Undergraduate students working in the Aerospace Design Studio

Aerospace Engineering including an Industrial Year MEng

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Are you interested in the science behind flying? Or curious about aircraft design and manufacturing? Leading researchers in aviation teach our course to give you the skills and advanced knowledge needed to work in this exciting sector.

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Aerospace Design and Materials

Mandatory

Year 1

Aerospace Electronic Engineering and Computing

Mandatory

Year 1

Aerospace Statics and Dynamics

Mandatory

Year 1

Aircraft Design and Performance

Mandatory

Year 1

Fluid Mechanics and Aircraft Aerodynamics

Mandatory

Year 1

Integrating Project and Maths 1

Mandatory

Year 2

Aerospace Design and Manufacture

Mandatory

Year 2

Aerospace Electrical Engineering and Applications

Mandatory

Year 2

Aerospace Structures and Dynamics

Mandatory

Year 2

Aircraft Dynamics and Control

Mandatory

Year 2

Integrating Project and Maths 2

Mandatory

Year 2

Thermodynamics and Aerospace Propulsion

Mandatory

Year 3

Computer Modelling Techniques

Mandatory

Year 3

Individual Project

Mandatory

Year 3

Management and Professional Practice

Optional

Year 3

Aerospace Aerodynamics

Optional

Year 3

Aerospace Manufacturing: Airframes and Aeroengines

Optional

Year 3

Aerospace Materials: Airframes and Aeroengines

Optional

Year 3

Aerospace Propulsion Systems

Optional

Year 3

Aerospace Structural Design and Analysis

Optional

Year 3

Avionic Systems

Optional

Year 3

Flight Dynamics

Optional

Year 3

Hybrid Electric Powertains for Aerospace

Optional

Year 3

Space and Astronautics

Mandatory

Year 4

Year in industry

Mandatory

Year 5

Aerospace Industry Organisation

Mandatory

Year 5

MEng Individual Project

Mandatory

Year 5

Systems Engineering

Optional

Year 5

Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

Optional

Year 5

Advanced Dynamics and Vibration

Optional

Year 5

Cognitive Ergonomics in Design

Optional

Year 5

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Optional

Year 5

Digital Manufacturing

Optional

Year 5

Finite Element Analysis

Optional

Year 5

Spacecraft Systems and Design

Optional

Year 5

Turbulence and Turbulent Flows

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Wednesday 4 October 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars 
  • Lab classes
  • Design office classes 
  • Workshop sessions
  • Computing sessions
  • Group study
  • Independent study

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Group coursework
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Practical assessment

Workload varies from week to week; in a typical week in years one and two you will have up to 24 contact hours. Combined with coursework and self-study, you may spend over 35 hours a week on your studies. 

In study years three and four you will typically have 12-16 contact hours alongside self-directed project work, which forms a significant part of the course. You will typically spend at least 35 hours a week on your studies.

During your degree, you will learn how to analyse and problem solve, work in a team and be creative with inventive thinking. Our teaching is based on research funded by Airbus, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. These strong links with industry see our graduates go on to work for global companies across a range of technical and managerial jobs.

Average starting salary and career progression

90.4% of undergraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £29,032.

*HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017-2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2023, High Fliers Research).

In general, my placement gave me real world experience in my field of study and network opportunities within a global and well recognised company, as well as valuable and highly applicable skills that are not as easily found in a university environment. 

Alex Hyer

talking about his placement at AIRBUS

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