Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code H460
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Aerospace Engineering Engineering

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Aerospace Engineering
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Course description

This course is the same as our aerospace engineering degree, with added initial flight training. Individual arrangements may be made with a local flying school to continue to a UK or European Private Pilot's Licence. Your acceptance for pilot instruction is subject to medical and security checks.

Modules cover aero propulsion, aerodynamic design, aircraft dynamics and control, computational aerodynamics and project management. You'll also take ground training for flight and five hours of flight training. 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.

Modules: what you study and when

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 AAB, including Maths and a science
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including Maths and a science + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including Maths and a Science + B in AS or A Level Further Maths
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science
BTEC DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB, including Maths and Science in both
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + 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
  • 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.

Aerospace Engineering website

First year

Core modules:

Aerospace Engineering Design, Build and Test
Introduction to Aerospace Materials
Mathematics (Electrical)
Aerospace Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics
Aerospace Electrics and Drives
Engineering Statics and Dynamics
Introduction to Systems Analysis and Control
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Control Systems Design and Analysis
Aerospace Fluids Engineering
Ground and Flight Training
Mathematics for Aerospace Engineers
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

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

Third year

Core modules:

Aero Propulsion
Aerodynamic Design
Aircraft Design
Aircraft Dynamics and Control
Finance and Law for Engineers
Managing Engineering Projects and Teams

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
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles
Aerospace Metals
Antennas, Radar and Navigation
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Finite Element Techniques
Manufacturing Systems
Space Systems Engineering
State-Space Control Design

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 31%
Independent study 69%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 70%
Coursework 23%
Practical 6%

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 taught 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 flight performance and stability on our unique 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 20 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. 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 fulfil the appropriate medical requirements.

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