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School of Mechanical Engineering

Aerospace Engineering MSc

Aerospace Engineering


There is an increasing demand for aerospace engineering graduates both in the UK and overseas. In fact, the UK aerospace industry is second in size to that of the USA and is home to some of the world’s largest and leading aerospace companies such as Airbus, Astrium, BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce.

You will study taught modules comprising core modules in fluid dynamics and structural mechanics along with optional, specialist modules such as design optimisation, rotary wing aircraft and aircraft systems and propulsion. Our Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board is actively engaged in ensuring this course meets the needs of industry and reflects trends in the sector. It also provides industrial talks and seminars and advice and support to our students during their professional projects.

Find out about our MSc programme managers on our staff profiles page.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time)
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,500
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.
Accreditation: We are currently seeking accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society.


The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2016, it will give you an idea of what you will study.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 75 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules Credits
Aerospace Structures 15
Professional Project 75
Optional modules (study 90 credits)  
Materials Selection and Failure Analysis 15
Rotary Wing Aircraft 15
Design Optimisation 15
Computational and Experimental Methods 15
Aerospace Vehicle Design 20
Finite Element Methods of Analysis 20
Mechatronics and Robotics Applications 15
Vehicle and Product Systems Design 15
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

The aerospace industry is one of the most successful parts of UK engineering and is truly global in nature.

A graduate from this course can apply their skills to numerous areas of the aerospace industry such as aerospace fundamental research, airline management and operations, satellite operations, aerospace design and manufacture in both the civil and military environments and Formula 1 racing.

Whether you join a aerospace company in the UK, such as Airbus, BAE Systems or Rolls-Royce or choose to work elsewhere in the world the foundation provided by the MSc will make sure you are prepared for a rewarding and challenging career.

During this course you will meet employers from organisations operating within this sector through seminars and talks and by attending our careers fair. In previous years there have been talks from colleagues at Airbus, Astrium, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce to provide additional industrial perspectives to the course and career guidance to students.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in mechanical, civil or general engineering. Due to the nature of this programme, students who have previously studied aerospace or aeronautical engineering are not likely to be eligible for this course. Successful applicants will have previous studies covering advanced mathematics, strength of materials, dynamics and basic fluid mechanics.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2149.