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Professional course

Aircraft Systems Technology

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Five days
Programme leader:
Mr Ian Moir
Key fact:
This module can count towards the MSc Aerospace qualification.

Page last updated 1 June 2018


The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the ever expanding role of aircraft systems in modern aircraft and to consider their design, development and certification aspects.

This module is intended for graduate engineers, mature professionals and/or managers. The content is suitable for specialists in search of a broader aircraft perspective as well as for new-comers to the field.

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.

Careers / Further study

Related courses

Below is a sample list of other related courses, for a full list of short courses please see our Engineering and Aerospace course list.

· Aerospace Design Process

· Aerospace Risk Management

· Aircraft Structural Design and Stress Analysis

· Engineering Project Management

· Flight Test Principles and Practice

· Leading Change

· Technical Business Operations

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 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.



On completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Understand and interpret aircraft systems functions and principles as well as their dependencies derived from requirements and aircraft configuration.
  • Understand and derive basic performance characteristics for individual systems and system architectures.
  • Formulate and consider essential steps in system conceptual definition and related development and certification processes.
  • Understand the influence of aircraft systems on reliability, safety and economics of aircraft operation.

The module will include lectures with systems application examples and provide an overview of specific aircraft types.

Introduction and overview of aircraft systems and their inter-relationship with avionics systems:

  • Electrical power generation and distribution systems
  • Engine systems
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Environmental control systems
  • Primary and secondary flight control
  • Landing gear and braking/steering systems
  • Ice and rain protection
  • Fire detection
  • Emergency systems

Learning and Teaching

Lectures are jointly presented by Ian Moir and Allan Seabridge - co-authors of 'Aircraft Systems' and who together have over 80 years of experience in the aerospace Industry.

Ian Moir is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET). He has 48 years of aerospace experience encompassing careers in the Royal Air Force and the Aerospace Industry and Consultancy.

During his career he has presented over 10 papers at International conferences in Europe, the US and the Far East. His consultancy activities have embraced many major aerospace customers in the UK, Europe and the US. His main areas of expertise are electrical, mechanical and avionics systems, for both military and civil aircraft. As well as consultancy his present activities include: lecturing at major Universities and aerospace companies, publishing aerospace books together with his co-author - Allan Seabridge. He has had a total of 4 titles published over the past six years including Aircraft Systems, which is a third edition.

Study time

Students will be expected to undertake preparation including reading of pre-course material. There is a recommended book for this module and students are welcome to purchase this book, although this is not a mandatory text book. Aircraft Systems 'Third Edition', recently expanded and updated, published by John Wiley Ltd in conjunction with the AIAA in the US.

Students will be offered assignment tasks that consolidate the knowledge gained during the module.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£1785 (includes optional UWE module accreditation)

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

Course dates

We currently do not have any scheduled dates for this course. If you would like to receive updates of upcoming course dates, please complete the enquiry form below.


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

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How to apply

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