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Professional course

Aerospace Business Context and Environment

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Three days
Programme leader:
David Wornham

Page last updated 19 September 2017


The aim of this module is to provide you with the tools and industry knowledge necessary to understand; the commercial development and organisation of the Aerospace industry and the strategies of individual firms.

The module is intended for engineering and commercial graduates or managers working in the Aerospace industry.

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 Business Context and Environment can be taken towards 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.



The focus of this course is the Aerospace industry and its market environment. Analytical tools to help understand the dynamics of the industry, the competitive positioning of individual firms and sources of superior performance are discussed and applied to Aerospace.

Specific strategic topics are examined in addition and issues associated with "making strategies happen" within firms are also covered.

  • Strategic Issues and Challenges in the twenty-first century
  • Industry Analysis
  • Competitive Positioning: Competencies and Opportunities
  • Collaboration and Strategic Partnerships
  • Manufacturing Strategy
  • Managing Strategic Change
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Global Aerospace Strategies

On completion of the course, you will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of their business
  • Have an overview of future strategic development possibilities
  • Be able to assess the role of joint ventures and alliances in aerospace
  • Understand how manufacturing design and technology influence strategy
  • Understand how to generate and evaluate strategic options
  • Have the skills to recognise and help improve the competencies and competitive position of their organisation

From an analysis of the fundamentals of industry structure and strategic positioning, the course develops to understand the mechanisms for achieving successful performance and the strategic processes that are involved within the 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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