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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

A carefully designed conversion course for engineering graduates looking to specialise in aerospace.
Aerospace student using high-tech equipment

Course description

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.

You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and career aspirations by specialising in either aeromechanics or avionics. Our 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.

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Core modules

  • Aerospace Group Design Project: Design
  • Aerospace Group Design Project: Build and Test
  • Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Aero Propulsion
  • Aircraft Design

Optional modules

  • Advanced Industrial Control
  • Multi-Sensor and Decision Systems
  • Advanced Space Systems and Weather
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing
  • Antennas, Radar and Navigation
  • Energy Storage Management
  • Motion Control and Servo Drives
  • Electronic Communication Technologies
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Design and Manufacture of Composites
  • Industrial Applications of Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Engineering Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity
  • Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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
  • Ttutorials 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 degree in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, automatic control systems engineering or electrical and electronic engineering.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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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