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 module will provide students with an understanding of the design and performance of aviation propulsion systems for fixed-wing, rotary-wing and UAV applications.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 06 - 10 Dec 2021
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost

    Short Course for Credit fee - £1,310

    Standalone Short Course fee - £1,750

    Concessions available

What you will learn

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


  • Describe the principles of propulsion system design and operation,
  • Relate the design of propulsion system components to the overall system performance,
  • Critically analyse the performance of various types of propulsion units fitted to modern classes of aircraft.

Core content

Gas turbine fundamentals

Basic principles; thermodynamics; gas dynamics; dimensional analysis; ideal (Joule) gas turbine cycle.


Gas turbine components

Fixed-wing intakes; rotary-wing intakes; centrifugal-flow compressors; axial-flow compressors; combustion chambers; axial-flow turbines; nozzles.


Aviation internal combustion engines

Petrol engine (Carnot) cycle and applications, diesel engine cycle and application.



Aircraft propulsion; turboshaft cycle; turbojet cycle; turbofan cycle; the engine running line. STOVL aircraft applications. IC engine applications.

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.


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

How to apply

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

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