Course details

A Levels BBB; BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code H407
Duration 5 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Aerospace Engineering Engineering

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Undergraduate admissions
Aerospace Engineering
Telephone +44 114 2227837
Email aerospace-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/aerospace/undergraduates

Course description

If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for an engineering degree, a foundation year is for you. After successfully completing the foundation year, which has modules in mathematics, physics and chemistry, you can start either the BEng or MEng degree.

This course gives you a solid grounding in aerospace engineering. You'll learn how to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of engineering disciplines.

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.

Our modules 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.

All our 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.

The MEng version of the course provides all the academic requirements needed for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

As well as more in-depth study, the MEng offers an Industrial Training Programme (ITP), with Siemens, GE and Rolls-Royce, giving you the opportunity to work on real-life engineering problems and network with key players in industry.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

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 BBB any subjects (No STEM at A Level); BBB, including Maths or a science; BBC, including Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology
International Baccalaureate 32 with (no STEM at HL); 32 with HL5/SL7 in Maths or Science; 31 with HL5/SL7 in Maths and a science
BTEC DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + GCSE 6/5 in Science and 7/A in Maths or AS/A Level Maths Grade C/D + successful completion of a Maths test
Scottish Highers AABBB any subjects (No STEM at Higher Level) + Grade 6/B GCSE Science + Grade 7/A GCSE Maths + successful completion of a Maths test; AABBB, including Maths + 6/B GCSE Science; AABBB in a science + 6/B in GCSE Maths; ABBBB, including Maths and a science
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB any subjects (no STEM at A Level) + 6/B in GCSE Science and 7/A in GCSE Maths + successful completion of a Maths test; B + BB, including Maths + 6/B in GCSE Science; B + BB, including a science + 6/B in GCSE Maths; B + BC, including Maths and a science
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • An additional Maths test is required for BTEC, Access to HE Diploma applicants and students with no Maths or Science at A Level or equivalent. Please contact the Department for more information
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • If you have A Level BBB with no STEM or equivalent, you will need Grade 6/B in GCSE Science and 7/A in GCSE Maths + the successful completion of a Maths test; if you have A Level BBB with Maths at A Level or equivalent, you will need Grade 6/B in GCSE Science; if you have A Level BBB with a science or equivalent, you will need grade 6/B in GCSE Maths
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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.

Course information on Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Introduction to Engineering
Foundations of Physics
Further Foundation Mathematics

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.

Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering

Sheffield is one of the UK's top engineering universities.

Gain a strong foundational knowledge of engineering disciplines from across our seven academic departments, before specialising in your area of interest in the final two years of your degree.

The majority of our engineering courses can be combined with a year in industry; this is a great way for you to boost your career prospects. You'll gain a wide range of hands-on experience and get the chance to apply what you've learnt in your studies.

The experience from a year in industry will be invaluable. It will improve your employability, you'll experience working in an industrial environment and you'll make crucial industry contacts. We'll support you in finding a year in industry or a summer placement.

When you become part of Engineering at Sheffield, you'll be taught in the best integrated engineering teaching space in the UK. The Diamond has state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities, using cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment.

Interdisciplinary Programmes in Engineering website

What our graduates do

Our courses prepare you for a career where you'll apply your creative problem-solving skills and your understanding of engineering principles to the real world, while working in multidisciplinary teams. These transferable skills can be applied in many sectors across the breadth of engineering and beyond.

Graduates from all of our courses are highly employable and work all over the world for companies such as Arup, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and IBM.

Robotics with a Foundation Year BEng/MEng
Graduates of our Automatic Control and Systems Engineering degrees go on to become professional engineers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, power generation and sustainable energy. They have worked with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Thales. Our graduates can expect an above-average starting salary of £27,900 (DLHE, 2017).

During your degree you'll have plenty of opportunities to enhance your employability. You can choose to go on a placement in industry, either during the summer or as a year in industry. Or you could consider studying abroad, either for a full year, or as part of a summer school. We also have extracurricular projects where you can work with other engineering and science students to design and build rockets, submersible robots, autonomous payloads for satellites, rovers and more. You could also take part in a scheme for undergraduates where you work on research projects with academics over the summer period.

Student profile


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

Stephanie Morton
Aerospace Engineering

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.

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