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Aerospace Engineering

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:18

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

UCAS Tariff

128-136

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

4years

Full-time | 2024

Other options

5 years | Sandwich | 2024

Subject

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.

**Competitions**

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

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.

**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

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams

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
£16,655
per year
International
£16,655
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.

56%
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

53%
Staff make the subject interesting
66%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
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

59%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
28%
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
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
17%
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.

Aeronautical and 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.

Aeronautical and aerospace 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.

£27k

£27k

£34k

£34k

£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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