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MSc Aerospace Engineering

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 Months [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement for this programme is a Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.     

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For further information about making an online application for this MSc course, please see the guidance on our department website about  how to apply .

If you have any questions about the application process, the course or about our entry requirements please do contact us at  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk  and we will be happy to advise you further.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course overview

  • We are world-leading in many research areas, from computational fluid dynamics to how engineering impacts public policy, while 100% of our impact case studies are graded as internationally excellent or world- leading (3* or 4*) (REF 2014)
  • We have more than 200 years' expertise in teaching engineering and many of our graduates achieve excellence on the global stage
  • We have strong industrial links with Airbus, Rolls-Royce, EADS, Dstl, MBDA and ESTEC/ESA, and we are a preferred academic partner for BAE Systems in experimental aerodynamics and dynamic loads
  • We are one of the largest departments in Europe incorporating mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering

Open days

The next open day will take place in autumn 2020. Further details will be published nearer the time but to register your interest please visit  The University of Manchester website .

To find out more about The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering we would encourage you to take an online tour of our department and our facilities with our  Virtual Open Day .

Study fairs in the UK:  The University attends several  study fairs in the UK  each year.

Education fairs overseas:  We attend many  education fairs worldwide  each year, giving you the chance to meet representatives from The University of Manchester near you.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,500
    International students (per annum): £24,500

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Department
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/mace
School/Faculty

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The standard academic entry requirement for this programme is a Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.     

English language

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification, such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or GCSE or GCE O level English, will need to take a recognised test and attain the required English Language score:

IELTS:  an overall score of at least 6.5 with three sub-tests at 6.0 or above and no sub-test less than 5.5

TOFEL (IBT):  an overall score of at least 90 with three sub-tests at 22 or above and no sub-test less than 20

Pearson PTE: at least a score of 58 overall with no sub-test less than 50

Pre-sessional English:   We also accept successful completion of the 10 week pre-sessional English course run by the University Language Centre at The University of Manchester to meet our English language requirements. The Department's requirement for the 10 week course is a valid IELTS score of at least 5.5 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.

Please note we do not accept the 6 or 3 week pre-sessional courses to meet our English requirements.

If you have another English language qualification and wish to enquire if this qualification meets our English requirements, please email a scanned copy of your certificate to us and we will be able to advise you further.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

For further information about making an online application for this MSc course, please see the guidance on our department website about  how to apply .

If you have any questions about the application process, the course or about our entry requirements please do contact us at  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk  and we will be happy to advise you further.

Advice to applicants

Please ensure you have all your supporting documents scanned and ready to upload with your online application.

You will need the following:

  1. Copies (not originals) of Degree Certificates and official academic transcripts of previous study. If these are in a language other than English, please provide an official translation. If you have not yet received your final degree result or certificate at the time of application, please provide a copy of your academic transcripts to date which list all grades achieved so far
  2. Copies (not originals) of English Language qualification e.g. IELTS, TOEFL
  3. Two reference letters. These must be from your most recent place of study and/or employment, and must be written on official letter headed paper and must be signed and dated.

If you have any additional documentation to add to your application after submitting the online form, please email scanned copies to  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk

Course details

Course description

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has a strong and unique tradition in the UK in Aerospace Design, Helicopters, Heat Transfer, Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence Modelling and Flow Diagnostics. This course builds on those strengths and exploits our links with BAe Systems, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, DSTL, USAF, North West Aerospace Alliance, North West Development Agency and SBAC.

This MSc aims to produce high quality graduates with specialist training in aerospace engineering who will be suitable for employment in the engineering industries and consultancies linked to that industry. Aerospace engineering graduates are highly valued and are currently in great demand and the Manchester programme specifically seeks to serve this growing industry requirement. The programme is suitable for engineering and science graduates, as well as engineering professionals working in technical and commercial management. The programme is also well designed to be used for conversion to Aerospace Engineering from some close enough specialities such as Mechanics, Mathematics and Physics.

Teaching and learning

The Aerospace Engineering MSc  is a full time course which is studied over 12 months and there is one start date each year in September. You will develop advanced technical skills in Aerospace Engineering that will enable you to pursue a career in both general and specialised engineering industries or develop an in depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods MACE60004 15 Mandatory
Computational Fluid Dynamics I MACE60043 15 Mandatory
Composites and Polymers MACE61029 15 Mandatory
Aerospace Group Design Project MACE61520 30 Mandatory
Dissertation (Aerospace Engineering) MACE62000 60 Mandatory
Experimental Methods (MSc Aerospace Engineering) MACE62021 15 Mandatory
Composites and Polymers MACE61029 15 Optional
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations MACE61064 15 Optional
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics MACE61070 15 Optional
Helicopter Flight MACE61222 15 Optional
  Facilities to support the course
  • Low and high speed wind tunnels
  • Shock tubes
  • Flight simulator
  • Finite Element and Computational Fluid Dynamics software
  • Computing laboratory with parallel computing clusters
  • Low speed water tunnel
  • Instrumentation for flow and heat transfer measurements
  • Optical diagnostic systems for flow measurement and visualisation
  • Combustor and heat transfer rigs for gas turbine related experiments
  • Aerospace structures and composite materials research laboratory
  • Systems and dynamics research infrastructure
  • Impact and explosion research facilities
  • Manufacturing and Laser Processing research laboratory

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The Aerospace Engineering MSc has a strong focus on employability to support you to take control of your future and give yourself the best chance of securing your ideal job after graduation.

Each year Manchester careers fairs, workshops and presentations attract more than 600 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors to target Manchester graduates.

After graduating with an Aerospace Engineering MSc you will be in a strong position to seek employment with companies such as: Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, Airbus, Bombardier Transportation, BAE Systems, MBDA, SAFRAN, GKN Aerospace, Spirit, Finmeccanica, EDF, BP, Schlumberger, etc.

The UK Aerospace Engineering is 2nd largest in the world and around 30% of companies in the Aerospace sector currently have vacancies. 

Past graduates have found employment in:

  • Airframe manufacturers
  • Gas turbine and aircraft systems industries
  • Defence laboratories
  • Consultancy and management
  • Postgraduate research

Accrediting organisations

Two highly established organisations, the  Royal Aeronautical Society  and Institution of Mechanical Engineers , have accredited the Aerospace Engineering MSc course under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council . This allows satisfactory completion of the Aerospace Engineering MSc to contribute towards the academic requirements for registration with these Institutions as a Chartered Engineer.