to a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Engineering Capability Development Framework. For a full list of short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.

Professional accreditation

This module contributes towards the MSc Aerospace Programme, which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Both professional bodies also endorse the other professional engineering courses that we offer.

Our Engineering courses can also contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration. Please refer to the Benefits of Professional Study for more information.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to undertake this course as a standalone short course without the optional module assessment.

Participants wishing to complete the module assessment are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.



Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) is used when analytical models are too complex or not even possible and experimenting with the real system may be too expensive. In order to study a system over a long period of time the real system might not exist and insight is needed over a wide variety of criteria.

Course content

  • What is Simulation? 
  • Overview of DES
  • The strengths and weaknesses of DES
  • Application of DES
  • Conceptual modelling for DES
  • Can we use spreadsheets for DES?  
  • Specialist software for DES
  • The use of specific DES software, such as Simul8
  • Simple DES modelling
  • Experimentation using DES
  • Verification and Validation of DES models
  • Complex DES modelling

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£1530 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments.

Course dates

Bookings for the 2016/17 run of this module are now closed. Please complete an enquiry form to receive information once the 2017/18 academic year run of this module becomes available.


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

For all enquiries, please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

If you wish to gain university credits by completing the assignment, please register for our Engineering Capability Development Framework (If you have already registered, please contact your course administrator directly to make a booking.)

For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone:

    +44 (0)117 32 87265

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