Aerospace Technologies MSc


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MSc Aerospace Technologies
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of Pass with Merit
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This multidisciplinary course complements the research strengths of the Institute for Aerospace Technology.
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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.

Engineering Council accredited degreeThis 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).

Key facts

  • This courses offers 'Managing Projects' as an optional module, provided by the Business School, a leading centre for management education, ranked sixth in the UK for research power.
  • The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research 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 a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

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.

Accreditation and aerospace at Nottingham

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.

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

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:

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

Please visit our funding your masters web page for general information and advice on financial support.

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

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international 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 your course application is submitted in good 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.



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 2016, 87.5% 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 £24,300 with the highest being £26,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

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

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