University of Salford

Aerospace Engineering

Great employer demand for graduates of this course
Access to excellent facilities including over 20 wind tunnels and a DC10 jet engine
Accredited course by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, giving you the opportunity to achieve chartered engineer status
International students can apply

The aerospace industry is at the forefront of modern engineering and manufacturing technology and there is an expanding need for highly skilled chartered Aerospace Engineers.

If you are looking to pursue a career in aerospace engineering this course will enable you to apply your skills and knowledge of engineering devices and associated components used in the production of civil and military aircraft, spacecraft and weapons systems.

This module has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. On graduation you be able to work towards Chartered Aerospace Engineer status which is an independent verification of your skills and demonstrates to your colleagues and employers your commitment and credentials as an engineering professional.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or above in an engineering or numerate science discipline such as aeronautical, mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering or physics.
Applicants who have a HNC/HND and five years' relevant experience may be considered for entry to the PgDip, initially.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Course modules

On completion of this module you should have a comprehensive understanding and systematic understanding of knowledge and concepts of aircraft performance by modelling aerodynamic loads and propulsion system performance, leading to key results in both steady and accelerated flight. You will also learn how  to predict and interpret optimal performance in cruise, climb and glide and to use predictive modelling techniques in propulsion system and airfield analysis.               
You will cover: Detailed study of equations governing two-dimensional, compressible, inviscid aerodynamic flows; Analysis of the aerodynamic performance of aerofoil sections over a range of flight conditions, including; subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic freestream flows; Use of linearised flow theory results for the analysis of supersonic wing flows. 

Finite Element Analysis
This module covers finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems and the development of appropriate finite element models of physical systems, and how to interpret the results of the analysis. Practical instruction will be given in the use of an industry-standard finite element analysis program, including the mathematical fundamentals as required. You will also learn how to use sophisticated element types as used to model real structures in industry.  

Engineering Computation
This module covers engineering computation.       

Aerospace Assembly

This module explores the processes associated with the assembly of very large aircraft structures, including the techniques of forming, joining and fixturing. You will be made aware of the relevant regulatory and design standards that have to be met and become familiar with the processes that must be  used  to ensure conformity with those standards.                

As part of the module you be given real engineering problems in an industrial or aerospace environment. This is your opportunity to work either as an individual or as an effective member of a group or team under the guidance of both academic and industrial managers.   

Flight Dynamics and Control
On completion of this module you will have a complete understanding of how to analyse flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.  

Assessment methods

The coursework consists of one assignment, and two laboratory exercises.

Assignment 1: Control design skills. (30%)
Laboratory 1: Feedback control design skills and system modelling skills. (10%)
Laboratory 2: Flight dynamics (10%)
The first 5 assignments are of equal weighting of 10%, assignment 6 has a weighting of 20%
Assignment1: Matlab programming skills assessed.
Assignment2: Simulink/ Matlab for control programming skills assessed.
Assignment3: Matlab simulation skills assessed.
Assignment4: Matlab integration skills assessed.
Assignment5: Matlab matrix manipulation knowledge assessed.
Assignment 6: Aerospace assembly techniques.

Sponsorship information

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,380 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Part-time £ 1,230 (Credit module) Home/EU 2 Years
MSc Full-time £ 13,500 (Whole course) International 1 Years
PgCert Full-time £ 2,070 (Whole course) Home/EU 4 Months
PgDip Full-time £ 2,070 (Whole course) Home/EU 9 Months

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