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BEng Aerospace Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

The BEng course covers the core aspects of aerospace engineering and prepares graduates 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 course is intended to provide students with the skills necessary for a successful career in industry.  In addition, it provides a route into postgraduate study 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 Aerospace engineering or translate into a different engineering or technical discipline.

Completion of the course will give students:

  • A comprehensive knowledge of engineering science and a strong base of practical skills
  • The skills to begin a successful career in industry
  • Transferable skills, particularly team working, creativity and adaptability
  • A route into more specialised postgraduate study

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. Our 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 final year students will also have the opportunity to undertake an individual project linking with and supporting industrial or academic research within the university

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) MACE10001 10 Mandatory
Workshop Practice MACE10020 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Aircraft Design MACE10302 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 and Design MACE20400 20 Mandatory
Applied Thermodynamics (Aerospace) MACE20432 10 Mandatory
Dynamics MACE20442 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 MACE30052 10 Mandatory
Heat Transfer MACE30432 10 Mandatory
Operations Management MACE30461 10 Mandatory
Control Engineering (Aerospace) MACE30481 10 Mandatory
Individual Project MACE31030 30 Mandatory
Aerospace Propulsion MACE31212 10 Mandatory
Structures 3 (Aerospace) MACE31302 10 Mandatory
Aircraft Aerodynamics MACE31321 10 Mandatory
Vibrations & Aeroelasticity (Aerospace) MACE31441 10 Mandatory
Conceptual Aerospace Systems Design MACE31521 10 Mandatory
Flight Dynamics MACE32202 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation 3 MACE30052 10 Optional
Heat Transfer MACE30432 10 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

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