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Aerospace Engineering

Entry requirements

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to include GCE A level grade B in Mathematics

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4 (C) in English Language and Mathematics unless BTEC is taken in which case a grade 6 (B) in Mathematics is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


with Higher Level Mathematics at grade 6 OR Standard Level Mathematics at grade 7 AND Higher Level Physics/Biology/Chemistry at grade 6

UCAS Tariff


to include GCE A level grade B in Mathematics

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Full-time | 2024


Aerospace engineering

This four-year degree equips you with skills in design, construction, analysis and testing of aerospace systems. As an aerospace engineer, you will be a pillar of scientific and technical knowledge in air transport, defence and space, the UK's fastest growing engineering sectors.

Prepare for a career in aerospace engineering and become instrumental in shaping the future of sustainable air transport, communications, security and space exploration. This course offers you high-level knowledge of analysis, design and operational tools of aerospace vehicles and their systems. We will develop your professional engineering skills over four years, focusing on innovative and sustainable solutions to current and future trends. Challenging design projects help demonstrate your skills to employers, while a fourth year helps you transition to professional practice.

- Benefit from strong links to industry and valuable external involvement in the degree programme

- Learn from City’s vision of sustainable engineering, a fundamental aspect of future aerospace engineering

- Study in world-leading test facilities, including our low turbulence wind tunnel and high-speed tunnel, belonging to the UK National Wind Tunnel Facility initiative

- Work with state-of-the-art experimental equipment and high-performance computational fluid solvers, both developed at City and supported by world experts

As a graduate in aerospace engineering, you will help to develop a more sustainable aerospace industry of the future. You will also witness increased activity in aerial transport, defence, satellite communication and space exploration.

Wherever your future lies after City, your multidisciplinary skills and experience collaborating with international teams mean you will be in demand.

Our graduates are respected in the industry for their educational experience of working on challenging interdisciplinary projects which are relevant to real-world needs. This is demonstrated by their employment at the following elite global organisations - BAE SYSTEMS, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Raytheon, Bombardier, Dassault.

We have every expectation that these degrees will receive full accreditation from the Royal Aeronautical Society, providing a path for you to gain Chartered Engineering status.


Students develop a strong technical background in the key subjects of Aerospace Engineering such as air/space-ship structure, design, propulsion, control and manufacturing. Management studies and sustainable life-cycle engineering skills are also integral parts of the course.

Year 1

Our shared engineering first year allows you to build a foundation in mathematics, engineering, physics, and computing.

-The Engineering in Society - Social responsibility (15 credits)
-Engineering Design 1 (15 credits)
-Introduction to Mechanics of materials and manufacturing (15 credits)
-Electronics - including circuits, digital and analog electronics (15 credits)
-Introduction to programming (15 credits)
-Engineering Science (15 credits)
-Mathematics 1 (15 credits)
-Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (15 credits)

Year 2

Study composite material design, fundamentals of structural stability and air flow behaviour, data processing and analysis. Understand how aeronautics and aerospace engineering fits in the circular economy.

-The Engineer in Society: Sustainability and Circular Economy (15 credits)
-Mathematics 2 (15 credits)
-Engineering Design 2 (15 credits)
-Fluid Mechanics (15 credits)
-Structures and Materials (15 credits)
-Thermodynamics (15 credits)
-Mechatronics and Systems (15 credits)
-Data Analysis for Engineers (15 credits)

Year 3

Take applied modules in analysis and design of typical aircraft, sustainable manufacturing and achieving zero-emission flight of the future. Learn about wind tunnel flows and complete an aerospace engineering project.

-Individual project (30 credits)
-Aerospace Engineering in the society (15 credits)
-Composite Analysis and Manufacturing (15 credits)
-Aerospace Propulsion (15 credits)
-Gas Dynamics (15 credits)
-Flight Mechanics (15 credits)
-Telecommunication Systems (15 credits)

Year 4

Transition to professional practice with an integrated design project, supported by industry partners and complemented with advanced modules.

-Design project group (30 credits)
-Aerospace Engineering practice in society (15 credits)
-Computational Fluid Dynamics (15 credits)
-Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity (15 credits)
-Advanced Aerodynamics (15 credits)
-Electric and Hybrid Vehicles (15 credits)
-Robotics Imaging and Vision (15 credits)
-Unmanned Aerial (15 credits)
-Composite Assembly and Joining (15 credits)
-Airworthiness and Maintenance (15 credits)
-Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
-Gas Turbine Engineering (15 credits)
-Machine Learning (15 credits)
-Digital Communication Systems (15 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework and examinations. Group learning and communication skills are addressed through design studies and presentations. Practical and technical skills are assessed through laboratory work, data analysis and project reports.

Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.

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City, University of London


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Just over a thousand UK graduates got a degree in aerospace engineering in 2015. There are a few dedicated employers, unevenly spread around the country, and so there's often competition for graduates looking for their first job - which leads to a relatively high (although improving) early unemployment rate, and a good grade is particularly important for graduates. Sponsorship and work experience can be key if you're after the most sought-after roles in the industry. Starting salaries are usually good and graduates commonly go into the aerospace (yes, this does include manufacture of equipment for satellites and space operations) and defence industries. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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