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MEng Aerospace Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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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.

Aims

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

At Manchester you will be taught by academic staff who are leading experts in Aerospace Engineering, in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:
  • Lectures
  • Tutorial classes
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Computer-based sessions
  • PASS sessions and peer mentoring

Some activities will be delivered face-to-face and others online, following a blended learning approach.

A typical week in your first year of study will comprise of approximately 40 hours of activity, of which approximately 16 hours will be timetabled study and 24 hours will be independent or self-directed study. Given the strong practical elements in this course, a typical week will include around four hours of hands-on practical work including laboratories and build 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.

As you progress through the course an increasing emphasis will be placed on independent study, and this reflects you applying your knowledge and skills in substantial individual and group projects. In your third year of study, between 25 and 30 hours each week will typically be independent study. You will be supported by staff through all of your independent study, and this transition to being able to explore your own ideas through project work is an important attribute of a graduate engineer.

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework exercises, written examinations, online examinations, presentations and practical demonstrations. You will also have many opportunities to self-assess your progress using online quizzes and tutorial exercises.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring

We're proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and Peer Mentoring scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support around the current week's tutorial. It's entirely voluntary and consists of second, third and fourth-year current students helping first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

More about blended learning

Some of your activity will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate - helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme).

We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

Practical sessions may be rescheduled or delivered remotely as required by COVID19 regulations; however, every effort will be made to deliver face to face teaching sessions in a socially distanced manner where possible.

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) 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
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Aerospace) MACE11122 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Aerospace) MACE11622 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering MACE12001 10 Mandatory
Aerospace and Mechanical Thermodynamics MACE12012 10 Mandatory
Tools for Engineers (Aerospace) MACE12101 10 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
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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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
Aerospace Group Design Project MACE41520 30 Mandatory
Advanced Modelling & Simulation MACE40041 15 Optional
Advanced Heat Transfer MACE40051 15 Optional
Composites and Polymers MACE40102 15 Optional
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics MACE40122 15 Optional
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations MACE40442 15 Optional
Legal Issues MACE40461 15 Optional
Advanced Power MACE40562 15 Optional
Engineering Foresight MACE41011 15 Optional
Robotics, Metrology and Bioengineering MACE41032 15 Optional
Helicopters MACE41222 15 Optional
Launch and Re-entry Gas Dynamics MACE42111 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.

Facilities

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

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk