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Aerospace Engineering

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:30

Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a mathematics-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 Maths at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics (or a mathematics-based subject) and at least one other subject from Physics, Physical Science, Engineering science, Computer Science, Chemistry, Electronics, other Mathematically-based science or technology subject) but excludes general studies. For example: BBC at A Level including relevant subjects. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject. A combination of qualifications which must include relevant subjects and may include AS levels and EPQ.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Aerospace engineering

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary:**
- Develop your knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and theories.

- Design, model, simulate, analyse, prototype, construct and manufacture innovative products and aerospace systems.

- Build proficiency in performance requirements, design and analysis methodologies.

Throughout the course you’ll undergo rigorous training at the frontiers of aerospace technology to become a highly-skilled graduate. You’ll be preparing for a successful career in aerospace research and development, manufacturing, product design, testing, service, maintenance or other commercial engineering enterprises.

We also offer BEng Honours Aerospace Engineering with Foundation Year where you study an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

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**How you learn:**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll experience a variety of learning environments throughout the course. Using a balanced mix of activities, we’ll develop both your knowledge and understanding of complex subjects, helping you develop as a highly-valued aerospace professional.

You learn through:

- lectures

- tutorials

- seminars

- laboratory sessions

- computer-based sessions

- activity-based learning

- group work

- an individual project

- field trips

- guest lectures

- extracurricular activities

- acting as mentors or student ambassadors

**Applied learning - Work placements**

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement between your second and third years. It's your chance to work as an engineer or designer, applying what you've learned in a commercial environment. You’ll also learn how the industry works and make valuable connections for your future career.

We have a dedicated and experienced team to help you to find a placement. Our strong links with industry and excellent reputation mean companies actively seek our students for employment. Often students return from their industrial placements with sponsorships and job offers. Previous students have worked in a variety of technical roles for companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Boeing, General Electric, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems and the Ministry of Defence.

**Live projects**

As well as your placement, you’ll have opportunities throughout your course to gain extracurricular experience on a variety of projects within the aerospace community. Join our student aerospace societies, space academic network or formula team – or become a student ambassador or peer. You may also be able to experience training programmes such as piloting or computer simulations.

**Networking opportunities**

Enrolling on the course means joining a leading community of aerospace students and academics. Our students are renowned in the aerospace industry for their dedication, spirit and sense of teamwork.

**Competitions**

There are also opportunities to take part in national and international engineering competitions, such as

the Heavy Lift Challenge or UAS competition – which involves designing, building and testing a remote-controlled aerial vehicle
the SAC (Spaceport America Cup) – a US-based event where universities collaborate to build and fly a rocket
Formula Student – where you design and build a race car to test in a competition
Engineering Without Borders – a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules

Aerodynamic Principles
Aerospace Materials And Manufacturing Processes
Aircraft System And Avionics
Applied Engineering Mathematics
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Practice
Principles Of Solid Mechanics And Dynamics
Year 2
Compulsory modules

Aerospace Numerical Methods And Applications
Aerospace Structures And Dynamics
Computer Aided Manufacture And Engineering
Control And Instrumentation For Aerospace
Professional Practice
Thermofluid Dynamics (Aero)
Year 3
Optional modules

Placement Year
Final year
Compulsory modules

Aerospace Structural Integrity
Aircraft Design
Aircraft Flight Mechanics And Simulation
Engineering Project Management And Individual Project
Propulsion Systems And Aerodynamics

Assessment methods

Coursework
Examinations

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Business Technology and Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

59%
low
Aerospace engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

57%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
63%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
1%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Aerospace engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
55%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Engineering professionals
16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£29k

£29k

£31k

£31k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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