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Aerospace Engineering Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Delivered in one-week blocks
  • January 2015
  • September 2015
Part time 2 years Delivered in one-week blocks
  • January 2015
  • September 2015

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK you will also need an ATAS certificate for this course.

Choose Kingston's Aerospace Engineering MSc

This course, which is accredited by Royal Aeronautical Society, provides a strategic overview of aerospace engineering and management issues. It will help you to develop a wider perspective and understanding of the challenges facing the aerospace engineering industry, and includes subjects such as entrepreneurship, business, finance, research techniques and green environmental issues.

What will you study?

You will gain a broad understanding of the practical requirements of aerospace engineering, as well as an in-depth knowledge of aerospace stress analysis and advanced materials, alongside computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for aerospace applications. Complementary subjects covered include computer-integrated product development, advanced CAD/CAM plus green engineering and energy efficiency. In addition, the Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management module will develop your business and management skills. The Aerospace Group Design Project module provides you with the experience of working in a multidisciplinary team within an engineering organisation – with real industrial constraints. You'll get the chance to apply the theory you've learnt to real-world contexts and evaluate methodologies, whilst developing your critical thinking and creativity.

As well as the professional, analytical and management skills necessary for employment, the course will provide you with the transferable skills required in the workplace, such as communication, IT, teamwork, planning, decision making, independent learning ability and problem solving.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, industrial project.

Christopher Antrobus"The Aerospace Engineering MSc offered a number of modules in computer-aided design (CAD) and computational fluid dynamics which I was keen on."
Christopher Antrobus
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Stephen Levitt"The Aerospace Engineering MSc at Kingston allowed me the flexibility to attend classes and to study from home whilst still working full time."
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Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • This module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It also addresses issues related to presentation of technical reports at master level and for the purpose of wider publication in learned media.

    The module further develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. It supports you in producing proposals for enterprise ideas such as new products or services, or innovations in existing processes or organisations. Concepts of total quality management to enhance quality of products and processes in an industrial setting are presented and application of supporting quality tools and techniques are discussed.

    The module content is designed to enhance your employability potential in a variety of national and international industrial organisations, or career opportunities in research and development arena. It also equips you with a set of skills to set up your own business in an engineering innovation area should you wish to do so.

     
  • This module is intended to extend the knowledge base of aerospace engineering students beyond the basic fluid mechanics/aerodynamics methods normally introduced at early undergraduate level and to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

    In the practical sessions, emphasis is placed on the solution of aerodynamics problems in a realistic aerospace engineering context and on giving students the opportunity to develop awareness of the limitations of CFD softwares and to develop an understanding of good practice in their applications.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • define and analyse simple engineering fluid flow/aerodynamics problems using the Navier Stokes equations. Identify flow problems and solve them exactly;
    • identify both flow physics and mathematical properties of governing Navier-Stokes equations and define appropriate  boundary conditions;
    • construct appropriate solid models for CFD analysis, synthesise the solution domain and create suitable surface and volume grids via meshing tools;
    • apply CFD software to model flow problems of relevance to aerospace engineering. Analyse the CFD results and compare them with available data; and
    • analyse the CFD results and compare them with available data.

     

     
  • This module builds on the prior knowledge gained in stress analysis and structure of aircraft materials and other properties or an equivalent course of study. It is designed to extend the students' knowledge of the analytical techniques of stress analysis, plasticity theory and the importance of modern materials in advanced manufacturing processes.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • analyse engineering structures using finite element methods;
    • evaluate stresses and deflections in engineering structures under complex loading;
    • analyse post failure behaviour of engineering structures;
    • demonstrate the ability to use finite element packages in the solution of time dependent problems e.g. creep and of non-linear problems, buckling, large deflections and other; and
    • develop extensive knowledge and understanding of aircraft structure, processes or products.

     

     
  • This core project module involves working as a team in solving an engineering design project problem which simulates real-world aerospace engineering projects. It allows the you to use the knowledge gained during the course to put into practical implementation; using research, analyses and design to provide solutions.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Formulate a research problem, clearly stating the objectives of the proposed research and by developing and expounding a valid hypothesis.
    • Conduct a thorough literature search in order to develop a comprehensive and sufficiently deep appreciation of the selected research field.
    • Demonstrate the ability to devise a sound methodology to proceed the project in a systematic manner.
    • Apply the research results to relevant industries and problems.
    • Demonstrate powers of critical analysis consistent with work at a masters level and produce hypotheses, analyses and deductions in a clear, concise and objective manner.
     

Option modules (choose one)

  • This option module deals with the criteria and practice of sustainable development within engineering industries. To be able to critically assess energy sources as to usage performance of engineering systems, components and processes in order to minimise industrial waste, scrap and pollution through the use of analytical methods; leading to recommendations for the design, specification  and manufacture of environmentally benign products.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Recognise the importance of national and European Regulations in relation to renewable technologies.
    • Discuss environmentally related technologies and materials that are fundamental in a range of engineering industries including and environmental operations.
    • Discuss environmental issues related to resource provision and consumption necessary for the manufacture of engineered products, and analyse potential for the application of alternative energy sources.
    • Analyse manufactured product design in relation to materials and other resource requirements and apply key concepts to redesign or design products to be recyclable, sustainable with a minimisation of waste.
    • Specify and develop energy efficient and environmentally conscious products.
    • Critically evaluate the life cycle assessment in incorporation of sustainability at the conceptual design stage.

     

     
  • The module covers advanced CAD/CAM techniques in the conceptual design and manufacture and is heavily focussed on the surface modelling and reverse engineering methods prior to manufacture. Also this module will cover rapid manufacturing methods involving mould design and machining tool path optimisation and full machining simulation verification, and machining collision avoidance.

     
  • This module is designed to equip you with the essential project management techniques so that you can take leadership in initiating and managing new projects in engineering companies. Such projects include new products, new services, setting up international collaborations, establishing supply chains, and to name but a few. Many successful organisations use project management as a core management tool to drive their business forward and to explore new territories.

    The module is skill-driven and provides a comprehensive learning platform for you to master not only the theoretical techniques of project management, but also assess their applications through a variety of structured hands-on practical sessions and discussion forums. You will study and analyse reasons of success and failure of real projects through a series of case studies, and will learn how to establish and mitigate potential risks associate with a new project. Project and risk management is a sought-after subject area by industry and this module enhances the your employability potential in a wide spectrum of national and international industrial organisations.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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