MSc Aerospace Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

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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

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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
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

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