best universities for masters in aerospace engineering in uk

Last Updated on August 29, 2023

This course is ideal if you want to become a pilot, or work as an engineer or manager in the airline industry.

On our Aeronautical Engineering degree we place special emphasis on flight deck design, particularly the relationship between pilot and modern fly-by-wire computer interfaces. You will learn about propulsion systems, which covers gas turbine engines, rocket engines and internal combustion engines.

Get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs, which include a flight simulator that can simulate Boeing and Airbus aircraft as well as helicopters, and a new computerised wind tunnel.

The computer-aided design (CAD) techniques you’ll learn are the ones used by professional practitioners in the sector, including Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Many of these subjects are taught in group-based projects so you can apply your skills and knowledge to a real aircraft engineering design brief.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering

Course content

Year 1 will introduce you to the fundamentals of technology, mathematics and propulsion systems. Even at this early stage, you will get the chance to be airborne with an opportunity to fly in a glider at a local gliding cub, or fly a commercial Boeing 737 simulator (at a reduced additional cost).

Year 2 will expand your knowledge into areas of aircraft aerodynamics and crash investigation. Between the second and third years, we encourage you to apply for an industrial placement year. These are paid, give you real-world engineering experience, and have been at companies ranging from Airbus Helicopters to GE Engines.

Other specialist modules include flight technology – involving the study of aircraft flight control systems – subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics, crash investigation, flight deck controls, instruments and displays, navigation systems, material properties and selection, and computer-based design, analysis and simulation.

In Year 3 you will study advanced aerodynamics and flight technology, which will prepare you for your final project. Your studies culminate with the GradEX graduate exhibition, where you will be able to exhibit your work to industry, VIPs and the public.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Shannon-Lopez Robinson

Shannon-Lopez Robinson


Mature student Shannon talks about pursuing his dream of working with aircraft and that it is never too late to think about a career in engineering.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Fundamentals Of Electrical & Electronic Engineering30 credits
Fundamentals Of Mechanics & Thermo-Fluid30 credits
Introduction To Engineering Design And Practice30 credits
Introduction To Engineering Mathematics (Non A-Level)15 credits
Professional Development And Engineering Applications15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Aerodynamics15 credits
Aeronautical Principles15 credits
Automation And Control Engineering15 credits
Design Engineering15 credits
Intermediate Engineering Mathematics15 credits
Leadership And Management15 credits
Mechanical Structures15 credits
Team Design Project For Sustainability15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Applied Aeronautical Principles15 credits
Computational Fluid Dynamics15 credits
Individual Engineering Project45 credits
Structures And Fea15 credits
Uav And Synthetic Flight15 credits

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Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Introducing: The Smart Zone

Introducing: The Smart Zone


Our £1.3m Smart Zone gives students access to the latest 3D printing, VR technology and more.


Smart ZoneA bustling centre of invention, innovation and creation. The Smart Zone houses dedicated workshop space, the latest in digital technology, and high-end computing facilities.

Flight Simulator

Our flight simulator runs XPlane software and has a professional PFC flight console and radio stack system.

It can be used for flying training and practicing advanced procedures, as well as learning aircraft systems and their operation.

Engineering Laboratories

Packed with state-of-the-art software and hardware resources reflecting current trends in the development of engineering & technology subjects.

Thermofluids and Aeronautical

Understanding the interaction between air and objects, particularly at their surfaces, is key to the design and operation of aircraft. Facilities in this laboratory allow practical measurement which is then augmented by computer-based flow simulation and modelling.NextCareers

Many graduates from this course have gone on to secure pilot roles with companies such as British Airways, Etihad, Monarch, the Royal Air Force and Virgin. Others have secured engineering roles with companies like Rolls Royce, General Electric, Augusta Westland Airbus Helicopters and Eurocopter. 


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Martin Fiddler

Senior Lecturer

Before working at the university, Martin worked at Lucas Aerospace in Wolverhampton as a graduate apprentice, then as a design engineer.Martin’s profile


For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Study optionUK / Channel IslandsInternational
Full-time£9,250 per year of study£14,500 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

The great thing about Staffordshire University is not just the course, but the opportunities that are offered alongside studying. My advice to students is to take every opportunity available in order to achieve your career aspirations.

Laura Davies

Aeronautical Technology Graduate


LocationAwardStudy optionStart dateApply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campusBEng (Hons)Full-time26 September 2022Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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