MEng Aerospace Engineering
Year of entry: 2023
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- Degree awarded
- 4 years
- Typical A-level offer
A*AA including Mathematics and Physics.
- Typical contextual A-level offer
AAA including Mathematics and Physics.Find 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 at Higher Level, including Mathematics, Physics, and one other subject.
We also accept:
- Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
- Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation
- How to apply
- Sustainable Development Goals
Find out how this course aligns to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including learning which relates to:
- Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
- Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
- Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
- 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 2023 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £30,000 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).
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world's call to action on the most pressing challenges facing humanity. At The University of Manchester, we address the SDGs through our research and particularly in partnership with our students.
Led by our innovative research, our teaching ensures that all our graduates are empowered, inspired and equipped to address the key socio-political and environmental challenges facing the world.
To illustrate how our teaching will empower you as a change maker, we've highlighted the key SDGs that our courses address.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
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- Undergraduate Admissions
- +44 (0)161 543 4015
- School/Faculty overview
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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A*AA in any order, including Mathematics, Physics, and one other subject.
As practical skills are a crucial part of science education, you are required to pass the practical element of any Science A-Level taken. Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this will likely be made explicit in the offers received.
If you do not have the grades or subjects required, you may want to consider our Integrated Foundation Year.
AAA including Mathematics, Physics, and one other subject.
Find out more about contextual admissions .
Duration of A-level study
Your application will still be considered against the standard selection process if you:
a) Sat your examinations early
b) Followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels, with examinations taken over two years
Kindly note, if you are studying an advanced curriculum, where examinations are spread over three years, consideration will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor for your chosen subject.
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.
Typically this is five GCSEs/iGCSEs, including acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy - equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics.
Kindly note, GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.
37 points overall with 7,6,6 at Higher Level, including Mathematics, Physics, and one other subject.
We also accept:
- Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
- Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation
Other international entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.
For these and general requirements, including English Language, see our accepted Entry Qualifications from your country .
Scottish Advanced Highers are usually required in one of the following two combinations:
- Three Advanced Highers with Grades AAA, including Mathematics and Physics
- Two Advanced Highers with Grades AA, including Mathematics and Physics, alongside two Highers with Grades AB in additional subjects
Where English Language and Mathematics are not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher, they must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).
The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, and consider this alongside two A-Levels or equivalent.
We require Grade A in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, plus both A-Level Mathematics and Physics at Grades A*A in any order
The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate.
Typically we require 85% overall with 9.0. 8.5, 8.5 in three written subjects, including Mathematics and Physics.
The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunity it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.
In making offers, the University will focus on the three A-levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate.
The A-level requirements are A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics.
The units of broader study, enrichment activities, and the Extended Project are all considered valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate. 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.
Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester International Foundation Programme are required to achieve Grades A*AA, including Mathematics, Physics, and one other subject. Plus, Grade B in English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation Programme are required to achieve A*AA, including Mathematics, Physics, and one other subject. Plus, Grade B in English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the Admissions Team to check their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for the 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 relevant subject. We require Grades DDD, plus A-Level Mathematics at Grade A*.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
We consider the National Diploma for entry, provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grades DD, plus A-Level Mathematics at Grade A*.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma
We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry, provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grade M, plus both A-Level Mathematics and Physics at Grades A* A in any order.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry, provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grade D, plus both A-Level Mathematics and Physics at Grades A*A in any order.
Legacy BTEC qualifications
The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma when taken with suitable A-Levels.
If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification, please contact our Admissions Team.
OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry, provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grades DDD, plus A-Level Mathematics at Grade A*.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Diploma for entry, provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grades DD, plus A-Level Mathematics at Grade A*.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry, provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grade D, plus A-Level Mathematics and Physics at Grades A*A in any order.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)
We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry, provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grade D, plus A-Level Mathematics and Physics at Grades A*A in any order.
Cambridge Level 3 Technical Certificate (CTEC)
We do not consider the Technical Certificate for entry to this course.If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification, please contact the Admissions Team.
Access to HE Diploma
We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall and at least 45 at Level 3), with a Distinction in a subject relevant to your chosen course.
The specific requirements are: 45 graded credits at Level 3, with a minimum of 15 credits at Distinction and 30 at Merit.
You should also have achieved a Distinction in both Mathematics and Physics modules, which we may request a copy of.
Kindly note, we also require A-Level Mathematics at Grade A*.
We require Grades D2, D3, D3 in principal subjects, including Mathematics and Physics.
We also consider applicants offering a mix of Pre-U Principal Subjects and A-Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall are taken.
The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunity it provides applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, please note a GPR qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.
We do not accept T Levels as entry onto this course. The University does accept specific T Level qualifications on a number of courses please review to our T Level information page for a full list.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunity it provides applicants to develop independent study and research skills.
Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your application.
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 usually 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 their academic department of interest, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to the chosen course.
Kindly note, Core Mathematics will not be accepted in lieu of an A-Level.
If you have followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course you are applying to. You will be required to demonstrate you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course.
We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines.
If you are a home-schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the Admissions Team for the academic department for your chosen course.
Non-standard educational routes
Mature applicants returning to studies after a break from formal education will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you require more clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold, please contact the Admissions Team directly.
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. To achieve the minimum requirement for this course, you must have one of the following:
- GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade 4/C
- IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component
- TOEFL iBT 90 with no subscore below 20
- An acceptable equivalent qualification
Please note, if you hold English as a Second Language iGCSE qualification, we may require you to also offer one of our acceptable equivalents or to achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than is stated above.
English language test validity
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
Factors contributing to a successful application include:
- Past academic performance
- Predicted academic performance
- Enthusiasm for, and realistic grasp of, chosen degree programme
- Evidence of interpersonal skills and non-academic interests/achievements
Further guidance on how to apply can be found on our How to Apply webpage .
Where you have mitigating circumstances these should be reported to your education provider and relevant exam board. We cannot make further allowances.
Please note, we would normally only consider applicants who have obtained the relevant qualification within the two years prior to entry. Applicants who have left education for more than two years should contact the Admissions Team to discuss their particular circumstances.
How your application is considered
Applications are considered on the basis of each UCAS application.
Strong examination results are the main factor in admitting students to our courses, but we also consider other information to ensure we admit students with the most outstanding potential. This is assessed within a structured framework and includes both prior and predicted grades. Your referee should give realistic grade predications for all qualifications you are currently studying at the top of their reference.
If you attend a non-UK school or college that does not provide predicted grades your referee should explain this policy within their reference.
We do not hold interviews but UK-based applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Virtual Webinar, or On-Campus Visit Day, which generally take place on Wednesday afternoons from December to March.
Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation.
Deferred entry is granted at the discretion of admissions staff and for one year only. In exceptional circumstances, it may be granted for two years at the maximum.
Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.
We normally guarantee a place in the current year should an applicant's gap year plans change. However, this is subject to availability of places.
Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications
If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process.
If you are planning to re-sit your final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but may require further information in order to make an informed judgment.
Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting
We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in different sittings, provided they were taken over the standard two-year period.
If you applied in the previous year and were not successful you may apply again.
Your application will be considered against the standard course criteria for the current year of entry. In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.
Kindly note, we may draw upon all information from your previous applications, or any previous registrations at the University as a Student, when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.
If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through Clearing, you are required to meet the Clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and Clearing the places will be subject to availability.
Transfers from other institutions are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Those into the second year are usually not considered. If you wish to enquire about whether you may be eligible to apply for entry into the second year, please contact the Admissions Team with full details of your qualifications and copies of your transcripts to date.
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 .