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BEng Aerospace Engineering
The platform for an Aerospace career, developed in consultation with industry.

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BEng Aerospace Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

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.


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              


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.

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