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MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
This course includes the sandwich year options of:
*No fees are charged for this year
Why choose this course?
- This MEng degree in Aerospace Engineering has an excellent, long-established reputation with the aerospace industry
- The University of Hertfordshire has produced aerospace engineers with practical experience of design and development for future aerospace systems
- Our MEng Aerospace Engineering students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Marshall Aerospace, Virgin Atlantic Engineering, and Rolls Royce plc
- You will have access to the best equipment: flight simulator, wind tunnels, specialist laboratories and CAE software
- You will be offered a flying experience at a local flying school with one-to-one instruction on fixed wing aircraft
- Our aerospace staff have a wealth of industrial experience which gives an applied approach to their teaching and their contacts prove invaluable to graduates seeking employment
- Recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including Ministry of Defence, Shell UK, and Telefonica
What's the course about?
Like the BEng, this course specialises in aircraft design, especially aircraft structures, materials and aerodynamics. You’ll follow the same pathway as the BEng programmes, but in your extra year you’ll deepen your knowledge and understanding of aerospace topics. You’ll also sharpen 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 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance on Mars. You can also participate in competitions such as BMFA Heavy Lift competition, where you and your fellow students have the chance to design and build your own UAV and compete against teams from across Europe.
What will I study?
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
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 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.
Godson - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
At the start of the year, the weekly timetables for respective courses are released to students on Canvas (also check Studynet). This shows all lecture, tutorial and practical times for the year. This information gives me an idea on what my weeks will typically look like during term time.
The approach I take to ensure I have a productive week involves mapping out the activities for the week on Sunday evening. These activities include attending lectures and equivalent tutorials and lab sessions, revising and working on assignments, meetings with academic and non-academic members of staff, extracurricular activities and part-time work.
For most of the courses at the university, staff-student contact takes place between 9am and 7pm on weekdays. As most of our lecture notes are released a few days before the timetabled session, reading through them helps me gain some understanding of the topic before the lecture which also helps to answer some of my questions. Tutorials are a good time to ask any questions that I may have. There are usually breaks in the day between timetabled sessions, this time can be spent catching up on work in the library, working on assignments or simply grabbing a bite with classmates/friends.
There are many activities to get involved in outside of the academic side of university. Some include formula student, clubs and societies, active students and Herts Students’ Union events, and they are a good way to unwind and have a healthy balance in my study and social while studying at university. Outside of academics, I work part-time and play sports for the university and the local St Albans rugby club.
I spend the weekend doing any extra bit of work I may have from the week. I also make sure to get enough rest.
I appreciate that different students have different methods of staying on top of their uni work, and your typical week or day may be different from mine, having a schedule makes it easier to excel at university.
Godson - Student Ambassador experience
Life as a Student Ambassador
Working as a Student Ambassador is a great way to improve personal and professional skills, be a part of a vibrant community of students and staff of the university who and earn money while you study.
The role is arguably one of the most important jobs at the university, because you are usually the first face prospective students and parents see when they visit the university, when you visit their school or meet them at a recruitment event. This means that the first impression they have of the university will usually depend on how you communicate with them.
Student ambassadors work at university Open days, where they assist staff members by giving tours of the campus, accommodation and subject facilities. There are also opportunities to give presentations about your experience as a student to visitors, talking about your subject at a subject stand, welcoming visitors and signing them into the event and many more.
Apart from the big open days, student ambassadors can work at mini open days, UCAS and higher education fairs, visit schools to give talks about life at university, and guide school students around campus on school visits. You can also help during different activities at your respective schools of study depending on demand from your lecturers.
As an ambassador, I have worked with the team in many events around university, met many students and staff at the university, and have made many good memories. One of my favourite moments as an ambassador, was giving a tour of the engineering facilities to alumni who were some of the first Aerospace engineering students of the university (back when it used to be Hatfield Polytechnic).
One of the best things about the ambassador job is that it is a very flexible job. Which means that you only work when you want to work, apart from the compulsory Open days whose dates are announced well in advance (and they are usually on the weekends). I would 100% advise every student to be an ambassador while at university because I have enjoyed every moment of it and have no doubt you will too.
Godson - Things you should know
Things to know before studying Aerospace Engineering at Herts
Progressing from sixth form college, or the equivalent in their country, into university can cause a lot of students to worry about how easy it is to adjust to their new course at university. I also had these worries when I was getting ready to come to university, so here is my guide on what to know before coming to study Aerospace Engineering at Herts.
The school of Engineering has a lot of facilities on site to help students get the best of their time studying at Herts. The academic staff are also highly qualified and very knowledgeable in the various fields of engineering taught at the university. There are also non-academic staff (lab technicians, admin team) that work to help students at the university.
Lectures, tutorials & labs
There are typically between 15 to 20 hours of contact time each week, which include lectures, labs and tutorials where applicable.
- Lectures are taught to the whole class in person by the lecturers on site, the notes presented in lectures are usually uploaded on Canvas/Studynet and are available to read through and print if needed. They usually last between 1 and 2 hours and timings are shown in student timetables.
- Tutorials are held in smaller groups, usually in hour-long sessions, where you will be able to ask more questions you may have been unable to ask in the big lecture.
- Labs are held for modules that need them and gives students a hands-on experience on topics being studied in class, examples of which are the flight simulation labs, materials labs etc.
Outside of these times, students are always welcome to email lecturers with any questions they have with lecturers also having visiting hours where students can go to their offices with any questions.
Students have access to lecture notes through Canvas. In addition to this, the College Lane Learning Resource Centre has hardcopy materials for students’ reference. The university also offers online resources to students, so you will also be able to access books recommended by your lecturers online, in the absence of physical copies.
Extra curriculars activities
Outside of lectures, labs and tutorials, engineering students can engage in extra curricular activities offered by the school. Some of them include, Rocketry club, Formula Student and Royal aeronautical society. There are also activities outside of the school of engineering which students can take part in which are run by the Herts Students’ Union.
I have enjoyed studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire, thanks to the academic and non-academic staff here.
Meet Kennedy Ameh who has explored his passion for the aviation industry since graduating. He currently works as the Head of Operations Strategy at Collins Aerospace.
|Current job role||Head of Operations Strategy|
|Year of graduation||2010|
|Course of study||BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering|
Since graduating, Kennedy has gone on to work for Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. He currently holds the role Head of Operations Strategy within the organisations Mechanical Systems Business Unit. 'I joined through the graduate development programme, and I have held roles of increasing responsibility throughout my career here. In my role, I am responsible for creating, developing and executing manufacturing strategy across six global sites in Asia and Europe.' Kennedy credits being ‘results driven’ and always rising to the challenge as the driving factors that have gotten him to where he is today.
University experience and opportunities
Kennedy recognises the impact the University made on his career, having been exposed to many fantastic opportunities during his time as a student. He says, 'During my time at the University, I was exposed to a faculty of experts that drew from industry experience and transferred this knowledge to the classroom. I also acquired a plethora of information through the Learning Resources Centre during my placement year in the industry. During my studies, I was challenged to think differently, identifying solutions before problems. I was taught to use my initiative and leverage on teamwork.'
A key factor that made Kennedy choose the University was the diverse community. He says, 'As an international student, the vibrant international community at the University was important to me. However, the real attraction was the rich aviation heritage of the University of Hertfordshire.' Kennedy took advantage of the University’s industry connections to propel himself forward in the sector.
Aspirations for the future
Looking forward, Kennedy intends to stay at Collins Aerospace yet still remains ambitious. He says, 'I want to run an aviation business in the future and I am very conscious of the opportunities emerging in markets like Africa. I hope to be an employer on the continent to enhance, enable and empower young minds like mine to operate globally.'
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