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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: H414 | Master of Engineering - MEng

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


An 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, and Maths at grade C or 4.

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This must include at least two A levels, equivalent BTEC National qualifications or T levels (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-AAB at A Level including relevant subjects, DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, Distinction overall from a T Level Qualification, including a grade B from the Core (must be an engineering T level- excluding Design and development for engineering and manufacturing), or a combination of qualifications, (which may include AS levels and EPQ).

About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2024

Other options

5 years | Sandwich | 2024


Aerospace engineering

**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**

- Gain the practical skills to solve complex future aerospace challenges.

- Engage in live projects, numerical modelling and experimental techniques.

- Address sustainability challenges like decarbonisation and FlyZero-2030.

- Develop technology expertise in aviation and next-generation space missions.

This course prepares you for diverse roles in aerospace research and development, manufacturing, product design, testing, modelling, simulating and other commercial engineering enterprises. You’ll engage in professional practice from day one, working on industry-led projects and addressing complex aerospace problems.

**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.

On this course you’ll take an active, research-informed approach to learning, preparing for future aerospace challenges within a diverse student community.

You’ll gain skills and confidence through state-of-the-art teaching techniques – such as flipped learning, think-pair-share, digital-technology aided teaching, online learning and a variety of activities.

**Course topics**

You’ll apply your learning to solve real-world problems across core subject areas – including aerodynamics, thermodynamics, structures, propulsion, flight dynamics and control, systems and avionics. You’ll also explore case studies within the aerospace industry – insightful examples of ongoing research and industry practice.

Further themes of the course range from fluid mechanics and aerospace materials to aircraft design, numerical methods, modelling and simulation.

Assessments on the course include exams, coursework, case studies, phase tests, viva presentations and portfolios, offering equal opportunities to demonstrate your learning and potential.

**Course support**

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment. This includes: 

- Access to our Skills Centre with one-on-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.

- The Engineering Café, a weekly drop-in session where you can ask questions and get advice from academics.

- A dedicated Maths and Stats Support drop-in session that runs twice a week.

**Applied learning**

**Work placements**

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement between your second and third years. You’ll have the opportunity to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

We have a dedicated and experienced team to help you find a placement and make the most of your work experience opportunities. Our strong links to the industry and excellent reputation mean companies actively seek our students for employment. Often students return from their placements with sponsorships or 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**

You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world aerospace projects by working on client-based projects. You’ll learn how to address the main client, business or user’s needs, while also meeting the main requirements of the project. You’ll consider ethical principles and your responsibilities as an engineer towards health and safety, society and the environment.

Later in the course, you’ll undertake an individual project and an aircraft design and simulation module – carrying out the design of a real aircraft and creating a model in the flight simulator to verify the associated performance.


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.

**Important notice:** The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

You can take an optional placement in year 4.

**Year 1**

**Compulsory modules**

Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals
Materials, Manufacturing And Design For Transportation
Maths And Engineering Science For Transportation
Sustainable Engineering And Interdisciplinary Practice

**Year 2**

**Compulsory modules**

Applied Thermodynamics, Aircraft Systems And Manufacturing
Numerical Methods And Applications
Structures, Aerodynamics And Flight Mechanics
Systems Modelling And Simulation

**Year 3**

**Optional modules**

Placement Year

**Year 4**

**Compulsory modules**

Advanced Aerospace Engineering And Design
Aircraft Design And Simulation
Project: Implementation
Project: Management And Scoping

**Final year**

**Compulsory modules**

 Aerothermodynamics Of Space Transport Systems
Industrial Group Project
Interdisciplinary Engineering Systems And Emerging Technology

**Elective modules**

Advanced Computational Methods In Engineering
Artificial Intelligence Concepts And Applications
Process Improvement Methodologies
Robotics And Autonomous Systems

Assessment methods

Coursework | Exam | Practical

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The Uni

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Sheffield Hallam University


College of Business Technology and Engineering

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What students say

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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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