Aerospace Engineering Masters (MSc)
Facts about Aerospace Engineering
|Duration||Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
|Attendance||Delivered in one-week blocks
|Assessment||Coursework and/or exams, industrial project
||September and January
Choose Kingston's Aerospace Engineering MSc
This course, which has been designed to satisfy the requirements of the Engineering Council's UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), 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.
"The Aerospace Engineering MSc offered a number of modules in computer-aided design (CAD) and computational fluid dynamics which I was keen on."
"The Aerospace Engineering MSc at Kingston allowed me the flexibility to attend classes and to study from home whilst still working full time."
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 and Spanish.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management
This is a core module for engineering students on various master programmes. The 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.
Computational Fluid Dynamics for Aerospace Applications
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.
Aerospace Stress Analysis and Advanced Materials
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.
Aerospace Group Design Project
This 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)
Computer Integrated Product Development
This module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of some of the fundamental computing technologies that support the engineering product development process. Technologies covered include Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Modelling and Analysis (FEM/FEA) and Mechanism Design and Simulation tools available within Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technologies. The module also develops both an understanding of the role of these technologies within Product Data Management (PDM) systems and the role of PDM itself as one of the key enablers for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
Green Engineering and Energy Efficiency
This module is designed to reflect the imperative to reduce the production of carbon dioxide emissions and growing concerns about rising costs of fossil fuels both due to change in political developments and continuous depletion of fossil fuels worldwide. In the wake of high energy demands it is essential to develop and evaluate alternative energy systems. The renewables energy systems and related policies for secure attractive investment conditions, for new entrants and entrepreneurs in the whole value chain for a broad range of technologies is a subject for present and future energy needs. Eventually this is to design an environmentally benign product, analyse and improve eco-performance or eco-efficiency of a product and perform the life cycle analysis.
Advanced CAD/CAM Systems
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.