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BEng Aerospace Engineering
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BEng Aerospace Engineering

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
BEng
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAB
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades ABB
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points including 665 at Higher Level to include Mathematics, Physics and one other subject and 5 in English Language at Standard Level

Full entry requirements

How to apply
All applications for entry onto our undergraduate courses are made online through UCAS , you should include details of your qualifications and your personal statement. A teacher or tutor will then provide a reference and details of any predicted grades.
UCAS course code
H400
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

  • All courses developed in consultation with industry, covering aerospace disciplines, relevant to graduate careers and cutting-edge research
  • Excellent computational and experimental facilities
  • Wide range of enquiry-based learning gives our graduates particular strengths in team working, creativity and adaptability            
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Aerospace Engineering

Open days

Our Open Days give you the opportunity to come onto campus to look around, find out more about our courses and our school, as well as meet some of our academic staff and current students.

The next University Open Days will take place on

  • Friday, 21 June 2019
  • Saturday, 22 June 2019
  • Saturday, 28 September 2019
  • Saturday, 12 October 2019

Please visit the main  University website  for further information and to register online.

If you are not able to visit us on one of those days, do have a look at our   Virtual Open Day  , and if you have any questions please just get in touch:   ug-mace@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

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

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages  or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries  on the School website.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 9210
Email
Website
http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/aerospace-engineering/beng-aerospace-engineering-3years/
School/Faculty overview
See: About Us .

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Entry requirements

A-level

We require three A levels with overall grades of AAB in any order, in Mathematics and Physics and one other subject.

We accept all subjects as the third A level.

Please note that if students are taking the newly reformed Physics A level, we will require them to pass the practical assessment included in the A level.

GCSE

Five A-C Grades, including English Language, Maths and Physics or Dual Science (We require Grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level to include Mathematics, Physics and one other subject and 5 in English Language at Standard Level

Scottish requirements

Grades AAB in Advanced Highers, including Maths and Physics. The University will accept two Highers in place of the 3rd Advanced Higher.

English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

Welsh Baccalaureate

We accept the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Core qualification as an equivalent to a third A Level in addition to Mathematics and Physics A Levels, requiring grades AAB

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own, or in combination with other qualifications and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For further information about the general requirements, including English language, please see the details about accepted qualifications from your country on our website.

If you have queries about whether your current qualifications would meet the entry requirements for our engineering courses, please contact us directly with details of your qualifications (subjects and grades achieved to date) and we will be happy to advise you further.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme, including:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Engineering, are required to achieve grades AAB including Mathematics and Physics, and an EAP score of C. 

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Engineering are required to achieve AAB including Mathematics and Physics and an EAP requirements score of C.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

The School accepts Pearsons BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as they are offered along with A Levels. Students will be required to achieve Distinction or Distinction* levels in their BTEC qualification.  For example:

National Extended Diploma - DDM plus A Level Maths at grade A

National Diploma - DM plus A Level Maths at grade A

National Foundation Diploma - DM plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A

National Extended Certificate - D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technicals  (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as they are offered along with A Levels in Physics and Maths at Grade A. Students will be required to achieve Distinction or Distinction* levels in their CTEC qualification.  For example:Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DDM plus A Level Maths at grade A

Cambridge Technical Diploma- DM plus A Level Maths at grade A

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma - DM plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate - D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A

Access to HE Diploma

Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.  QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants are 60 (10-hour) credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2.  Mathematics A-level at grade A will also be required.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3D3M2 including Maths and Physics

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

English language

All applicants must provide an approved English language qualification to meet our English language requirements, such as:

  • GCSE English at grade C or above
  • IELTS with 6.0 overall and no sub-test below 5.5
  • Internet based TOEFL with 80 overall and no sub-test below 20
  • IB English language with a score of at least 5 at standard level

If you have an alternative English language qualification, please contact us at ug-mace@manchester.ac.uk  to check whether it would be accepted to meet our English language requirements.

English language test validity

Please note that some English language qualifications are only valid for two years, such as IELTS and TOEFL. These qualifications must be valid (less than two years old) on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

All applications for entry onto our undergraduate courses are made online through UCAS , you should include details of your qualifications and your personal statement. A teacher or tutor will then provide a reference and details of any predicted grades.

Advice to applicants

Before applying, please ensure you check our standard  entry requirements carefully. We have details of the minimum grades we would require for some international qualifications on our school website.

If your qualifications are not listed on our website, or if have any queries about whether your qualifications would be suitable for entry onto our courses, please email details of the qualifications you are taking (including subjects studied and grades achieved to date) and we will be happy to advise you further: ug-mace@manchester.ac.uk

How your application is considered

All applications are considered on an individual basis once we receive your official UCAS application form, which includes full details of your qualifications to date, a personal statement, reference and your predicted grades (if you have not yet taken your final examinations).

Interview requirements

We do not hold interviews as part of our admissions process, however if we have any queries about your application or qualifications, we will contact you by email to request further information in order to consider your application.

UK-based applicants who receive an offer of a place to study on our courses will be invited to attend a post-offer Visit Day at the School. These generally take place on Wednesday afternoons from November-March. Attendance is not compulsory, but is provides an opportunity for offer-holders to visit the School, have a look at our facilities, take part in an engineering activity and meet some of our current undergraduate students and staff.

Transfers

If you wish to enquire about whether you would be eligible to apply for entry into the second year of our courses, please email ug-mace@manchester.ac.uk with scanned copies of your transcripts to date and full details of your qualifications and we will then be able to advise you further.

Course details

Course description

The BEng Aerospace Engineering provides you with a basic preparation for professional careers in the aerospace industry (design, development, testing and operation of vehicles and systems), as well as in other areas, such as research, management, technical development and finance.

We aim to instill not just a theoretical knowledge of engineering science, but also a solid base of practical skills, an understanding of design, comprehension of the commercial world and competence in transferable skills (problem solving, team working, creativity and IT).

The degree also provides an excellent route for individuals wishing to proceed to postgraduate education as quickly as possible.

Years 1 and 2 of this course are common with those of the MEng in Aerospace Engineering. Subject to satisfactory performance, it is possible for you to transfer to one of our MEng courses.

Aims

The core BEng course is identical with the first two years of the MEng course.  This course achieves the same learning outcomes for those years. The course is intended to provide you with the skills necessary for a successful career in industry.  In addition, it provides a route into postgraduate learning that is tailored to individual areas of interest, so that students with a BEng qualification can go on to apply for an MSc course in a more specialised area of Engineering.

Satisfactory completion of the course will give you:

  • A comprehensive knowledge of engineering science and a strong base of practical skills
  • Prepare you for a successful career in industry
  • Develop your competence in transferable skills, particularly team working, creativity and adaptability
  • Provide a route into more specialised postgraduate study (MSc), as opposed to taking an MEng which covers a more broad, wide of topics

Special features

The first year of study establishes a strategic overview of the main areas of aerospace engineering and introduces you to underlying science and mathematics.  The second and third years develop the key technical knowledge and understanding that you need for entry into industry or postgraduate study. 

Throughout all years at Manchester, there is a strong focus on the attainment of transferable skills, such as analysis, design, modelling, organisation and problem-solving.  This enables you to pursue careers in a range of high technology fields after graduation, as engineers, consultants, managers or researches. 

  • There are opportunities for you to specialise in your third year
  • There is a common first year, and opportunity for you to transfer to the MEng course

Additional course information

We do not currently offer Erasmus placements in this School. If you have queries about study abroad options, please contact the International Programmes Office  who will be able to advise you further.

Teaching and learning

Typically, you take lectures and tutorial classes in the mornings, with laboratory classes on some afternoons. Active learning is included in some courses through a range of small, problem-based projects. This is complementary to the taught elements and is both challenging and fun.

Through the mix of learning - from transitional lectures to team work and problem-solving - you will obtain:

  • A thorough understanding of engineering science or construction through application of your knowledge
  • The ability to deal with the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • The self-motivated approach required for success in university education
  • The interpersonal and management skills needed when working in teams to fixed deadlines.

Course unit details

The first year establishes a strategic overview of the main areas of aerospace engineering and introduces the underlying science and mathematics.  Second and third years develop the key knowlege and understanding necessary to enter industry, or postgraduate study.  The fourth year (for MEng students) provides specialisation in engineering and consolidates practical experience via an advanced aerospace design project.

Course content for year 1

Introduces you to aircraft flight, spacecraft flight and aerospace systems, as well as modelling and simulation.  You will also gain the basic knowledge and skills that are applicable to all areas of engineering such as mechanics, heat, fluids, design, management and mathematics.  All subjects are taught in a challenging and active learning environment.

 You will gain basic knowledge and skills that are applicable to all branches of engineering, such as:

  • Mathematics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Structures
  • Management

You will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of aerospace vehicles and systems.

Team-working exercises set the context for aerospace design and develop your awareness of current issues - eg climate change.

Course units for year 1

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
Materials 1 (Aerospace) MACE10002 10 Mandatory
Workshop Practice MACE10020 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Aircraft Design MACE10301 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineers MACE10421 10 Mandatory
Electrical Energy Supply & Circuits MACE10492 10 Mandatory
PASS (Aerospace Engineering) MACE10930 0 Mandatory
Structures 1 (Aero) MACE11001 10 Mandatory
Aerospace and Mechanical Thermodynamics MACE11005 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Aerospace) MACE11122 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Aerospace) MACE11622 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering MACE12001 10 Mandatory
Tools for Engineers (Aerospace) MACE12101 10 Mandatory
Workshop Practice MACE20020 0 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M1 MATH19661 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M2 MATH19662 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 2

The second year starts your detailed education in key areas of aerospace engineering.  Course units in aircraft design, aircraft performance, flight dynamics and control systems provide the technical foundations for aerospace project work.  Units in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures and dynamics provide the underlying scientific base.  You also study further mathematics and management.

Course units for year 2

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
Workshop Practice MACE20020 0 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation 2 (Aerospace) MACE20062 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics 2 MACE20121 10 Mandatory
Flight Test Course MACE20230 0 Mandatory
Aircraft Performance & Stability MACE20411 10 Mandatory
Applied Thermodynamics (Aerospace) MACE20432 10 Mandatory
Dynamics MACE20442 10 Mandatory
Aircraft Design MACE20512 10 Mandatory
Numerical Methods & Computing (Aerospace) MACE20542 10 Mandatory
Space Systems MACE21111 10 Mandatory
Structures 2 (Aerospace) MACE21211 10 Mandatory
Data Acquisition & Experimental Methods (Aero) MACE21442 10 Mandatory
Project Management (Aero/Mech) MACE22491 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 2M1 MATH29661 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 3

The third year completes the above process by introducing an integrated view of vehicles and systems, with reference to applicable sciences and technologies.  Exemplified by the holistic treatment of helicopters, this is also developed through topics in aerospace design, systems, propulsion and structures and aerodynamics, which develop your appreciation of multidisciplinary technology.  You undertake an individual project during this year, which aims to foster your competence in research and development, as well as in professional communication.

Course units for year 3

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
Modelling & Simulation 3 MACE30051 10 Mandatory
Heat Transfer MACE30431 10 Mandatory
Operations Management MACE30461 10 Mandatory
Control Engineering (Aerospace) MACE30482 10 Mandatory
Individual Project MACE31030 20 Mandatory
Aerospace Propulsion MACE31212 10 Mandatory
Structures 3 (Aerospace) MACE31302 10 Mandatory
Aircraft Aerodynamics MACE31321 10 Mandatory
Vibrations & Aeroelasticity (Aerospace) MACE31442 10 Mandatory
Conceptual Aerospace Systems Design MACE31521 10 Mandatory
Flight Dynamics MACE32202 10 Mandatory
Heat Transfer MACE30431 10 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

For information about scholarships and bursaries please see further details on our School website.

What our students say

I originally decided to study Aerospace Engineering because I was fascinated by aviation technology and wanted to pursue a career which would be rewarding and exciting.

The staff and facilities at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil engineering are excellent. Not only can you expect the equipment and teaching to fully support your academic studies, but there are also many opportunities for personal development through mentoring other students and leading or being a member of a society or taking part in an industrial partnership. Importantly, it is well known that as a University student, it is not all work. Living in Manchester gives you plenty of choice when it comes to activities and having a good time.

My Industrial Experience year at Rolls-Royce was invaluable. I was able to get an early insight into how the theory learnt in the first two academic years can be applied to develop some truly impressive technology and products. The experience also helped me in my final two years during the challenges faced in my individual and group projects.

Having thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Manchester, I completed my course and I am now employed in an engineering role at Rolls-Royce. The skills and knowledge I gained at University have allowed me to enter into an exciting industry with opportunities to travel and live abroad. An Aerospace Engineering degree from The University of Manchester is a solid foundation for a future career in Engineering and other fields.

Tom Hanson, MEng Aerospace Engineering with Industrial Experience              

Facilities

The School offers a range of innovative degree courses in Aerospace Engineering that are supported by excellent computational and experimental facilities

All courses have been developed in consultation with industry.  This ensures that they cover the fundamentals, as well as the key aerospace disciplines that are relevant to graduate careers and cutting-edge research.

Particular strengths of a Manchester aerospace engineer are team-working, creativity and adaptability.  This stems from the breadth of education and the range of enquiry-based learning that your receive.

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

Our graduates are equipped to enter the global aerospace and defence industries, or continue on to postgraduate study.  The enormous range of career opportunities reflects the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of the aerospace sector.  Acquiring high levels of attainment in transferable skills such as simulation, problem solving, design, management and modelling enables graduates to adapt to new challenges and offers broad insight into engineering solutions. 

You can become a research engineer, discovering new ideas; a design engineer, with creativity and imagination; a construction or production engineer, making products or systems; or a project manager, controlling complex products and constructions.  The excitement is that you are unlikely to do the same thing day in and day out. We have fantastic links with industry and our graduates are increasingly sought after for positions in the business, management and financial arenas.

Accrediting organisations

All our  Aerospace Engineering degrees are fully accredited  - Chartered Engineer CEng is the highest professional qualification for engineers. It is recognised internationally and renders you eligible for the European Ingenieur (Eurling) qualification.

The process to become a Chartered Engineer has three stages:

  • 1. The Educational Base (MEng, or BEng with MSc)
  • 2. Initial Professional Development
  • 3. Professional Review
Graduates on this BEng (Hons) course will therefore need further learning equivalent to masters level for Chartered status, via an approved or accredited MSc, transfer to an MEng course, or other further learning, such as part of a structured training programme in the workplace.

Associated organisations

Students are encouraged to become members of the  Royal Aeronautical Society .