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.

A one-week introduction to propulsion and aerodynamic theory, specifically related to guided weapon systems.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    £2,070 - Short Course for Credit fee

    £1,750 - Standalone Short Course fee

    Concessions available

Course structure

The majority of the course is taught in the classroom, though there are numerous supporting demonstrations, weapon displays, tutorials and practicals. The course is of 5 days’ duration.

What you will learn

The objective of the course is to cover the fundamental theory of the subjects of both aerodynamics and propulsion, in order that it may be understood and later applied to real GW system designs.

Core content

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Lift and drag
  • Compressible flow
  • Transonic, supersonic and hypersonic flows
  • Thermodynamics and gas dynamics principles
  • Propulsion performance parameters and flight mechanics
  • Solid and liquid propellant rocket propulsion theory.

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 anyone in the services or industry intending to gain a background level in propulsion and aerodynamics, but is especially applicable to anyone working in the guided weapons arena. A background in engineering or science would be beneficial, though not essential.


The Guided Weapon Systems MSc is fully accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Dr Derek Bray


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.

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.