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    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.


    A selection of modules is available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Aerospace Group Design Project: Design

    The aim of this module is for you to solve a complex aerospace engineering design challenge. The project will be undertaken in groups and will require you to apply knowledge from your previous and current modules for the design on a unmanned aerial vehicle. You will also have to develop your project management and group working under realistic industrial conditions. You will apply systems engineering principles and your engineering knowledge and understanding to the design and development of an aircraft to meet client requirements. You will use industry related design tools (e.g. finite elements and computational fluid dynamics) to complete your designs. The module will be largely self directed and you will be expected to, at times, work outside of your current knowledge and understanding in solving this challenging engineering problem. Considerable independence, initiative and creative and critical thinking will be required.

    10 credits
    Aerospace Group Design Project: Build and Test

    The aim of this module is for you to realise the designs that you have previously developed to produce an unmanned air vehicle to meet the requirements of a client. The module will consist of the continued
    evaluation of the design, the realisation of the air vehicle and its subsequent testing, followed by a review and proposals for design improvements. The module will be largely self-directed - you will be expected to work outside of your current knowledge and understanding in solving this challenging engineering problem so considerable independence, initiative and creative and critical thinking will be required.

    10 credits
    Aerospace Individual Investigative Project

    The project is designed to develop your technical knowledge and understanding, technical and personal skills and an appreciation of the wider context of their studies. It gives you the opportunity to apply and develop further their knowledge and skills by applying them to a specific problem area. It is also intended to develop a greater level of your independence. The specific aims of the project are to:-provide you with the freedom to explore possible solutions to real engineering problems, allowing you to demonstrate your understanding of practical aerospace engineering.-enable you to exercise independent thought and judgement in conducting a technical investigation.

    60 credits

    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.

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    You may also be able to pre-book a department visit as part of a campus tour.Open days and campus tours


    1 year full-time


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


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

    Entry requirements

    Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in Aerospace Engineering. We will also consider your application if you have a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a significant aerospace component.

    You should have high performance in mathematics modules (e.g. mathematices, advanced mathematics, engineering mathematics).

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

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

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


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

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

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