2021 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 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: Design
  • Aerospace Group Design Project: Build and Test
  • Aerospace Individual Investigative Project

Optional modules

Aeromechanics stream

  • Industrial Training Programme: Aeromechanics
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Part 1
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Finite Element Techniques
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Managing Innovation and Change in Engineering
  • Industrial Applications of Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Engineering Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity
  • Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology

Avionics stream

  • Industrial Training Programme: Avionics
  • Hardware-in-the-Loop and Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Industrial Training Programme: Avionics
  • Advanced Industrial Control
  • Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Multi-Sensor and Decision Systems
  • Advanced Space Systems and Space Weather
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems
  • Modern Control and System Identification
  • Theory of Distributed Systems
  • Testing & Verification in Safety Critical Systems
  • Antennas, Radar and Navigation
  • Energy Storage Management
  • Motion Control and Servo Drives
  • Electronic Communication Technologies

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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


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

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


  • 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.

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


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

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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    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

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