Student in a flight simulator.

MEng

Aerospace Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H404
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
128
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full time; five years sandwich.
Delivery:
Full time, sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Budi Chandra
Key fact:
Study in the UK’s aerospace hub on a course developed with aerospace partners and accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study aerospace engineering?

An aerospace engineering degree involves turning ideas into reality by applying the principles of science and technology to the research, design, manufacture and certification of current and future aerospace vehicles.

If you're fascinated by the history, technology and progress of aircraft and spacecraft into the 21st century, then aerospace engineering could be the degree for you.

Why UWE Bristol? 

MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering has been designed in response to an increasing demand for qualified aerospace engineers and with input from regional aerospace partners.

It's accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to give you the industry relevant skills and graduate attributes needed to become the technical specialists and leaders of tomorrow within the aerospace industry.

This course equips you with industry knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the aerospace design and build process.

Study materials and manufacturing, stress and dynamics, energy and thermodynamics to gain a solid grounding in aerospace engineering principles in your first year. Specialise in your second year through the Systems, Design and Manufacturing pathways. Gain practical experience developing and testing your prototypes in our well-equipped laboratories.

Get an inside track on the industry through regular factory tours and professional briefings from leading aerospace organisations and work on placements to build up valuable experience and professional skills.

Graduate ready to take up your place within the exciting, fast-paced aerospace industry.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate, you'll 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 transferred to UWE Bristol to finish her BEng(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Aeronautics.

Year two

You will study:

  • Aerodynamics and Flight
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Project Management
  • Aero-Structures.

Plus one of three optional pathways:

Design:

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

Manufacturing:

  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Mechatronics.

Systems:

  • Aircraft Systems, Avionics and Control
  • Mechatronics.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Year three

You will study:

  • MEng Individual Project Part A
  • Aero-Propulsion.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement
  • Engineering and Society.

You'll then continue with your chosen pathway:

Design:

  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Systems Engineering.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.

Manufacturing:

  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Managing Advanced Manufacturing
  • Machine Vision.

 Systems

  • Systems Engineering
  • Avionics and Control 3.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.

You can leave after year three with a BEng or continue to year four to complete your MEng.

Year four (MEng)

You will study:

  • MEng Individual Project Part B
  • MEng Group Project.

You will then continue with your chosen pathway:

 Design:

  • Aerodynamics C
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Aeroelasticity.

 Manufacturing:

  • Electromechanical Systems Integration
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Principles of Lean Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing.

Systems:

  • Electromechanical Systems Integration
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Principles of Lean Engineering.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Flight Test and Airworthiness
  • Avionic Systems
  • Safety Critical Embedded Systems
  • Industrial Applications of Vision and Automation.

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

Learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars with a programme of laboratory, practical and project work.

You'll design, develop and optimise a model aircraft in the first year Introduction to Aeronautics module. You'll have the opportunity to undertakea flight test course in a real aircraft in your third year and you'll also work in group projects to such as the ImechE Umnanned Aerial System (UAS) Challenge.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
129%71%0%100%
225%75%0%100%
322%78%0%100%
418%82%0%100%

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed through a mix of assignments, exams, continuous assessment and group work depending on the module. In your final year, a project report and presentation will form part of the assessment.

We encourage you to exhibit your final year work at our annual degree show, where you can discuss your work and celebrate your achievements with family, friends and potential employers.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
164%25%11%100%
243%56%1%100%
330%66%4%100%
419%70%11%100%

Features

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).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

We work in partnership with Bristol employers like Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters. We also have strong relationships with smaller companies across the UK.

They provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities for our students. Past students have worked with Airbus, GE Aviation, E-Stress, Rolls Royce, Qinetic and Lockeed Martin.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Read more about our partner employers and how students benefit from their placements.

Fieldwork

Throughout the course, you'll see aerospace engineering in action at a range of facilities.

This includes visits to Airbus, GKN and the National Composites Centre and museums such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil.

In your first year, you'll design and build a model glider aircraft's wings, then race it against the competition.

Study facilities

Apply what you've learnt and develop vital professional skills in our state-of-the-art facilities.

  • 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.

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

Careers

Careers / Further study

This course will prepare you for employment in leading aerospace companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo, MBDA, Boeing and GE Systems.

Past graduates have gone into careers in the design andPast graduates have gone into careers in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in engineering

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in mechanical engineering

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics. 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 B 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: 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 Mathematics for Technicians; Further Engineering Mathematics; Further Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit including 15 in Mathematics and 15 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 6 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

Read more about 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.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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