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School of Mechanical Engineering

Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering MEng, BEng

Aero students


Applications for 2016 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017 will open in September.

Aeronautical and aerospace engineering is one of the most challenging and demanding of all the engineering disciplines. You will learn how to integrate mathematics, physics, materials and computer science with a strong design philosophy, enabling you to design, analyse, manufacture and operate aircraft and aerospace vehicles.

Due to the complex nature of aircraft and aerospace design, manufacture, control, aerodynamics and structural analysis, the course has a strong mathematical foundation.

You will be taught by academics with a passion for aeronautical and aerospace engineering who are at the forefront of their fields. Their strengths and expertise include aircraft structural analysis (ensuring the aircraft is strong enough), structural optimisation (making best use of materials), aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (minimising drag and increasing fuel economy) and aircraft stability and control.

An active Industrial Advisory Board helps inform the development of this course to ensure that it is up to date with industry developments and requirements. This is one of the reasons why our graduates are in demand from industry.

The first two years of our five degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules and in years three and four you will undertake specialist modules according to your chosen degree course. A key benefit of having a common first two years is that you can easily switch between our different degrees.

UCAS Code: H410 (MEng, BEng) or H415 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees (per year): UK/EU: £9,000; International: £19,000
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is jointly accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
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Course Content

In years one and two, you will study the core mechanical engineering that underpins aeronautical and aerospace engineering and undertake the first year design and manufacture project. During the first two years you will meet weekly with your personal tutor for a small-group teaching session focusing on key aspects of your modules. Your tutor will be an academic with expertise in aeronautical and aerospace engineering.

In year three, you will study specialist aeronautical and aerospace modules, as well as a module in professional skills and a substantial individual project. The aerospace vehicle design module will develop your understanding of the application of design to different aspects of modern aerospace vehicles, including initial concepts, performance prediction and vehicle sizing, leading to detailed design of the different aerospace vehicle systems. In the aerospace flight mechanics module, you will learn about steady level flight and dynamic behaviour of aircraft in flight, as well as aerospace flight and orbital mechanics.

In other modules, you will study aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics, as well as structural mechanics and finite element analysis, and propulsion systems. In this year you will also attend a flight course in which you will be a passenger in a small aircraft, taking measurements of its performance under a range of manoeuvres and experiencing in practice the aspects of stability studied in lectures.

In year four (MEng), you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of design optimisation, study in detail the analysis of structures unique to the aerospace industry, explore rotary wing aircraft, and develop a deeper understanding of aeronautical and aerospace engines.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.


When you graduate, you will be able to apply your skills in a number of areas, including aerospace design and manufacturing, in both civil and military environments, fundamental research, airline management and operations, and the space sector. The global aerospace industry drives many future developments in science and technology.

Recent graduate destinations include:

• Flight Physics Engineer, Airbus
• Gas Turbines Design Engineer, Assystem UK
• Materials and Processes Engineer, BAE Systems
• Graduate Engineer, British Airways
• Pilot, British Army
• Wing Box Designer, COMAC
• Systems Technical Coordinator, EADS Astrium
• Nuclear Engineer, EDF Energy
• Product Development Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
• Trainee Engineer, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Ltd
• Stress Engineer, Marshall Aerospace
• Flight Physics Engineer, QinetiQ
• Graduate Engineer, Rolls-Royce Plc
• Mechanical Engineer, Science and Technology Facilities Council

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every opportunity to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Engineering Diploma: Grade A* (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics).

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD overall including a distinction in Mechanical Principles & Applications, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.

IB: 36 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Our applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course, including a detailed look at the course contents, student activities, and
teaching approaches. You will take part in a practical engineering activity, which involves working in teams in our design office to solve a fun engineering problem. This is followed by a feedback session and prize-giving.

The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities, such as experiments with wind tunnels, engines, materials and mechatronic systems, and recent project work. You will also view the Formula Student race car construction area, our new thermofluids lab, the dynamics and control lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy/materials lab, and the prototyping and manufacturing lab.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will
also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

MEng only
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,
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