Online Education

Studying online offers you the possibility of studying wherever and whenever you want. Within the Delft Extension School there are various forms in which you can follow online education here at the TU Delft:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

TU Delft offers ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs) on the edX-platform. A MOOC is an online course aiming at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants. 
Here at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering we offer:

Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering
This course provides an overview of and introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using the history of aviation as a story line. The course uses examples from the very beginning of aviation (the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon flight in 1783 and the Wright brothers’ heavier-than-air flight in 1903) and continues all the way through to the current Airbus A380 and future aircraft. During this trajectory three major topics are discussed: aeronautics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics. (Free courses, self-paced)

Online Distance MSc Education

The TU Delft offers a number of the courses of three MSc programmes online. This means that you can take part in the courses at a distance, via the Internet. Some of courses can be followed online in their entirety, but for other courses you will need to come to Delft for some of the course components, such as the examinations. will always be clearly indicated with the course in question on the website of the faculty concerned. The online courses are substantively identical to the courses given on campus. At the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering we offer:

Linear Modelling, including (FEM)
This course delivers the skillset in linear or 
structural modeling that is required to solve structural problems from which you can develop finite element (FE) models for practical applications. (MSc and BSc coursen, 8 weeks)

Helicopter Performance, Stability  and Control
This course gives an extended introduction to the field of rotorcraft including conventional helicopters, hybrid aircraft-rotorcraft configurations such as tiltrotors and helicopters carrying slung loads. (MSc and BSc courses, 8 weeks)

Stability and Analysis of Structures I
This course provides an in-depth review of the 
theory behind the nature and behavior of structures. You will learn how to analyse and assess the equilibrium and stability of (nonlinear) structures and understand how to predict response of structures under loading, and establish structural stability. (MSc and BSc courses, 10 weeks)

Non-Linear Modelling
This course builds on the first course linear modelling and takes one step further. This course delivers the skill set in non-linear structural modeling & analysis in the framework of the finite element method that is required to solve problems from the engineering practice. (MSc and BSc courses, 8 weeks)

Smart Aerospace Structures
This course is for innovative professionals who are 
mainly active in the aerospace industry. Also wind energy and automotive professionals can benefit from the course. Learn how smart structures impact the technological advancements of the future. (Pofessional Education course, 6 weeks)

Rotor and wake aerodynamics
Rotor and wake aerodynamics are key to many applications such as helicopter and propeller rotors in transport and wind turbines for electricity generation. (MSc and BSc courses, 17 weeks)

Aeroelasticity is the interaction between structural dynamics and unsteady aerodynamic flow over the structure. It is an important area of study for two main reasons. First the interaction can lead to static or dynamic instabilities which can result in failure of the structure. Secondly the loads calculated using aeroelastic simulations are significantly different for flexible structures compared to decoupled structural and aerodynamic simulations. (MSc and BSc courses, 12 weeks)

Spacecraft Technology
Exploration of space is never out of the news for long and the desire to construct lower-cost, reliable and more capable spacecraft has never been greater. At TU Delft years of technology development and research experience in space engineering allow us to offer this course, which examines spacecraft technologies for satellites and launch vehicles. (MSc and BSc courses, 11 weeks)

Introduction to Spaceflight
The giant leaps we have made since the middle of the previous century are founded on the application of knowledge and the cooperation of experts from many different fields of expertise. This course provides you with an introduction to the key concepts, methods and systems which enable spaceflight. (MSc and BSc courses, 9 weeks)

Advanced Dynamics
Rather like solving a tough mystery, this course is a "Howdunit" - tracking down and applying the equations of motion for complex dynamic systems. The course presents mechanics in a matrix from relation so that you can derive systematically in a short timeframe the equations of motion of complex systems. (MSc and BSc courses, 7 weeks)

Aircraft Performance - Physics and Simulation
Aircraft performance is an exciting and challenging field that is continuously evolving. This course dives into the physics and phenomena that determine aircraft performance to give you practical insights for real-world aircraft operations and development of future aircraft designs. (Pofessional Education course, 6 weeks)

Satellite Orbit Determination

This course offers techniques such as least squares estimation, and Kalman filtering which are widely used statistical techniques for estimating parameters from observations. Concepts such as reference frames, atmospheric refraction and relativity will also be addressed. (MSc and BSc courses, 9 weeks)

Fatigue of Structures & Materials

Fatigue fractures may occur as a consequence of cyclic loading structures. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to identify potential critical locations and sources of poor fatigue performance; to develop strategies to avoid fatigue fractures and to improve fatigue performance of structures. (MSc and BSc courses, 7 weeks)


For an overview of all the available online course see the TU Delft website.

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