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Sheffield Hallam University

Aerospace Engineering

UCAS Code: H414

Master of Engineering - MEng

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 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

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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). For example: ABB at A Level including relevant subjects. DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject. A combination of qualifications, which 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


Full-time | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2020


Aerospace engineering

Gain specialist knowledge of aerospace technology.
Develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and theories.
Develop towards a career at the highest level of engineering, with the skills and knowledge required to work in product design and development or senior management in the aerospace industries. This course runs parallel to the BEng (Honours) Aerospace Engineering.

Alongside their teaching, our lecturers conduct research and consultancy for industry, either in our Materials and Engineering Research Institute - one of the best in the UK for engineering research, or in collaboration with other organisations. This keeps your lectures and seminars up to date, giving you the latest knowledge in your subject.

You learn through:

- lectures and seminars

- tutorials

- laboratory sessions

- problem-based and practical activity-based learning

- group and individual project work

- field trips

- guest lectures

- extra-curriculum activities

- acting as student mentors

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You can undertake an industrial training placement which is typically 48 weeks long, after the second or third year of study. You are able to apply the knowledge gained on the course to commercial engineering practice, gain new skills and learn how industry works.

Previous students have worked in a variety of technical roles for companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, Meggitt Aircraft Breaking Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and many others.

**Field trips**

You may have the opportunity to visit various industrial sites, attend guest lectures and events on aerospace engineering, or you might spend time on a pilot training programme in the USA, run by Northwestern Michigan College.

**Networking opportunities**

You have opportunities throughout your course to gain extra-curricular experience on a variety of projects within the aerospace community, for example, by joining our student UAV society or rocket team, or by becoming a student ambassador or a student peer.

Each year a few students attend the annual national conference of the Association of Aerospace Universities, showcasing their final year project work on a national level and networking with aerospace professionals from around the UK.

We have a mentoring scheme where you are paired with students from the second, third and fourth year, helping you settle in and form friendship groups that last throughout your course and beyond.


You can also take part in national and international engineering competitions, including

the Heavy Lift Challenge or UAS Competition, which involves designing and building a remote-controlled UAV model and testing it in a competition
Formula Student, where you design and build a race car and race it at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix
Engineering Without Borders, a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

You can take an optional placement in year 4.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Aerodynamic Principles 20.00 credits
Aerospace Engineering Practice 20.00 credits
Aerospace Engineering Principles 20.00 credits
Aerospace Materials And Manufacturing Processes 20.00 credits
Aircraft System And Avionics 20.00 credits
Applied Engineering Mathematics 20.00 credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Aerospace Numerical Methods And Applications 20.00 credits
Aerospace Professional Practice 20.00 credits
Aerospace Structures And Dynamics 20.00 credits
Computer Aided Manufacture And Engineering 20.00 credits
Control And Instrumentation For Aerospace 20.00 credits
Thermofluid Dynamics (Aero) 20.00 credits
Year 4
Compulsory modules
Aerospace Structural Integrity 20.00 credits
Aircraft Design 20.00 credits
Aircraft Flight Mechanics And Simulation 20.00 credits
Engineering Project Management And Individual Project 40.00 credits
Propulsion Systems And Aerodynamics 20.00 credits
Final year
Compulsory modules
Advanced Aerospace Computational Methods 15.00 credits
Advanced Vibration And Acoustics 15.00 credits
Applied Fatigue And Fracture Mechanics 15.00 credits
Astronautics And Space Propulsion 15.00 credits
Flight Stability And Control 15.00 credits
Lean Operations And Six Sigma 15.00 credits
Meng Group Project 30.00 credits

Assessment methods

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Aerospace engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
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

Library resources
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Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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2:1 or above
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Top job areas of graduates

Engineering professionals
Science, engineering and production technicians
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.

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