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Aerospace Engineering Masters (MSc): After you graduate

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Bordephong Rattanagraikanakorn

Name: Bordephong Rattanagraikanakorn
Course: Aerospace Engineering MSc


"Aircraft has always been my passion since I was young and I have built small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) since grade 7. During my Bachelor degree I participated in many aircraft design projects, which made me realise the importance of a multidisciplinary curriculum which integrated different field of studies in Aerospace engineering together – and this was the reason why I chose the Aerospace Engineering MSc at Kingston University.

The variety of courses offered at Kingston University allowed me to explore the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Finite Elements Analysis (FEA), or computer-aided design (CAD). These courses were very important for student whose passion was to become a design engineer or a researcher in the Aerospace Engineering field. For me, having a chance to improve my knowledge in CFD, FEA and CAD allowed me to finally complete the whole aircraft design process using advanced analysis tools and also allowed me to pursue onto the more advanced aircraft design knowledge which was the multidisciplinary optimization of a design.

Other modules such as green engineering or financial management were very useful and eye-opening as well. As an Aerospace engineering student, having a good understanding in these subject had prepared me for the real-world working environment. Moreover, the final group design project was very knowledgeable and fun. The lecturers were very helpful and really knew how to guide us through the design process.

Every door at Kingston University was opened for us and every staff was there to help. I remembered that I had my UAV prototype done over the night using the rapid prototyping machine with the help from one of the stuff, which rarely happened at other universities. I was very impressed and thankful by the kind support of every lecturer and staff.

My current position is a full-time lecturer, specializing in UAV design, at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Also, after my graduation, I received job offers from Airbus subsidiary in Thailand as an Aircraft Engineer and from a UAV design company in Thailand as a UAV design engineer. Thanks to a wide range of courses offered at Kingston University which made me to become a very versatile engineer within this competitive industry."


Miquel Juhe Lluveras

Name: Miquel Juhe Lluveras
Course: Aerospace Engineering MSc

"When I finished my BSc (Hons) Aerospace Engineering in Kingston University I decided to continue my educational journey to broaden my horizons and improve my chances of getting a good job.

Before starting the MSc Aerospace Engineering in Kingston University I thought it would be more of the same, I believed I was just prolonging my undergraduate studies. However, when I started the masters, I realised I had been wrong. The modules taught in the MSc Aerospace Engineering in Kingston University are all incredibly helpful in developing skills transferable to a potential future workplace.

From engineering research techniques, to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or stress, every single module offers some sort of skill that can't be learned in an undergraduate degree. I would definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to increase their chances of getting a good job, improving their current position or continuing their educational path towards a PhD.  For me, I started looking for jobs during my degree and soon realised Kingston University is well respected and recognized by most aerospace companies. After some months, I found a graduate engineering position in Zodiac Aerospace before I even finished my MSc. I am currently in the stress department and I am applying what I learned in the masters degree every day. I can confirm now that without it, I would not have been able to find this opportunity."


Alexandra Carpus

Name: Alexandra Carpus 
Course: Aerospace Engineering MSc


"My interest in aerospace dates back to my childhood, when my father discovered – and then developed – my interest in mathematics and physics and explained to me the basics of how aircraft fly. As a passionate student of aerospace engineering I decided to enrol on the Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics and Space Technology BEng at Kingston University in 2008, and after graduation I continued my studies at Kingston University, enrolling on the  Aerospace Engineering MSc.

"I feel that the course at Kingston University enabled me to build the foundation of my future career and gain good understanding, confidence and enthusiasm to pursue the discovery of engineering principles. My main interests are in particular the design and structures of aerospace technology. Throughout my degree, I have had the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the complex nature of aerospace beyond atmosphere and up into space. The subjects studied related to the design by undertaking CAD module.

"The structure of the MSc course allowed me to broaden my knowledge within the aerospace field in various ways. I learnt how to design an aircraft after completing the Integrated CAD/CAM module, and then, thanks to Dr Redha Benhadj-Djilali, I had the chance to simulate the manufacturing process of a design using the NX software after completing the Advanced CAD/CAM module. In regards to the design I had the chance to design composites materials and also analyse the structure of these materials. Finally, after completing the CFD module, I have been able to run aerodynamic tests on designed aircraft.

"Furthermore, during the summer term I had to do my dissertation project where I was part of a group project to design an eco-friendly aircraft and for which Dr Sing Lo was the supervisor. I am now much better equipped to work as part of a team, solve problems, communicate, do research, use computer-based methods to put down individual ideas, analyse, design, calculate, test, fabricate the wind tunnel model and finally present work to other organisations.

"Just before my final MSc project I received a job offer from Amsafe, which is a mechanical design company. My current position is Project Manager of an engineering team overseeing the design and testing of vehicle parts."


Christopher Antrobus

Name: Christopher Antrobus
Course: Aerospace Engineering MSc


"My university career began on the Kingston foundation year in 2005, moving on to the Aerospace Engineering BSc(Hons). I progressed through the years finishing with a 2:1 overall, and I chose to continue on with Kingston.

"Compared to other universities I visited, I found the forum style of teaching very appealing, with little in the way of pure lecture, and small class numbers allowing interaction between the staff and students. Lecturers were also always inviting to students to visit them if they have questions.

"The Aerospace Engineering MSc offered a number of modules in computer-aided design (CAD) and computational fluid dynamics which I was keen on, as well as a group design module which was very appealing as I spend a lot of time designing light aircraft. Other modules such as law, and project management, proved to be very useful, as a general knowledge of contract and tortuous law is an asset, and management skills are a basic requirement in all career applications.

During the year I developed my CAD skills continuously and had reached a level far beyond average by the end, the Integrated CAD/CAM lead me to master other softwares, and the advanced CAD/CAM module gave me a vital introduction to CNC machine programming and injection mould design. Skills which without would seriously limit your appeal to engineering firms.

"Following the completion of the MSc group design thesis, continued practice has lead me to specialise in CAD and structural finite element analysis, with a decent level of CFD ability as well.

"I now work for a small firm which restores vintage aircraft on the south coast, currently working in the sheet metal workshops learning the ins and outs of aircraft construction and aerospace materials. I also carry out structural analysis on parts which require re-manufacture using both hand engineering principles and FEA. Once I have rotated through the various sections of the company I will take over the drawing room, and the company (which is seeking to expand into more modern developments) may turn over to developing my light aircraft designs."


Stephen Levitt

Name: Stephen Levitt
Course: Aerospace Engineering MSc

"I am an airline pilot with over 25 years of flying experience. I have also previously flown helicopters and been a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer in Australia.

"For the last 10 years, I have been working for easyJet, initially on the Boeing 737-300/700 and later the Airbus A319/A320 Aircraft. I have previously completed a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical and Electronics Engineering, and a Masters in Aviation Management.

"I enjoy learning more about aircraft particularly the technical side of aircraft design. The Aerospace Engineering MSc at Kingston allowed me the flexibility to attend classes and to study from home whilst still working full time. I am currently doing a PhD at Kingston University studying the aerodynamic performance of variable winglets on a swept wing transport aircraft."


Andrea Salin

Name: Andrea Salin
Course: Aerospace Engineering MSc

"My interest in combining aerospace engineering with management issues led me to choose the Aerospace Engineering MSc at Kingston University. The structure of this course is highly flexible, since four out of eight modules can be chosen by the student according to his/her own interests.

"On top of the four core modules (Information Systems for Engineers; Finance Resource Management; Industrial Project Management; and Legal Obligations), I personally chose Integrated CAD/CAM Systems and Total Quality as technical broadening modules, and Introduction to CFD and Further Aerospace Structure and Materials as technical deepening modules.

"For the final dissertation project I designed a commercial 150-seat environmentally-friendly aircraft with a team of four other students. The combination of self-research and team-working projects gave me a great variety of technical and interpersonal skills. I developed an awareness of work in a multidisciplinary team, for example, facing different cultural and background issues.

At Kingston, lecturers adopt active teaching/learning methods so that students are engaged and can learn quickly and effectively. All staff members collaborate together to maintain a positive and friendly environment. The University has recently invested a considerable amount of money in improving and extending its resources, providing top-level teaching and research quality.

"In 2009, after obtaining my MSc with distinction, I applied for a PhD studentship offered by Kingston University. The project, supervised by Dr Yufeng Yao and Dr Sing Lo, involves numerical flow analysis of supersonic inlets (eg SCRAMJET).

"Accurate predictions of three-dimensional crossing shock wave and turbulent boundary layer interactions (CSWTBLI) are of particular importance in the design of high-speed vehicles. Such flows can generate intense heat transfer rates and pressure levels, complex large-scale unsteady separated flows, and large-amplitude fluctuating loads. Our efforts to advance the current level of research in the field are hence tailored to improve numerical predictions, focusing on turbulence modelling effects, unsteadiness mechanisms, and fluctuating loadings (dynamics and thermal) on the walls. Also, flow structure and topologies are considered in detail.

"This PhD studentship also grants me the opportunity to teach as a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to BSc and MSc courses. The experience gained is simply great. When I complete my PhD degree, I aim to continue with a career in CFD-related research, possibly with a lectureship, within the University."


Where this course will take you

Examples of recent graduate destinations for the predecessor of this course (Aerospace Systems MSc) include:

  • airload master in the Royal Air Force, Swindon;
  • lead trial officer in the Army, Wiltshire;
  • mission system officer in the Royal Air Force, Wiltshire;
  • research requirement engineer in the Royal Navy, Malvern;
  • team systems leader in the Royal Air Force, Wiltshire;
  • trials management officer at the RAF Air Warfare Centre, Waddington; and
  • trials officer at Qinetiq, Wiltshire.

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

Students practising interview skills at a 'speed interviewing' eventThe team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

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