MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate


This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Frenchay and other venues as appropriate.
Varies for CPD
Programme leader:
Dr Lisa Brodie
Key fact:
The range of optional modules, and flexibility of formats and learning, make this course unique. You can also apply for the Government funded Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme, created in partnership with employers, to study it.

Page last updated 7 September 2016


This is part of a set of study options within the postgraduate Engineering Career and Capability Development Framework (ECCDF). The concept behind the Framework is to offer you flexibility in the modules you study, and the opportunity to move freely between award routes based on your career goals.

Flexible, industry-focused and professionally accredited

The MSc Aerospace is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It's aimed at Engineers looking to increase their professional skills and capabilities in the industry through a strategic understanding of major technical, business and environmental factors. It's designed to help develop and broaden technical and business skills in the industry. It is also aimed at enhancing the industry's competitiveness and creating, developing and implementing flexible and innovative research and development opportunities.

Students on the course come are either full time students completing the award in one year, or industrially based students that from a wide range of different companies within the sector, including primes and throughout the supply chain. This mix of people from different backgrounds, companies and with different roles adds a unique perspective of peer learning, as you network and learn from each other.

However you approach the course, we're here to help support your long-term career professional development, including helping you develop a 'portfolio of evidence' to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer.

Peer learning and support

Many of the modules bring together students from a range of Master's engineering and management courses. This provides a strong learning experience, mixing technical and business skills with management capabilities.



The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

Full-time students will study the following modules:

For students studying on a flexible basis, whilst there is flexibility to your studies, the course has four core modules:

You then choose an optional module after discussions with your Programme Leader, and according to your qualification route. If you're planning to take the MSc study programme to provide the academic part of your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, check with the relevant professional institution that your module meets their requirements.

To achieve the MSc you'll require eight 15-credit modules from the list of Professional and Short Courses, including the core modules, and the 60-credit dissertation module.

The course is endorsed by the Royal Aeronautical Society and full time students will have preselected their modules to ensure they gain the appropriate knowledge for these bodies.


This will be a significant industry-focused piece of work that integrates your learning from the taught material and develops your abilities for in-depth study of a substantial technical or management problem within an engineering sector.

You will have academic and usually industrial sponsors for this, to help you scope out the project in the required context.

This project activity is attractive to employers, as it provides an opportunity to deal with a real issue in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Often, your project will have a significant effect on the business sponsoring it.

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

The course's learning methods and structure mean you receive an integrated view of an engineering enterprise by placing technology in strategic, financial, human and operational contexts. We encourage you to read about the subjects independently, so you can consolidate your knowledge and understanding and broaden your outlook and understanding of the key concepts.

We usually hold taught modules over three to five consecutive days. In some cases we use other teaching methods, including distance and work-based learning. You'll organise your work-based learning with your module leader, this ensures it's tailored to your needs and the learning outcomes are achievable.

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

Study time

Each 15-credit module is expected to take around 150 hours to complete. The overall course can be completed as full-time in one year, but is more normally studied part-time, taking between two and five years, as students are normally also in full employment.


Assessment is normally by assignment. At this level, we do not need to test your understanding, but rather your ability to implement your newfound skills and knowledge. Assignments will normally be about a real industrial case study, or a live project in your workplace.

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


Professional accreditation

This course is affiliated to, and accredited by, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and has been developed further in conjunction with other awards in the ECCDF. This allows you to mix with students across other engineering disciplines, specifically business-related, and benefit from peer learning. RAeS accreditation means it's possible to develop a portfolio of evidence towards Chartered Engineer registration, if required.

This course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Study facilities

Our dedicated engineering facilities include a flight simulator, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, a motorsport workshop, specialist laboratories and industry-standard simulation suites.

However, if you're in full-time employment we expect you to do most of your studying at work.

Our extensive pastoral care system provides guidance and support throughout your studies, including induction programmes and access to academic staff and student advisers.

Academic writing, communication and English skills (ACES) course

If you're an international student, our ACES course offers you a range of support for your academic writing, communication and English language skills. As a full-fee paying international student, you have 100 ACES credits when you begin your course, which you can use for any of the course's activities. Find out more about our English Language Support.

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


Careers / Further study

The MSc Aerospace is excellent for developing technical and business knowledge and skills for the Aerospace sector. The breadth of optional learning allows you to steer your own academic progress, develop personal career objectives and show competencies required for professional recognition.

This makes the course ideal for engineers who want to mix technical and business learning with one customisable course. Successful graduates are suited to work across a range of roles.

Our award-winning careers service helps 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.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
International-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1042

Supplementary fee information

Msc Aerospace funding

Students enrolled onto the MSc Aerospace are eligible to apply for funding from the Royal Aeronautical Society or the Royal Academy of Engineering.

CPD Study Route

Fees vary per module studied. For a full list of modules available and individual fees please see our Engineering Career and Capability Development Framework course.


Entry requirements

We require one of the following:

  • A UK honours degree of 2:1 or above in Aerospace Engineering accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
  • A UK honours degree of 2:2 in in Aerospace Engineering accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society, and three years relevant industrial experience (please tell us about your experience in the 'personal statement' section of your application).
  • A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:1 or above in in Aerospace Engineering.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:2 in Aerospace Engineering, and three years relevant industrial experience (please tell us about your experience in the 'personal statement' section of your application).
  • Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above which you should describe in detail in your application.

Please upload your degree transcript when you complete the online application form.

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