Aerospace Engineering BEng


Fact file - 2018 entry

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

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects.
IB score
36-34 (6 in maths at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level; plus preferably 5 in physics at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level)
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
100 (across all aerospace engineering undergraduate courses)


This course introduces you to all core aerospace concepts such as propulsion and aerodynamics before you move on to advanced and specialist material.
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Our BEng degree will provide you with the engineering knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the growing aerospace industry.  

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. 

Year three 

In year three, students will complete an individual research project as well as undertaking core modules in engineering management and public engagement and certification, safety and reliability.

There are also a number of optional modules across the AeroMechanical, AeroElectrical and general streams including Spacecraft, Avionic Systems and Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems which gives  students the opportunity to specialise in certain aspects of aerospace. 

More information 

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


Entry requirements

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

IB: 36-34; 6 in maths at Higher Level or 7 at Standard Level, plus preferably 5 in physics at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level. 

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

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

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 1

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• how materials, stress analysis and manufacturing disciplines fit within the framework of design
  • machining processes and metrology
  • lab-based demonstration of manufacturing processes
  • machine shop practical training
  • modern working practices - interaction with technical staff and conveying design intent.

You'll have three hours of contact time a week for this module (lectures and hand-on CAE activity). In addition there is workshop/CNC activity taught over a focussed two-week period.

Aerospace Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics

This module will introduce you to the basic concepts and practices of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics 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
  • viscous flows and drag
  • basic aerofoil concepts, lift and drag
  • boundary layer
  • equations of state and perfect gas law
  • first and second laws of thermodynamics including heat engines
  • processes undergone by closed systems
  • the steady flow energy equation
  • heat transfer

You'll have around three hours of contact time per week (lectures and problem solving classes) and four hours of practicals over the year.

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)
  • Control: general concepts and applications
  • 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.

Airframe and Materials 1

This module will introduce you to the properties and mechanical behaviour of materials. You’ll study the fundamental concepts and principles of solid mechanics and their application to simple engineering scenarios. You’ll learn how to:

  • describe various aerospace materials and comprehend the basic attributes of materials related to their class
  • demonstrate understanding of the various models of materials failure in an aerospace engineering context
  • apply fundamental understanding of materials in selection of components in simple aerospace design scenarios
  • demonstrate comprehension of the fundamental concepts of solid mechanics
  • apply these concepts to simplified engineering scenarios
  • recognise and construct an appropriate analysis technique to apply when presented with a simple aerospace engineering scenario in a solid mechanics context
  • record the salient details from an experimental investigation and conduct accurate and appropriate data analysis

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, two on materials and one on structures, over the year.

Dynamics and Flight Mechanics 1

In this module you’ll learn about the basic concepts and practices of dynamics in an aerospace context and flight mechanics. You’ll study:

  • the relationship between linear and angular motion
  • Newton’s laws for linear and rotational motion
  • linear and angular momentum including conservation of momentum
  • work, energy and power including kinetic and potential energy
  • geared systems
  • drive systems
  • load characteristics and steady-state characteristics
  • flywheel design
  • static and dynamic balancing
  • aircraft characteristics and flight equilibrium
  • level flight
  • longitudinal flight

You’ll have three hours of contact time per week for this module and three hands-on practical sessions delivered over the year. 

Professional Engineering and Project

In this module you’ll study the maths you need to support your engineering science learning and develop professional engineering skills, such as:

  • report writing, information searching and data analysis
  • computer programming using MATLAB
  • team working and project management

Over the year you’ll also work as part of a team to design and create a model scale aircraft that meets a set specification. This group project draws on technical elements from the other five 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.



Typical year two modules
  • Aerospace Design 2
  • Airframe and materials 2
  • Aerospace Aerodynamics and propulsion
  • Dynamics and Flight Mechanics 2
  • Professional Engineering and Project 2
  • Aerospace Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2
Typical year three modules
  • BEng Individual Project
  • Certification, Safety and Reliability 
  • Engineering Management and Public Engagement
In the third year there is the opportunity to specialise somewhat by following the AeroMechanical stream or the AeroElectrical stream. There is also a general stream for those not wishing to specialise.
Below is a selection of modules available:

General stream
  • Stress Analysis Techniques
  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems
  • Aerospace Structural Vibration
  • Aerospace Electrical Power Systems
  • More Electric Aircraft
  • Multiphysics Modelling of Electromechanical Systems
  • Avionic Systems
  • Rotorcraft
  • Spacecraft
  • Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
  • Aerospace Ergonomics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
AeroMechanics stream


  • Stress Analysis Techniques 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems
  • Aerospace Structural Vibration
  • Advanced Aerospace Dynamics
  • Composites in Aerospace
  • Advanced Aerospace Materials
  • Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
  • Rotorcraft
  • Spacecraft
AeroElectrical stream
  • Avionic Systems
  • Aerospace Electrical Power Systems
  • More Electric Aircraft
  • Aerospace Power Electronic Design
  • Aerospace Control Systems Design 
  • Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
  • Rotorcraft
  • Spacecraft
  • Satellite Based Positioning


Professional recognition

Engineering Council accredited degree

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.

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.


Average starting salary and career progression

Starting salaries for aerospace engineers range from £20,000 to £28,000. At senior levels salaries of £45,000 to £65,000+ can be reached.**

** (April 2014)


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.



Key Information Sets (KIS)

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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