Taught course

Aircraft Electronics and Control

Wrexham Glyndwr University · Wrexham Glyndwr University

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline or relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Aircraft, perhaps even more than other vehicles, are increasingly dependent on computer-based automatic systems. In aircraft, the avionics, communications and control systems fly the aircraft automatically more and more often. This course is an opportunity to combine a knowledge of electronics with an interest in aircraft and to develop, model and test in-flight control systems by ‘flying’ our 3-axis flight simulator.

Key facts

  • Excellent student support available within a learning/research environment
  • Gain exposure to cutting-edge technological development in electrical and electronic technology
  • State-of-the-art IT facilities and analytical tools support the taught and research elements of the course
  • The University has excellent facilities for this course including its own state-of-the-art engineering flight simulator and its joint facility with Airbus UK in connection with composites
  • Strong links have been developed within the aircraft industry including Airbus who have the largest wing manufacturing site in Europe nearby in Broughton

The subject of ‘avionics’ generally covers two specialist areas, namely (i) radio, microwave and radar-based technologies and (ii) aircraft automatic control.

In-depth study is provided in aircraft control systems, particularly in the use of airborne computer networks aimed at flight control (fly-by-wire and automatic flight control).

To do this your understanding of the flight characteristics of the aircraft being studied will be developed.

This course is centred around using the full three-axis engineering flight simulator to characterise a given aircraft performance and to design control systems for it.

This is supported by other studies in control theory and electronics selected from a range of option modules.

The dissertation (one-third of the course time) allows you to develop a specialist interest you may have in order to become an expert in that subject.

Information for international students

Contact:0044 1978 293439 (outside the UK) or 01978 293439 (within the UK). E-mail: enquiries@glyndwr .ac.uk Website: www.glyndwr.ac.uk 'International students' on the homepage.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Student Enquiries
01978 293439