About the course

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. The MEng is a year longer than the BEng and will deepen your knowledge and understanding of aerospace systems. It will also develop your business and management skills. As with the BEng, a highlight is the group project to design a complete aircraft. This course provides the first step towards chartered engineer status.

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

Why choose this course?

  • This is a well established degree course in Aerospace Systems Engineering which gives you exposure to many activities, including 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 MEng Aerospace Systems Engineering students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Honeywell (UK) Ltd, MBDA, and Rockwell
  • Recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including Shell UK, Jaguar Land Rover, and National Aerospace Laboratories

Professional Accreditations

The MEng (Hons) Aerospace Systems 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

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.

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.

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 and electronic discussion with staff and other students and allows you to 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 and operates an open-access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

More about the course

Aerospace systems engineers need to be multi-disciplined, with as much knowledge of avionics systems as aeronautical systems.  They are particularly concerned with the overall performance of aircraft, specialising in design and integration of mechanical and avionics systems into aircraft.  This course not only includes the traditional aeronautical disciplines but also includes avionics systems such as modern navigation equipment and cockpit instrumentation. Systems engineers also specialize in Logistics Engineering and Flight Control Systems. You will become familiar with our flight simulators as well as commercial simulation software such as MatLab.

What you will learn

The MEng programme is one year longer than the BEng programme and during your final year, you will study at Masters level, deepening your knowledge and understanding of aerospace systems 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: Design of an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance on Mars in collaboration with Astrium (EADS).

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 components and the electronics inside the airframe that enable the aircraft to be so widespread and the safest form of transport available. You will learn how aircraft are designed for their handling qualities, 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 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 autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle.

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.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Aerospace Technology & Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerothermodynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aerospace Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aircraft Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Stability & Control of Aircraft 15 Credits Compulsory
    Satellite Terrestrial Communication Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Placement 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Embedded Aerospace Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Flight Mechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Aeroelasticity 15 Credits Compulsory
    Human Resource Management 15 Credits Compulsory
  • 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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 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

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    120

    BBB - Requires Maths and Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects, excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking

    Not accepted

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 4 Years
    • Sandwich, 5 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    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)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full 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