a couple of students, one in the flight simulator whilst the other is on the computer controls

Professional course

Avionic Systems

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Frenchay Campus
Five days
Programme leader:
Malcolm Jukes

Page last updated 16 January 2019


This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the technical performance, certification requirements and the technologies employed in current and future avionic systems - civil and military - set in the context of their airborne operational environment.

This course is suitable for professional engineers and managers involved in the design, manufacture, support or application of avionic systems onto air-vehicles. Delegates should have an engineering or science degree, or equivalent.

By completing the optional course assessment, this course can contribute towards one or more of the Awards within our Engineering Career and 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 or MSc Engineering Management.

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.

Careers / Further study

Avionic Systems can be taken as a stand alone short courses, 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.



This course will cover the following topics:

  • Systems engineering
  • Systems safety, design processes and certification
  • Airborne computing
  • Flight control
  • Engine control and utility systems
  • Electrical systems
  • On-board sensors
  • Communications and Nav-aids
  • Civil flight deck
  • Military crew station
  • Navigation, flight management and mission management systems
  • Radar and electro-optical systems

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course and assignment work, participantss will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the fundamental performance requirements and constituent elements of all the significant avionic systems to be found in modern civil and military air-vehicles
  • Understand the requirements for and develop the functionality of any avionic system element within the context of a fully integrated 'systems of systems'
  • Formulate and integrate avionic systems from requirements definition, through concept development to final implementation in the context of their operational role
  • Understand and apply the architectural principles and the design process to be employed in order to certificate safe and reliable avionic systems

Learning and Teaching

This course will include presentations, case studies, and demonstrations by expert speakers.

Study time

Pre-Course Study
Approximately 10-15 hours of pre-course work will be set, from directed reading and relevant descriptive material.

Post-Course Assignment
A post-course assignment will be set, utilising elements of the taught programme, to demonstrate the learning outcomes have been met.


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.

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

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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 86304

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