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Aerospace Engineering


School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Aeronautical Engineering

Start Date(s): September


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

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

Full-time PgCert - £2,070

Full-time PgCert - £2,070

In Brief:

  • Great employer demand for graduates of this course
  • Access to excellent facilities including over 20 wind tunnels and a DC10 jet engine
  • Accredited course by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, giving you the opportunity to achieve chartered engineer status
  • 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 chartered Aerospace Engineers.

If you are looking to pursue a career in aerospace engineering this course will enable you to apply your skills and knowledge of engineering devices and associated components used in the production of civil and military aircraft, spacecraft and weapons systems.

This module has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. On graduation you be able to work towards Chartered Aerospace Engineer status which is an independent verification of your skills and demonstrates to your colleagues and employers your commitment and credentials as an engineering professional.

Full-time study option:                    

Trimester One                  

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.                              
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.                              

Trimester Two                    

In this module you will develop an in-depth knowledge of design of unmanned aerial vehicles and their associated systems. You will develop a critical understanding of aerospace system developments for future system requirements.                              

Choose to study one the following options listed below:    

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.                                        

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

Trimester Three                

MSc Project and Dissertation (60 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 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).

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

Suitable for graduates from an engineering or numerate science discipline such as aeronautical, mechanical or electrical/ electronic engineering or physics.

Applicant profile

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.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860
Full-time PgCert£2,070

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

For more information please see our funding section


The course will be taught by a series of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.

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

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.

  • Assignment 1: Control design skills. (30%)
  • Laboratory 1: Feedback control design skills and system modelling skills. (10%)
  • Laboratory 2: Flight dynamics (10%)
  • The first 5 assignments are of equal weighting of 10%, assignment 6 has a weighting of 20%
  • Assignment1: Matlab programming skills assessed.
  • Assignment2: Simulink/ Matlab for control programming skills assessed.
  • Assignment3: Matlab simulation skills assessed.
  • Assignment4: Matlab integration skills assessed.
  • Assignment5: Matlab matrix manipulation knowledge assessed.
  • Assignment 6: Aerospace assembly techniques.


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.

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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