You’ll take specific compulsory modules on advanced topics, from aerospace structures and the theory behind structural analysis, to systems engineering and understanding how engineering psychology and human factors influence aircraft design. You’ll also develop and apply your knowledge to solving real-world problems and situations.
This will inform the rest of your studies where, depending on your background, you’ll select from a range of optional modules allowing you to pursue the topics that appeal to your interests or suit your future career plans. You could gain sophisticated knowledge in areas such as aerodynamics and aerospace propulsion, rotary wing aircraft, computational methods (CFD and advanced FEA) or materials failure analysis.
Throughout the programme, you’ll complete a team-based design project in semester one, and a professional project in semester two– an independent piece of research on a topic within aerospace engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. You’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months.
The professional project allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Typical projects could include:
Design of a stiffened titanium aircraft structural component for additive manufacturing
Development of software based on Swarm Intelligence Methodologies for Structural Optimisation
Circulation control using air jets to improve the performance of aircraft wings and wind turbines
Design and optimisation of a Flexible Structural Support for a Mars Rover Umbilical Release Mechanism
Aerodynamic analysis of the Bloodhound supersonic car using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of turbulent combustion processes
The control of flow separation using vortex generators
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look our Aerospace Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you’ll study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Aerospace Engineering MSc in the course catalogue
Team Design Project
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Design Optimisation - MSc
Aerodynamics and Aerospace Propulsion
Engineering Computational Methods
Experimental Methods and Analysis
Engineering Psychology and Human Factors
Advanced Finite Element Analysis
Rotary Wing Aircraft
Vehicle Systems Engineering
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you could have the opportunity to be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with staff through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of material stress analysis, programming and structural and multidisciplinary optimisation.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
Active research environment
Specialising in engineering systems and design, thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces, medical devices and regenerative medicine, our School is at the heart of solving real world problems through high-quality research.
Throughout your degree you’ll be taught by experts who are leaders in their fields and be directly engaged with their cutting-edge research.
During this course you could have the chance to meet employers from organisations operating within this sector through seminars and talks and by attending our careers fair. In previous years there have been talks from colleagues at Airbus, Astrium, BAE Systems, Leonardo, Rolls-Royce to provide additional industrial perspectives to the course and career guidance to students.
We also have an Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board which was established as part of the accreditation requirements set by the Royal Aeronautical Society and Institution of Mechanical Engineers for aerospace specific taught degree programmes in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The board meets twice annually with the School's aerospace specific staff members to develop student education, transfer knowledge, and participate in research activities ensuring that course content is up-to-date and industry relevant.
Student projects are co-supervised by Board Members who provide valuable formative feedback at these meetings. This also generates other ongoing opportunities for students including placements, internships, and exposure graduate employers.
The Programme Manager, Dr Bilal Kaddouh, has a wealth of experience in autonomous UAS development and operation and has been involved in numerous flight tests. He is also a member of the University’s Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation.
The wider programme team is made up of academics and researchers from across the School of Mechanical Engineering, who work within the School’s research institutes and groups.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.