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Aerospace Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)

Why choose this course?

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. 

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. 

Qualification Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
MEng 4 years full time H425 2020
MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H426 2020
BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H421 2020
BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H422 2020

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.

Location Roehampton Vale

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course received 100 per cent for satisfaction for learning resources (National Student Survey 2018).
  • Both the MEng and BEng (Hons) degrees are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
  • Facilities include a Lear Jet, a 747's cockpit, a flight simulator, a wind tunnel and a ground.

What our students say

What you will study

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).

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list as these could change before your year of entry.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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. 

Core modules

Engineering Design and Professional Practice

30 credits

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.

Engineering Mechanics, Structures & Materials

30 credits

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.

Engineering Mathematics and Computing Applications

30 credits

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.

Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Science

30 credits

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.

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. 

Core modules

Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Analytical Methods

30 credits

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.

Electronic Systems, Control and Computing

30 credits

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.

Engineering Project Management

30 credits

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. 

Aerospace Structures, Materials and Dynamics

30 credits

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.

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). 

Core modules

Further Aerodynamics and Propulsion and Computational Techniques

30 credits

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.

Further Aerospace Structures, Materials and Dynamics

30 credits

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.

Business Management and Group Project

30 credits

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.

Aerospace Individual Project (BEng)

30 credits

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.

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. 

Core modules

Aerospace Stress Analysis and Advanced Materials

30 credits

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.

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Aerospace Applications

30 credits

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.

Integrated Design Project

60 credits

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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Extended degree with a foundation year

If you would like to study one of our engineering degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready for Year 1 of an undergraduate course, a foundation year is ideal. Please see the engineering foundation year course page for details.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • BENG: 112 UCAS points from three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.

A Levels to include Maths and a Science subject. Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering or related subject such as Aerospace/Aeronautical/Electrical/Electronic/Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering will be considered (grades DMM).

  • MENG: 128 UCAS points from three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.

A Levels to include Maths and two Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Further Maths). Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering or related subject such as Aerospace/Aeronautical/Electrical/Electronic/Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering will be considered (grades DDM).

Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Additional requirements

Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio.

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course in a relevant Engineering subject which has been passed with 112 UCAS points and all Maths and Physics units have been undertaken at level 3 and Distinction grades achieved.

Applications from those that have undertaken an Engineering foundation year will also be considered.

International

We welcome applications from International Applicants. View our standard entry requirements from your country.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

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. 

 

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 5%
  • Exams
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams
Year 3
  • Coursework
  • Exams

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 115 students and lecture sizes are normally 115-140. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible.

Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

Fees for this course

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 3 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 4 (2022/23): £15,450
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

 * If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2019/20. The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2019/20 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials, security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free inter-site bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

Facilities

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Roehampton Vale campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology, including: 

  • the rocket propulsion laboratory is a fully equipped rocket propulsion test lab for testing and firing of live rockets for data acquisition. Here you can fire rocket engines you have designed and constructed. Current apparatus include: 
  • gaseous oxygen and propane bi-propellant engine;
  • nitrous oxide and PMMA hybrid engine;
  •  liquid oxygen and high density polyethylene (HDPE) 300 N engine;
  • fully automated/programmable firing sequence; and
  • blast chamber with extraction system for safety;
  • thermochemistry software packages for simulation of rocket combustion; 
  • a fully equipped manufacturing workshop where you can manufacture your rocket engine designs using the extensive range of equipment – including CNC machines; 
  • 3D rapid prototype printer allowing you to print off your computer designed models for testing and evaluation; 
  • industry-standard test and experimental equipment for metrology, robotics, fatigue and quality control; 
  • state-of-the-art computing facilities for computer aided design (CAD) and other specialist software; 
  • a mission control room equipped with high-performance PCs with tri-screen setup, for planning and operating space missions; 
  • the Merlin flight simulator where you can programme a mathematical model of your design into the simulator and then monitor the results; 
  • a Learjet 25, providing a real-world environment for gaining practical engineering skills; 
  • large-scale wind tunnels that enable testing in winds of up to 90 miles per hour; and 
  • laser doppler anemometry system which allows us to make very accurate velocity measurements in the wind tunnel. 

After you graduate

Aerospace is one of the most vibrant and successful sectors of UK industry. Impressive technology skills in engineering, electronics, software and many other areas have established the UK aerospace industry as the largest after the USA.

Our graduates have gained jobs with Boeing, BAE Systems, Qinetiq, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Thales, General Electric and British Airways. Many graduates go on to study at masters and doctoral level. Aerospace graduates are also sought after by other industries because of their high-quality skills. 

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs 

  • Production engineer 
  • Repair engineer 
  • Applications engineer 
  • Contract loader 
  • Civil servant 
  • Telemetry and loads analysis engineer 
  • Bid manager 

Employers

  • Tesla Engineering 
  • Ministry of Defence 
  • General Electric Aircraft Engine Services 
  • Virgin Atlantic 
  • Logica 
  • AgustaWestland 
  • Transport for London 

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. 

The 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, in the picture here students are practising their interview skills with real employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus. 

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.  

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include: 

  • placements; 
  • working or studying abroad; 
  • volunteering; 
  • peer mentoring roles; and  
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University. 

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level. 

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. 

Accreditation

The 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. 

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. 

Work placement year

How you can work in industry during your course

Placements:

  • provide work experience that is relevant to your course and future career;
  • improve your chances of graduating with a higher grade degree;
  • enhance your CV;
  • lead to a graduate job;
  • enable you to earn a year's salary whilst studying (the vast majority of placements are paid); and
  • help you to select your final-year project.

"To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will need to be far more rounded individuals than ever before. They will collaborate in pursuit of shared goals. They will guide, challenge and support...They will have an appetite for change and a hunger for continuous improvement, and they will have an ethos of learning and development..." Jeremy Darroch, Former Chief Executive, Sky.

"Doing a placement year effectively gives you one foot in the door of a future job and to stand out from the crowd... as well as enhancing my CV... and future interviews. It's a great motivator to be successful in my studies as it only serves to open even more doors and gain more skills." Placement student at Jagex Games Studios Ltd.

  • 81% placement students and 34% non-placement students got a first or 2.1 (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • 100% of placement students during 2008 recommend doing a placement (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • Many employers offer a graduate job to their successful placement students.

There is a lot of support available for students looking to secure a placement (eg a jobs board with placement vacancies, help with writing CVs and mock interviews). Getting a placement and passing the placement year are ultimately the student's responsibility.

For further information please contact the placements team by telephone 020 8417 2969 or email secplace@kingston.ac.uk.

Examples of placements

Placements can be with large multinational companies, international companies, local companies and small start ups; offering a diverse range of posts. Here are some examples of employers and roles:

Construction-based placement employers Construction-based placement roles 
RG Group
Multiplex
Costain
Willmott Dixon
Fluor
Assistant site manager
Assistant trades package manager
Assistant logistics manager
Health and safety officer
Construction engineer
Science-based placement employers  Science-based placement roles
Reckitt and Benckiser
GSK
Drug Control Centre
Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd
Various local and international hospitals
Bioanalytical sciences
Lab assistant
Pharmacy assistant
Sports coach
Engineering-based placement employers  Engineering-based placement roles
Airbus
BAM Nuttall
Nissan
Bosch
Wozair
Analysis of aircraft structure
Construction resources specialist
Site engineer assistant
Computing and IS-based placement employers Computing and IS-based placement roles
Disney
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
IBM
McKinsey
Intel
Database co-ordinator
Software developer
Website developer
App developer
Mathematics-based placement employersMathematics-based placement roles
Lloyds Banking Group
AXA
Allianz
PAU Education, Spain
Analyst
Investment solutions
Research analyst
Accounts assistant

Student work

"I'm just going into my final year of the MEng. I chose the option to do a sandwich year and did a placement at Airbus. Kingston University stood out for me because of its state-of-the-art facilities. They have a hands-on approach coupled with the theory that engineers must learn to be successful. With flexible machine labs and experienced technicians, I was able to spend all the time I needed working on my dissertation."

"My project was to design, develop and build a micro jet engine using design by analysis techniques. This meant I had to produce a preliminary design using turbine cycle analysis and from there produce a detailed CAD (computer aided design) model. Air flow simulations were then performed using the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) package, ANSYS CFX. The airflow characteristics were observed and from the results each main component was redesigned and optimised before manufacture to ensure the engine would work."

Engine specifications:

  • Thrust: 50 to 75 Newtons
  • Max RPM: 150,000
  • Weight: 2 kg
  • Fuel: Propane gas

"The idea of using design by analysis came from my placement year at Airbus, where I worked within the simulation and modelling team for landing gear systems. Testing of the engine is planned for early next month."

Student work

Images from Aidan's work

Here is a selection of Aidan's work.

What our students say

"The placement year gave me an insight into industry and made me want to become an engineer even more. The University has such excellent connections that many students get very good placements. My time management skills have improved by working in a real life environment. I feel it has made me a much better student." 

A student's view on why to choose Kingston

My favourite module was design, because you get to build models, which is interesting. If you go and knock on their office doors and ask for help, the staff are always there and they don't turn anyone away. They are really helpful in that sense. Doing an industrial placement gives you that head start when you are searching for jobs

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