Postgraduate study
This multidisciplinary course complements the research strengths of the Institute for Aerospace Technology.
MSc Aerospace Technologies
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
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  • This programme will be open to applicants for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic year but is no longer accredited. After this, the programme will close and be replaced with a new MSc in Aerospace Engineering.
  • Our MSc Mechanical Engineering is an alternative IMechE accredited course that specialises in Aerospace.

This masters course is a multidisciplinary taught programme which complements the research strengths of the Institute for Aerospace Technology, drawing on the expertise of staff across the faculty.

This programme aims to provide science or engineering graduates from a diversity of backgrounds, with a solid grounding in current aerospace technologies, together with options to develop an emphasis in manufacturing, advanced materials and structures, and power electronic systems.

Key facts

  • This course offers Managing Projects as an optional module, provided by the Business School, a leading centre for management education, ranked 6th in the UK for research power
  • The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under the Research Excellence Framework, 2014; more than 98% of engineering research was ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • This MSc course compliments the research being carried out by the Institute for Aerospace Technology
  • The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering oustanding teaching and learning, awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017

Full course details

This 12-month programme aims to provide science or engineering graduates with a solid grounding in current aerospace technologies, together with the options to develop an emphasis in manufacturing, advanced materials, and power and electronic systems.

The MSc comprises of four distinct "aerospace" streams:

  • Manufacturing
  • Advanced materials and structures
  • Power electronics
  • Navigation technologies

Students will choose which stream they wish to study. 60 credits of core compulsory modules will be studied and then a further 60 credits of modules will be taken in the chosen stream.

As part of this MSc students will complete an individual research project which will be undertaken over the summer term. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should:

  • have the ability to apply appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to the analysis of problems
  • be able to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
  • appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of their engineering judgement

You will gain experience of the type of problems encountered by academic and industrial researchers, both via taught courses and project work.

Aerospace at Nottingham

This course is informed by the University of Nottingham's research strength in aerospace, which is one of our key research priority areas.

The Faculty of Engineering launched it's Institute for Aerospace Technology in 2010, driving the development of new technology, and looking to radically improve all aspects of air transport.

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.




Compulsory modules

Introduction to Aerospace Technology 10 credits (autumn)

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to most of the main fields within Aerospace technology such that students understand the basics and are equipped to understand 'what there is to know' in this field. The main topics covered are:

  • A brief history of aircraft
  • Aerodynamics
  • An introduction to Aircraft Propulsion
  • An introduction to Flight dynamics
  • An introduction to aerospace materials and structures
  • A brief overview of Astronauts and Space
  • A brief introduction to Rotorcraft
  • Airworthiness
  • An introduction to Avionics
  • Future developments in aircraft
Aerospace Industry Organisation 10 credits (autumn)

The module will offer a comprehensive account on the organisation practices across aerospace industry worldwide. It intends to strike a balance on the discussions between common practices in the industry and individual characteristics of a range of typical/leading companies. The contents will cover, but not restricted to, some of the following aspects:

  • Products (air/space; commercial/military; airplanes/helicopters/UAVs)
  • Markets (airframes/engines/systems; approximate shares of major players)
  • Supply chain
  • R&D
  • Regulatory aspects (airworthiness certification; regulatory bodies)

In addition to designated lectures delivered by UoN members of staff, invited speakers will be sought from the front runners in the industry. The intended candidates are as follows

  • an airframer (probably Airbus or Boeing UK)
  • a major component supplier (e.g. GKN or Rolls Royce)
  • an airline perspective (e.g. BA)
  • a small component or equipment manufacturer, (e.g. an actuator company) 
  • a government perspective (e.g. someone from BIS, the Aerospace and Defence KTN the EU or even the MAA regional aerospace alliance)
  • a certification authority (e.g. CAA or similar).
Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design 10 credits (spring)

A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:

  • Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
  • Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
  • Measurement and error analysis
  • Development of laboratory skills including safety & risk assessment

Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:

  • Meshing for computational engineering applications
  • Modelling using CAE packages
  • Use of CES Selector software
  • Specific laboratory familiarisationUse of MSVisio software for process flow
  • Use of HYSYS process modelling software
  • Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits

The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.

Advanced Engineering Research Project 60 credits (summer)

This project involves individual students in undertaking an original, independent, research study into an engineering topic appropriate to their specific MSc programme. The project may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to the MSc stream, as agreed by the relevant Course Director and project tutor.

In undertaking the project, students should draw on and extend material presented in the course. The project has several aims, beyond reinforcing information and methodology presented in the taught modules; the student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, evaluation and oral and written communication.

Final reporting will take the form of a written account including a literature review and an account of the student's contribution. A presentation will be made to academic staff towards the end of the project.

The project can involve one or more of the following aspects:

  • Experimental study
  • Theoretical analysis, including computational modelling and simulation
  • Design and manufacturing orientated activities

Optional modules

The remaining taught modules will come from whichever specific stream you choose to study; Aerospace Manufacturing, Aerospace Materials and Structures, Aerospace Power and Electronic Systems, or Aerospace Navigation Technologies.

The following are examples of some of those available:

Flexible Automated Manufacture (10 credits)

This module covers: 

  • Basic airframe structure
  • Airframe component manufacturing techniques
  • Joining techniques
  • Assembly technology
  • Composite structures
  • Jigless assembly and automated manufacture
  • Basic aero-engine structure
  • Geometry and material constraints
  • Manufacturing processes: forging, casting, welding and joining techniques, special processes, small and non round hole manufacture
  • Certification, verification inspection and quality control
RF Electronics (20 credits)

This module covers the main concepts in design of high-speed circuits and devices. These typically include passive circuits, amplifiers  and active devices. 

The main module topics are:

  • RF circuits (transmission lines, impedance matching, directional couplers)
  • Amplifiers (concepts of bandwidth, wide bandwidth amplifiers, travelling wave amplifiers)
  • Active devices (diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs – their operation, frequency limitations and high frequency equivalents) 
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS (10 credits)

The module describes the theoretical and practical aspects of photogrammetry, laser scanning and gives an introduction to geometrical remote sensing. Subjects covered include:

  • Single and multi image/photograph geometry
  • Digital imagery and processing
  • Selected work flow and procedures
  • Data capture techniques and products
  • Aerial triangulation
  • Airborne and mobile laser scanning
  • Recent developments
Satellite-Based Positioning and Practical (20 credits)

This module is a combination of theoretical and practical aspects of satellite-based positioning and its applications.

For the practical aspects, students work in small groups on three projects involving the design, planning and carrying out of measurements, processing and analysis for different satellite-based positioning techniques (individuals and groups are responsible for management and organisation of their projects, with staff members available for consultation and guidance).

Subjects covered include:

  • Satellite based positioning systems (GNSS)
  • Coordinate reference systems, frames, datums, transformations and geoid models
  • GNSS systematic biases and errors
  • GNSS observables
  • GNSS positioning techniques
  • Future developments and related issues.
Managing Operations (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with:

  • an appreciation of the importance of operations to business success.
  • the knowledge and understanding of how the key variables of a business inter-relate.
  • an introduction to the analytical skills to understand business operations and processes.
  • examples of current good practice

The module will help you to 

  • understand the link between, and the contribution of, operations to the wider business strategy
  • understand how to effectively handle the main trade-offs in operations management
  • critically analyse the processes and performance of a firm's operation
  • be able to determine the applicability of process improvement methodologies, such as lean, to manufacturing and service operations
  • understanding current challenges within operations management, within supply chains, and in sustainability.

Examples will be given from many different industries, with case studies of successful practice.

Aerospace Manufacturing Technology (10 credits)

This module covers:

  • Basic airframe structure
  • Airframe component manufacturing techniques
  • Joining techniques
  • Assembly technology
  • Composite structures
  • Jigless assembly and automated manufacture
  • Basic aero-engine structure
  • Geometry and material constraints
  • Manufacturing processes: forging, casting, welding and joining techniques, special processes, small and non round hole manufacture
  • Certification, verification inspection and quality control


The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

The UK aerospace industry is the second largest in the world, directly employing 112,000 people. Most of our aerospace research is by it's nature collaborative with industry and there is a strong pipeline of progression from fundamental research through to applied research and demonstration.

Students in the department have gone on to a variety of different careers, including civil engineers, engineering technicians, quality assurance and regulation officers and engineering professionals. The programme also aims to provide a strong foundation for further study to PhD level and pursuit of a career in research.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 92.3% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £32,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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