Professional short course Aerospace Design Process

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Five days
Course Director
Wendy Fowles-Sweet

Page last updated 21 January 2021


Aerospace design projects are generally characterised by large distributed design teams and long duration projects - because of this Aerospace design engineers frequently do not have a strong overview of the entire design process and the relative infrequency of projects means such engineers will gain experience at a relatively low rate.

This module intends to give you an understanding of the total design process associated with aerospace products and to give you a firm grasp of the dynamics of, and relative importance of, each stage of the design process.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements as this is a standalone short course.  However, it is recommended that you have a degree or equivalent in an Engineering-related topic and workplace experience in the Aerospace sector.

Careers/Professional Development

Aerospace Design Process is a Masters level course, and can be considered as CPD training, and can contribute to your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineering registration.

Entry requirements

If you are a non-UK student you will need to show your passport on entry to the UK. Please check your eligibility to visit and study in the UK here. If you are a non-Irish EU national currently resident in Ireland please contact us directly for further advice.

If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage



  • Capturing customer requirements. Identifying the customers. Documentation of requirements. Types of requirements. Ways to evaluate relative importance of requirements. Aerospace certification and airworthiness.
  • Create design solutions. Structured design methods for generating design alternatives. Team working, team selection and coordination. Use of IT. Internet and intranet technologies. XML for knowledge capture. Active Server Pages (ASP), Blackboard systems, aerospace ontologies/object classification/taxonomies for data interchange. TRIZ
  • Evaluate design solutions. Formal ranking and evaluation methods. Risk analysis. Functional analysis. Top-level synthesis; Subsystem synthesis. Systems engineering management and control. Optimisation techniques. QFD. Value engineering.
  • Design selection and refinement. Optimisation techniques. Design automation. Knowledge based tools, ICAD, Knowledge management. Unit cost modelling and analysis.

Study time

Pre-Course study
You will be sent a reference pack to provide you with suitable background for the course.

When the teams assemble to undertake their work each team member will have to interpret and contribute the knowledge that they possess from their individual pre-module study. Essentially each team member will bring expert knowledge to the group.


Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course DatesLocation
Friday 26 March - Thursday 01 April 2021UWE, Frenchay Campus*

*Should changes in Government and/or public health restrictions require it, we will change all face to face lectures to online delivery.

Programme fees

Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

CohortMarch 2021
Full Fee£1,230
Payment Deadline12 March 2021
Early Bird Discount£998
Payment Deadline29 January 2021
UWE Alumni Discount£765
Payment Deadline12 March 2021

Discounts can not be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments where the course is held on-campus.


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

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How to apply

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If you are a non-UK student you will need to show your passport on entry to the UK. Please check your eligibility to visit and study in the UK here: If you are a non-Irish EU national currently resident in Ireland please contact us directly for further advice.

Due the nature of the course content, non UK/EU participants may require Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certification prior to attending this course.

For further information

  • Email: For specific questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, etc. please contact course leader Wendy Fowles-Sweet ( For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online Enquiry form link or telephone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927