Postgraduate taught 

Aerospace Engineering MSc

Flight Dynamics M ENG5013

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will impart an in-depth knowledge of aspects of flight dynamics.



Excluded Courses





80% Examination

20% Coursework

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ impart an in-depth knowledge of aspects of flight dynamics;

■ enable students to analyse the dynamic characteristics of aircraft.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ formulate a simple nonlinear simulation of a fixed wing aircraft from basic aircraft properties,

■ linearise the non-linear equations of motion, and express them in state space form,

■ appreciate the physical and mathematical significance of aerodynamic derivatives,

■ appreciate the natural modes of motion of a fixed wing aircraft,

■ analyse the dynamic stability of aircraft based on a state space representation of its equations of motion,

■ derive transfer functions from the state space representation and hence calculate the response of fixed wing aircraft to control inputs.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.