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 aim of this course is to provide the students with an understanding of the fundamental principles, design and analysis of radar systems.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 18 - 22 Nov 2024
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £2,100 - Standalone Short Course fee 

Course structure

The course is run once each year. Each course has a 5 day taught residential.

What you will learn

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Identify the principles underlying radar detection in noise and clutter, relating these principles to conventional radar system design,
  • Explain the specialist properties and particular operational advantages of modern multi-function radar and SAR systems,
  • Critically evaluate the detection performance of a radar system, given its design parameters,
  • Produce a viable radar system design, given a suitable specification of the required radar performance,
  • Generate and analyse radar waveforms and target echoes with Matlab.

Core content

Course topics:

  • Introduction to radar systems,
  • Radar detection,
  • Losses,
  • CW radar,
  • FM ranging,
  • Pulse radar,
  • Target radar cross section,
  • Radar clutter,
  • CFAR,
  • Pulse compression,
  • MTI radar,
  • Pulse doppler radar,
  • Tracking,
  • Phased arrays,
  • GMTI radar,
  • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards either the Sensors Electronic Warfare PgCert, Military Electronic Systems Engineering Foundations PgCertGuided Weapon Systems MSc or Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.



Who should attend

This course is aimed at those who are new to radar system technologies. It is suitable for those who are involved with the design of radar systems and want to rigorously consolidate their foundations, background knowledge, or expand on specific radar concepts.

Students must have completed both Electromagnetic Propagation and Devices and Signal Processing, Statistics and Analysis in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit. There are no prerequisites if taken as a Standalone Short Course.

How to apply

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

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