2020 start

Advanced Aerospace Technologies

Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Ambitious aerospace graduates with a BEng can choose to specialise further, enabling you to enhance your skills and knowledge.
Three aerospace students on site

Course description

Take your knowledge of aerospace engineering to the next level on this specialist one-year 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 professionals through our 12-week 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.

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Core modules

  • Aerospace Group Design Project
  • Aerospace Individual Investigative Project

Optional modules

Avionics steam

  • 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
  • Electrical Energy Management and Conversion
  • Logic and Computation
  • Theory of Distributed Systems
  • State Space Control Design.

Aerodynamics and Propulsion stream

  • Industrial Training Programme: Propulsion
  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Advanced Aero Propulsion
  • Theory and Application of Turbulence
  • Acoustics, Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Vibrations
  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Processing of Metals
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads

Aerospace Materials, Structures and Manufacturing stream

  • Industrial Training Programme: Aerospace Materials
  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Advanced Aero Propulsion
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Advanced Structural Vibrations
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Processing of Metals
  • Finite Element Techniques
  • Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads


  • Lectures
  • Laboratory classes
  • Tutorials and example classes
  • Design classes
  • Industrial and research seminars
  • Group projects


  • Exams
  • Coursework assignments
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Class tests


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

2:1 BEng in aerospace engineering.

BEng mechanical engineers who have taken significant aerospace modules will also be considered.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

We’re currently working on £40.4m of aerospace and defence-related research projects with companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.

Dr Martin Jackson
Director of Aerospace Engineering


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 7837

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.