Research course

Flight Simulation and Technology Engineering

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Engineering

Entry requirements

The research that we undertake requires a good first degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or Control Engineering. However, some projects can be undertaken by applicants with a strong background in Electrical Engineering, Maths, Computer Science or Physics. Appropriate training will be provided to fill in any areas with which applicants are not familiar when they arrive. The demonstrable ability to coordinate and manage small teams of engineers and pilots would also be an asset. Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Flight Simulation and Control provides expertise in the aeronautical disciplines of flight dynamics, control, simulation and handling qualities.

We are uniquely positioned within academia to address questions relating to pilot-vehicle technologies (tactile cueing and display design), flight control, flight handling qualities, novel configurations, aircraft encounters with turbulent wakes (helicopter ship operational limits), simulation fidelity and unmanned vehicle research (tools and techniques to address the challenges of civil certification) through modelling, real-time flight simulation and high performance Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Our purpose built research facility houses two full motion flight simulators which have allowed us to participate in a number of major projects including European initiatives to design modern civil tilt-rotor aircraft. This research developed the handling requirements of such aircraft and through the use of a distributed European flight simulation network examined the issues surrounding integration into the existing air traffic management system. We have been awarded a United States patent for our work on utilising the psycho-physics based tau-theory of visual perception with pilot display design. We represent the discipline on the American Helicopter Society’s Technical Committees, (Modelling and Simulation and Handling Qualities), Royal Aeronautical Society Specialist Groups and GARTEUR Group of Responsables.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time: £4,195 Part-time: £2,098 (2017)
International students
Full-time: £18,900, Part-time: £9,450 (2017)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927