This module can be taken as a Short Course from Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.
This module will introduce Human Factors issues that affect airworthiness, particularly in the military context. This will encompass both design and operational issues within a systems perspective, highlighting technical, organisational and psychological interdependencies.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 05 - 09 Jun 2023
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost

    Short Course for Credit fee - £1,350

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,925

    Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:


  • Knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of human factors considerations affecting airworthiness and safety,
  • Understanding the content and implications of human factors concepts and practice.


  • Identify and interpret the human factors aspects of designs and situations,
  • Apply Human Factors principles to the design, management and operation of aircraft socio-technical systems,
  • Evaluate the relative impact of human factors issues within a systems context.

Core content

  • Human factors methods, metrics and evaluation,
  • Social and organisational HF: socio-technical systems, safety culture and accident/incident causation,
  • Cognitive psychology – how the mind works and the importance of this to HF,
  • Personnel and training – selection, skill acquisition and retention, training evaluation and effectiveness,
  • System safety: human performance and error,
  • Design of work stations and user interfaces,
  • Human factors physiology - anthropometric measurement, strength and fitness, health, sensory factors and the related design considerations.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc or the Defence and Security (Engineering) MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.


Rebecca McKeown


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.

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How to apply

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

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