Aeronautical Engineering MSc
  • Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council (partial CEng).
  • New specialist labs and work shops
  • Undertake a placement
  • Use industry standard engineering software and hardware provided by our partners.

About the Course A focus on the practical application of the advanced theories learnt. Familiarisation with a range of industry standard design and analysis software. The opportunity to undertake low cost gliding, with reduced price club membership for students. Good career prospects. The aerospace industry is one of the UK's most successful industrial sectors, with its involvement in major international project groups including Airbus, Rolls Royce, British Aerospace to name but a few. Not every university that teaches engineering includes Aeronautical Engineering in its portfolio, but Staffordshire University is proud to be running a new and innovative MSc award in this area which started September 2012.

The MSc in Aeronautical Engineering builds upon the success of the undergraduate Aeronautical programme which has been running at Staffordshire for over ten years. The MSc is an award for the graduate engineer (who will have usually studied a BEng(hons) in Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering or equivalent, or possibly a BSc(hons) in Aeronautical Technology) and who wishes to expand and deepen their knowledge of aeronautical engineering.

The MSc covers a broad range of areas including fixed wing and rotary aircraft, subsonic and supersonic flight regimes, aircraft propulsion systems, aircraft control systems, materials, etc. As well as taught classes, students use our extensive range of laboratories which include industry standard design and analysis software, including Pro Engineer, Phoenix CFD, ANSYS FEA, etc.

Course content

Students study eight taught modules then undertake a research-based dissertation, the length of the course being about 12 months in total.

Modules studied include: ???

  • MECH70649 Technical and Study Skills giving an update on some of the advanced analysis techniques required for study at postgraduate level. And introducing university rules on plagiarism etc.
  • MECH70568 Research Methods and Project Management how to undertake a literature survey, managing a project proposal, project management, and writing an MSc dissertation.
  • ELEC70315 Control Systems for Aeronautics covering flight control systems and the theory of advanced control systems.
  • MECH70647 Structural Integrity looking at materials used in aircraft structures and failure modes, including elastic and plastic deformation, finite element analysis, optimisation, nonlinear materials.
  • MECH70378 Aircraft Propulsion Systems looking at the design and manufacture of turbojet and turbofan gas turbine engines.
  • MECH70379 Advanced Aeronautics looks at practical aerodynamics in fixed wing and rotary aircraft, subsonic and supersonic lift and drag, and the design and operation of aircraft systems and flight decks. Human Factors are also examined.
  • MECH70577 Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics a theoretical review of aerodynamics including compressible and incompressible flow and related equations and CFD analysis of flow with an understanding of CFD calculations and theory.
  • ELEC70312 MSc Project the 60 credit dissertation module, student centred but with close staff guidance. Options include:
  • ELEC70281 MSc Project by Distance Learning (as an alternative to the MSc Project)
  • MECH70535 Advanced Engineering Materials
  • COWB70327 Technical Paper Authoring
  • MECH60543 Industrial Responsibility
MSc Award
January, September Start
Full-time Study Mode
18 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline.

If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

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