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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. 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.

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

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 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


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 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 multidisciplined, 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.  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. 

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).

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:  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.

Final Year (4th or 5th):  During this year you will study aeroelasticity, flight mechanics, embedded aerospace systems, human resources management, successful project delivery, and a team 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

  • Aerospace Technology & Industry - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerothermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Design - 15 Credits
  • Aircraft Systems - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Stability & Control of Aircraft - 15 Credits
  • Satellite Terrestrial Communication Systems - 15 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits


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

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Embedded Aerospace Systems - 15 Credits
  • Flight Mechanics - 15 Credits
  • Aeroelasticity - 15 Credits
  • Human Resource Management - 15 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 

120 - 168 UCAS points.  

BTEC, Advanced Diploma and Access not accepted. 

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

IB - 120 points from a minimum of 3 HL subjects at grade 5 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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