What is Aerospace Engineering?

Prospective applicants often query the difference between Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering.

Historically, anyone wanting to go into the design, manufacture and production of aircraft would have taken a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

In recent years, with technological advances in avionics, flight control, advanced materials, space flight, communications and increasing reliance on computers in aerospace, it was found necessary to extend the knowledge that would have been obtained on an aeronautical degree course to include the study of topics suitable for application in these new fields.

The Aerospace Engineering programmes at Sheffield were developed in response to these new advances, and to the demand from industry for well-trained engineers who have a broad-based understanding of several engineering disciplines involved in all aspects of aerospace systems.

Technological advances