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Aerospace Engineering

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


Access - 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 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

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Full-time | 2024

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5 years | Sandwich | 2024


Aerospace engineering

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

**Course summary:**
-Gain specialist knowledge of leading-edge aerospace technology.
- Develop comprehensive understanding of engineering principles and theories.

Progress towards a career at the highest level of aerospace engineering – with the skills and knowledge to work in product design, senior management, development and manufacturing.

This course runs parallel to the BEng (Honours) Aerospace Engineering.

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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.

With online resources, industry-standard facilities and exceptional learning environments, you’ll be supported at every step. Alongside teaching, our lecturers conduct research and consultancy for industry – either in our UK-leading Materials and Engineering Research Institute or in collaboration with other organisations. This means your lectures and seminars are always up to date, giving you the latest knowledge in aerospace engineering.

You learn through:

- lectures and seminars

- tutorials

- laboratory sessions

- computer-based sessions

- problem-based and practical, activity-based learning

- group and individual project work

- field trips

- guest lectures

- extracurricular activities

- acting as student mentors

**Applied learning - Work placements**

You’ll have the chance to undertake an industrial training placement after your second or third year of study. Typically, these are 48 weeks long and enable you to apply your knowledge to commercial engineering practice while gaining new, real-world skills.

Previous students have worked in technical roles for companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Boeing, General Electric, the Ministry of Defence, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems and Jaguar Land Rover.

**Field trips**

You may have the chance to tour industrial sites, attend guest lectures and visit aerospace engineering events. You can also spend time on specific training programmes such as piloting or computer simulations.

**Networking opportunities**

There are numerous extracurricular opportunities to gain experience on projects with the aerospace community. You’re welcome to join our student aerospace societies or space academic network or become a student ambassador or peer. And each year, a few students get to attend the annual national conference of the Association of Aerospace Universities. Here you could be showcasing your final year project work on an international stage while networking with aerospace professionals.

We also have a mentoring scheme which will pair you with students from the second, third and fourth years of the course. This helps you settle in, get academic support and form friendships that last through your course and beyond.


You may 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

- the SAC (Spaceport America Cup) competition in the USA – where you can work collaboratively with other universities to build a rocket to fly in the event

- Formula Student – where you design and build a race car and test it in a competition

- Engineering Without Borders – a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world


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

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

Year 4 - Compulsory modules

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

Final year - Compulsory modules

Advanced Aerospace Computational Methods
Advanced Vibration And Acoustics
Applied Fatigue And Fracture Mechanics
Astronautics And Space Propulsion
Flight Stability And Control
Lean Operations And Six Sigma
M.Eng Group Project

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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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