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Aerospace Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Three years full time; four years sandwich
Full time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Pritesh Narayan
Key fact:
Study in the UK’s aerospace hub on a course developed alongside aerospace partners and accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why study BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering ?

Increasing activity in civilian space flight, unmanned aerial vehicles and the civil aviation sector has led to rising demand for qualified aerospace engineers.

Why study our course? 

Aerospace Engineering at UWE Bristol has been designed alongside regional aerospace partners and is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society. This means you will be equipped with industry knowledge, as well as an in-depth understanding of the aeronautical design and build process.

Alongside the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, you will study materials and manufacturing processes, stress and dynamics, aerospace design, thermodynamics and fluids. Throughout the course, you will obtain practical experience in developing and testing your prototypes in our well-equipped laboratories.

Real world experience 

You will gain an inside track on the industry through regular factory tours and professional briefings from leading aerospace organisations. Work placement opportunities in areas such as design, systems and manufacturing will give you valuable experience and professional skills.

Where it can take you 

On graduation, you will be set for a career in the aerospace industry. Job opportunities range from working on the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, to working with helicopters and jet engines.

Read why Jana chose to study the final year of BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering at UWE Bristol.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Your first year will concentrate on the underlying engineering principles applicable to aerospace engineering. You will study materials and manufacturing processes, introductory mathematics, engineering mathematics and aeronautics.

From Year two onwards, you will choose to specialise in either design, manufacture or systems.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Design Materials and Manufacturing
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Aerodynamics and Flight
  • Mathematics for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Aero-Structures
  • Project Management.

You must also opt for one of the following three pathways.


  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Stress Analysis.


  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Mechatronics.


  • Aircraft Systems, Avionics and Control
  • Mechatronics.

A placement year is optional.

Year three

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Individual Project (MEng) A
  • Aeropropulsion.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Industrial Placement
  • Business Environment.

You will then continue with your chosen pathway.


  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Systems Engineering.


  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Managing Advanced Manufacturing.

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Machine Vision
  • Competing Through Quality
  • International Business in Emerging Markets.


  • Avionics and Control 3
  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Systems Engineering.

You will be able to exit after Year three with BEng or continue to Year four and leave with MEng Aerospace Engineering.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learning is through lectures, tutorials and seminars with a programme of laboratory, practical and project work. Examples include a group project centred on the design, manufacture and flying of a radio controlled aircraft. In your first year, you will have the opportunity to actually work on a light aircraft in the Aerospace Design module.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


All work is normally assessed through a combination of assignments, examinations, continuous assessment and group work depending on the nature of the module. In your final year, the project report and presentation will form part of the assessment.

Additionally, you will be encouraged to exhibit your final year work at our unique annual Degree Show where you will discuss your work and celebrate your achievements with family, friends and invited representatives from a range of different organisations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. As a result, it will provide you with some or all of the knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

We work in partnership with Bristol based employers including Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation and Agusta Westland, and have strong relationships with smaller companies across the UK. These employers provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities. There are also other companies who provide placements to our students: past students have worked with Airbus, Smith Industries, E-Stress, GE Aircraft and Marshall Aerospace.

Read about our partner employers and why UWE Bristol students believe their placements at Airbus and Agusta Westland benefited them.


Throughout the course, you will see aerospace engineering in action at a range of facilities. This will include visits to organisations ranging from Airbus, GKN and the National Composites Centre, to museums such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil.

On your first year trip to Cotswold Airport, you will be able to explore aircraft and go into the flight control tower. In your second year, you will design and build a model glider aircraft's wings for Wings Week, which you will then 'race' against the competition.

Study facilities

You will apply what you've learnt and develop vital professional skills in state-of-the-art facilities, including our flight simulator. You will:

  • design and draw new concepts using CAD, simulation and planning software on our extensive PC network
  • test aerodynamics in our subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels 
  • develop and test materials, using our composite manufacturing facilities and stress and materials laboratories
  • test designs, using our state-of-the-art flight simulator, which you can update with model data to test the flight mechanics and aerodynamics of design concepts.

Read how student Kim is testing his solar powered aircraft, using UWE Bristol's cutting-edge facilities.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn to fly

If you want to take to the skies, you will have the opportunity to learn to fly in the US. Delivered in collaboration with Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), this intensive training and flying course will lead to a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). This option is an additional cost and acceptance is subject to medical and security checks, including visas. Gliding experience is a useful pre-course activity and we strongly encourage you to join the UWE Bristol Gliding Club.

Showcase your work

Final year Aerospace Engineering students showcase their work to employers, students and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.


Careers / Further study

The course will prepare you for employment in leading aerospace companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Agusta Westland. Previous graduates have gone into careers in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

Watch Emmanuel's short video about why he believes he made the right decision to study Aerospace Engineering at UWE Bristol.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Engineering

Guardian - what to do with a degree in Mechanical Engineering

Royal Aeronautical Society


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
Offshore-Sandwich Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: GCSE Maths Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading. One of the following BTEC Diplomas: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical / Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in another science or technology subject. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics and a pass at higher level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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