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Aerospace systems engineers need to be multidisciplined and have as much knowledge of avionics as aeronautical systems. They’re particularly interested in the overall performance of aircraft, specialising in the design and integration of mechanical and avionics systems. This professionally accredited course includes not only traditional aeronautical disciplines, but also specialist modules such as modern navigation equipment, cockpit instrumentation, flight controls and logistics engineering. A highlight of the course is the group project in the Final Year, where you’ll collaborate with other aerospace students to design a complete aircraft. This course provides the first step towards chartered engineer status.

Why choose this course?

  • This BEng Honours degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering has been running successfully for many years at the University
  • You will have the chance to learn about Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), rocketry and space tourism
  • You will benefit from use of our flight simulator which will enhance your understanding of aircraft performance, stability and control
  • You will be offered the opportunity to take a short air-experience flight in the second year of the course, flying either a light aircraft or a microlight aircraft. Please note, this is subsidised by the University but still incurs an added cost
  • Our BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Goodrich Engine Control Systems, Marshall Aerospace, and MBDA
  • Recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including Metrology and Quality Services, Chester Hall Precision Engineering, and BAE Systems

What job can I get?

Employment opportunities for our graduates are excellent in both the civilian and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Previous graduates have found employment with major aerospace companies in the UK and abroad, as well as with smaller companies in the aerospace supply chain.

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Aerospace Systems 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.

Course details


Employment opportunities for graduates are excellent across both the civilian and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Previous graduates have found employment with major aerospace companies in the UK and abroad as well as with smaller companies in the aerospace supply chain. Many others decide to stay at the University and extend their aerospace education to a postgraduate level.

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

You will become familiar with our flight simulators as well as commercial simulation software such as MatLab.  In the Fourth Year you will have the opportunity to take the astronautics option, studying rocketry and space dynamics alongside the astrophysicists.  A highlight of the course for many of our students is the group design project in the Fourth Year where you join with 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, aircraft systems, avionics systems, dynamics and data acquisition and control systems, further engineering mathematics, project management and product development.

Third Year:  You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Fourth Year (3rd or 4th):  You will study aerospace performance, propulsion and design, stability and control of aircraft, aerospace systems integration, control systems, terrestrial and satellite communication systems, and an individual major project. 

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:

  • Honeywell (UK) Ltd
  • Goodrich Engine Control Systems
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • MBDA
  • Eads Astrium
  • Rockwell
  • and numerous smaller 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

  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerothermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Data Acquisition and Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Project Management and Product Development - 15 Credits
  • Avionics Systems - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Design - 15 Credits
  • Aircraft Systems - 15 Credits
  • Career Planning - 0 Credits
  • Further Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Stability & Control of Aircraft - 15 Credits
  • Aircraft Systems Integration - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Performance, Propulsion and Design - 30 Credits
  • Individual Project - 30 Credits
  • Satellite Terrestrial Communication Systems - 15 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits


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

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 

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. 

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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


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