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Professional course

Aircraft Structural Design and Stress Analysis

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Five days
Programme leader:
Wendy Fowles-Sweet

Page last updated 22 November 2018


This course aims to give you an appreciation of the criteria used for selecting aircraft materials and the stress analysis of aircraft structures. It will give you an overview of how structural loading and stress analysis influence the decisions upon large commercial aircraft shape and airworthiness.

It is intended for engineers and managers who need to be aware of the influence of specific materials and structural considerations in the development of aircraft design. The course contains a combination of theory and experimental presentation associated with the design of aircraft components with short tutorial sessions on most topics addressed.

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 you the opportunity to take a flexible route towards a named Postgraduate Award, such as MSc Aerospace, MSc Professional Engineering or MSc Engineering Management.

Careers / Further study

Aircraft Structural Design and Stress Analysis can be taken as a stand-alone professional 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 professional 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 undertaking this course as a standalone professional short course without the optional module assessment.

If you wish 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.



To be confirmed.

Learning and Teaching

This course will include a combination of lectures, a laboratory session and tutorials


Pre and post course assignments will be set. The pre-course assignment will be accompanied by appropriate theory and the post-course will address in the main the course presentation material.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£1,530 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)

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

Course dates

This course runs alternative years and hence will next be scheduled to run in our 2019-20 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.


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

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

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

For further information

  • Email: For all course queries, please complete the on-line enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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