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Aerospace Engineering (ERAU)


School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Aeronautical Engineering

Start Dates(s): September


MSc (one year full-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time)
PgCert (four months full-time)


UK - £7,380

International - £13,500

In Brief:

  • A strong and vibrant programme that will lead you to an exciting career in aerospace engineering, either in the UK or in the US
  • Study with two leading aerospace institutions leading to a dual award from both University of Salford and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Access to excellent facilities including over 20 wind tunnels and a DC10 jet engine
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The aerospace industry is at the forefront of modern engineering and manufacturing technology and there is an expanding need for highly skilled Aerospace and Technologists.  If you are looking to pursue a career in the aerospace industry this course will enable you to apply your skills and knowledge of engineering, human factors and management in the production and management of civil and military aircraft, spacecraft and airport projects.

Awards and Accreditation

Full-time study option:                                

Trimester one                                

Choose one of the following:                                

This module will provide you with a systematic understanding of finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problem and will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of of appropriate finite element models of physical systems, and how to interpret the results of the analysis.                  
In this course, students will examine current flight applications and problems. Specifically, this includes transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics, principles of aircraft stability and control, and operational strength considerations. Emphasis is placed on the applications of the rapidly changing technological innovations in aerodynamics and the solutions to the problems created by these advances.                  
This course surveys the various component systems found in the air transportation industry. It is designed to provide you with the basic knowledge of air transportation issues, problems, and concerns, all of which is necessary to understand the needs of today’s aviation/aerospace industry. The aviation professional should not only be well versed in the specifics of their chosen career area, but to be truly effective, must have a good working knowledge of the air transportation system as a whole. The goals of this course are designed to meet that requirement.                  

Trimester two            

You'll also choose to study two subjects to study from the following three options and complete your Dissertation:  
This module will give you a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the analysis of flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.                  
The purpose of this course is to enable you to develop the understanding and skills to apply statistical research design and interpretation in your own research efforts and to be able to evaluate and interpret the research findings of others.      
The goals of this course are to provide you with a thorough understanding of qualitative data handing and research planning and techniques for scientific research. Success in this module will enable you be to undertake independent research to collect and present qualitative data and use the outcomes to justify conclusions and make informed decisions                  

Trimester three                  

Dissertation (30 credits)

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:2 degree or above in an engineering or numerate science discipline such as aeronautical, mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering or physics.
  • Applicants who have a HNC/HND and five years' relevant experience may be considered for entry to the PgDip, initially.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

International Students and Students who are Non EU/EEA/UK Nationals - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students and student who are not EU, EEA or UK nationals are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on
You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Suitable For

You will need to be a highly motivated to complete this challenging but rewarding course, holding either a first degree in an engineering or numerate science discipline or having over 5 years' relevant work experience with appropriate qualifications.

You will have ambitions to become a Chartered Aerospace Engineer and to be successful at a high level in the aerospace engineering sector either in the US or Europe.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£13,500

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section


Modules taught at the Unversity of Salford will be taught by a series of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.

Embry Riddle modules will be taught by a series of blended delivery distance learning using the Embry Riddle learning environment, supported by Embry Riddle and University of Salford Tutors.

Engineers from the industry will contribute to the specialist areas of the syllabus as guest lecturers.


The coursework consists of one assignment, and two laboratory exercises.

  • Examinations - 60%
  • Coursework - 30%
  • Presentations  - 10%


This is a highly valued qualification and as a graduate you can expect to pursue careers in a range of organizations around the world such as in aerospace companies and their suppliers, governments and research institutions.

Career Prospects

This is a highly valued dual qualification and as a graduate you can expect to pursue careers in a range of organizations around the world such as in aerospace companies and their suppliers, governments and research institutions. Management options with regulators, airports and airlines are also open to these highly qualified graduates.

Further Study

You may consider going on to further study in our Engineering 2050 Research Centre which brings together a wealth of expertise and international reputation in three focussed subject areas.

Research at the centre is well funded, with support from EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission, as well as excellent links with and direct funding from industry. Our research excellence means that we have not only the highest calibre academics but also the first class facilities to support the leading edge research projects for both post-graduate studies and post-doctoral research.

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Mechanical Lab – This lab is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

Aerodynamics Lab – Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels – typical laboratory experiments would include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

Composite Material Lab – This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections. The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.

Control Dynamics Lab – Contains flight simulators (see details below) and programmable control experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Flight Simulators

  • Merlin MP520-T Engineering Simulator    

    This simulator is used to support engineering design modules, such as those involving aerodynamics and control systems by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design than a traditional theory and laboratory approach. As a student, you'll design and input your own aircraft parameters into the simulator before then assessing the flight characteristics.

    The simulator is a fully-enclosed single seat capsule mounted on a moving 2-degree of freedom platform which incorporates cockpit controls, integrated main head-up display and two secondary instrumentation display panels.

    An external instructor console also accompanies the simulator and is equipped with a comprehensive set of displays, override facilities and a two-way voice link to the pilot.

  • Elite Flight Training System    

    The Elite is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator used for flight operations training and is certified by the CAA as a FNPT II-MCC Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment. It has two seats, each with a full set of instrumentation and controls, and European Visuals, so you see a projection of the terrain that you're flying through, based on real geographic models of general terrain and specific airports in Europe.

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