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Aerospace Engineering BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time H400 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year H401 2017
4 years full time including foundation year H408 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

This degree is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) as leading to incorporated engineer (IEng) status. It combines theory with practical applications to give you a thorough technical understanding and high quality engineering skills together with an awareness of business and management topics.

What you will study

Year 1 provides an introduction to aerospace engineering as well as underpinning the skills and knowledge you will need to study more specialist topics later in the course. You will study analytical subjects such as mathematics, engineering science, structural mechanics and dynamics, which provide the necessary theoretical background; engineering design and applications, which provide the necessary skills; and an introduction to the profession of engineering.

Year 2 builds upon the foundation of Year 1 and introduces specialised topics in aerospace engineering, including aerodynamics and aircraft structures. It includes further study of mathematics, mechanical science and materials.

Year 3 will deepen your knowledge of specialised aerospace engineering subjects such as propulsion, maintenance and logistics, and will broaden your expertise in other areas of engineering. It includes a major group design project and an individual research project.

Accreditation for this course

Royal Aeronautical SocietyThe Aerospace Engineering BSc(Hons) course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and satisfies, in full, the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

Find out more about the full criteria and validity for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

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This degree has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Please check the Engineering Council website for more information.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module deals with basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems and propulsion using a Learjet aircraft (on site) to provide a frame of reference. An introduction to the essential differences between space engineering and its environment, and aircraft and aerospace engineering. This module covers the International Standard Atmosphere and basic aerodynamic terms, followed by basic discussion of the theory of flight, stability and lift augmentation. The ATA systems covering general construction, layout and operation of aircraft systems and components will be covered.

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

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic measuring, machining and fabrication processes and perform fundamental heat treatment and testing procedures on relevant engineering materials.
    • Describe the design, manufacture, testing and redesign of a prototype according to given specifications while following appropriate methods for the design and development of products.
    • Comprehend and apply the basic principles of safety within the workshop and laboratory and carry out a risk assessment on a suitable laboratory activity and location.
    • Using the general principles of the ATA 100, describe the layout and operation of aircraft major components and systems.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the aerospace industry, its regulatory framework and the terminology commonly used.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the unique demands of the aerospace environment.
  • This core introduces the fundamentals of thermodynamics to include fluid and solid mechanics which involves statics and dynamics. The module deals with the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main laws of thermodynamics (Zeroth, first and second laws) with special reference to their engineering applications.

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

    • State the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and describe the effects of their associated equations.
    • Describe the fundamental properties and characteristics of a fluid and state the basic equations of fluid statics and fluid dynamics.
    • Apply the basic principles of thermodynamics and the mechanics of fluids to simple engineering situations.
    • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out simple stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
    • Describe and apply the basic concepts of kinematics and kinetics to simple bodies in motion with constant acceleration.
    • Describe the behaviour of simple systems subjected to free vibrations and apply energy methods to bodies in motion.
  • This module covers the fundamental mathematical skills essential to support the application of core engineering principles in solving typical engineering problems. The module deals with arithmetic, algebraic and simple statistical skills and techniques, trigonometry, vector algebra and calculus. Application of simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits and the use of propriety software such as MATLAB.

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

    • Apply arithmetic, algebraic and simple statistical skills and techniques in solving typical problems in an engineering context.
    • Solve engineering problems analytically and numerically using trigonometry, vector algebra and calculus.
    • Apply simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    • Describe characteristics of electrical systems, electronic devices and electronic instruments and appreciate key concepts such as feedback and amplication.
    • Use propriety software, such as MATLAb, to solve simple engineering problems.
    • Use typical applications such as spreadsheets to carry out a variety of typical engineering calcuations, 'what if' decisions and data representations.
  • This module aims to develop competence in the application of the fundamentals of engineering design to a given specification including the manufacture and testing of that design. The module provides an understanding of the structure and synthesis of a broad range of engineering materials, their test methods, structure, implications for manufacture and the control of these structures to produce optimum performance in service. The design part of the module will develop skills in engineering drawings and computer aided design (CAD) and solid modelling together with an introduction to the fundamentals of material science.

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

    • Produce and interpret engineering drawings in accordance with international standards.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of solid modelling technologies in the design and development of products.
    • Describe and apply the engineering design process from specification through to design optimisation.
    • Apply a knowledge of molecular structure, crystalline structure and phase transformation to identify different types of materials and to describe their range of properties and applications.
    • Describe the characteristics of a range of common engineering materials including the various failure modes and provide simple analysis using appropriate analytical tools such as the concept of fracture mechanics.
    • Identify and describe common engineering manufacturing processes.

Year 2

  • This module deals with aerodynamics, flight performance, propulsion, stability and control of aircraft, rocket propulsion and orbit mechanics of satellites. The module looks at low-speed aerodynamics, discussing the fundamental principles of fluid flows and aerofoil properties with an introduction to the concept of boundary layer flows and high-speed compressible flows.  The aircraft performance addresses cruise, climb, turn, take-off and landing, supported with the wind tunnel laboratory and flight simulator exercises.

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

    • Evaluate the characteristics of a range of aircraft propulsion systems.
    • Describe the characteristics of aerofoils and boundary layer flows and the effect on aircraft performance.
    • Calculate aircraft performance characteristics.
    • Apply the basic principles of satellite orbits and rocket propulsion.
    • Discuss the stability and control of aircraft.
    • Analyse experimental results and write laboratory reports.
  • This module aims to introduce virtual design methods (CAD, FEM and FEA) and the application of advanced engineering materials in design of aerospace components and assemblies.

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

    • Evaluate the mechanical properties of engineering materials.
    • Design simple composite structures.
    • Effectively use Computer-aided design (CAD) tools.
    • Develop Finite Element models of simple structures and validate them.
  • This module includes principles and commercial practices for the management of engineering projects and related wider business operations. The nature of project engineering and business management is considered in the context of quality, time, risk and sustainability aspects.

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

    • Apply project and business management techniques to simple projects, including the use of appropriate software, in the context of wider business operations, sustainability and ethics.
    • Use quality management techniques, including the application of statistical techniques.
    • Describe basic legal and risk principles applicable to mechanical and automotive related situations, including health and safety.
    • Describe theory and practice underpinning the management of human resources and business.
  • This module builds upon the first year's modules, extending mathematics and electronics concepts to more complex devices and methods of analysis. The module also introduces concepts from classical control, using the engineering programming tools to model and analyse performance of engineering systems enabling learning of the functionality of control analysis and design software.

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

    • Analyse performance of a range of analogue and digital electronic systems.
    • Analyse performance of classical control systems.
    • Employ computational methods in modelling and simulation of engineering control systems.
    • Apply further methods in differential and integral calculus in an engineering context.
    • Use further vector analysis techniques to engineering problems.
    • Apply ordinary differential equations and numerical methods to problems in an engineering context.

Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module forms the 'capstone' experience for the course. This module is undertaken in the final year of the Aerospace Engineering BSc(Hons) and allows you to research and study in depth an aerospace engineering topic which is of personal interest. You will be required to demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate, appraise and show organisational capability and communication.

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

    • Evaluate the viability of a project and set realistic goals and milestones.
    • Arrange and conduct regular meetings with the project supervisor to review progress and to discuss and appraise ideas and data.
    • Set out and defend augments and conclusions both orally in a presentation and visually in the form of a poster-style display.
    • Write a well-structured report in clear English providing a description of work undertaken, a synthesis of the data collected and present a logical discussion of the processes, results and conclusions.
    • Produce project work appropriate to a BSc standard always being aware of your personal and professional responsibilities.
  • This major project-based group task is undertaken throughout the final year of the programme. You will gain experience working as a member of a design team, researching and studying in depth, an industrially relevant design task; defining goals working towards milestones.

  • This module is designed to give a broad understanding of the operation of the major systems typically found on an aircraft. The module investigates from a systems engineering perspective with regard to the interaction of the systems. The module will also review the maintenance requirements of these systems and more generally how aircraft maintenance is planned, delivered and regulated.

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

    • Sketch a schematic diagram of typical aircraft electrical, hydraulic, air conditioning, propulsion and control systems and explain the operation of major components.
    • Apply the principles learned throughout the programme to evaluate the operation of aircraft systems.
    • Explain the maintenance requirements of major aircraft systems.
    • Describe the regulation of airworthiness and the licensing of aircraft maintenance personnel.
    • Assess the operation of maintenance production and aircraft maintenance schedules.
  • This module aims to allow you to explore how employers within the air transport industry combines related areas such as aircraft design, maintenance, operations or repair and overhaul in order to make a profit. The module compares the operation of the air transport market with that in other sectors, in particular, looking at standard methods of recording and reporting financial performance.

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

    • Assess the potential impact of an airline's business strategy.
    • Discuss the major determinants of air transport supply, demand and cost.
    • Analyse business accounts and, thereby, be able to describe company performance.
    • By means of the appropriate planning and analysis, assess the options open to a business at any stage in its lifecycle.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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