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Like the BEng, this course specialises in aircraft design, especially aircraft structures, materials and aerodynamics. You’ll follow the same pathway as the BEng, but in your extra year you’ll deepen your knowledge and understanding of aerospace topics. You’ll also sharpen your business and management skills. The team project is multidisciplinary and involves applying your skills to solve an unusual and challenging problem, for example the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance on Mars. You can also participate in the BMFA Heavy Lift competition, where you and your fellow students have the chance to design and build your own UAV and compete against teams from across Europe.

Why choose this course?

  • This MEng degree in Aerospace Engineering has an excellent, long-established reputation with the aerospace industry
  • The University of Hertfordshire has produced aerospace engineers with practical experience of design and development for future aerospace systems
  • Our MEng Aerospace Engineering students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Marshall Aerospace, Virgin Atlantic Engineering, and Rolls Royce plc
  • You will have access to the best equipment: flight simulator, wind tunnels, specialist laboratories and CAE software
  • You will be offered a flying experience at a local flying school with one-to-one instruction on fixed wing aircraft
  • 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 Ministry of Defence, Shell UK, and Telefonica

What job can I get?

Having an MEng demonstrates your breadth and depth of understanding about the aerospace industry, therefore making you more attractive to employers. Past graduates have been employed on major projects such as the Airbus A380 or the Typhoon, or in the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles.

Professional Accreditations

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

Course details

Careers

Graduate employment opportunities are excellent whether you are interested in the civilian or defence side of the aerospace industry. Some students return from industrial placements with sponsorships and job offers. Past graduates have been employed on major projects such as the Airbus A380 or the Typhoon (EFA), or in the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles. The MEng route will give you an extra year of study and provide you with a broader and deeper understanding of the engineering industry, which will make you very attractive to employers.

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. The school also operate 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 to take the astronautics option and a further opportunity for flying lessons.

You will then enter your final year where you will study at a Masters level, deepening your knowledge and understanding of aerospace topics as well as developing your business and management skills. The Team Project is multidisciplinary and involves applying your skills to solve an unusual and challenging problem, for example the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance on Mars in collaboration with a well-established company.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working in an industrial organisation. 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.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Aerospace Technology & Industry - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Structural Mechanics - 15 Credits
  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerothermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Design - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Stability & Control of Aircraft - 15 Credits
  • Mechanics and Properties of Materials - 15 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • Aero Structural Design and Analysis - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Flight Mechanics - 15 Credits
  • Aeroelasticity - 15 Credits
  • Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • CFD Analysis for Aerospace Applications - 15 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 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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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...

2019 entry 

120 - 168 UCAS points.  

BTEC, Advanced Diploma and Access not accepted.

A levels to include Maths  and either Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking.

IB - 120 points from a minimum of 3 HL subjects at grade 5 or above to include HL Maths and Physics (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered: 

- GCSE English language grade 4 or above
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Other English language tests are accepted. 

Find out more about International entry requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

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)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)