The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering is currently reviewing course structure and modules ahead of 2019 entry, and while basic course content will remain similar to that outlined below, some details may be subject to change. Please keep checking this page for the latest details.
Links with giants such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce Aerospace and Airbus coupled with our aerospace teaching and research facilities and our program of industrial guest lecturers bring the industry to life for our undergraduate students.
This degree has three taught years and students following this route will probably need to complete some further study should they wish to become chartered engineers. For some students, especially those from overseas, the preferred route is to do our BEng course and then stay on to complete an MSc degree.
Years one and two
All students follow a common programme of study for the first two years, studying material that provides a comprehensive core expertise in aerospace engineering and aircraft technology. Topics include propulsion, aerodynamics and engineering design and analysis.
Year two builds on year one, adding more advanced content in all the key areas and developing more specialised topics, such as flight mechanics and aircraft electrical power systems.
Key to these first two years is a systems approach including an integrating design, make and test project along with laboratory and workshop elements. These enable students to not only gain a clear understanding of aerospace and engineering theory but also experience of their practical application.
At the end of year two you will spend a year working in industry. You will gain first hand experience of the exciting challenges that are faced by aerospace engineers, and will significantly enhance your technical and managerial engineering skills. During the placement, students are classed as employees of the host company, but also remain fully registered with the University and receive support from their tutor throughout the placement. The faculty has a dedicated Placements Team who work closely with our Careers and Employability Team to support you in finding the right placement.
In year three, students will complete an individual research project as well as undertaking core modules in management, professional practice, certification, safety and reliability, and computer modelling techniques.
There are also a range of optional modules including Introduction to Space, Advanced Propulsion, Advanced Aerodynamics and Compressible Flow, and More Electric Aircraft. The optional content gives you the chance to specialise and focus if you wish to.
See also Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.