MEng Aerospace Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

The MEng Aerospace Engineering provides students 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 a theoretical knowledge of engineering science in addition to 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). These skills are taught using interactive learning approaches and using cutting-edge and industry-standard tools.

The degree also provides an excellent route for individuals wishing to proceed to further postgraduate research.


The course aims to:

  • Give students a comprehensive knowledge of engineering science and a strong base of practical skills
  • Prepare graduates for leadership positions in a successful career in industry
  • Develop competence in transferable skills, particularly team working, creativity and adaptability
  • Enable students to specialise in advanced topics

The additional MEng year combines engineering science taught in previous years into multi-faceted, commercially-realistic projects allowing students to demonstrate their applied skills in addition to their technical skills. Additional specialist units allow students to focus in advanced topics taught by world-leading researchers. This additional year also provides a route to postgraduate research.

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

The course is taught via a combination of lectures, tutorial classes, practical laboratory sessions and computer-based sessions, There is a design project each year, which involves teamwork in small groups, and allows students to apply and develop their problem-solving and project management skills.  In the third year each student undertakes an individual project, allowing them to pursue a particular subject or application area in greater depth.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed through an examination (at the end of the semester) and coursework which is undertaken throughout the year.  Parts of the coursework are, in many instances, associated with practical laboratory sessions, whilst others may be based on problem sheets, reports etc. A few subjects, for example Design, are assessed purely on coursework. For detailed information about how different subjects are assessed, please see the course unit specifications below.

Course unit details

The first year establishes a strategic overview of the main areas of aerospace engineering and introduces the underlying science and mathematics. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of aerospace vehicles and systems as well as developing basic knowledge and skills applicable to all areas of engineering such as mechanics, structures, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and engineering design. 

The second and third years develop the key knowledge and understanding necessary to enter industry, or postgraduate study. Students will cover key aspects of aircraft and spacecraft systems, performance and design and will also develop further knowledge and skills in the key engineering disciplines of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, structures, dynamics and control. In the third year students will also have the opportunity to undertake an individual project linking with and supporting industrial or academic research within the university.

The final year comprises a full-year aerospace vehicle design and build project combining all of the engineering science taught up to this point. In addition to the design project, research-inspired specialist units are taught giving students the option to focus on their exact desired discipline.

Course content for year 1

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

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

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
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Course content for year 4

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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Scholarships and bursaries

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


Our students will have access to a nationally-unique set of wind tunnel facilities ranging from low subsonic to hypersonic flows. We have a range of facilities for building and testing of unmanned aerial vehicles and drones. We also have facilities for testing of propellers, micro jet engines and rocket motors. Additionally we have a suite of spacecraft environment test facilities and our own satellite ground station. 

On the computational side, students have access to key aerospace engineering relevant software and unique computational facilities.

Disability support

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