MSc Aerospace Engineering

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

MSc Aerospace Engineering

Key facts

Eligibility: Materials science, mechanical, control systems, electrical and electronic engineering graduates
Study mode: Full time
Duration: One year
Start date: September 2019
Programme code: AERT04


This is a fully immersive conversion course for engineering graduates, drawing upon expertise from six departments in the Faculties of Engineering and Science, as well as the University's Management School. There are close ties with some of the world’s leading aerospace companies.

Alongside traditional aeronautical subjects such as materials, structures, aerodynamics and propulsion necessary for the design of high-speed flight and lightweight aircraft, you will also study concepts of systems integration and flight control. These are essential to the production of more efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft and aerospace systems.

Offering both breadth and depth of content, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and career aspirations by specialising in either aeromechanics or avionics. The innovative programme of study includes having the chance to design, build and fly an Unmanned Air Vehicle as part of the group design project. You'll graduate as a highly knowledgeable aerospace engineering specialist.

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

Course content

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 modules

  • Aerospace Group Design Project
  • Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Aero Propulsion
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Aircraft Design
  • Space Systems Engineering
Avionics stream modules
  • Antennas, Radar and Navigation
  • Advanced Industrial Control
  • Multi-Sensor and Decision Systems 
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems 
  • Energy Storage Management
  • Motion Control and Servo Devices 
  • Electronic Communication Technologies 
Aeromechanics stream modules
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Aerospace Metals
  • Industrial Applications Advanced Engineering Fluid Dynamics 
  • Advanced Dynamics 
  • Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity
  • Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology 

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
How to apply

Entry requirements
2:1 BEng degree in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, automatic control and systems engineering or electrical and electronic engineering.

English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 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.