Aerospace engineering has come a long way since the Wright brothers first succeeded in powered flight in 1903. The subject has evolved and diversified, ranging in topics from aerodynamics to flight control, from space engineering to simulation and design, requiring engineers to have the ability to operate and develop advanced devices that are based on complex theoretical and computational models. While specialisation should help in acquiring the needed skills, a broad deep understanding in advanced topics is still required from the modern aerospace engineer. The aim of this programme is to allow students with a strong engineering background to gain advanced, yet broad knowledge in aerospace engineering, while encouraging specialisation through a research project and flexibility in the course programme.
The course structure is designed to appeal to students with a science and engineering background and is modular in format. The content of the course includes: mechanics of continua where fluid dynamics and structural mechanics are studied in great depth, research methods and experimental techniques where novel experimental fields in aerodynamics and control are demonstrated. Further six specialised modules will enable students to gain proficiency in highly advanced fields, such as space engineering, flight control and simulation, aeroelasticity, computational fluid dynamics, advanced aerodynamics, combustion, computational mechanics and vehicular crashworthiness.
The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.
Students achieving more than 50 per cent average on the taught modules will progress to their MSc dissertation project, which they will conduct under close supervision during the summer term, from June to August. Successful completion of the project will lead to the award of MSc in Aerospace Engineering.
An undergraduate degree (minimum second class honours degree or equivalent) in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to write for guidance in specific cases.