This course 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.

The course aims to expand students working knowledge of military airframe systems, focusing upon their roles, technology and integration with modern military aircraft platforms.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 10 - 14 Jun 2024
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

Course structure

50% written examinations and 50% group study.

What you will learn

This course offers you the potential to refresh your understanding of military aircraft systems while also having the benefit of interfacing with the actual aircraft and our active laboratory demonstrations to explore a choice of key subsystems. Furthermore the parametric project helps to use software base tools to explore the various factors that affect the electrical systems.

Core content

  • aircraft electrical systems,
  • secondary power systems,
  • aircraft landing gear,
  • electrical actuators, 
  • pneumatic systems,
  • icing and protection systems, 
  • future electrical systems,
  • data transfers,
  • AC jet power generation (including a laboratory session),
  • aviation fuels and systems,
  • hydraulic systems,
  • flight control systems, 
  • intelligent power management,
  • emergency systems, 
  • Aviation Hall visit, 
  • environmental systems, 
  • simulation design study.

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.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

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 military aircraft systems, including electrical, protection, fuels, pneumatic, power management via a simulated software study.



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available and must complete the course for credits only. 

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.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.