About the course

While much of this course is common with BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering, this degree specialises in the design of space vehicles, with a particular emphasis on rocket propulsion, space flight control and satellite communication systems. For many of our students, the highlights of the course are the group design projects in the Third / Final Year, where you join with other aerospace students to design a complete aircraft. You’ll also work with astrophysicists to design a space vehicle in conjunction with a major space industry employer.
 

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

Why choose this course?

  • This is a BEng degree course in aerospace engineering with a focus on space technology
  • The University of Hertfordshire has produced aerospace engineers with practical experience of design and development for future aerospace systems
  • Aerospace students from the University of Hertfordshire have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Airbus, Virgin Atlantic Engineering, and BAE Systems
  • You will have access to the best equipment: flight simulator, wind tunnels, specialist laboratories and CAE software
  • You will be offered a flying course at a local flying school with one-to-one instruction on both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters Our aerospace staff have a wealth of industrial experience which gives an applied approach to their teaching and their contacts prove invaluable to graduates seeking employment
  • Recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Martin-Baker Aircraft Compnay, and BAE Systems

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2020.

Course details

Careers

Career prospects for graduates are excellent across the space, aircraft, and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Graduates of this course are strong candidates for employment on projects such as the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles.

What job can I get?

Career prospects for our graduates are excellent across the space, aircraft and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Graduates of this course are strong candidates for employment on projects such as the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility.

StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible and operates an open-access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

In your first year, you will study the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a modern engineer including principles of flight and aircraft operations. In particular, you will be introduced to computer packages commonly used in aerospace industry.

In your second year, the first year core themes are developed for application in aerospace engineering. You will learn about the design process through both group design and detail design work, and expand your knowledge of aerodynamics, with wind tunnel experiments. You will also have the opportunity to fly at a local flying school.

You may take a placement year if you wish, where you will gain excellent work experience, and this will be followed by your fourth year where for many, the Aerospace Design group project is the climax of your course where they can use your engineering skills and ingenuity to design a complete aircraft in a competitive environment. For others the self-confidence developed during the Individual Major Project that challenges them to research an aerospace relevant topic entirely by themselves using either the University or industrial facilities is the most rewarding part of your degree and can lead to future employment. There is also the opportunity for flying lessons.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Students have previously undertaken placements in organisations such as:

  • Airbus
  • MBDA
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Virgin Atlantic Engineering
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • BAE Systems
  • Rolls-Royce Plc
  • Numerous small companies

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerospace Technology & Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Skills Development 0 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Manufacturing Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Materials and Electrical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Applications of Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerothermodynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Data Acquisition and Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Project Management and Product Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Avionics Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerospace Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Aided Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning 0 Credits Compulsory
    Further Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Rocket Performance and Propulsion 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerospace Performance, Propulsion and Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Individual Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Satellite Terrestrial Communication Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Space Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Placement 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    104

    BCC - Requires Maths and Physics or Technology or engineering based subjects, excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking

    DMM  -  Requires Extended Diploma in Engineering (DMM) to include Distinction in Further Maths

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    07/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    07/09/202127/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students