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Aerospace Engineering BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time H400 2019
4 years full time including sandwich year H401 2019
4 years full time including foundation year H408 2019
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2019

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 for 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.

Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our engineering honours degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include an extra foundation year within your chosen degree. Please see the engineering foundation year course page for details of modules.

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

  • The module introduces the student to basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems and propulsion using the Kingston Learjet aircraft to provide a frame of reference. Students on the Aerospace, Astronautics and Space Technology routes (Astro students) will be introduced to the essential differences between space engineering and its environment, and aircraft and aerospace engineering.

    The module starts by introducing 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.

    The module then introduces typical Gas Turbine and associated system architecture before concluding with broad coverage of the Aerospace Industry, its Regulation, Licensing and Accreditation, while Astro students will be introduced to the space environment and history of spaceflight, illustrated with examples from UK, European and international space missions in place of certain aircraft specific (eg. ground handling) teaching.

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  • This module introduces you to the fundamentals of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics along with solid mechanics (statics and dynamics). The thermodynamics and fluid mechanics sections of the module introduces the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main Thermodynamics laws (zeroth, first and second laws) with special reference to their engineering applications. This section also introduces the main equations of fluid statics and dynamics, properties of fluids and their measurement methodology and units. The solid mechanics section provides an understanding of the behaviour of particles and rigid bodies whilst stationary and in motion. Bodies under equilibrium are studied and the external and internal parameters such as force, moment, stress, strain etc. are defined, derived and used for problem solving. This section also introduces kinematics and kinetics/dynamics of particles and rigid bodies with their engineering applications. The module is primarily delivered through lectures supported by tutorials sessions and laboratories. Course materials will be available on Canvas.

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  • This is a core module for students studying BSc in Mechanical, Aerospace or Automotive related Engineering at level 4.  Mathematics and computing are the backbone of modern technology and engineering and fundamental knowledge of electrical and electronic concepts is essential for modern design in all these engineering disciplines.  They are all strongly connected through the use of analytical/numerical methods, logic and algorithms, modelling and visualisation.  This module is primarily delivered through lectures, problem solving tutorials and laboratory work.  The mathematics section of the module covers the fundamentals and application of algebra (including complex numbers and matrices), logarithms, trigonometry, calculus and vectors to typical engineering problems, including, but not exclusive to, mechanical, fluid dynamics, electrical and electronic systems.  The computing section includes the application of MATLAB tools and other propriety software packages to illustrate the solution of engineering problems.

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  • 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.

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Year 2

  • This module covers aerodynamics, propulsion, the application of advanced engineering materials in the design of aerospace components, and introduction to virtual design methods (FEM and FEA). It considers both low speed and high-speed aerodynamics of aircraft. It starts with low- speed aerodynamics, discussing the fundamental principles of fluid flow and aerofoil properties. Then it introduces the concept of basic propulsion, aerodynamic principles, boundary layer flows and high-speed compressible flows. The approach to design and materials selection are demonstrated and areas of the design process are methodically examined. Aspects of the design process that are particular to aerospace components and assemblies are emphasized, along with the terminology associated with typical engineering design tools. The module is primarily delivered through interactive lectures, tutorials, and problem-solving, flipped classes. The laboratories include a large wind tunnel, material testing, flight simulation and FEA computing laboratories.

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  • 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. The approach to design and materials selection are demonstrated and areas of the design process are methodically examined. Aspects of the design process that are particular to aerospace components and assemblies are emphasised, along with the terminology associated with typical engineering design tools. Core factual material is provided via Canvas with keynote lectures used to explain concepts. The module provides an essential introduction to design modules that look in more detail at composite aero-structures.

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  • This is a core module for all level 5 students on mechanical and automotive related degree programmes offered by the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering.  The 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.  The module is contextualised for mechanical and automotive professionals to promote and broaden knowledge of how companies and organisations work in the project and business environment.  This module continues effective team working as well as developing interpersonal skills.

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  • 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.

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Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module forms the capstone experience for the course. This major project is undertaken throughout the final year of the programme and allows you to research and study in depth an aerospace engineering topic which is of personal interest.  It requires you to: analyse and evaluate relevant subject areas previously covered in the course, acquire and appraise new knowledge, show willingness to apply individual judgement and creativity to new problems, show organisational capability and communicate with others.

    This module provides you with an opportunity to further enhance the independence and employability skills industry is looking for in graduate engineers seeking professional recognition as Incorporated Engineers.

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  • This module is a core module in the BSc Aerospace Engineering programme and forms one of the capstone experiences of the course. This major project based task is undertaken throughout the final year of the programme and allows you to experience working as a design team, researching and studying in depth an industrially relevant design task.

    The module provides you with a simulated experience of the difficulties and needs for team work within the modern engineering environment. It encourages you to work together to achieve defined goals and milestones and provides a platform for you to demonstrate your employability skills in this key area. It allows you to develop their project management skills alongside your organisational and interpersonal skills.

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  • This module is designed to give you a broad understanding of the operation of the major systems typically found on an aircraft. It will use a Systems Engineering perspective to look at the interaction of the systems. It will also review the maintenance requirements of these systems and more generally how aircraft maintenance is planned, delivered and regulated.

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  • Throughout the course of your studies, you will have so far studied material that has been focused on a specific role or roles within the air transport industry whether it be aircraft design, maintenance, operations or repair and overhaul.  The aim of this module is to take a step back and explore how employers within the various sectors of the air transport industry combine all these functions in order to make a profit. 

    In addition to looking in detail at the overall profit and loss equation:

    Traffic x Yield - Output x Cost = Profit or Loss

    The module also compares the operation of the air transport market with that in other sectors and, in more general terms, looks at what makes the industry tick. The standard method of recording and reporting financial performance is also considered. 

    On successful completion of this module, you will not only understand how your future role will contribute to your employer's success but, should you decide to move away from the air transport sector, you will have a firm grounding in the general economic principles by which all industries operate.

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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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