MSc Aerospace Engineering

Year of entry: 2024


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

The standard academic entry requirement for this programme is an Upper 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

The application deadline for this course is 31 March 2024. We may consider late applications if it is possible. All places are subject to availability. We therefore recommend that you apply early.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2024.

How to apply

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Number-one most targeted university by top graduate employers (THE Graduate Market, 2023)
  • The first English university to offer an engineering degree, and we continue to lead the way - from computational fluid dynamics to how engineering impacts public policy
  • 2nd in the UK for Research Power in Engineering in latest REF Results (2021)
  • The preferred academic partner for BAE Systems in both experimental aerodynamics and dynamic loads
  • Our strong links with industry also include: Airbus, Rolls-Royce, EADS, Dstl, MBDA, and ESTEC/ESA

Open days

We're delighted to hear you're interested in studying with us for your master's.

Take a look at our Meet Us page to find out when our next information sessions are taking place, and when you can next join us at a study fair near you.

For any further questions, we encourage you to get in touch - we're happy to help.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £15,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £35,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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).


Across our institution, we offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.

The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our Manchester Masters Bursaries are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

For more information, see the Fees and funding page or visit the University of Manchester funding for masters courses website for more information.

Contact details

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 275 5300

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 .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The standard academic entry requirement for this programme is an Upper 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 to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is:

• IELTS: overall score of 7.0 with no sub-test below 6.5.

• TOEFL iBT: at least 100 overall with no sub-test less than 22. We do not accept 'MyBestScore'. We do not accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition.

• Pearson PTE: at least 76 overall with no sub-test below 70.

• Pre-sessional English run by the University Centre for Academic English

• An acceptable equivalent English Language qualification.

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

The application deadline for this course is 31 March 2024. We may consider late applications if it is possible. All places are subject to availability. We therefore recommend that you apply early.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2024.

How to apply

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application:
  • Transcript of your studies to date including credit weighting and grades achieved. If your academic documents are in languages other than English, please provide them in their original version and official translations. 2+2 and 3+1 applicants must provide official transcripts and certificates from both institutions.
  • An official document from your university verifying your current weighted average mark (not arithmetic average) if this information is not included in your transcript of study.  Please note : where grades are given as a percentage, the weighted average mark must also be recorded as a percentage, not as a GPA grade. 
  • If still studying, please provide an official list of all the modules you are taking in your final year.
  • Degree certificate if you have already graduated.
  • A CV if you graduated more than three years ago.
References and personal statements are not required for your application for this programme.

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Interview requirements

No interview is required for this course.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.


Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer and wish to be considered for the following year of entry, you will need to place a new application. Please be aware there is no guarantee of receiving another offer, and offer conditions are subject to change in line with entry requirements.


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.

Course details

Course description

Immerse yourself in the innovative world of Aerospace Engineering, guided by globally-renowed research at The University of Manchester.

Our comprehensive course prepares you for a career in everything from helicopters and heat transfer, to aerodynamics and aerospace design, providing you with the ideal balance of pioneering research and hands-on application. Computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modelling, flow diagnostics - with this foundation, you can specialise as you choose.

Designed to match cutting-edge research with industry problem-solving, our graduates find themselves in the fortunate position of entering the workforce as the most sought-after in the UK (THE Graduate Market, 2023). Our robust connections with industry include: BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls Royce, DSTL, USAF, SBAC, and North West Development Agency.

Whether you're a recent engineering or science graduate, a seasoned engineering professional in technical and commercial management, or even someone transitioning from closely related disciplines like Mechanics, Mathematics, or Physics, this Master's programme is meticulously designed to nurture your potential and launch you into the thriving world of aerospace innovation.

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 details

If you are an international student applying for ATAS clearance, please use the ATAS application guidance and course unit lists sent directly to you. If you have not yet received this, please do email us to request it before making your ATAS application.

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
Aerospace Group Design Project AERO61520 30 Mandatory
Dissertation (Aerospace Engineering) AERO62000 60 Mandatory
Experimental Methods (MSc Aerospace Engineering) AERO62021 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MECH60041 15 Mandatory
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics AERO60122 15 Optional
Autonomous Mobile Robots AERO60492 15 Optional
Computational Fluid Dynamics I AERO60711 15 Optional
Helicopters AERO61222 15 Optional
Launch & Re-entry Gas Dynamics AERO62211 15 Optional
Composites and Polymers MECH60102 15 Optional
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations MECH60442 15 Optional
Advanced Power MECH60562 15 Optional
Structural Integrity MECH63002 15 Optional
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  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:


Career opportunities

With a strong focus on employability and excellent industry connections, this course is designed to provide you with the opportunities and options needed to enter a career in the area you're truly passionate about.

Upon completion of this course, 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, and more.

Not only are our graduates the most sought-after in the UK (THE Graduate Market, 2023), but the UK Aerospace sector is currently the second largest in the world. Furthermore, each year our careers fairs, workshops and presentations attract more than 600 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors to target Manchester graduates - so you will be able to explore your avenues across a multitude of sectors. 

Example careers:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Airframe Manufacturer
  • Defence Laboratory Specialist
  • Drone Developer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Gas Turbine and Aircraft Systems Specialist
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Project Management
  • Satellite Engineer
  • Spacecraft Systems Engineer

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.