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Aerospace Engineering (4 Years) [MEng]

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UCAS course code
H402
UCAS institution code
M20
Degree awarded
MEng
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

37 points, including Maths and Physics at Higher Level

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Formal applications for entry to all undergraduate courses must be made through  UCAS

Course description

The MEng Aerospace Engineering provides you with a broad, well-balanced preparation for professional careers in the aerospace industry (design, development, testing and operation of vehicles and systems), as well as in other areas, such as research, management, technical development and finance.

We aim to instill not just a theoretical knowledge of engineering science, but also a solid base of practical skills, an understanding of design, comprehension of the commercial world and competence in transferable skills (problem solving, team working, creativity and IT).

The degree also provides an excellent route for individuals wishing to proceed to postgraduate education as quickly as possible.

Years 1 and 2 of this course are common with those of the MEng in Aerospace Engineering. Subject to satisfactory performance, it is possible for you to transfer to one of our MEng courses.

Aerospace Engineering at Manchester

Open days

The next University general  Open Days will take place on Friday 20th & Saturday 21st June 2014. Booking essential via the main University web site in due course.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries on the School website.

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Contact details

Academic department
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 9210
Email
Website
www.manchester.ac.uk/mace

Academic department overview

See: About Us.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAA which should include Mathematics and Physics plus one other subject. If Physics is not offered Maths must include substantive applied/mechanical elements (Modules M1 and M2). Two AS-levels of equivalent grade are acceptable in place of a third A-level. General Studies is not accepted.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.  Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

Key Skills qualification

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

37 points, including Maths and Physics at Higher Level

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Higher grades AAAAB to include AAA in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

AAA / AAB in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and preferably Physics. Two Highers accepted in place of one Advanced Higher.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass and AA in Mathematics and Physics at A-level.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own, or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Other international entry requirements

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. We also have a long history of welcoming international students and seek to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world.

Details of country-specific entry requirements are available from the main University website

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDD and A-level Mathematics grade A

Access to HE Diploma

Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.  QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants are 60 (10-hour) credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2.  Mathematics A-level at grade A will also be required.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

We welcome applications from students who have achieved excellence in Progression and Advanced Diplomas. For all courses, we require diploma learners to have achieved a grade B overall in the Engineering Progression Diploma, plus a grade A at GCE A-level Mathematics.

Non-standard educational routes

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often, such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills - and they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

We recognise that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully, you will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

English language

Minimum grade C in English Language, or equivalent: IELTS 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5) or TOEFL 550/220 computer -based or 80 internet-based with a minimum of 20 in each component

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Formal applications for entry to all undergraduate courses must be made through  UCAS

Advice to applicants

Applicants who have submitted extenuating circumstances

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teacher during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college.  We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report.  We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School.  If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible.  Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of an assessment of the quality of the personal statement, the reference, and past and predicted academic achievements. We encourage you to give details of your motivation for studying this particular subject. UK-based applicants will be invited to attend a post-offer Visit Day which is an opportunity to visit our labs and talk to staff and students about academic life in the School.

Interview requirements

We do not hold interviews but UK-based applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Visit Day, which generally take place on Wednesday afternoons from November - March. This is an opportunity to visit the School and our facilities and includes a lab tour with current first year students.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applications from overseas students are welcome.  Generally, overseas students will be considered for an offer without having to visit our School in advance.

Deferrals

We welcome applications for deferred entry and feel a gap year benefits many students.

We do ask applicants to let us know as early as possible if they are intending to defer.  This helps us to adjust the number of offers we make, in order to ahieve the required number of students in a given year.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

We will consider applications to transfer to Manchester from other universities and normally ask for a letter explaining why a transfer was needed, relevant transcripts, a copy of the applicant's UCAS form and a confidential reference from one of the applicant's current university tutors.

We will consider applications to transfer from other degrees within The University of Manchester.  Please note that you are required to have the A-level grades (or other qualifications) needed for entry to the degree course you wish to transfer to.

Please note that both of the above are subject to our having enough places to accommodate such applicants. Enquiries should be made to the admissions administrator for the subject (see contact details).

Course description

The MEng Aerospace Engineering provides you with a broad, well-balanced preparation for professional careers in the aerospace industry (design, development, testing and operation of vehicles and systems), as well as in other areas, such as research, management, technical development and finance.

We aim to instill not just a theoretical knowledge of engineering science, but also a solid base of practical skills, an understanding of design, comprehension of the commercial world and competence in transferable skills (problem solving, team working, creativity and IT).

The degree also provides an excellent route for individuals wishing to proceed to postgraduate education as quickly as possible.

Years 1 and 2 of this course are common with those of the MEng in Aerospace Engineering. Subject to satisfactory performance, it is possible for you to transfer to one of our MEng courses.

Aerospace Engineering at Manchester

Aims

The course aims are: 

  • To give students a comprehensive knowledge of engineering science and a strong base of practical skills
  • Prepare you for leadership positions in a successful career in industry
  • Develop your competence in transferable skills, particularly team working, creativity and adaptability
  • Enable you to specialise in advanced topics

Special features

  • You have opportunities to specialise in your third and fourth years.

Teaching and learning

Typically, you take  lectures and tutorial classes in the mornings, with laboratory classes on some afternoons. Active learning is included in some courses through a range of small, problem-based projects. This is complementary to the taught elements and is both challenging and fun.

Through the mix of learning - from transitional lectures to team work and problem-solving - you will obtain:

  • A thorough understanding of engineering science or construction through application of your knowledge
  • The ability to deal with the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • The self-motivated approach required for success in university education

The interpersonal and management skills needed when working in teams to fixed deadlines.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment methods vary widely to suit the nature of the course unit and the material being produced by the students.

Examinations are held where appropriate; however, emphasis is placed on continuous assessment, including reports, posters, presentations and vivas, especially during the first two years and for project work.

Major pieces of coursework are double marked and moderated by external examiners to maintain objectivity and uniformity in the assessment procedures. Examples of Coursework and Assessment are available on individual Unit Specifications.

Course unit details

Your first year establishes a strategiv overview of the main areas of aerospace engineering and introduces the underlying science and mathematics.  Second and third years develop the key knowledge and understanding necessary to enter industry, or postgradute study.  The fourth year provides specialisation in engineering and consolidates practical experience via an advanced aerospace design project.

Course content for year 1

Year one provides basic knowledge and skills that are applicable to all branches of engineering, such as mathematics, thermodynamics, structures and management.  It also introduces the fundamental principles of aerospace vehicles and systems.  This is supported by team-working exercises that set the context for aerospace design and developes an awareness of current issues, such as climate change. View Year 1 Example course structure

Course content for year 2

Year two starts the process of detailed education in key areas of aerospace engineering, including aircraft design, aircraft performance, flight dynamics, vehicle systems and control engineering provide the technical foundations for aerospace project work.  Units in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures and dynamics provide the underlying scientific base. View Year 2 Example course structure

You will also study further mathematics and management.

Course content for year 3

Year three completes the process by introducing an integrated view of vehicles and systems, with reference to applicable sciences and technologies. Exemplified by the holistic treatment of helicopters, this is also developed through topics in aerospace design, systems, propulsion and structures and aerodynamics, which develop your appreciation of multidisciplinary technology.  View Year 3 Example course structure

You undertake an individual project during this year which aims to foster your competence in research and development, as well as in professional communication.

Course content for year 4

You develop skills and proficiency in specialist subject areas and undertake a major group design project that consolidates all previous experience and know-how.  This presents a realistic challenge in terms of novelty, creativity and innovation in design and develops a systematic approach to design optimisation.  Teams operate a typical development lifecycle and the one-year-long exercise culminates in a major design review with invited observers from industry. View Year 4 Example course structure

Your remaining topics are optional and embody a high level of specialisation. These encourage you to adopt a critical approach to engineering, as would be appropriate to positions of leadership in your future career.

The final year of the MEng course in intended to develop the technical skills and self-confidence necessary for leadership in industry and research.

Additional course fee information

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the  undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships and bursaries

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries on the School website.

What our students say

Adam Ramsey, third-year student, MEng Aerospace Engineering

'In the three years that I have been here, I have found Manchester to be a great place to live and study. The city itself is ideal for students and the university is one of the best in the country. It is also one of the top universities for studying Aerospace Engineering.

'In our building, we have a brand new computer suite and many laboratories and wind tunnels, some of which we are able to use for various pieces of coursework. There is also a flight simulator, which can be booked for personal use.

'As a third-year student, I am currently working on my individual project, which accounts for a quarter of this year. It is titled 'The Potential of Tidal Power for Electricity Generation in the UK', which is a research-based project. Although I have been using published reports for most sources of my research, I have also been carrying out research that has never been done before, to the best of my knowledge.

'There are other computational and experimental projects available. The choice depends on what you interests in the most.

'I would definitely recommend people interested in engineering to study at Manchester.'

Facilities

computational and experimental facilities

All courses have been developed in consultation with industry.  This ensures that they cover the fundamentals, as well as the key aerospace disciplines that are relevant to graduate careers and cutting-edge research.

Particular strengths of a Manchester aerospace engineer are team-working, creativity and adaptability.  This stems from the breadth of education and the range of enquiry-based learning that your receive.

Core degrees are the three-year BEng and the four-year MEng in Aerospace Engineering.  There are MEng courses for students who wish to gain industrial experience or to study more management.  In addition, it is possible to spend one semester at a partner university elsewhere in the world.

Aerospace Engineering at Manchester

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped to enter the global aerospace and defence industries, or continue on to postgraduate study.  The enormous range of career opportunities reflects the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of the aerospace sector.  Acquiring high levels of attainment in transferable skills such as simulation, problem solving, design, management and modelling enables graduates to adapt to new challenges and offers broad insight into engineering solutions. 

You can become a research engineer, discovering new ideas; a design engineer, with creativity and imagination; a construction or production engineer, making products or systems; or a project manager, controlling complex products and constructions.  The excitement is that you are unlikely to do the same thing day in and day out. Our graduates are increasingly sought after for positions in the business, management and financial arenas.  Further information

Accrediting organisations

Aerospace Engineering degrees are fully accredited

The process to become a Chartered Engineer has three stages:

  • 1. The Educational Base (MEng, or BEng with MSc)
  • 2. Initial Professional Development
  • 3. Professional Review

Associated organisations

Students are encouraged to become members of the  Royal Aeronautical Society