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Aerospace Engineering MEng/BEng(Hons)

Qualification Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
MEng 4 years full time H425 2019
MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H426 2019
BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H421 2019
BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H422 2019

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need an ATAS certificate if you wish to apply for the Aerospace Engineering MEng course. Read more.

Once you have completed the Aerospace Engineering Foundation Year (UCAS code H408), you can transfer to Aerospace Engineering BEng(Hons)/BSc(Hons), dependent on satisfactory grades.

Why choose this course?

Kingston's degrees in aerospace engineering offer an innovative curriculum, excellent links with industry and cutting-edge facilities. Both the MEng and BEng(Hons) degrees are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for 2018 entry. The MEng degree contains an extra year of advanced-level study and can provide a faster route to chartered engineer (CEng) status.

What you will study

Year 1 provides an introduction to aerospace engineering under Professional Practice, and will underpin the skills and knowledge required for further specialised study. You will study a mix of analytical subjects, such as mathematics, structures, dynamics, electronics, thermodynamics and engineering applications, alongside an introduction to the profession of engineering.

Year 2 will introduce you to specialised topics in aerospace engineering such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, dynamics and materials. It includes further study of mathematics, electronics, control and computing. A design-orientated module (Aerospace Engineering Design and Project Management) will apply the principles taught in the other modules to problems of aerospace design.

In Year 3, you will deepen your knowledge of specialised aerospace engineering subjects and will broaden your expertise in other areas of engineering. BEng students undertake a major group design project and an individual research project along with business and management as well as further and more in depth studies of aerodynamics, propulsion, structure, materials and dynamics including applied computational techniques widely used in industry. MEng students have the opportunity of integrating industrial placement with further studies using a combination of work-based learning as well as blended and distance learning (subject to accreditation by RAeS).

Year 4 of the MEng course includes a multidisciplinary group design project that helps to integrate and apply your academic knowledge, develop your teamworking and communication skills, and increase your understanding of real-world engineering issues.

You can choose to take an optional sandwich year between Years 2 and 3 (BEng(Hons)) and Year 3 (MEng only). MEng students have to study and earn 120 credits in Year 3 while taking their industrial placement using work-based learning by carrying out an industrial individual project as well as applied business and management analysis. They also need to study an aerospace engineering science module using blended/distance learning model (subject to RAeS accreditation).

Read about Aidan Nicholls' project to design, develop and build a micro jet engine using design by analysis techniques and his placement at Airbus.

Accreditation for this course

Royal Aeronautical SocietyThe Aerospace Engineering MEng course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society for 2018 entry and satisfies, in full, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

The Aerospace Engineering BEng(Hons) course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society for 2018 entry and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration and in full, Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

Find out more about the full criteria and validity for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and 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 principal aim of this module is to provide you with a flavour of what is involved in engineering design and to develop the good academic and professional practice needed to attain professional status. The module introduces the key aspects involved in: planning a project from start to finish, design processes incorporating a sustainability agenda, building an awareness of the interactions across various disciplines, regulatory frameworks and Health and Safety procedures.  The module develops good academic and professional practice by developing skills in self-reflection and recording professional development.  The basic principles of measurement and manufacturing processes in a workshop and testing environment are also addressed in the module.

    Some elements of the module are delivered as part of the personal tutor scheme (PTS).  This assists your transition into Higher Education encouraging a sense of belonging within the Faculty and within your discipline.  The PTS helps you to develop good academic habits and initiates effective team working within a project management and engineering design framework, as well as developing interpersonal skills in order to enhance your employability.

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  • The module introduces you to the fundamentals of structural analysis (statics and dynamics) and the mechanical behaviour of a broad range of engineering materials. The mechanics part provides an understanding of the behaviour of particles and rigid bodies whilst stationary and in motion. Bodies such as trusses in equilibrium are studied and the external and internal parameters such as force, moment, stress, strain, etc. are defined and calculated. The analysis of structural components will be developed with theoretical and numerical skills that are necessary in the design of real world structures. This section also introduces the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies with their engineering applications. Material test methods will be used to determine the deformations and failures of the various engineering materials.  A selection of materials for engineering applications, such as metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, will be studied including their carbon footprint and their impact on the environment. The module is primarily delivered through lectures supported by tutorial sessions and laboratories.

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  • The aim of this module is to provide a thorough background in engineering mathematics and equip you with the mathematical skills essential for solving engineering problems. The module also introduces the use of computing methods in engineering. The mathematics part comprises algebra, functions, logarithms, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations and vectors. The computing part covers the use of software for problem solving, visualisation and data representation. The emphasis is on using mathematical and computational tools to solve engineering problems.

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  • This module introduces you to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and engineering science. Taught to mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering students, it will use this broad audience to enhance a collaborative learning environment. The fluid mechanics section will cover the fundamental properties of fluids and the main basic conservation equations used and their engineering applications. It also introduces the concept of dimensions and the SI units of measurement. The engineering science section will consider subject areas relevant to each discipline.  For mechanical and aerospace engineering students it will introduce thermodynamics and electrical engineering and for civil engineering students it will consider soil mechanics. The thermodynamics topic covers the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main thermodynamics laws with special reference to their engineering applications.  The electrical engineering section covers the basic concepts and electrical quantities such as charge, current, resistance, voltage, power and energy before looking at fundamental electrical components and how they can be incorporated into both AC and DC circuits.  The soil mechanics topic will introduce the fundamental properties of soils and their essential aspects.

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Year 2

  • The module draws upon the learning experiences of modules EG4012 and EG4013 and provides further learning for the potential aerospace engineer. The basics of aerodynamics and aerospace propulsion are introduced with a view to provide the ability to analyse, formulate and solve elementary problems. This is underpinned by covering the mathematics required for the BEng/MEng Aerospace Engineering course. The mathematics side of the module is taught in the context of the solution of engineering problems.

    Two dimensional potential flows, production of aerodynamic forces, wind tunnel testing, compressible flows, shock waves and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) are some of the topics covered on the aerodynamics part of the module. The propulsion side revisits and extends conservation of energy and the laws of thermodynamics. Gas turbines, heat transfer and combustion processes are some of the other areas that receive attention. Solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors are some of the topics considered in the analytical methods side of the module.

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  • This module builds deals with advanced electronic systems and concepts from classical control, including feedback control systems and analysis of their response and the effects of the feedback loop. The content of this module is informed by the research performed by the teaching team. In order to improve your employability, a range of engineering programming tools are used to model and analyse the performance of engineering systems, enabling learning of the functionality of control analysis and design software.

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  • This is a core module for all level 5 students on engineering programmes. The module considers the principles and practices for the management of engineering projects. The nature of engineering project management is discussed in the context of constraints on quality, time, risk and sustainability.  The module broadens your knowledge of how organizations undertake and monitor projects.  It continues to develop effective team working skills to prepare you for larger group projects in subsequent years of study and employment.  The group project at the end of the module enables you to demonstrate your ability to apply your subject specific knowledge in a realistic context and helps prepare you for your individual project in the following year.

    This module is part of the personal tutor scheme (PTS).  The scheme assists you in your transition to level 5, developing your independent learning, critical thinking skills and reflecting on their relevance to employability. 

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  • This module reinforces your prior knowledge of statics, materials and dynamics and introduces topics of particular relevance to aerospace studies. The module includes further work on the analysis of beams, materials used in aerospace such as composites and develops the students understanding of vibration theory as well as application of dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in aerospace. Topics such as Bredt-Batho theory and aircraft dynamic performance and stability and Finite Element application in static and dynamic analysis of structures are also introduced. The module is primarily delivered through interactive lectures and practical laboratory sessions and is supported by tutorials, where students have to practise using problem sets. Course materials are available via VLE where appropriate.

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Optional sandwich year: MEng and BEng(Hons)

Year 3/4

  • This module extends the analysis of aerodynamic and propulsive systems with a view to provide the ability to design and evaluate aerodynamic loadings on aerospace vehicles as well as their propulsion systems. It also extends your knowledge and skill base on solving aerospace engineering problems with advanced analytical approaches, namely computational fluid dynamics with a view to equip you with up-to-date flow and structure analysis techniques.

    Subsonic, supersonic, compressible, incompressible, boundary layer, inviscid and viscous flows are all considered in high-speed and low-speed aerodynamics. On the propulsion side, the topics considered are air breathing cycles, axial flow turbo-machines, and combustion systems. The computational fluid dynamics part includes basic concept and solution procedure for problems such as flow over airfoil and wing by using commercial package suit ANSYS as a major tool.

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  • This is a level 6 module that extends and deepens your ability to apply the analytical techniques used to design aerospace structures. These analytical techniques are used to enhance your understanding of the functions of typical aerospace structural components. You will study the multifaceted discipline of materials technology applicable to typical aerospace structures based on fracture and fatigue analysis and the finite element method. It also provides you with an understanding of aircraft dynamic stability, performance, and structural dynamics characteristics. This is achieved not only through analysis but also through a live flight test. The wide ranging set of topics considered in the module gives you ample opportunity to see how the various disciplines interact in the aerospace design process.

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  • This module gives you an opportunity to work as a member of a design team on an Aerospace/Mechanical/Civil design project. It also further develops your broader understanding of the business context of engineering activities. It will develop a set of skills and techniques which will prepare you for employment.

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  • This module is a core module in the BEng Aerospace Engineering programmes and forms a capstone experience for the course. This major project is undertaken throughout the final year of the BEng programme, allowing you to research and study in depth a topic in aerospace engineering which is of personal interest, thus allowing you to demonstrate your ability to:

    • Analyse and evaluate relevant subject areas previously covered in the course.
    • Acquire and appraise new knowledge related to the project.
    • Show willingness to apply individual judgement to new problems.
    • Apply creativity and show intellectual input.
    • Show organisational capability (through arranging meetings with supervisors, setting project goals and meeting appropriate deadlines).
    • Communicate with others (through completing reports and a log book, as well as presenting a seminar and producing a display poster for the project).

    Professionally this module allows you to show high levels of responsibility and organisational capability (through arranging meetings with supervisors, setting project goals and meeting appropriate deadlines) as well as demonstrating effective communication with others (through completing reports and a log book, as well as presenting a seminar and producing a display poster for the project). Furthermore the module encourages you to recognise, question and deal with the ethical dilemmas that are likely to occur in engineering professional practice and research.

    Furthermore this module provides you with an opportunity to further enhance the independence and employability skills industry is looking for in its graduate engineers, especially those seeking professional recognition as Incorporated or Chartered Engineers.

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Optional sandwich year: MEng

Year 4/5

  • 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 your knowledge of the analytical techniques of stress analysis, plasticity theory and the importance of modern materials in advanced manufacturing processes.

    Some of the more advanced theory behind finite element analysis is investigated. The module is primarily delivered through lectures supported by tutorials and by laboratories where applicable. Course materials are available via Canvas where appropriate.

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  • This module is designed for students in aerospace engineering and allied subject areas that have a prior exposure to relevant computational techniques and advanced mathematics. It intends to extend your knowledge and skills beyond the basic fluid mechanics 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 fluids problems in a realistic aerospace engineering context and on giving you the opportunity to develop awareness of the limitations of CFD software and to develop an understanding of good practice in your applications. The software used for this module is ANSYS ICEM/CFX/Fluent.

    The module is also designed to provide you with advanced computational skills in fluid dynamics hence enhancing your employment potential in aerospace, automotive, energy and other similar industries. Additional support materials including excerpts from core texts will be available through Canvas.
    This module consists of two week long block sessions, the lecture programme forms the first block (and is delivered by the mechanical department). The second week consists of additional tutorials, workshops and where possible guest lectures.

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  • The MEng Integrated Design Project is a module which runs throughout the final year of all of the MEng programmes in the School of Engineering. It provides a capstone element to the course by providing an opportunity for you to work on a major engineering design problem in a team in a way which closely parallels a real-world project. The groups are assigned to a particular project which has an outline project description/specification/customer requirements provided by the teaching team. It is group's job to develop the specification in more detail, to convert it to a technical specification and then carry out the tasks necessary to complete the project. This module provides an opportunity for you to further develop academic skills delivered earlier in the programme. In order to successfully complete the module, you must establish a plan and work schedule, perform the technical tasks necessary to fulfil the plan, monitor progress, manage the team activities, hold and minute formal team design meetings and resolve any problems that arise. The module is delivered primarily through weekly formal design meetings and regular informal meetings.

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