Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Aerospace Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





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September 2024


In a nutshell

Global aerospace is at the forefront of advanced engineering and technology. As we take flight further, you can learn how to drive innovation, deliver new efficiencies, and set new benchmarks with our MSc Aerospace Engineering postgraduate degree.

We are delighted this programme is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

We focus our aerospace engineering course on the design and creation of aircraft, spacecraft and associated components. Across a range of specialist modules, you will refine your analytical skills and practical knowledge of engineering components and devices that are deployed in the production of civil and military aircraft, spacecraft, and weapons systems.

International applicant? Please check international intakes for the latest information and application dates.

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You will:

  • Enhance your understanding of aerodynamics, system design and flight control
  • Study in a purpose-built learning environment dedicated to aeronautics and robotics teaching and research
  • Gain critical thinking skills and the confidence to make informed decisions on the design, development and manufacture of the next-generation craft and equipment
  • Benefit from an expert teaching team, supported by strong connections within the aviation industry

students accepted

This is for you if...


you are an engineering or numerate science graduate looking to refine your skills to develop a career in aviation and aerospace industries


you are an experienced industry professional looking to cement or enhance your existing knowledge for career progression or diversification


you aspire to be a leading aerospace engineer with long-term ambitions to work at a senior professional level in the aerospace industry

Course details

All about the course

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Course delivery

Our MSc Aerospace Engineering course is delivered through a range of industry-focused modules. The 180-credit MSc award comprises four 30-credit modules plus a 60-credit research dissertation. The 120-credit PgDip comprises four 30-credit modules. 

The course starts each January and September. Flexibility is at the heart of our learning approach. You can choose to study full-time or part-time on campus:

  • as a full-time student, you will complete four 30-credit taught modules in each of the first two trimesters on campus.  In the final trimester you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • as a part-time student, you will complete a 30-credit module in each of the first four trimesters on campus. Across two additional trimesters you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
    Learning experience

    The curriculum explores a range of specialist engineering topics. You will explore aerodynamics, engineering computation and aerospace system design, with options to explore aerospace assembly or flight dynamics and control.  This programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Engineering Councils Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP).

    With a focus on your future career in either research or industry practice, you will bring together all of your learning and strengthen your analytical skills by undertaking high-level academic and practical work to form part of your final assessment. Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

    To maintain real-world relevance and learning outcomes, the course team draw on long-standing professional relationships with aeronautics and aviation industry in the north-west, the wider UK and overseas.  These links, developed through collaborative research, development projects and commercial testing of products/components, support teaching, foster networking and enhance your learning experience.



    On completion of this module you should have a comprehensive understanding and systematic understanding of knowledge and concepts of aircraft performance by modelling aerodynamic loads and propulsion system performance, leading to key results in both steady and accelerated flight. You will also learn how to predict and interpret optimal performance in cruise, climb and glide and to use predictive modelling techniques in propulsion system and airfield analysis.

    You will cover:

    • Detailed study of equations governing two-dimensional, compressible, inviscid aerodynamic flows
    • Analysis of the aerodynamic performance of aerofoil sections over a range of flight conditions, including; subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic freestream flows
    • Use of linearised flow theory results for the analysis of supersonic wing flows

    Engineering Computation

    This module provides a systematic understanding of knowledge on finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the development of appropriate finite element models of physical systems, and how to interpret the results of the analysis. The module also covers advanced aspects of finite element analysis including harmonic vibration analysis and will give practical instruction in the use of an industry-standard finite element analysis program.

    Aerospace System Design

    In this module you will develop an in-depth knowledge of aerospace systems and subsystem integration. As a case study which is representative of larger aircraft, an in-depth knowledge of design to market requirements of unmanned aerial vehicles and their associated systems is a cornerstone of the module. You will design and implement system requirements relevant to integrated aerospace systems.

    A key focus of this module is ‘design for manufacture’ and hence the design has to be built and tested at the end of the module. You will develop a core competency of the design, build, integrate and test procedures of aerospace systems for future requirements.

    You will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the operating principles of aerospace system design and prepare system specifications and integration plans. Ground testing, documentation and flight operations manuals are produced in line with CAA guidelines and requirements. You will also develop a critical understanding of aerospace system developments for future system requirements

    MSc Project and Dissertation (60 credits)

    In this module you will design and undertake a substantial and unique independent research project, to be presented as an academic dissertation. The nature of the project will depend on which of the three MSc you are taking.

    Choose to study one the following options listed below:

    Flight Dynamics and Control

    On completion of this module you will have a complete understanding of how to analyse flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.

    Aerospace Assembly

    This module explores the processes associated with the assembly of very large aircraft structures, including the techniques of forming, joining and fixturing. You will be made aware of the relevant regulatory and design standards that have to be met and become familiar with the processes that must be used to ensure conformity with those standards. As part of the module you be given real engineering problems in an industrial or aerospace environment. This is your opportunity to work either as an individual or as an effective member of a group or team under the guidance of both academic and industrial managers.

    Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

    What will I be doing?


    The majority of the teaching and learning will be delivered through lectures and tutorials. Engineers from the industry will contribute to the specialist areas of the syllabus as guest lecturers. Group laboratory work will be conducted in a purpose built aeronautics facilities and will be used to relate theory to practical application. There will also be a strong emphasis in developing the skills for guided self-learning.

    Some modules will include a structured factory visit to illustrate the processes and techniques and to enable investigations to be conducted.


    Taught modules are assessed using coursework and assignments. Typically, this is split 70% assignments and 30% coursework.

    School of Science, Engineering and Environment

    Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and leaders.

    Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to take your career potential further.


    An an engineering student, you will also have access to an Aerodynamics Laboratory which features low speed and supersonic wind tunnels, and a Control and Dynamics Laboratory which features a range of programmable control to test damping and short-period oscillation analysis, forced vibration and controller performance. We also have a Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator and an Elite Flight Training System.

    Employment and stats

    What about after uni?

    A airplane in an airport


    Aerospace is one of the world’s growth industries and is projected to continue experiencing ongoing growth. In 2018 alone, 62.5 million tonnes of valuable and time-critical air cargo was flown around the world. It is predicted that many as 7.8 billion passengers will use air travel by 2036 (in comparison to 4.4 billion in 2018). The forecasts highlight the potential for you to develop a successful long-term career in this field.

    Popular career routes for aerospace engineering graduates range from the design, manufacture and operation of aerospace vehicles to working for aerospace-associated companies and their suppliers, governments and research institutions. 

    Today, you will find Salford alumni working at leading companies, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Roll-Royce, Thales, and Royal Air Force.  Our graduates typically find roles at companies involved in the design and manufacture of major sub-units of aeroplanes and related aerospace vehicles, such as engines, structural parts, avionics or environmental control systems.


    You might also choose to take your subject interest further with postgraduate research. Our Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC)  is home to PhD and Research Master’s opportunities exploring the advancement of engineering, robotics and technology for societal progress and economic growth. 

    Explore our Doctoral School to learn more about research training, support and opportunities.

    A taste of what you could become

    A systems engineer

    An aeronautics specialist

    An aviation consultant

    A aerospace technician

    And more...


    What you need to know


    This course is recommended for graduates and experienced professionals with ambitions to become successful aerospace engineers working at a high level in industry. 


    All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, however we do accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

    Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course


    Please check international intakes for the latest information and application dates.

    Standard entry requirements

    Undergraduate degree

    • 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.

    International student entry requirements

    We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

    Alternative entry requirements

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    For more information or enquires about this scheme, please contact: 

    Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Full-time home 2024/25 £9,990.00per year
    Full-time international 2024/25 £16,380.00per year
    Part-time 2024/25 £1,665 per 30 credits
    Full-time home 2025/26 £10,350.00per year
    Full-time international 2025/26 £17,000.00per year

    Additional costs

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

    International student scholarships

    If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2024

    January 2025

    September 2025