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.

The use of Matlab and Simulink is wide spread in the defence industry and this module gives a solid foundation to their use for engineering problems.

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

This is a five day course taught by a mix of lecture and computer practicals.

What you will learn

On completion of course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the implications of the assumptions made in forming a model of an engineering system,
  • Perform modelling and simulation studies using Matlab and Simulink,
  • Judge the results of a simulation as to whether they and the model used are useful in relation to experimental results or engineering experience,
  • Demonstrate an understanding of control systems and how they may be modelled and designed.

Core content

  • Application of Newton’s Laws of Motion to the modelling of dynamics systems and the formation of transfer function and state space models,
  • Dynamic response, effect of damping, natural frequency and time constant in both the time and frequency domains,
  • Concepts of control, block and simulation diagrams, introduction to control system design and performance specification,
  • Introduction to Matlab and Simulink for simulating dynamic systems encountered in defence.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Defence and Security (Engineering) MSc, Gun Systems Design MSc or Military Vehicle Technology MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is aimed at young engineers who are starting a career in the defence industry who will be using Matlab and Simulink. An appropriate degree in engineering or science, or relevant experience, is required.


Accredited by IMechE as part of the MSc courses.




There are limited places on these modules. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.