Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry

Year in Industry studentOverview

This degree is all about maximising your employability. You’ll follow the same academic programme as our standard Aerospace Engineering course, but you may have the opportunity to spend a year working in a graduate-level role in an engineering company.

A placement year will contextualise your academic studies, allowing you to experience first-hand the culture in industry, as well as making contacts and honing your professional skills. It will give you a distinct advantage in the job market upon graduation.

Throughout, you’ll be supported by our dedicated Year in Industry Team. They have strong links with companies across the engineering sector and they’re here to help you find a placement, advise on the application process and visit you whilst you’re out in industry.

Where are the placements?

Our students have an excellent track record of securing placements at some of the world's most prestigious engineering companies. Recently, these have included:


You don't pay the standard tuition fee whilst on your placement year.

For 2018/19, the fees were:

  • Home/EU students: £1,230
  • International students: £2,729
  • Unpaid placement: No fee

Student profile

Brandon O'Connell
MEng Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry

Brandon O'Connell, Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry"Many of the placements I applied for all followed a similar pattern. They mainly required a CV and covering letter, a full list of grades and experience, successful completion of multiple aptitude tests and then an assessment centre with an interview. Some applications can take a long time to complete so I’d advise that anyone wanting to apply for a placement, starts early!

The Year in Industry Team have been invaluable during the entire application process, always being on hand to offer advice, provide feedback and help in preparing for interviews. With their support, I managed to secure a year-long placement at Dyson.

I will be working as a Research, Design and Development Intern based in their new D9 research building and will mainly focus on Aerodynamics and Design. As soon as I arrive I will be assigned to a live project team where I will be supporting the evolution of Dyson technology. I’m really looking forward to getting into the workplace and experiencing life as a professional engineer, working for a company that strives to support my development and help me make a real impact to their business."

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