Year one

Welcome to year one. Your first year will give you an introduction to aerospace engineering and general engineering concepts, as well as settling into university life.

Here is a link to the Welcome to Aerospace Presentation 2019/20 - Welcome to Aerospace

Here is a link to the Welcome to Year 1 Presentation 2019/20- Welcome to Year one 

Personal tutorials

Personal tutorials

Your personal tutor has a pastoral role and acts as your tutor for the whole of your time at University. They should be informed of any problems or difficulties you may be having, including health, disability, domestic, and personal problems which may affect your performance on the course or in your exams. Your Personal Tutor will also be able to provide references for you upon graduation.

Regular meetings with your Personal Tutor will be timetabled to take place throughout semester.

Aerospace Engineering Personal Tutor Groups 2019-20

Aerospace Engineering Personal Tutor Guidance 2019-20

Personal Tutoring in Engineering Guide

If you are struggling to get in touch with your Personal Tutor you must inform us by emailing Michelle Deakin at

Attendance at all personal tutorials is compulsory.

Diamond induction labs

Diamond induction labs

Completion of the two induction laboratories in the Diamond is mandatory:

  • Danger lab
  • Measurement lab

You will be provided with an opportunity to attend a timetabled session for each of the activities. The majority of these sessions will be timetabled for week 1 and 2 of the first semester. If you fail to attend, fail to do the preparatory work or fail to complete the activity for the first sit opportunity, you will be provided with a resit opportunity.

The resit opportunity will aim to be timetabled during weeks 3 and 4 of the first semester. If you fail to attend, fail to do the preparatory work or fail to complete the activity for the the resit sit opportunity, you will be provided with an online activity, which will be released only when students have failed the resit opportunity. Students will be notified by email of where they can find the online resit activity on MOLE.

If you fail to complete all the induction labs you will not be allowed into Diamond laboratories from week 6 onwards. Any timetabled activities missed as a result of failing to complete the induction labs will be rescheduled outside normal teaching weeks and be subject to a cap of any possible marks.

Moving to year two

Moving to year two

Choose your stream

Choose your stream

From year two onwards, and throughout the rest of the course, you will begin to specialise in either:

  • Aeromechanics
  • Avionic Systems

You need to think very carefully about the choice of streams that you make.

If you choose the Aeromechanics stream, in year 3 you will then begin to specialise further in either Aerospace Materials, Structures and Manufacturing or Aerodynamics and Propulsion in years 3 and 4. This applies to both MEng and BEng students.

If BEng students choose the Avionic Systems stream in year 2, you will follow that stream for the remainder of your course.

If MEng students choose the Avionic Systems stream in year 2, in year 3 you will then begin to specialise further in either Aircraft Power and Actuation Systems or Flight Control Systems in years 3 and 4.

Informing your decision

Mid-way through semester two, you will attend a session providing you with detailed information about each of the streams to help you make an informed decision about which stream to choose. There's lots of information available online too.

Philosophy and aims of the Aerospace Engineering streams  BEng course structure  MEng course structure 

Please be aware that the year 3 and 4 options shown are the modules that are running in 2019-20. By the time you reach years 3 and 4, we cannot guarantee that the modules will remain exactly the same, however suitable replacements will be available.

Online module choice

Online module choice

You will make your choice of elective by using the online module choice system which will be open in May 2019. You will receive an e-mail from Registry Services when module choice goes live, which will tell you how to complete your module choice.

When completing module choice please ensure that:

  • You only enter modules that are included in the Elective that you wish to take (core modules will already be pre-loaded)
  • Your modules total 120 credits

Please note that module choice is not the same as registration. Once you have completed online module choice and provided that you pass your examinations and do not have a debt to the University, from mid July you will be able to formally register with the University for the next academic year via My Record in MUSE. You need to complete BOTH online module choice AND registration.

Module Descriptions

Resit examinations

Resit examinations

Students who will be taking resit examinations in August should complete online module choice during May and complete registration in September.

Transfers between BEng and MEng

Transfers between MEng and BEng

Transfers from the BEng to the MEng are not normally permitted until the end of Year 2.

Global Engineering Challenge

Global Engineering Challenge

In this week long project scheduled in the second week of the Autumn Semester Exam Period, all first year students in the Faculty of Engineering tackle real world problems from a global perspective. You will be challenged to think about not only the technical issues in engineering developments, but also the social, ethical, and environmental implications of your decisions. This is the kind of thinking that will equip you for a career with impact - shaping and improving the world we live in. And in an increasingly international industry you will be the kind of engineer that employers value highly.

Working in teams, you will find solutions to a real life engineering problems faced by developing communities. At the end of the challenge you will present your ideas, showing you have considered the social, environmental, and economic impacts. You could find yourself researching alternative fuel sources for a small community in India, or designing new water and sanitation systems. The project is based on the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a national competition for engineering undergraduates.

IMPORTANT: You are required to pass the Faculty Global Engineering Challenge in order to progress to Year 3 of your degree. If you do not pass the challenge in Year 1, you will have to repeat it in Year 2.

Information on the Faculty Global Engineering Challenge timetable and venues will be communicated to you via email in due course.