This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.
Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course is specifically designed as an introduction course for the control and guidance module.

The course offers a solid foundation of control system theory specifically for Guided Weapon Systems thus incorporating the key assumptions and challenges surrounding guided weapons.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £1,925 - Standalone Short Course fee Concessions available

Course structure

Lectures, tutorials/discussions, individual case study (MATLAB Dynamic/performance Simulation based for a missile fin actuator system to analyse and design for system bandwidth, frequency response, RL performance design, architectures for feedback, stability.

What you will learn

You will be provided with an understanding of fundamentals of classical/modern control theory as a basic background of GW control and guidance.

Core content

Course topics:

  • control theory for dynamical system modelling
  • time and frequency response
  • Laplace transform and state-space representation of dynamical systems
  • frequency and root-loci methodologies for compensation design
  • application of control theory to design compensators.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Guided Weapon Systems MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for officers seeking to fill appointments concerned with military guided weapons systems in the MOD and trials and training establishments. In particular the course is designed for employees within the MOD, the Armed Forces, and the international defence industry to enable them to work more effectively in the fields of designing and specifying realistic/system requirements for the control of guided weapon systems.

Students must have successfully completed the Guided Weapons Propulsion and Guided Weapons Aerodynamics in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit. There are no prerequisites if taken as a Standalone Short Course.


The course is fully accredited with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Accreditation is also presently being sought with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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