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Professional short course

Aerospace Design Process

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Five days
Programme leader:
Dr Steve Wright

Page last updated 13 December 2017


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 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.

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, MSc Engineering Management or MSc Engineering Operations and Improvement.

Careers / Further study

Aerospace Design Process 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 if you wish to undertake this course as a standalone short course without the optional module assessment.

If you wish to complete the module assessment you 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.



  • 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-Module study
Based on numbers, background and experience, you will be placed into teams and will be sent a different information and reference pack.

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.

Post-Course assignment
It is expected that the assignment would focus on some aspect of the design process and would require you to undertake a meaningful and rewarding investigation within your own organisation.

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 2018-19 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

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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.

For further information

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

    +44 (0)117 32 86728

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