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Aerospace Structures and Materials

MSc (H403)


Modern aerospace structures typically require the use of composite materials, advanced manufacturing of structural components, optimal design and thin-walled constructions. The programme is aimed at students who already have an in depth knowledge of aerospace engineering and material science, and who wish to specialise further in an area of Aerospace  Structures and Materials. You will be able to choose study modules that align with your background, your choice of specialisation area and your project topic.

Aircraft manufacturers and design today face the challenge of developing lighter, fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft. To cope with requirements of the development of novel aero-structures, advanced techniques in manufacturing make effective use of advanced materials.  To obtain the level of performance required from flight structures, thorough knowledge of material limitations, structural stability and strength considerations are essential.  In the School of Engineering and Materials Science, current researches emphasizes on the advanced computational material/structural design, thermo-mechanics, machining/forming of titanium components, structural dynamics, vehicular crashworthiness, multiscale modelling, functional graded materials structures, aeroelasticity, structural health monitoring and design optimization. This specialization covers theory, computations, experiments and implementation issues, as well as the study of specific cutting edge aerospace vehicles.

This MSc includes a substantial research project in aerospace structure and material engineering, supervised by staff working in a wide range of research areas and working in our excellent facilities. These include high performance computing clusters owned by QMUL, a wide range of internal combustion engines, heat transfer facilities, wind tunnels, an anechoic chamber, a UK cueSim Flight Simulator, a France-Price Induction jet engine test bench, and materials synthesis and characterisation labs.

Our academic staff, are involved in internationally recognised research in a wide range of topics, including:
  • Aerospace structures, including manufacturing and optimization
  • Materials science, including structural and functional materials
  • Computational engineering, both solids, aero-acoustics and aerodynamics
  • Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
  • Control engineering
  • Robotics

*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.