MSc Advanced Aerospace Technologies

With Sheffield being at the heartland of the UK aerospace industry, there's never been a better time to study Advanced Aerospace Technologies at the University.

MSc Advanced Aerospace Technologies

Key facts

Eligibility: Aerospace and mechanical engineering graduates
Study mode: Full time
Duration: One year
Start date: September 2019
Programme code: AERT01


Take your knowledge of aerospace engineering to the next level on this specialist one-year Masters course.

Alongside traditional aeronautical subjects such as materials, structures, aerodynamics and propulsion, you will also study concepts of systems integration and flight control, essential to the production of more efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft and aerospace systems. You will get to choose the direction your studies take by specialising further in aeromechanics or avionics.

You will have the unique opportunity to work alongside the aerospace industry through our Industrial Training Programme, as well as designing and building an unmanned air vehicle as part of the Group Design Project.

The course draws upon expertise from six departments in the Faculties of Engineering and Science, as well as the University's Management School. This breadth and depth of study will ensure you graduate as a highly knowledgeable aerospace engineering specialist.

Please note that the MSc Aerospace Engineering programmes at The University of Sheffield are not yet accredited. 


Industrial Training Programme
You will have the unique opportunity to work with our prestigious industry partners GE, Rolls Royce and Siemens on our innovative 12-week Industrial Training Programme. Focussed on a relevant industrial problem, there is a strong emphasis on developing not only team-working skills but also independent investigative exploration and learning. The module includes a variety of academic lectures and industrial seminars, as well as analysis, laboratory work and site visits, and is supported throughout by academics as well as industrial tutors.

Group Design Project
Working as part of an interdisciplinary team, you will design, build and fly your own unmanned air vehicle (UAV). This popular project will foster skills in group working, team management, the application of academic knowledge, oral and written communication and provide an awareness of the professional responsibilities of engineers from the design stage throughout the manufacturing and testing of a product.

How you'll learn

Teaching is informed and invigorated by the research and scholarship of our academic staff, with a key focus on student-centred learning. You'll be taught and assessed in a variety of ways to support your learning and enhance your understanding.

Learning and teaching

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory classes
  • Tutorials and example classes
  • Design classes
  • Industrial and research seminars
  • Group projects, including the chance to design, build and fly your own Unmanned Air Vehicle


  • Examinations
  • Coursework Assignments
  • Oral and Poster Presentations
  • Class tests

You'll experience both core modules and electives in either avionics or aeromechanics, enabling you to drive the direction you'd like your studies to take.

Core study

  • Aerospace Group Design Project
  • Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
Avionics stream
  • Industrial Training Programme: Avionics
  • Motion Control and Servo Drives
  • Advanced Space Systems and Space Weather
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems
  • Testing and Verification in Safety Critical Systems
  • Energy Storage Management
  • Hardware-in-the-Loop and Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Antennas, Radar and Navigation
  • Electronic Communication Technologies
  • Advanced Industrial Control
  • Multi-Sensor and Decision Systems
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Logic and Computation
  • Theory of Distributed Systems
  • State Space Control Design
Aerodynamics and Propulsion stream
  • Industrial Training Programme: Propulsion
  • Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology
  • Advanced Engineering Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Processing of Metals
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity 
  • Managing Innovation and Change in Engineering Context
  • Advanced Dynamics 
Aerospace Materials, Structures and Manufacturing stream
  • Industrial Training Programme: Aerospace Materials
  • Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Finite Element Techniques
  • Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity 
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Industrial Application of Finite Element Analysis 
  • Managing Innovation and Change in Engineering Context
How to apply

Entry requirements
2:1 BEng in aerospace engineering. BEng mechanical engineering graduates who have taken significant aerospace modules will also be considered.

English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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Disclaimer: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.