Accreditations and rankings

All Aerospace Engineering degree programmes at the University of Sheffield are accredited by the following professional institutions.

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"Lockheed Martin UK values accredited degrees that meet the standards set by our profession. These greatly assist the development of engineering graduates in gaining professional registration, which benefits both the individual and the employer."

Professor Steve Burnage, PPSEE, CEng, CEnv, Hon.FSEE, FIMechE
Lockheed Martin Fellow, Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill

Accreditation - and why it matters

Accreditation is an important mark of assurance that our degrees are current, relevant and highly regarded by the global engineering profession.

Accreditation ensures that our degrees align with the standards published by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC).

The rigorous accreditation process looks at all aspects of our courses; teaching, assessment, student experience, resources and facilities.

Outside of the student environment, the strong and trusted links with industry enable us to check and review course content - this is another key marker for achieving accreditation.

The standards for accreditation are incredibly high and stringent.

As a student, we uphold these standards in our teaching. This means that if you fail to fulfill specific accreditation-related aspects of your course, such as the Engineering Applications module in Year 1 and the Flight Laboratory Course in Year 3, you will be awarded an unaccredited degree.

Accreditation and your career

Having an accredited degree can give you a distinct advantage in the jobs market. It provides assurance to employers that you have up-to-date skills and transferable practical experience to excel in the workplace.

Other advantages include:

  • Personal standing: some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degree programmes.
  • Widely recognised: an accredited degree is recognised professionally.
  • Global mark: UK accredited degrees are more widely recognised internationally, more so than equivalent degrees that are not accredited.
  • Pathway to Chartership: the process of seeking professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) is more straightforward (pending the completion of required work-related hours). Chartered Engineers have improved career prospects and higher earning potential.

Professional institutions and charterships

Chartered Engineer (CEng) status: Our MEng degrees fully meet the requirements towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, whillst our BEng degrees partially meet the requirements towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Engineering Council guidance on becoming a Chartered Engineer

Student membership: We recommend current students register for student membership of our accrediting bodies as it offers an array of benefits such as invites to industry lectures, exhibitons/events, careers guidance, resources and support towards professional registration.

RAES student membership  IMechE student membership  IET student membership  IMO3 student membership

Degree accreditation status
Qualification Programme Duration Level Accrediting body
MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering 4 years Full CEng Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering 3 years Partial CEng Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry 4 years Full CEng Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry 3 years Partial CEng Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Private Pilot Instruction) 4 years Full CEng Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Private Pilot Instruction) 3 years Partial CEng Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with a Year in North America 4 years Full CEng Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

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