MSc (Res) Aerodynamics and Aerostructures

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

A winning combination of advanced teaching and invaluable research experience.

The most enjoyable aspects of my course are experimenting, designing and the opportunity to work and communicate with students from other countries.

Ruiqi Pan, Postgraduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

About the course

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Enhance your knowledge of aerospace systems and structures with advanced modules and an extensive research project.

Subjects include: aerodynamics and aeropropulsion, fatigue and fracture of aerospace components, composites for aerospace applications and structural health monitoring of aerospace structures.

Advanced Mechanical Engineering postgraduates Andrew Davies & Ruiqi Pan

Core modules

  • Information Skills for Engineers
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Experiments and Modelling
  • Design Innovation Toolbox

Examples of optional modules

A selection from:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Aero Propulsion
  • Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Theory and Application of Turbulence
  • Advanced Structural Vibrations
  • Experimental Stress Analysis

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials, small group work and online modules. You’re assessed by exams, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A 2:1 in mechanical engineering or a related subject. If you have qualifications in other science/engineering subjects such as maths or physics, or you have relevant professional experience, we'll consider your application.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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September 2018 start

Course description 2018

Enhance your knowledge of aerospace systems and structures with advanced modules and an extensive research project.

Subjects include: aerodynamics and aeropropulsion, fatigue and fracture of aerospace components, composites for aerospace applications and structural health monitoring of aerospace structures.

Advanced Mechanical Engineering postgraduates Andrew Davies & Ruiqi PanCore modules

  • Information Skills for Engineers
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Experiments and Modelling
  • Design Innovation Toolbox

Examples of optional modules

A selection from:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Engineering Composite Materials
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads
  • Aero Propulsion
  • Condition Monitoring

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through lectures, tutorials, small group work and online modules. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A 2:1 in mechanical engineering or a related subject.

If you have qualifications in other science/engineering subjects such as maths or physics, or you have relevant professional experience, we'll consider your application.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

Apply now

Dr Rachel Tomlinson

We have been working with Solvay Composites to develop experimental mechanics tools to gain a focused understanding of the damage mechanisms of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer composites.

These capabilities, and the understanding gained, are being used to aid customers’ design and usage of composites, and to help the company formulate improved systems for next-generation applications in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Dr Rachel Tomlinson
Teaches: Experimental Stress Analysis

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

Apply now

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jemma Gladding
E: me-pgadmit@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 7704

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