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This course specialises in aircraft design, especially aircraft structures, materials and aerodynamics. You’ll learn CATIA, a computer-aided design package, as well as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. Eventually you’ll work with other students to design a complete aircraft. Modules along the way include aerospace technology and industry, engineering mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, computer-aided engineering, structural mechanics, control systems, project management and product development. You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to study abroad or spend a year in industry, either of which will enhance your career prospects.

Why choose this course?

  • This BEng Honours degree in Aerospace Engineering has an excellent, long-established reputation with the aerospace industry
  • Experienced aerospace staff with a wealth of industrial know-how will teach you. We have an applied approach to teaching and our contacts prove invaluable to graduates seeking employment
  • Our BEng Aerospace Engineering students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Airbus, Virgin Atlantic Engineering, and BAE Systems
  • Excellent facilities at the School of Engineering include the best equipment: flight simulator, wind tunnels, specialist laboratories and CAE software
  • Recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including The Royal Air Force, Jaguar Land Rover, and BAE Systems

What job can I get?

Graduate employment opportunities are excellent whether you’re interested in the civilian or defence sides of the aerospace industry. Some students even 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, or in the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles.

More about the course

The first ever passenger jet aircraft, the Comet, was designed and tested in Hatfield. Since then, the aerospace industry has seen unimagined technical progress.

Today, the University of Hertfordshire has projects in both Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and rocketry, with student projects, research and other activities across a wide range of areas.

Design of a modern aerospace system requires a team of engineers, each with their own specialisation. Development of the systems often transcends national boundaries to international flight, worldwide satellite communications and deep space exploration and is a truly international industry.

You will also benefit from use of our flight simulator to enhance your understanding of aircraft performance, stability and control.

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering 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.

What our
students say

“I’ve always been really passionate about science and mathematics but didn’t know how to combine the two, until I went on the University of Hertfordshire website and found Aerospace Engineering.

Manuela Cassissa

Aerospace Engineering

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.

More about the course

The first ever passenger jet aircraft, the Comet, was designed and tested in Hatfield. Since then, the aerospace industry has seen unimagined technical progress.

Today, the University of Hertfordshire has projects in both Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and rocketry, with student projects, research and other activities across a wide range of areas.

Design of a modern aerospace system requires a team of engineers, each with their own specialisation. Development of the systems often transcends national boundaries to international flight, worldwide satellite communications and deep space exploration and is a truly international industry.

You will also benefit from use of our flight simulator to enhance your understanding of aircraft performance, stability and control.

Teaching methods

The School of Engineering and Technology 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 you 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!

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.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Design - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Technology & Industry - 15 Credits
  • Career Skills Development - 0 Credits
  • Introduction to Manufacturing Technology - 15 Credits
  • Materials and Electrical Science - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Applications of Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Structural Mechanics - 15 Credits
  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerothermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Data Acquisition and Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Project Management and Product Development - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Design - 15 Credits
  • Computer Aided Engineering - 15 Credits
  • Career Planning - 0 Credits
  • Further Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Stability & Control of Aircraft - 15 Credits
  • Mechanics and Properties of Materials - 15 Credits
  • Aerodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Performance, Propulsion and Design - 30 Credits
  • Individual Project - 30 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • Aero Structural Design and Analysis - 15 Credits

Optional

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

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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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 

72 - 168 UCAS points

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

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering MMP to include Merit in Further Maths.

Access to Engineering Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit to include Maths and Science or Principles units. Any additional L3 credits must be at Merit.

Engineering Advanced Diploma to include A level Maths as ASL component.                   

IB - 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 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)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part 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)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)