Aerospace engineering, sometimes known as aeronautical engineering, is the branch of engineering that deals with the design, development and maintenance of aircraft. An aerospace engineer is responsible for the way aircraft construction is researched and developed, the testing of new aircraft and its components, as well as exploring aerodynamics and other factors that can affect airborne craft. You will be encouraged to develop your knowledge of skills in the area, preparing you for a variety of career choices.
About Aerospace Engineering
The accreditation of an aerospace engineering degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc), a Master of Engineering (MEng), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award a research degree such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Postgraduate - £9,500
During a postgraduate degree, such as an MEng or MSc, you will build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of aerospace engineering. You will develop your understanding of both the traditional and contemporary concepts of the subject area. Modules and specialisms could include materials and statics, solid mechanics, stress analysis, composites and polymers, helicopter flight, and unmanned aerial vehicle systems. Assessment methods might include written work, presentations and a final major research project.
The entry requirements for an aerospace engineering degree will depend on your institution of choice. For a postgraduate degree, most universities will require that you have an undergraduate degree in aerospace or aeronautical engineering, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry