Why Herts?
  • We are one of the oldest and largest Engineering Schools in the UK with a fantastic legacy from the De Havilland Aircraft Corporation and BAE Systems.
  • Our courses include many hands-on practical exercises and laboratory work to help you “see” the principles being taught more clearly.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and aerospace component suppliers all around the world.

About the course

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. Once you have developed key skills, 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.

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

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

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’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.

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.

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.

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 gives you access to electronic learning resources and electronic discussion with staff and other students and allows you to submit your coursework. StudyNet is available from anywhere in the world 24/7.

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 for 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 a further opportunity for flying lessons.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within the 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

  • Year 1
    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
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Structural Mechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerothermodynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Data Acquisition and Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Project Management and Product Development 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
  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Stability & Control of Aircraft 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanics and Properties of Materials 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerodynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerospace Performance, Propulsion and Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Individual Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Aero Structural Design and Analysis 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

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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 - Maths and physics or technology or engineering based subjects, excluding general studies/critical thinking

    DMM  -  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)
    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)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply 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