BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

Available to non EU students

About the course


This Aerospace Engineering course specialises in aircraft design, especially aircraft structures, materials and aerodynamics.

What you will learn

You will learn CATIA, a computer-aided design package, as well as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. You will also join other aerospace students to design a complete aircraft.

First Year: You will study aerospace technology and industry, engineering mathematics, engineering applications of mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, introduction to manufacturing technology, career skills development, introduction to design, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Second Year: You will study aerothermodynamics, aerospace design, further engineering mathematics, computer-aided engineering, structural mechanics, dynamics and data acquisition and control systems, project management and product development.

Work placement year: You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement during your Aerospace Engineering course.

Fourth Year (Final Year for BEng): You will study aerospace performance, propulsion and design, stability and control of aircraft, aerodynamics, mechanics and properties of materials, aerospace structural design and analysis, and an individual major project.

Final Year (MEng): You will study aeroelasticity, flight mechanics, CFD analysis for aerospace applications, human resources management, successful project delivery, and a team project. 

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.
  • Excellent facilities at the School of Engineering include the best equipment: flight simulator, wind tunnels, specialist laboratories and CAE software.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited for Chartered Engineer (IEng) status by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This programme is currently going through the process of re-accreditation with The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

What our
students say

What our<br>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


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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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


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


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


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

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 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...

2018 entry 

104 UCAS points. 

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

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering DMM to include Distinction in Further Maths.

Access to Engineering Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction 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 - 104 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 (D) and Science at grade 4 (C) or above.

How to apply


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