MEng Aerospace Engineering
Year of entry: 2022
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- 4 years
- Typical A-level offer
- Typical contextual A-level offer
Grades AAAFind out more about contextual admissions.
- Refugee/care-experienced offer
Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.Find out more about contextual admissions.
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37 points overall with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.
The course specific requirements are: 37 points overall with 7, 6, 6 at Higher level in Mathematics, Physics and one other subject
We also accept 5 in English Language at Standard level to meet our English language requirements.
Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.
For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.
- How to apply
- Study in the city which was the birthplace of the industrial revolution
- We have a long and proud engineering history, which goes back nearly 200 years.
- We offer a range of practical and exciting courses, developed alongside industrial and international engineering leaders.
- Fully accredited course suitable for those interested in gaining chartered engineering status.
- We have fantastic facilities and a great depth of academic knowledge - an ideal place for a budding engineer to study.
- From September 2022, learn in our brand-new, £400m purpose built engineering and material science building, MECD .
The University holds undergraduate open days regularly where you have the opportunity to find out more about our courses, the support we offer and see our facilities. Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .
You can view the recent undergraduate virtual open week recorded sessions here .
Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2022 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £25,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
- Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
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The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way. Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .
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Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.
Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.
Unit grade information
The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application. Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.
Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including:
Five GCSES/iGCSES at Grades A*-C or 9-4
English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE/iGCSE level with a minimum Grade of C or 4 . GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.
Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic Department for clarification.
37 points overall with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.
We also accept 5 in English Language at Standard level to meet our English language requirements.
Other international entry requirements
Three Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics at grades AAA .We will accept two Highers in place of the 3 rd Advanced Higher.
English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the department(s) you plan to apply to.
The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements (our MEng A level requirements are grades A*AA).
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.
We normally require: Overall average of 85% in the European Baccalaureate with 85% in Mathematics and Physics and 70% in English Language
In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.
The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.
The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme, including:
Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Engineering, are required to achieve grades A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, and an EAP score of C.
Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Engineering are required to achieve A*AA including Mathematics and Physics and an EAP requirements score of C.
Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic department to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.
Pearson BTEC qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma
We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD plus A Level Maths at grade A*.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD plus A Level Maths at grade A*.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma
We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grades A*A.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grades D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grades A*A.
The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018).
Please contact the academic Department for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic Department(s) you plan to apply to.
OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDD plus A Level Maths at grade A*.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grades A*A.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grades D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grades A*A.
The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018).
Please contact the academic department for clarification. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.
Access to HE Diploma
We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.For entry onto this course we would also require an A level in Mathematics at grade A* in addition to the HE Diploma.
We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.We require grades D2 D3 D3 including Mathematics and Physics.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies).
Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.
We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.
Non-standard educational routes
Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences. Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest. There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.
The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to. Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )
All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:
- GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4, or;
- IELTS 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0 , or;
- An acceptable equivalent qualification.
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.
Additionally, our individual departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found here .
English language test validity
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
Before applying, please ensure you check our standard entry requirements carefully. We have details of the minimum grades we would require for some international qualifications on our Department website.
If your qualifications are not listed on our website, or if have any queries about whether your qualifications would be suitable for entry onto our courses, please email details of the qualifications you are taking (including subjects studied and grades achieved to date) and we will be happy to advise you further: firstname.lastname@example.org
How your application is considered
All applications are considered on an individual basis once we receive your official UCAS application form, which includes full details of your qualifications to date, a personal statement, reference and your predicted grades (if you have not yet taken your final examinations).
We do not hold interviews as part of our admissions process, however if we have any queries about your application or qualifications, we will contact you by email to request further information in order to consider your application.
UK-based applicants who receive an offer of a place to study on our courses will be invited to attend a post-offer Visit Day at the Department. These generally take place on Wednesday afternoons from November-March. Attendance is not compulsory, but is provides an opportunity for offer-holders to visit the Department, have a look at our facilities, take part in an engineering activity and meet some of our current undergraduate students and staff.
The MEng Aerospace Engineering will provide you with a broad, well-balanced preparation for a professional career in the aerospace industry.
As a graduate from the University of Manchester, you'll be prepared for leadership positions in a successful career in industry. You'll also gain skills useful for work in other areas, such as research, management, technical development and finance. Perhaps you'd prefer to work in areas such as design or development? Or you could end up working in the testing and operation of vehicles and systems.
We'll give you 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, adaptability and IT). You'll be taught using interactive learning approaches and using cutting-edge and industry-standard tools.
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.
The degree also provides an excellent route for individuals wishing to proceed to further postgraduate research.
The sky really is the limit!
The course will give you the skills necessary for a successful career in industry. In addition, you will gain a route into postgraduate research that is tailored to individual areas of interest, either in a more specialised area of Aerospace Engineering or move into a different engineering or technical discipline.
When you complete the course, you will have:
- 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
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
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 includes 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
|Fluid Mechanics for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineers||AERO10421||10||Mandatory|
|Electrical Engineering Fundamentals||AERO10492||10||Mandatory|
|PASS (Aerospace Engineering)||AERO10930||0||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Aerospace Engineering||AERO12001||10||Mandatory|
|Tools for Engineers (Aerospace)||AERO12101||10||Mandatory|
|Structures 1 (Aero)||CIVL11001||10||Mandatory|
|Materials 1 (Aerospace)||MECH10002||10||Mandatory|
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Course content for year 2
Course units for year 2
|Modelling & Simulation 2 (Aerospace)||AERO20062||10||Mandatory|
|Fluid Mechanics 2||AERO20121||10||Mandatory|
|Aerospace Field Course||AERO20230||0||Mandatory|
|Aircraft Performance and Design||AERO20400||20||Mandatory|
|Structures 2 (Aerospace)||AERO21211||10||Mandatory|
|Project Management (Aero/Mech)||ENGM22491||10||Mandatory|
|Applied Thermodynamics (Aerospace)||MECH20432||10||Mandatory|
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Course content for year 3
Course units for year 3
|Control Engineering (Aerospace)||AERO30481||10||Mandatory|
|Individual Project (Aerospace)||AERO31030||30||Mandatory|
|Structures 3 (Aerospace)||AERO31302||10||Mandatory|
|Vibrations & Aeroelasticity (Aerospace)||AERO31441||10||Mandatory|
|Conceptual Aerospace Systems Design||AERO31521||10||Mandatory|
|Modelling & Simulation 3||AERO30052||10||Optional|
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Course content for year 4
Course units for year 4
|Aerospace Group Design Project||AERO41520||30||Mandatory|
|Advanced Modelling & Simulation||AERO40041||15||Optional|
|Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics||AERO40122||15||Optional|
|Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations||AERO40442||15||Optional|
|Launch and Re-entry Gas Dynamics||AERO42111||15||Optional|
|Advanced Heat Transfer||MECH40051||15||Optional|
|Composites and Polymers||MECH40102||15||Optional|
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Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.
The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has an incredible array of facilities, including fixed flight simulators, laser labs, wind tunnels and much more.
Our facilities allow us to conduct innovative research on real-world problems. Explore the machinery and equipment available throughout our Department .
The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Manchester's Engineering Campus Development, MECD.
Get ready to collaborate, create and innovate in a brand-new £400m purpose-built building which will allow you, our future engineers and material scientists, to come together and make your mark on the world. The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will officially open from September 2022 and will include hundreds of flexible teaching and learning spaces with unrivalled world-class research facilities - whatever your inspiration, with MECD the possibilities are endless.
Launch your career, with MEng Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester. As one of the few Universities Most Targeted by Graduate Employers in 2021 , it's our pleasure to equip you with the sought-after skills needed to journey into this sector - from design and development, to testing and operation.
Not only is this course fully accredited by RAeS and IMechE, your MEng (Hons) also provides all the required academic qualifications for the internationally recognised Chartered Engineering Status.
Previous graduate employers include:
- Rolls Royce
- Jaguar Land Rover
- BAE Systems
- And many more
Overall, 90% of graduates are employed or engaged in further study within 15 months, according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey.
- Aerospace Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Manufacturing Systems Engineer
- CAD Technician
- Higher Education Academic
- Production manager
- Financial role
- And beyond
Every Aerospace Engineering course at the University of Manchester is fully RAeS and IMechE accredited.
After graduating your MEng (Hons), you will have achieved the Educational Base for Chartered Engineer status (CEng) - the internationally recognised, highest professional qualification for engineers, which renders you eligible for the European Ingenieur (EUR ING).
Therefore, you will have completed the first of the three steps needed to achieve your CEng:
- Your Educational Base (MEng, or BEng with MSc)
- Initial Professional Development
- Professional Review
As an Aerospace Engineering student at University of Manchester, we encourage you to become a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society .
Would you like to discover more about what life is like after University of Manchester? Be inspired by our Women in Engineering page and see what our students and alumni are doing in the real world on our MACE Blog .