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MEng Aerospace Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

The MEng Aerospace Engineering provides you with a broad, well-balanced 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 instil 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).

Students find an integrated industrial year highly beneficial, both to their university education and subsequent employability. This course offers you the chance to complete a placement year in industry, which would normally be completed after the first three years of the Aerospace Engineering degree, although some students work in industry following their second year.


This course aims to give you a comprehensive knowledge of engineering science and a strong base of practical skills. The course will develop your competence in transferable skills, particularly team working, creativity and adaptability, as well as enabling you to specialise in advanced Aerospace engineering topics.

Our MEng course gives you hands-on industrial and commercial experience to boost your career prospects and therefore our graduates  are well prepared to take up leadership positions in a successful career in industry.

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 knowledge and understanding necessary to enter industry, or postgraduate study.  The fourth year 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

Year two starts 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, structurs 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
Applied Thermodynamics (Aerospace) MACE20432 10 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Year three completes the 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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Course content for year 4

If you have already spent your year in industry, see Year 3 above for course content in your fourth year.

Ortherwise, you will spend Year 4 on a structured industrial placement.

During your placement, you will receive day-to-day supervision from your host company. An academic tutor will maintain regular contact with the company to ensure that your personal and academic requirements are respected.

Course units for year 4

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
Advanced Modelling & Simulation MACE40041 15 Mandatory
Aerospace Group Design Project MACE41520 30 Mandatory
Launch and Re-entry Gas Dynamics MACE42111 15 Mandatory
Aerospace Group Design Project MACE61520 30 Mandatory
Composites and Polymers MACE40102 15 Optional
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics MACE40122 15 Optional
Spacecraft Systems MACE40341 15 Optional
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations MACE40442 15 Optional
Legal Issues MACE40461 15 Optional
Engineering Foresight MACE41011 15 Optional
Helicopters MACE41222 15 Optional
Structural Integrity MACE43002 15 Optional
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Course content for year 5

You will undertake a group design project that consolidates all your previous learning. Teams operate a typical development life cycle. This one-year long exercise culminates in a major design review and a mock trade show.

Your remaining topics are optional and embody a high level of specialisation. These encourage you to adopt a critical approach to engineering, as would be appropriate to positions of leadership in your future career.

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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