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MSc Aerospace Engineering with Extended Professional Practice

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry accreditation: This course is RAes and IMechE accredited and meets the further learning requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.
  • Fantastic facilities: You will have direct access to extensive labs exclusively open for aerospace engineering students including flight simulators, industry-level CAE software packages, and wind tunnels.
  • Work Placement Opportunities: You have a one-year industry placement option enabling you to gain real-world industrial experience.

Professional Accreditations

The MSc Aerospace Engineering course is accredited by RAeS as meeting the further learning requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

About the course

The Extended Professional Practice award provides you with the opportunity of a placement, working in a relevant engineering environment to further develop the knowledge and skills you gain from the taught modules. The placement takes place during the first two semesters of the second year of enrolment, after which you’ll return to complete your MSc Individual Project. It's up to you to secure a suitable placement, although the Careers and Employment service is here to support you throughout the process. 

This is an integrated degree programme that brings together the key generic skills of management and research methods with specific modules focusing on aerodynamics and flight mechanics. This approach will help you to develop your critical thinking skills as a future engineering manager, or technical specialist enabling you effectively to analyse technical and or management issues. The programme aims to:

  • equip you with the theory and the practice of relevant subjects, technologies and analytical tools to provide solutions for aerospace and related manufacturing problems
  • provide a blend of knowledge and application experience through case studies and project work
  • focus on the links between analysis and design and the supporting skills of management
  • provide education and experience which enhances prospects of professional employment within the industry.

Why choose this course?

  • During your placement year, you'll gain hands-on industrial experience, applying the skills learned during your studies. 
  • The School has over 50 years experience of teaching aerospace and has established an excellent international reputation in this field.
  • We offer extensive lab facilities for aerospace engineering students, including a flight simulator, the latest software packages and wind tunnels.
  • This MSc combines analysis and design with management skills to produce highly-employable postgraduates.
  • 1st in the East of England for Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering (2023 Complete University Guide).

What will I study?

The industrial placement award offers the opportunity for you to undertake a period of industrial placement, and so develop your understanding and skills within a professional environment. This award requires the successful completion of at least 30 weeks full-time equivalent placement activity from a maximum of two separate approved placement, neither of which will be normally less than 12 weeks. The Careers and Employment service will actively support you in the placement process, however, the responsibility of securing a suitable placement lies with you. Ultimately, the placement company will select students usually through an interview process. 

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School also operate an open access laboratory, and computer policy, that will help students complete coursework and assignments, at a scheduled pace and on time.

Where will I study?

Learn in our brand-new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science building, opening in 2024, where you’ll experience a range of experiential learning zones. You will have access to modelling, simulation and research labs, our Merlin Flight Simulator and automotive workshop (complete with electric vehicle facility), wind tunnel, welding bay and controls testing suite.

You will also benefit from a Success and Skills Support Unit, which is aimed at helping you build your employability and academic skills. Plus, have access to industry mentors who will provide you with pastoral support, vocational guidance, and career progression opportunities.

The new building will also provide space to collaborate, with plenty of workshops, social and meeting spaces available. Even better, the building has been designed with the University’s net zero carbon target in mind, and forms part of our plan to replace or upgrade older sites that are energy inefficient.

  • Level 7
    Aeroelasticity15 CreditsCompulsory
    Aerospace Aerodynamics15 CreditsCompulsory
    Aerospace Materials and Manufacturing15 CreditsCompulsory
    CFD & Applications15 CreditsCompulsory
    FEM & Applications15 CreditsCompulsory
    Flight Mechanics15 CreditsCompulsory
    Flight Simulation15 CreditsCompulsory
    MSc Professional Work Placement60 CreditsCompulsory
    MSc Individual Project (Aerospace)60 CreditsCompulsory
    Preparation for Work Placement0 CreditsCompulsory
    Propulsion Technology and Applications15 CreditsCompulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Aerospace Engineering - Extended Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Aerospace Engineering - Extended Download
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