Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H405
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Aerospace Engineering Engineering

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Michelle Deakin
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 114 222 7837

Aerospace Engineering

Top 10 in the UK
The Complete University Guide 2018

Course description

An aerospace professional needs to be able to communicate effectively with experts in different fields. By the time you graduate, you'll have plenty of experience with this.

All first year students also take the Global Engineering Challenge, where teams of students work to solve engineering problems in developing countries. This is designed to develop you as a professional engineer and enhance your career prospects. Second years get to work on a project to solve a problem set by one of our industrial partners.

Your year in industry will put your studies into context and enhance your career prospects. You will pay a reduced fee to the University for that year and you'll be paid a salary.

After a year of core study, you'll choose either the avionic systems or aeromechanics stream. In your final year, you'll work on a research project led by one of our world leading academics.

We cover aero propulsion, aerodynamic design, aircraft dynamics and control, computational aerodynamics and project management. You'll complete a group project where you'll design, build and fly an unmanned aerial vehicle. Your study includes some experience of flight instrumentation and an individual investigative project of your choice.

This MEng provides all the academic requirements needed for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Modules: what you study and when

  • Accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including Maths and a science
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including AA in Maths and a science + A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science
BTEC D*DD in Engineering + A Level Maths grade A
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA including Maths and a science in both
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Maths and a science
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in Maths and a science
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Further Maths or Statistics
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Aerospace Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Engineering Solids, Liquids and Gases
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Mathematics (Electrical)
Engineering Statics and Dynamics
Introduction to Systems Analysis and Control
Avionic Systems
Introduction to Aerospace Design
Introduction to Electric Circuits
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Control Systems Design and Analysis
Aerospace Fluids Engineering
Introduction to Electronic Circuits
Mathematics II (Electrical)
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

Electrical Energy Management and Conversion
Introduction to Systems Engineering & Software
Signals, Systems, and Communications
Applied Aerospace Thermodynamics
Design of Structures, Machines and Systems
Dyamics of Aerospace Structures and Machines
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics
Selection and Processing of Aerospace Materials

Third year

Core modules:

Aerospace Group Design Project
Aero Propulsion
Aerodynamic Design
Aircraft Design
Aircraft Dynamics and Control
Finance and Law for Engineers
Project Management and HRM for Engineers

Optional modules:

Communication Electronics
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles
Aerospace Metals
Antennas, Radar and Navigation
Composite Materials and Micromechanics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Digital Signal Processing
Finite Element Techniques
Hardware-in-the-Loop & Rapid Control Prototyping
Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
Space Systems Engineering
State-Space Control Design
Structural Vibration

Fourth year

Core modules:

Aerospace Engineering Year in Industry

Fifth year

Optional modules:

Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
Industrial Training Programme (ITP) Project 4: Propulsion
Industrial Training Programme (ITP), Project 3: Aerospace Materials
Advanced Industrial Control
Advanced Space Systems and Space Weather
Data Coding Techniques for Communication and Storage
Electronic Communication Technologies
Energy Storage Management
Industrial training programme (ITP) in Avionics
Motion Control and Servo Drives
Multisensor and Decision Systems
Principles of Communications
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Testing and verification in safety-critical systems
Advanced Aero Propulsion
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Advanced Structural Vibrations
Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads
Antennas, Radar and Navigation
Design and Manufacture of Composites
Engineering Marketable Solutions: Make a Change!
Experimental Stress Analysis
Finite Element Techniques
Industrial Marketing: Basics and Cases
Processing of Metals
Real-Time Embedded Systems
Reciprocating Engines
Theory and Application of Turbulence
Theory of Distributed Systems

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 23%
Independent study 57%
Placement 20%

Exams/tests 46%
Coursework 51%
Practical 4%

Aerospace Engineering

The Diamond

We work with the biggest names in industry to shape the future of aerospace engineering. We have strong partnerships with the likes of Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Boeing, EADS, Qinetiq and Rolls-Royce. Our work with them will introduce you to developments and techniques that are still new to industry. You'll gain both breadth and depth of engineering knowledge, as well as the transferable skills employers demand.

Like the industry, Aerospace Engineering at Sheffield is interdisciplinary. You'll be aught by experts in aerospace materials, aerodynamics, flight control systems, avionics, aircraft design, aero propulsion, management and applied mathematics. Our unique approach will give you the competitive advantage when you graduate.

Our courses will give you both academic knowledge and practical experience. Analyse the performance of a jet-stream aircraft on our annual flying day, solve real-world engineering problems on the Global Engineering Challenge, or design, build and fly your own unmanned air vehicle as part of the MEng group design project.

The Diamond (pictured) features some of the best engineering teaching spaces in the UK. You'll be taught in state-of-the art teaching and lab facilities, using cutting edge, industry standard equipment. We have five Merlin static flight simulators for aircraft design and 10 X-Plane based flight simulators for flight control and navigation purposes. We also have 16 Wren jet engines to take apart and analyse, as well as a GUNT jet engine test bench. You'll get to use these facilities throughout your course.

Aerospace Engineering website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are in demand internationally and go onto success in some of the world's leading engineering companies. Their average starting salary is £27,000. They work in aerospace design, aviation, transport, manufacturing, finance, energy and power, and the armed forces. Employers include Airbus, BAE Systems, BP, Ernst & Young, Jaguar Land Rover, Ministry of Defence, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, PwC, Royal Air Force and Shell. Some students continue onto further study or research.

There's a focus on employability throughout your studies and you'll get all the support you need to help you achieve your career aspirations.

Student profile

"There are lots of opportunities to use equipment that you wouldn't get to use in other universities."

Stephanie Morton
Aerospace Engineering

You can gain flying experience either through our Private Pilot Instruction courses or through our links with the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron, provided you fulfill the appropriate medical requirements.

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