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MSc Aerospace Engineering

Year of entry: 2022

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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.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2022. 

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

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended all on-campus open days until further notice. However, please do take a look at the information and recordings from our most recent Virtual Open Week  to find out more about The University and our courses.

We would also encourage you to have a look at our department's virtual tour or to get in touch with us if you have questions about our MSc courses.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £13,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £27,000

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).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.

If you're a current or recent student at The University of Manchester and plan to start a master's course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, you may be eligible for our  Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes .

The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our  Manchester Master's 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 Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering  Fees and Funding  page or visit the University of Manchester  funding for master's courses  website for more information.

Contact details

Department
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4016
Email
Website
https://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/
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

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

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

English language

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess an acceptable English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test and attain the required English Language score:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0. 
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 90 overall with no sub-test below 20. We do not accept 'MyBestScore'.
  • Pearson PTE: at least 70 overall with no sub-test below 65.

Further information on language requirements can be found on our website .

Pre-sessional English

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to complete a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester prior to the start of the course.

To be considered for a pre-sessional English language course for this programme we require the following minimum IELTS (Academic) scores:

  • 6 Week Pre-Sessional Course:  Minimum 6.0 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.
  • 10 Week Pre-sessional Course: Minimum 5.5 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.

If you have not yet completed your current academic study and are interested in studying a pre-sessional course, you must hold an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test certificate.

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.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2022. 

Advice to applicants

Please ensure you have all your supporting documents scanned and ready to upload with your online application. If your academic documents are in languages other than English, please provide them in their original version and official translations.

You will need the following:

  • Transcript of your studies to date, including credit weighting and grades achieved, translated into English.
  • One signed academic reference on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.
  • Degree certificate if you have already graduated.
  • A CV if you graduated more than three years ago.

If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

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    

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.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer for 2021 entry and decide not to accept it, should you subsequently wish to be considered for 2022 entry you must re-apply.

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.

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.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's  new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2022 and December 2022. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk  

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
Research Methods MACE60041 15 Mandatory
Computational Fluid Dynamics I MACE60711 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 MACE60102 15 Optional
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics MACE60122 15 Optional
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations MACE60442 15 Optional
Advanced Power MACE60562 15 Optional
Helicopter Flight MACE61222 15 Optional
Structural Integrity MACE63002 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: 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.