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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 worlds largest and leading aerospace companies such as Airbus, Astrium, BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce.

The aim of this degree is to provide a bridge to become an aerospace engineer to anyone with a first degree in another engineering discipline or equivalent. It provides all of the essential knowledge and skills that an aerospace engineer needs to succeed in their career.

You will study taught modules comprising of core modules in fluid dynamics and structural mechanics along with optional, more specialist modules such as design optimisation, rotary wing aircraft and aircraft systems and propulsion.

In addition to the taught modules you will undertake an aerospace related professional project which is chosen by you and undertaken in association
with one of the Schools world-class research groups. Throughout your project you will be supervised by a member of academic staff.

Our Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board is actively engaged in ensuring this course meets the needs of industry and reflects trends in the sector. They also provide industrial talks and seminars and provide advice and support to our students during their professional projects.

Course duration: Full time, 12 months
Start date: September 2014
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
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 tables below show the modules that you will study. 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 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

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
Incompressible Flow 15
Professional Project 75
Optional modules (study 75 credits)  
Rotary Wing Aircraft 15
Finite Differences and Control Volume 15
Design Optimisation 15
Aerospace Systems and Propulsion 15
Computational and Experimental Methods 15
Aerospace Vehicle Design 20
Finite Element Methods of Analysis 20

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 degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2:1), or higher, 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: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

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.