MSc Aerospace Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

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  

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

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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
Computational Fluid Dynamics I AERO60711 15 Mandatory
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
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations AERO60442 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
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

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