MSc (Res) Aerodynamics and Aerostructures

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

A winning combination of advanced teaching and invaluable research experience.

My research is complemented by the research work being carried out by the Energy Research Centre at the University so it’s really beneficial to have this expertise in the same field.

Nivedita Kulkarni, Postgraduate student in Department of Mechanical Engineering

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

Enhance your knowledge of aerospace systems and structures with advanced modules and an extensive research project.

Subjects include:

  • Aerodynamics and Aeropropulsion
  • Fatigue and Fracture of Aerospace Components
  • Composites for Aerospace Applications
  • Structural Health Monitoring of Aerospace Structures

Nivedita Kulkarni, MSc(Res) Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Core modules

  • Information Management for Researchers
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Experiments and Modelling

Optional modules

A selection from:

  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Tribology of Machine Elements
  • Aeropropulsion, Fracture Mechanics, and Condition Monitoring


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Small group work
  • Online modules


  • Formal examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

Course duration

1 year full-time

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This course is run in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research. It covers the latest advances in manufacturing technology.

Subject areas include: work holding, measurement and assembly, materials science solutions, and novel manufacturing techniques and processes. You’ll also learn about the management of manufacturing innovation, from identifying products and processes through to integration.

Nivedita Kulkarni, MSc(Res) Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Core modules

  • Information Management
  • Individual Research Project.

Examples of optional modules

A selection from:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Design Innovation Toolbox
  • Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Vibrations and Acoustics
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Feedback Systems Design
  • Advanced Finite Element Modelling

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials, small group work and online modules. You’re assessed by exams, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 in mechanical engineering or a related subject. If you have qualifications in other science/engineering subjects such as maths or physics, or you have relevant professional experience, we'll consider your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Dr Rachel Tomlinson

We have been working with Solvay Composites to develop experimental mechanics tools to gain a focused understanding of the damage mechanisms of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer composites.

These capabilities, and the understanding gained, are being used to aid customers’ design and usage of composites, and to help the company formulate improved systems for next-generation applications in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Dr Rachel Tomlinson
Teaches: Experimental Stress Analysis

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jocelyn Storey
T: +44 (0)114 222 7704

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.