Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng
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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.
Our courses are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
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 directly.
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UCAS code: H405
- Aerospace Engineering Design, Build and Test
This module will introduce students to the basic concepts of aircraft design and culminate in the design, build and testing of small model aircraft for which students have to predict its flight performance.20 credits
- Introduction to Aerospace Materials
This module examines how the macroscopic properties of materials are determined by the arrangement of, and bonding between atoms. How processing can affect these atomic arrangements and thus the microstructure and properties of a material is considered. Finally materials selection for aerospace applications taking into account multiple criteria is introduced.20 credits
- Mathematics (Electrical)
This module aims to reinforce students' previous knowledge and to develop new basic mathematical techniques needed to support the engineering subjects taken at levels 1 and 2. It also provides a foundation for the level 2 mathematics courses in the appropriate engineering department.20 credits
- Aerospace Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics
This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of aerodynamics and thermodynamics essential to an aerospace engineer. The course provides a solid theoretical foundation for further study in later years. It is also designed so as to allow students to carry out relatively simple calculations for the purposes of aerodynamic and thermodynamic design of components and systems.15 credits
- Aerospace Electrics and Drives
This module introduces the concepts and analytical tools for predicting the behaviour of electric components and combinations of electric components. Electromechanical energy conversion such as drives, servo systems and actuator technologies are also introduced. This module will equip students with the ability to create models that describe the circuit components or groups of components to allow predictions of performance to be made for Aerospace Engineering applications.15 credits
- Engineering Statics and Dynamics
The course provides the fundamental concepts and techniques used in Engineering Statics and Dynamics. Two-dimensional statics are covered including force and moment systems, free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction, and the application to typical aerospace engineering machines. An introduction to the essentials of three-dimensional statics is included. Two-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies are covered. An introduction to the use of the Work-Energy methods in dynamics is given. No prior knowledge of statics or dynamics is assumed; the treatment concentrates on physical understanding and applications in aerospace engineering, rather than using advanced mathematical treatments.15 credits
- Introduction to Systems Analysis and Control
This module introduces modelling and analysis of linear models. It includes a detailed analysis of the dynamical behaviour of 1st and 2nd order systems linking behaviour to physical parameters, e.g. rise time, settling time, overshoot, steady-state. Damping and damping ratio and resonance. Frequency response is discussed briefly. The module also introduces students to feedback systems by providing examples of open-loop and closed-loop feedback, as well as system stability analysis. Students are introduced to simple practical controllers, including PID controllers. Systems concepts considered include classification and properties of linear systems. The principles of Laplace Transforms are taught for solving linear differential equations.15 credits
- Global Engineering Challenge Week
The Faculty-wide Global Engineering Challenge Week is a compulsory part of the first-year programme, and the project has been designed to develop student academic, transferable and employability skills as well as widen their horizons as global citizens. Working in multi-disciplinary groups of six, for a full week, all students in the Faculty choose from a number of projects arranged under a range of themes including Water, ICT, Waste Management and Energy with scenarios set in a developing country. Some projects are based on the Engineers Without Borders Challenge* and other projects have been suggested by an academic at the University of Makerere in Uganda (who is involved in developing solutions using IT systems for health, agriculture and resource problems in developing countries). Students are assessed on a number of aspects of being a professional engineer both by Faculty alumni and a number of local industrial engineers.*The EWB Challenge is a design program coordinated internationally by Engineers Without Borders Australia and delivered in Australian, New Zealand, British and Irish universities. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the EWB Challenge students are presented with a fantastic opportunity to design creative solutions to problems identified by real EWB projects. Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief is based on a set of sustainable development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations. http://www.ewb-uk.org/ewbchallenge
- Control Systems Design and Analysis
This module gives a solid theoretical foundation for understanding feedback control system analysis, design and application and is suitable for general engineering students. This is supported by hardware laboratories, PC laboratory activities and coursework. Content covers standard analysis tools such as root-loci, Bode diagrams, Nyquist diagrams and z-transforms. The latter part of the course focuses on the design of common feedback strategies using these analysis tools and students will undertake indicative designs and reinforce learning through application to laboratory and hardware systems.20 credits
- Aerospace Fluids Engineering
The module is designed to consolidate and extend the students' understanding of basic fluid flow properties, fluid flows, and applying analysis techniques to solve engineering fluids problems. The module will cover the use of both integral control volume and differential analysis techniques. These will be applied to a range of simple engineering fluid systems, Newtonian laminar analysis will be applied to internal flows. The boundary layer will be introduced and related to the concepts of drag and heat transfer. The concepts of compressible nozzle flow, choking and shock waves will be covered. Sub-sonic and sonic compressible flow will be introduced. The students will also be introduced to computational fluid dynamics using FLUENT and given hands-on experience.10 credits
The overall aim of the course is to explain clearly some fundamental theories of solid mechanics for the modelling of basic aircraft structure problems. In specific terms this means truss system analysis, bending of statically determinate and indeterminate beams, analysis of cross-sections, axes of symmetry, section properties for structural beams, beams loaded by moments and by UDLs, Macaulay's method for beams under point loads and moments, general stress, strain, and displacements in open and closed section thin-walled beams, shear flow and shear centre, torsion of closed and open section beams, torsion of beams, aircraft structural materials, and aircraft structural components.10 credits
- Introduction to Electronic Circuits
This module introduces the concepts and analytical tools for predicting the behaviour of combinations of passive circuit elements in conjunction with active electronic components; diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers and the circuits in which these devices are used.10 credits
- Mathematics for Aerospace Engineers
This module consolidates previous mathematical knowledge and develops new mathematical techniques relevant to the Aerospace Engineering discipline.10 credits
- Engineering - You're Hired
The Faculty-wide Engineering - You're Hired Week is a compulsory part of the second year programme, and the week has been designed to develop student academic, transferable and employability skills. Working in multi-disciplinary groups of about six, students will work in interdisciplinary teams on a real world problem over an intensive week-long project.The projects are based on problems provided by industrial partners, and students will come up with ideas to solve them and proposals for a project to develop these ideas further.
- Electrical Energy Management and Conversion
An outline of the electrical supply infrastructure, including the plurality of electrical energy generation modalities currently in use, is followed by elementary ideas behind protection, safety and tariff structures. The characteristics of electrical machines are discussed together with the circuit strategies that can be used to control of machine performance. Circuits for more general high efficiency power management are also described. Circuits dealing with power will dissipate energy and that energy must be removed if overheating is to be avoided - elements of thermal management are discussed in the context of audio power amplifiers.20 credits
- Introduction to Systems Engineering & Software
Engineering applications are typically complex, so students also need to acquire proficiency in analytical problem solving and the ability to apply a systems engineering approach, as a systematic methodology to design and implementation. A group project will develop an understanding of the type of problem solving and systems engineering needed for the design and build of a computer-controlled system. Students will improve skills incommunication, team working and reflective practices as a result of the group project. Engineering applications in manufacturing, aerospace, robotics, energy, finance, healthcare and a host of other areas are predominately computer based or computer controlled.20 credits
- Signals, Systems, and Communications
Modern communication systems provide the backbone of the technological development that is driving the information age. The increase of data analytics, machine learning, and networked solutions pushes the trend towards an increasing use of digital communication systems as means of enabling reliable and efficient information exchange. The aim of the unit is to provide the fundamentals of signals, systems and communication systems. The mathematical principles of signal theory and systems theory will be applied within a communication theory context. The unit will provide the students with the tools to analyse and solve complex open-ended communication problems and to evaluate the technological constraints of the proposed solutions.20 credits
- Applied Aerospace Thermodynamics
The objective of this module is to teach the student the fundamentals and basic applications of heat transfer. The module is divided into three parts, each focusing on a different heat transfer process, namely conduction, convection and radiation. The three processes are often combined in the problems studied in order to explain heat transfer in a real-life engineering system works. The conduction part of the module focuses on steady heat conduction in one dimensional systems, conduction through fins to increase efficiency and transient heat conduction. Numerical methods applied to conduction problems will also be briefly introduced. Forced convection will be studied in internal flows and in external flows, and natural convection will also be introduced. Heat exchangers will be studied and knowledge of conduction and forced convection will both be used. Thermal radiation will focus on the physics and on network analysis to solve engineering problems. Group work will be very important in the laboratory experiments and for oral presentations on applications of heat exchangers.10 credits
- Design of Structures, Machines and Systems
The course brings together analytical, computational and empirical approaches to the design and optimisation of structures and systems. A specific design is used as a thematic project in which the functional analysis and eventual synthesis are brought together. The task is such that no optimal solution is readily available. This enables the student to develop their skill in formulating analytical and computational models and evaluating them so as to develop an optimal design solution.10 credits
- Dynamics of Aerospace Structures and Machines
The aim of this module is to develop understanding of the fundamental concepts governing the dynamics of aerospace structures and machines.Website Version:The aim of this module is to develop understanding of the fundamental concepts governing the dynamics of structures and machines for aerospace engineering. It covers two principal areas: structural vibration and rigid body mechanics. In structural vibration, the single degree of freedom model is used to study the free response and forced vibration of systems subjected to steady state, impulse and arbitrary loading. Aspects of rigid body mechanics include the analysis of common two-dimensional mechanisms and the dynamics of rigid rotors, including gyroscopic motion.10 credits
- Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
This module introduces basic concepts of computer programming, through an introduction to problem solving and the development of simple algorithms using the programming language Python. The module will stress the importance of good programming style and good code design and will introduce how an object-oriented approach can help to acheive these aims.10 credits
- Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics
The first half of the course aims to build a comprehensive understanding of the interrelationship between materials selection, materials processing, product design and product performance in order to develop a holistic approach to optimum selection of materials for engineering and industrial applications. Topics examined include methods of materials and process selection through an applied open-ended project.This module also introduces students to fracture mechanics. In the fracture mechanics topics covered in some detail include linear elastic fracture mechanics, cyclic fatigue, stress corrosion and failure prediction. A brief introduction to elastic-plastic fracture mechanics is also included.10 credits
- Selection and Processing of Aerospace Materials
This module will consist of two distinct parts. The first part will examine the use of polymers and composite materials within an aerospace context and will focus on structure, property and processing relationships for polymers, reinforcing fibres and both polymer, carbon-carbon, and ceramic matrix composite materials. The second part of the module will provide a broad introduction to the main processing routes for metallic components used in aerospace applications, and will look in detail at techniques such as casting, rolling, forging, as well as the processing routes for metal matrix composites and advanced high strength steels.10 credits
- Aero Propulsion
The aim of this module is to provide the students with an understanding of principles of operation of gas turbines, as applied to aero propulsion and power generation.The module introduces the theory of gas turbines and how they should function. The study is based on fundamental thermodynamic and fluid mechanic analyses and introduces methods for improving efficiencies and increasing specific work output. The effect of simple thermodynamics of combustion, jet engine losses and efficiences are considered, together with an analysis of turbojet and turbofan designs.Website Version:This module provides students with an understanding of principles of operation of gas turbines, pulse-jets, RAM-jets and solid and liquid fuelled rocket engines as applied to aero propulsion. The understanding is built upon fundamental thermodynamic and fluid mechanic analyses of components and systems for each propulsion method. Methods for improving efficiencies and increasing specific work output of components are also introduced as well as an introduction to combustion, losses and efficiencies.10 credits
- Aerodynamic Design
This module aims to provide the students with a good understanding of basic theories in aerodynamics and its integration in the design process. It emphasises on the role that aerodynamics plays in engineering product design, where the forces exerted by the air flow around the geometries are crucial, e.g. for an aircraft or a racing car. The aerodynamic principles will be demonstrated through their roles in aeronautical and automotive vehicle designs. The students should be able to apply these basic principles to other areas of applications in broader engineering areas, such as the design of wind turbines, engine fans, buildings, sailing boats, etc.10 credits
- Aerospace Group Design Project: Build and Test
The aim of this module is for students realise the designs that they 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 by the students - students will be expected to work outside of their current knowledge and understanding in solving this challenging engineering problem and so considerable independence, initiative and creative and critical thinking will be required.10 credits
- Aerospace Group Design Project: Design
The aim of this module is for students to solve a complex aerospace engineering design challenge. The project will be undertaken in groups and will require students to apply knowledge from their previous and current modules for the design on a unmanned aerial vehicle. Students will also have to develop their project management and group working under realistic industrial conditions. Students will apply systems engineering principles and their engineering knowledge and understanding to the design and development of an aircraft to meet client requirements. Students will use industry related design tools (e.g. finite elements and computational fluid dynamics) to complete their designs. The module will be largely self-directed by the students where students will be expected to, at times, work outside of their current knowledge and understanding in solving this challenging engineering problem. Considerable independence, initiative and creative and critical thinking will be required.10 credits
- Aircraft Design
This module is offered to all Aerospace Engineering courses in the third year. It provides a comprehensive knowledge about all elements of conceptual aircraft design and promotes the learning and application of the industrial procedure for designing an aircraft based on given requirements. Topics include ¿but not restricted to: conceptual design and sizing, preliminary design, matching plot, wing design, propulsion system selection, fuselage design, etc. The teaching will be based on constructive alignment by making use of specific active learning techniques (see below) during teaching sessions. Aim: The students will be able to design an aircraft concept from costumers and performance requirements.10 credits
- Aircraft Dynamics and Control
Aerospace engineering is a fascinating area where knowledge from different disciplines is needed. The aim of this module is to provide the student with such a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of aircraft performance, flight dynamics and the problems of controlling an aircraft¿s motion. Various aspects of aircraft performance including straight, level flight and manoeuvres are covered. The module introduces the equations of motion for a rigid body aircraft and the aerodynamic forces and moments are then determined. Static and dynamic stability and response characteristics are defined. Flying and handling qualities of an aircraft, and disturbances affecting its motion, are analysed.10 credits
- Finance and Law for Engineers
The module is designed to introduce engineering students to some of the key financial and legal issues that engineers are likely to encounter in their working environment. The module will draw directly on practical issues of budgeting, raising finance, assessing financial risks and making financial decisions in the context of engineering projects and/or product development. At the same time the module will develop students¿ understanding of the legal aspects of entering into contracts for the development and delivery of engineering projects and products and an awareness of environmental regulation, data protection and intellectual property rights. Through a series of parallel running lectures in the two disciplines, the module will provide a working knowledge of the two areas and how they impinge on engineering practice. There will be a heavy emphasis on group working, report writing and presentation as part of the assessment supplemented by online exercises and an individual portfolio.10 credits
- Managing Engineering Projects and Teams
The module is designed to introduce you to one of the key skills needed in your study and work. You will learn why projects are a key feature of engineering environments. You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of project management concepts and its terminologies. In addition, you will learn how to plan a project and deliver it for its successful completion. It will introduce project management topics such as planning, scoping, scheduling, resources, cost and constraints. Additionally, you will develop an awareness of the importance of people for successful project delivery in practice, including stakeholders and team dynamics.10 credits
- Communication Electronics
This module introduces the basic structure of a communication system and examines the various circuits and signal engineering strategies that are necessary to make a system work. The idea of spectrum as a limited resource and some of the regulatory framework that allows multiple use of spectrum without conflict between users is introduced. The unit, which aims to form a bridge between communication systems and electronics, will include a number of case studies in order to place ideas in a sensible context.20 credits
- Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles
The course will consolidate and expand upon the fundamental and general background to Thermofluids engineering developed during first and second year courses. This will be achieved through the study of more realistic systems, machines, devices as well as their application.To introduce students to more realistic energy conversion and power production processes. Use of irreversibility to analyse plant. Introduction of reheat and heat recovery as methods of achieving improved efficiency. To look at total energy use by means of combined gas and steam and combined heat and power cycles and understand some of the environmental issues. A variety of refrigeration cycles will also be illustrated as well as the Otto and Diesel cycles.10 credits
- Aerospace Metals
This unit covers engineering alloys ranging from light alloys (i.e. aluminium alloys and titanium alloys) and high temperature metallic systems (intermetallics and nickel superalloys). The course centres on the physical metallurgy of such engineering alloys to demonstrate the effect of alloying and its implications for the processing, microstructure and performance of structural aerospace components in both airframe and aero-engine applications. Some parallels will also be drawn with the automotive industry, when discussing light alloys.10 credits
- Antennas, Radar and Navigation
This unit is about understanding the fundamentals and common applications of antennas and radar systems. The basic characteristics of some of the commonly used antenna systems will be examined in the context of practical design and application. The radar part of the unit will introduce the basic concepts of radar and examine various types of commercial and military radar system in common use. The application of radar and other methods in airborne navigation and landing systems will be discussed. Throughout the unit emphasis will be placed on 'first-order' analysis techniques in order to reduce the use of advanced mathematics.10 credits
- Composite Materials and Micromechanics
Review of laws of mixtures: strength of fibre composites. Statistical aspects of strength. Transverse cracking and longitudinal splitting of crossply laminates. Brief introduction to environmental aspects. Introduction to laminate theory. Reinforcement theories of Cox, Kelly and Tyson. Fibre length requirements. Technological aspects of real mouldings. Fibre orientation and technologies for its control. Particulate reinforcements. The concept of the interphase (acicular, carbon black). Modulus of a polymer. Requirements for a high modulus. Strong polyethene fibres, textile fibre. Spinning techniques. Polyacrylonitriee fibres. Carbon fibres. Aramid fibres. Other organic high modulus fibres (eg PBT, PBO). Silicon carbide and related fibres.10 credits
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
The module introduces fundamental concepts of Computational Fluid Dynamics from the governing physical principles to their mathematical definition, approximation and numerical solution, with a particular focus on experimental and theoretical validation. The course explains the typical steps for a robust use of CFD analysis to predict the behaviour of complex fluid flows encountered in typical engineering applications, including turbulent flows. Students will consolidate their understanding by performing and critically assessing the results of a CFD analysis of a typical and industrially relevant fluid problem.10 credits
- Digital Signal Processing
The aim is to introduce students to digital processing techniques, including sampling and analysis of digital signals, design of digital filers, and the introduction of digital image processing. Discrete signals and systems are studied, with an emphasis on the frequency-domain theory necessary for the analysis of discrete signals and design of digital filters. The concepts associated with digital images and some basic digital image processing operations are also covered.10 credits
- Finite Element Techniques
The module aims to give students a thorough knowledge and understanding of the principles of the Finite Element Method, an understanding of the various modelling strategies within the method, an appreciation of its scope of application, and the ability to interpret the results of a finite element calculation. Theoretical foundations of the method in the context of linear elastic structural analysis will be covered, as well as practical aspects of its implementation. The assessment is by coursework only, comprising two assignments. Lectures will be supplemented by surgeries and computer laboratory sessions, which will provide opportunities for further exploring key concepts and for obtaining support for assignment work.10 credits
- Hardware-in-the-Loop & Rapid Control Prototyping
This course represents an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience of designing and implementing advanced controllers upon a challenging, real-world control problem. Uniquely, each student will be issued with their own, portable control hardware for the duration of the course. Students will learn how to interface such a system to industry standard software using a data acquisition device, before developing their own simulation models of the hardware. These models will be used to synthesise a feedback controller, and verified in simulation before being implemented upon the hardware. The resultant controller will then be refined in a cycle of rapid control prototyping.10 credits
- Space Systems Engineering
The module aims to introduce different mission types including communications, earth observation, weather, navigation, astronomy, scientific, interplanetary missions and space stations. Concepts of orbital motion such as Kepler Laws, Elliptic, Parabolic and Hyperbolic orbits are introduced. Atmospheric drag, luni-solar perturbations are explained. Hohmann orbit transfer, ground station visibility, launch windows are explained. The module provides an understanding of spacecraft sub-systems and control including attitude control and thermal control, as well as providing knowledge of propulsion systems for example chemical rockets, electric propulsion, nuclear rockets, and solar sails. Various concepts related to space environment are explored including, sun, solar wind, solar cycles, heliosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, magnetic storms, substorms and geomagnetic indices. The module explains space weather phenomena and concepts including the effects of ionising radiation, cosmic rays, and solar energetic particle events on spacecraft systems and astronauts. Geomagnetic storms and sub-storms are also discussed. The module considers ground induced current and its effect on the pipelines, power grid and transformers. The effects of space weather on communications and forecasting of space weather are discussed.10 credits
- State-Space Control Design
The aims are: to introduce state-space methods for the analysis and design of controllers for multivariable systems; to teach the use of analytical tools and methods for state-space control design; to demonstrate similarities between continuous and sampled data systems; and to extend the analysis to non-linear systems. Material to be covered includes: Structural properties (modal decomposition, controllability, observability, stability); design (pole assignment, observer design, separation principle, optimal control, LQG) of continuous systems and equivalents for sampled-data systems.10 credits
- Structural Vibration
In this module we will explore how structures vibrate and how we can model them in order to understand and optimise their behaviour. We will look at how to model systems/structures mathematically as multi-degree of freedom systems and as continuous systems. The module will link theoretical models with experimental modal analysis, where knowledge of the system is derived from measurements (such as accelerations). You will explore the world of dynamics through lectures and dedicated reading. The theoretical learning will be supported by two laboratory experiments to be carried out in groups.10 credits
- Aerospace Engineering Year in Industry
The course enables students to spend, typically, their third year of a BEng or fourth year of an MEng working in a `course relevant¿ role in industry. This provides them with wide ranging experiences and opportunities that put their academic studies into context and improve their skills and employability. Students will also benefit from experiencing the culture in industry, making contacts, and the placement will support them in their preparation for subsequent employment.120 credits
- Aerospace Individual Investigative Project
The project is designed to develop students' technical knowledge and understanding, technical and personal skills and an appreciation of the wider context of their studies. It gives students 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 student independence. The specific aims of the project are to: - provide students with the freedom to explore possible solutions to real engineering problems, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding of practical aerospace engineering. - enable students to exercise independent thought and judgement in conducting a technical investigation.45 credits
- Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology
This module enhances students' foundational knowledge by introducing a more specialist Level 7 understanding of major aero propulsion devices. For example, the rocket design will be mastered from the design lessons and innovations of the rockets of historical importance. The more in depth analysis of the alternative air breathing engines such as ramjet, scramjet, and synergistic air-breathing rocket engine will be investigated. Then the advanced gas turbine off-design performance will be analysed. The advanced gas turbine combustion will also be investigated. Finally, the recent explosive development of electric/hybrid propulsion and aircraft will be examined.15 credits
- Advanced Control
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to some of the advanced control techniques used in modern control engineering research and industrial applications. The module will cover both theory and practice, involving analysis and design. Different control techniques and applications may be covered in different years. In all cases, the basic principles and concepts of a particular control technique will be introduced, and comparisons and contrasts will be made with other techniques. Subsequently, the design, analysis and implementation of advanced controllers or control laws will be covered, starting from the requirements of the basic control problem for the application at hand (i.e. stability in the presence of constraints; disturbance and noise rejection). Controller design will be illustrated by industrially relevant case studies.15 credits
- Advanced Dynamics
In this module we will explore how linear/nonlinear structures vibrate and how we can model them in order to understand and optimise their complex behaviour both analytically and numerically. We will uncover the behaviour of theoretical nonlinear models and we will explore and evaluate the fascinating world of advanced dynamics, random vibration, nonlinear systems and chaos through lectures and dedicated reading. We link advanced engineering with concepts from physics and maths that are of core importance in the new era of engineering, considering structures from light aerospace structures to offshore wind turbines and space shuttles. Furthermore, we will discover the world of Hamiltonian mechanics by capturing its fundamental physics. The learning will be supported by dedicated tutorial sessions.15 credits
- Advanced Engineering Fluid Dynamics
The module introduces advanced subjects in fluid mechanics and focuses on the theory and applications of the fundamental physical laws governing Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid flows. The Navier-Stokes and continuity equations are revisited and the Energy and the general Scalar Transport Equations for compressible and multi-species mixture fluid flows will be derived. A key skill developed is problem solving in the area of advanced fluid mechanics through how equations, models and boundary conditions may be adapted and simplified to describe a wide variety of engineering flows such as creeping flows, laminar, turbulent, incompressible and compressible flows.15 credits
- Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
This unit covers a range of advanced materials manufacturing techniques that are either widely used or emerging in industry. Techniques include Additive Layer Manufacturing, Electron Beam Welding, Superplastic Forming, lithium battery manufacturing and advanced machining approaches. In addition, non-destructive evaluation techniques to ensure high levels of manufacturing integrity will be described.15 credits
- Advanced Space Systems and Space Weather
The module provides students with an understanding of the concept advanced space systems, within the context of Space Weather and processes in the geo-space that can have hazardous effects on modern ground based and space based technological systems. It covers knowledge about susceptibility of services such as power supply, communications, transportation and navigation to space weather events, and introduces methodologies for space weather forecast based on systems engineering approaches from first principles. The module also provides knowledge of the requirements for transferring forecasting models into operational tools for space weather forecasting, before covering how space weather forecasting can assist in mitigating adverse effects of space weather.15 credits
- Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity
This module covers the area of engineering related to safety in the aerospace sector by means of analytical techniques and study cases. The students will: develop a fundamental knowledge of the requirements for aviation safety in aircraft design and operation, learn about airworthiness and crashworthiness evaluate aircraft loading; be able to analyse different manoeuvres using heave/pitch aircraft models; and be able to calculate internal loads for steady and dynamic manoeuvres. The course will provide students with an understanding of aeroelastic phenomena including flutter. This course provides the methodology and techniques for prediction/detection of a number of aeroelastic effects.15 credits
- Design and Manufacture of Composites
This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of both the design and manufacture of polymer composites and is presented in two sections. First, design of composites is taught via tutorials and practicals on classical laminate theory and ESAComp software. An extended series of worked examples provides students with the basic tools they need to design effective composite parts. Second, manufacture of composites is taught via lectures. Students will learn multiple routes for making composite parts alongside practical issues such as defects, machining/joints, failure, testing and NDT, repair and SMART composites.15 credits
- Electronic Communication Technologies
This module aims to provide students with a range of skills that are required when designing circuits at high frequencies covering topics such as circuit interference mechanisms and design techniques, circuit layout, filtering, screening, transmission lines, S-parameters, Smith charts, radio frequency (RF) device design, and measurement techniques.15 credits
- Industrial Applications of Finite Element Analysis
The module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of finite element modelling and its application to solve industrial engineering problems. A set of industry-relevant problems will be provided to students along with experimental results for model validation. Students will be allocated one of their preferred projects and will have to devise a modelling strategy to solve their particular problem. Knowledge will be drawn from lectures introducing the theory behind finite element modelling of dynamic problems for modal and transient analyses, non-linear problems including contact, material behaviour and large deformation as well as fracture.15 credits
- Industrial training programme (ITP) in Avionics
This unit will provide an insight into the avionics, data processing and autonomous systems.This will be collaboration with GE Aviation Systems (Cheltenham). GE Aviation Systems willset a real technical challenge and small group sizes will undertake experimental work andpresent a report that will require an in-depth literature review. To supplement the maintechnical challenge there will be focussed technical seminars on relevant topics. Thesetopics will be provided by both academics and industry engineers. In addition, GE Aviationwill provide seminars on employability skills, data handling, quality and safety in theaerospace materials sector.15 credits
- Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Robotics and autonomous systems are having an increasing impact on society and the way we live. From advanced manufacturing and surgical robots to unmanned aerial systems and driverless cars this exciting area is presenting increasing technological challenges. This module provides students with the advanced knowledge and understanding to apply control and systems engineering concepts to the closely related disciplines of robotics and autonomous systems.The module covers theoretical and technical analysis and design aspects of mobile and manipulator robots with reference to their applications. The module further covers advanced techniques in autonomous decision making for robots and autonomous vehicles.15 credits
- Motion Control and Servo Drives
This unit investigates, in detail, the performance and operational characteristic of both modern a.c. and d.c. variable speed drives and actuation systems, as well as their applications in electric/hybrid vehicle traction.15 credits
- Multisensor and Decision Systems
The ability to use data and information from multiple sources and make informed decisions based on that data is key to many applications, e.g. manufacturing, aerospace, robotics, finance and healthcare. Through effective use of multisensory data and decision making we can reduce uncertainty, improve robustness and reliability, enhance efficiency and ultimately improve the performance of systems. In this module students will develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of multisensor and decision systems and the underlying mathematics and algorithms. Students will develop their confidence in solving complex problems requiring the application of multisensory and decision techniques to a wide variety of applications.15 credits
- Real-Time Embedded Systems
Many systems, for example; a control system, fault detection system or health monitoring system are required to work in real-time. Such systems can be developed and implemented using a CPU and external devices in an embedded system application/device to perform the desired tasks in the “real” world. This module covers the hardware associated with building an embedded system and how the desired functionality and thus real-time operation of an embedded system can be realised through software/hardware.15 credits
- Testing and verification in safety-critical systems
This module provides an introduction to the processes and problems of building complex software such as for use in aerospace applications. Topics covered can be split into four major groups: safety, specification languages, concepts of software engineering, different methods of software testing. A substantial amount of time will be spent on the ideas of software testing and specific testing techniques.1. Safety includes software and systems safety, methods of performing hazard analysis, human factors and the IEC 61508 standard. 2.Specification languages such as Statecharts. 3.Software engineering concepts focus on the software lifecycle, safe language subsets, software testing and maintenance. 4.The software testing part is concerned with advanced approaches to generating software tests. Students should be aware that there are limited places available on this course.15 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.
Learning and assessment
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including Maths and a science
The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
including Maths and a science
A Levels + additional qualifications | AAB, including Maths and a science subject + A in a relevant EPQ; AAB, including Maths and a science subject + A in AS Level or B in A Level Further Mathematics 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 | 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science 34, 6 in Higher Level Maths and a science
BTEC | DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + B in A Level Maths
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAAAB + AA, including Maths and a science in both AAABB + AB, including Maths and a science in both
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA in Maths and a science B + AA in Maths and a science
Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, including 45 credits at Level 3 with 39 credits at Distinction to include 15 Maths and 15 Physics (or an appropriate Science), and 6 credits at Merit + Grade A in A level Maths 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, including 45 credits at Level 3 with 36 credits at Distinction to include 15 Maths and 15 Physics (or an appropriate Science), and 6 credits at Merit + Grade A in A level Maths
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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
Science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Further Maths or Statistics
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
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 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 and four wind tunnels. You'll get to use these facilities throughout your course.
Why choose Sheffield?
The University of Sheffield
A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings
Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014
No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017
No 1 in the north for graduate employment
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
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.
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.
Fees and funding
The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.
Funding your study
Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.
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University open days
There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.
At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.
If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.
Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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