Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng/BEng (Hons)

Why choose this course?

These courses are ideal if you're interested in the design, construction and operation of aircraft and would like to extend your studies into space.

You'll examine the challenges of space flight and the benefits of using the space environment. You'll study aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, dynamics and materials, the design of spacecraft, payloads and space dynamics, and will carry out a practical rocket design exercise.

If you choose the MEng degree, you'll continue to deepen and broaden your expertise in Year 4, with studies that include the design, cost, logistical and operational implications of space missions.

Qualification Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
MEng 4 years full time H428 2021
MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H429 2021
BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H430 2021
BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H427 2021

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, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng course. Read further information.

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

Location Roehampton Vale

2020 entry

If you are planning to join this course in September 2020, please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2020/21 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2020/21. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Both the MEng and BEng degrees are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society as leading to chartered engineer (CEng) status.
  • You'll have access to cutting-edge equipment, such as a rocket lab and a satellite ground station. 
  • Kingston University is the only UK affiliate campus of the International Space University.

What our students say

Women in Engineering

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (SEC) champions the excellent work our female staff members contribute across engineering.

We encourage women from all backgrounds into the field.

"Intimidation in a male-dominated engineering field is a mental barrier for some women.

I will advise a female applicant to find a mentor, who you aspire to be like, and find supportive individuals as a source for advice, shared experiences, and someone who can guide you in your career."

Dr Samireh Vahid – Senior Lecturer in the Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering

What you will study

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 is common across all our chartered engineer status degrees. It provides skills and knowledge required for further study. Subjects include mathematics, electronics and thermodynamics and engineering applications, alongside an introduction to the engineering profession. You will examine the engineering challenges of robotic and human spaceflight (including practical rocketry), and get hands-on experience with real space hardware.

Core modules

Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

30 credits

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.

Thermofluids and Mechanical Systems 1

30 credits

This module introduces the students to the fundamentals of thermofluids (thermodynamics and fluid mechanics) and solid mechanics (statics and dynamics). The thermofluids section of the module covers 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 mechanics and dynamics, dimensional analysis, 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 problems 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.

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

  • Describe the fundamental properties of a fluid, use correct unit, property tables and charts. State and apply the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics to engineering problems.
  • State the basic equations of fluid mechanics, explain the concepts of pressure, temperature and measurements methods.
  • Describe laminar and turbulent flows and apply continuity, momentum and energy equations to fluid flow.
  • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out one-dimensional stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
  • Carry out kinematics and kinetics analysis of dynamic systems with constant and variable accelerations.
  • Apply Newton's laws and energy method to engineering components in motion modelled as particles and rigid bodies.
Analytical Methods, Computing, Electrical and Electronics Systems

30 credits

This module introduces the basic concepts from electrical and electronic engineering, using analytical methods. The module embeds a solid foundation in engineering mathematics which is then conceptualised to find solutions to engineering problems. An introduction to basic programming skills applied to engineering problems is also included.

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

  • Apply simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
  • Describe characteristics of electrical systems, electronic devices and electronic instruments including key concepts such as amplification.
  • Apply basic programming skills to simple engineering problems and demonstrate appreciation of importance of programming in engineering.
  • Perform calculations using matrix algebra, trigonometry and complex numbers.
  • Use calculus to solve engineering problems.
  • Use statistical methods, including probability to an engineering problem.
Engineering Design, Materials and Manufacture 1

30 credits

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 introduces topics such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, dynamics and materials, and further study of mathematics, electronics, control and computing. You will investigate the demands of space flight and the benefits of using the space environment, covering the definition, analysis and uses of orbits, trajectories and atmospheric re-entry. You will study the functional analysis of spacecraft and their payloads and space dynamics, and will carry out a practical design exercise involving rockets. There will also be an industrial visit and guest speakers from industry.

Core modules

Aerospace and Space Engineering, Design and Project Management

30 credits

The purpose of this module is to develop your understanding of the fundamentals of aerospace engineering design.  It will provide you with the skills necessary to undertake the group design project.  It is common to both the Aerospace and Astronautics programmes, but some of the detailed design elements will be taught separately and the astronautics students will do a space vehicle related design project.

It also brings together various elements of generic project engineering and management.  Project planning and scheduling is covered in detail, including the use of project management software.  Financial aspects are looked at in respect of discounted cash flow and budgeting, and quality management is introduced.  The module is delivered through lectures, tutorials and design activities, with additional support material available on Blackboard.

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.

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.

Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Analytical Methods

30 credits

The module as a whole draws upon the learning experiences of Modules ME4011 and ME4012 and provides further learning more specifically required 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.

Year 3 includes a module on space vehicle design. This is divided into critical support functions for space missions, core spacecraft subsystems, mechanical systems and an introduction to space mission design. Core lectures will be enhanced by industry visitors and tours to space companies. You will also carry out an individual research project. BEng students will take part in a group design project similar to the MEng students and get hands-on experience with real space hardware.

Core modules

Space Vehicle Design

30 credits

This module builds on the introduction to space engineering given in levels 4 and 5 to give a detailed understanding of space vehicle design, broken into core (eg. power) and mission enhancing (e.g. propulsion) subsystems. This is not intended to enable you to carry out detailed design of effective space missions, which requires a graduate level course, but will provide (a)  a thorough understanding of the challenges of space engineering, (b) a toolset, reference material and confidence to tackle future design problems you may face, and (c) an understanding of the drivers for space engineering (politics, economics and technology in that order). Context will be provided through reference to a number of past UK, European and International space missions.

The module aims to allow you to understand design challenges and specify requirements for

  • Electrical spacecraft subsystems (power, environment, TTC, payload and data handling).
  • Mechanical subsystems in particular spacecraft structures, propulsion, thermal, and attitude control and their differences from aero or aerospace vehicles are covered.
  • The student knowledge and skill base on rocket launcher design and critical support functions for space mission including operations, and systems engineering are addressed.
  • Basic concept and solution procedures for problems such as spacecraft subsystem and orbit selection and sizing, supported by commercial packages such as satellite toolkit will be carried out.

The module is designed to be delivered as blended learning, to support L6 students on site as well as those who are on placements. The module is primarily delivered through recorded lectures, computing and software exercises and some practical classes (not available to students on placement). A booklet of worked example problems designed to support the exam assessment will be made available, and for those students on site will be worked through in fortnightly tutorial sessions with a graduate teaching assistant. Periodic guest lectures and workshops using industry experts will take place, material from these if not commercially sensitive will be made available for download. Industrial visits to spacecraft subsystem manufacturers will be offered. Additional support materials including excerpts from core texts will be available through Canvas.

Business and Project Management and Group Design Project (BEng only)

30 credits

This module gives you an opportunity to work as a member of a design team on an aerospace 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.

Further Aerodynamics and Propulsion and Computational Techniques OR Further Aerospace Structures, Materials and Dynamics

credits

Choose between the following two modules:

In Year 4 of the MEng degree, you will continue to deepen and broaden your expertise and undertake a major group design project. A specialist Space Mission Analysis and Design module will cover the design, cost, logistical and operational implications of space missions.

Core modules

Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management

30 credits

The module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It further develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. It supports you in producing proposals for enterprise ideas such as new products or services, or innovations in existing processes or organisations. Concepts of total quality management to enhance quality of products and processes in an industrial setting are presented and application of supporting quality tools and techniques are discussed.

Space Mission Analysis and Design

30 credits

Further equips graduates with a good understanding of the challenges of space engineering, a set of tools and references to tackle future design problems, and a set of contacts with industry to help begin their careers.

Building on the space vehicle design course at level 6, the module is intended to provide experience at space mission (compared to space vehicle) analysis and design through a range of largely self-taught activities, and is assessed through seminars, design build and test, and short written assignments.

This module will provide (a) in addition to the knowledge from Space Vehicle Design AE6030, a thorough understanding of the challenges of space engineering, (b) a toolset, reference material and confidence to tackle future design problems they may face, and (c) experience in the preliminary design, trade-offs and mission element selection for space mission. A space mission in addition to space vehicle(s), comprises instruments & platforms, launch vehicles, orbits and trajectories and ground segment plus user interfaces.

The module will be primarily delivered primarily through self study, supplemented by guided tutorials, computing labs, on-line collaboration and industrial guest lectures. Additional support materials will be available on Canvas.

Group Design Project

30 credits

The MEng Group Design Project is a module which runs throughout the final year of all of the MEng programmes in the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering. It provides a capstone element to the course by providing an opportunity for students 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 students to further develop academic skills delivered earlier in the programme. In order to successfully complete the module, the student 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.

Aerospace Systems Engineering

30 credits

This module is designed to develop the student's ability to apply a systems engineering approach to the analysis of aerospace systems. This will enable them to develop systems that are robust and able to respond to customer's needs. It will also ensure that they understand the full life cycle of aerospace systems and the associated costs.

This module emphasises a variety of systems engineering techniques which are explored through case studies. These techniques can also be used in the group project module.

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.

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 2020

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).

Entry requirements 2021

UCAS tariff points: 112 for BEng (Hons); 128 for MEng.

A-levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a science subject (two science subjects for MEng).

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 (BEng) or 128 UCAS points (MEng) 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, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng course. 

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: 441 hours
  • Guided independent study: 759 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 412 hours
  • Guided independent study: 788 hours
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching: 194 hours
  • Guided independent study: 706 hours


Year 4

203 hours spent in scheduled teaching and learning
997 hours spent in guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exams: 60%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 48%
  • Exams: 52%
Year 3
  • Coursework: 67%
  • Practical: 7%
  • Exams: 26%


Year 4

Coursework: 66%
Practical exam: 17%
Written exam 17%

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 9am and 6pm. 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 15 students and lecture sizes are normally 15-150. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Projects our students have worked on

Unique rocket engine test system

For his final-year project, Jack James Marlow created a modular rocket test system. Not only has he left behind a legacy for future engineering undergraduates to test rocket designs on, but his bi-propellant system is the only one available for students in the UK.

Jack James, who has just graduated with a first, designed and manufactured the system himself, with input from Newton Launch Systems Ltd.

He has already attracted plenty of interest for his system from industry leaders Moog-ISP and the European Space Agency - plus he has shocased his work at the UK Space Conference in Glasgow. Jack James explains more about his project

Rocket project launch success

Whilst other students were enjoy their summer soaking up the sun, travelling and visiting back home, Ben Edgley and Chris Walker spent theirs designing, building and launching water rockets for their second-year group project.

The group were tasked to design and construct a water rocket that could reach a height of at least 50 metres and had to use their knowledge of rocket engines to design various concepts, predict performance, construct prototypes and finally launch.

Find out more about our rocket propulsion lab and the projects we run on the KU Rocket Lab Facebook page and Hybrid Rocket Test Campaign blog.

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.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Course fees and funding

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £9,250*
International

Year 1 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 2 (2022/23): £15,400
Year 3 (2023/24): £15,800
Year 4 (2024/25): £16,200

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for Home (UK) students will be £9,250 in 2021/22. The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2021/22 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK 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.

2020/21 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 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International

Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450
Year 4 (2023/24): £15,900

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2020/21. The fees shown above apply for Year 1 of the degree from 2020/21 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

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 (such as for art, design, engineering), 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 intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

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 a highly successful sector of UK industry. Graduates have gained jobs with Boeing, BAE Systems, Qinetiq, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Thales, Lockheed Martin and British Airways.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

  • Boeing Space Systems
  • British Aerospace
  • British Airways
  • Defence Evaluation and Research Agency
  • EADS
  • GEC Marconi
  • Matra Marconi Space/Astrium
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Surrey Satellite Technology

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% discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.

What our graduates say

I am just starting a PhD at Kingston researching rocket propulsion technologies, having graduated with a first in Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics and Space Technology BEng (Hons). My progress into university was through Clearing – a process that can scare people and make them feel unhappy about going to university. I didn't have the required A-levels to get onto the course and had to get onto the foundation year. The Clearing process was really simple, made even easier by the helpful staff at Kingston who guide you through the whole process, right up to enrolment and induction

Jack James, Aerospace Engineering Foundation Year and Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology BEng(Hons)

I chose Kingston because I originally wanted to go into the aerospace industry – working on planes – but I also always had a thing for space. I was almost going to do astrophysics at one point, but I didn't want to spend my life just doing theory and research – I am more of a hands-on person. So when I came across the aerospace engineering with astronautics degree at Kingston, I thought: well, that's the perfect course! I was a bit torn between the other universities, but I am really glad I picked Kingston. The lecturers always go into great detail about everything. They don't leave any stone uncovered and make sure everyone understands. London was a big attraction for me to come here. Kingston is one of the nicer areas of London –because it's on the outskirts, it's not 'London in your face'. It's like a haven.

Accreditation

Royal Aeronautical Society

Royal Aeronautical Society

Royal Aeronautical Society

The Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and satisfies, in full, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

The Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology BEng(Hons) course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society 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.

The Engineering Council

The Engineering Council

The Engineering Council

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.

Projects our students have worked on

For his final-year project, Jack James Marlow created a modular rocket test system. Not only has he left behind a legacy for future engineering undergraduates to test rocket designs on, but his bi-propellant system is the only one available for students in the UK.

Jack James, who has just graduated with a first, designed and manufactured the system himself, with input from Newton Launch Systems Ltd.

He has already attracted plenty of interest for his system from industry leaders Moog-ISP and the European Space Agency – plus he has showcased his work at the UK Space Conference in Glasgow. 

Unique rocket engine test system

Whilst other students were enjoy their summer soaking up the sun, travelling and visiting back home, Ben Edgley and Chris Walker spent theirs designing, building and launching water rockets for their second-year group project.

The group were tasked to design and construct a water rocket that could reach a height of at least 50 metres and had to use their knowledge of rocket engines to design various concepts, predict performance, construct prototypes and finally launch. Read more about the launch and theory behind the project.

Find out more about our rocket propulsion lab and the projects we run on the KU Rocket Lab Facebook page and Hybrid Rocket Test Campaign blog.

Rocket project launch success

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% of placement students and 34% of 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 coordinator
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

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students who will be starting the course in September 2020.

Course information (changes for 2020 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.

In order to safeguard our students' health and safety and to minimise the risk of disruption to their studies, the University has postponed all Study Abroad programmes for outgoing students in the first teaching block of 2020/21. The University will review this decision before the second teaching block and will take into account relevant government advice at that time.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

If the current pandemic situation continues into the next academic year and beyond, the University may be unable to offer suitable placements which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will provide students with appropriate alternative options and ensure that support will be available to them so that they are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2020) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. 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 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

On-campus teaching may involve smaller class sizes in line with social distance requirements.

Assessment (changes for 2020 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, or to a different year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Accreditation

During the pandemic, the University has been working closely with all its associated professional bodies to establish where flexibility/changes can be applied without undermining their professional standards. This will ensure that any changes made to courses which have professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation do not negatively impact the accreditation status.

In the very exceptional circumstance that professional bodies do not agree with changes proposed, it may be necessary to defer relevant modules until those modules can be delivered as required. Students will be informed of this during the induction period and appropriately supported so that they can consider all options available to them.

Additional (changes for 2020 entry)

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.

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