Aerospace Engineering MEng


Fact file - 2019 entry

MEng Hons Aerospace Engineering
UCAS code
4 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
Maths is essential and physics is highly preferred. A level general studies, citizenship studies, and critical thinking are not accepted.

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects.
IB score
38-36 (6 in maths at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level; plus physics (preferred but not essential) at 6 at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level).
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
100 (across all aerospace engineering undergraduate courses)
We are still currently taking applications for 2018 entry


This course gives you a comprehensive grounding in all core aerospace concepts and satisfies the educational requirements needed to become a chartered aerospace engineer.
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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.

Spanning four years, our MEng degree will provide you with an advanced understanding of aerospace engineering and the aerospace industry. You will also have the opportunity to work on a comprehensive Aerospace Group Design Project in your third year.

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.

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 flight mechanics, aircraft design, aerodynamics and engineering design and analysis.

Year two builds on year one, adding more advanced content in all the key areas including propulsion and control of aerospace 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.

Year three

In year three MEng students work in small groups on an Aerospace Group Design Project as well as undertaking core modules in management, professional practice, certification, safety and reliability and computer modelling techniques.

There are also a number of optional modules including Introduction to Space, Avionic Systems and Advanced Propulsion which gives students the opportunity to specialise in certain aspects of aerospace.

Year four

Year four not only provides students with the opportunity to further advance their knowledge of aerospace engineering through a varied choice of module options, but also provides the chance to work on an individual research project and gain an insight into the aerospace industry with a core module in Aerospace Industry, Management and Technology.

These modules, coupled with the previous three years of study, will ensure you're prepared to confidently enter the aerospace industry.

More information

See also Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Engineering and Science Foundation Year Programme.

Entry requirements

A levels: A*AA-AAA including A in maths and preferably physics. A level general studies, citizenship studies and critical thinking not accepted as part of the grade offer. Maths is essential.

IB: 38-36; 6 in maths at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level, plus physics (preferred but not essential) at 6 at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level)

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require 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 onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications 

For details please see alternative qualifications page

Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course

Notes for applicants 

Scholarships - for details of scholarships please see



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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 the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year one modules


Aerospace Design and Materials

This module will introduce you to the basic concepts and practices of design and manufacture in an aerospace context. 

Topics include:

  • the process of concept generation through to detail design in an aerospace context
  • the use of computer aided engineering tools in the design processes
  • part and assembly design using CATIA
  • basic machine elements and their function
  • Properties and mechanical behaviour of materials
  • Materials selection as part of the design process
  • How materials, stress analysis and manufacturing disciplines fit with the framework of design
  • machining processes and metrology
  • lab-based demonstration of manufacturing processes
  • machine shop practical training
  • an appreciation of modern working practices - interaction with technical staff and conveying design intent

You’ll have eight hours of contact time a week for this module (lectures, design office and hands-on CAE activity). In addition there is workshop/CNC activity taught over a focussed two-week period.

Aerospace statics and dynamics

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and principles of solid mechanics and dynamics. It covers their application to simple engineering scenarios in an aerospace concept.

Topics include:

  • Review of basic mechanics: vectors, units, forces and moments, Newton’s laws 
  • Static equilibrium: force and moment analysis in design; frictional forces 
  • Free body diagrams and Pin-jointed structures 
  • Stress, strain and elasticity
  • Multi-axial stress-strain; thin walled vessels under pressure 
  • Shear stress and torsion of shafts 
  • Plane stress; Mohr's circle analysis
  • Beam bending: shear force and bending moment diagrams
  • 2nd moments of area of cross-sections
  • Bending stresses in beams
  • The relationship between linear and angular motion
  • Newton’s laws for linear and rotational motion
  • Linear and angular momentum

You’ll have three hours of contact time every week for this module (lectures and problem solving classes). You’ll also have three practical sessions over the year, two on solid mechanics and one on dynamics.

Aerospace Aerodynamics

This module will introduce you to the basic concepts and practices of aerodynamics in an aerospace context. It covers the following topics:

  • atmospheric physics, static pressure and hydrostatics
  • inviscid flow –
    • conservation of mass, momentum and energy
    • Euler and Bernouilli equations
    • Introduction to compressible flow
    • viscous flows
      • laminar and turbulent flows
      • boundary layer transition and separation
      • drag
      • Introduction to shock waves
    • Lifting surfaces
      • aerofoils and wings
      • basic forces
      • pressure distributions
      • lift generation
      • stall
      • fluid-structure interaction phenomena

You’ll have three hours of contact time per week (lectures and problem solving classes) and two laboratory sessions of two to four hours during the year.

Aircraft Design and Performance 1

This year-long module introduces students to the basic concepts and practices of aircraft design and flight mechanics. It covers the following topics:

  • Aircraft classification and configurations
  • Aircraft design procedures
  • Aircraft characteristics and performance
  • Preliminary aerodynamic analysis
  • Flight envelopes
  • Steady flight conditions
  • Static stability

You’ll have three hours of contact time per week for this module and three hands-on practical sessions delivered over the year including an introduction to our state of the art flight simulator.

Professional Engineering and Project

This module comprises a number of elements key to professional engineering education and development:

  • Engineering Maths
  • computer programming using MATLAB
  • Data analysis
  • Communication skills (report writing, presentation)
  • team working
  • project management

Over the year, in addition to lectures in the core subjects, you’ll work as part of a team of four to design and create a model scale aircraft that meets a set specification. This group project draws on technical elements from the other modules you’ll be studying. The taught material in this module is delivered through a blend of lectures, practical workshops and computing sessions. The integrating project takes place in three project-only weeks interspersed through the year and culminating in flight testing of the designed aircraft.

You’ll have two hours per week of maths, one hour per week of MATLAB in first semester and a number of focussed lectures and workshops on the other topics delivered interspersed through the year. The three project weeks are based in our aerospace studio and project room.

Aerospace Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1

This module will introduce you to electrical and electronic devices, power transmission and the distribution and utilisation of electrical energy in an aerospace engineering context. A range of topics are covered including:

  • Electrical circuits: Resistors and Kirchhoff’s Laws, superposition, Gauss and Ampere Laws, transient analysis of circuits, capacitance and inductance, phasors, AC circuits, 3-phase AC systems
  • Communications: introduction to signals (analogue and digital), basic electronic components (diodes, transistors and operational-amplifiers)
  • Electrical systems: electrical machines, electrical power sources in aircraft, transformers, power distribution to aircraft electrical systems, introduction to electrical loads in aircraft

You’ll have a two-hour lecture each week and a one-hour seminar covering industry focussed topics such as more electric aircraft. You’ll also have three practical sessions lasting three hours.

Typical year two modules


  • Aerospace Design 2
  • Airframe and materials
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Dynamics and Flight Mechanics
  • Professional Engineering and Project 2
  • Control of aerospace systems
Typical year three modules
  • Aerospace Group Design Project
  • Management, Professional Practice, Certification, Safety and Reliability
  • Computer modelling techniques

There is a range of optional modules to choose from allowing an element of specialisation and focus. Optional modules include:

  • Advanced Aerodynamics and compressible flow
  • Advanced Propulsion
  • Advanced Materials
  • More Electric Aircraft
  • Avionic Systems
  • Introduction to Space
  • Actuator Systems
Typical year four modules


  • MEng Individual Project
  • Aerospace industry, Management and technology


  • Structural vibration and aeroelasticity
  • Spacecraft systems and design
  • Additive manufacture
  • Advanced more electric aircraft
  • Aerospace ergonomics
  • Advanced Computational fluid dynamics
  • Advanced finite element analysis
  • Turbulence and aeroacoustics
  • Navigation
  • Satellite based positioning
  • Aerospace control system design
  • rotorcraft


Professional recognition

As these degree courses are new they cannot yet be accredited but we are following the defined and recognised processes for becoming accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Engineering Council accredited degree

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.


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.

Aerospace Engineering at the University of Nottingham does not yet have any graduates and so in line with HEFCE policy the data displayed here is for all mechanically-based courses at Nottingham.

How to use the data

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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