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The first year aims to build on your established skills to provide a foundation of key engineering subjects and an essential grounding in the key aeronautical principles. You will be provided with an introduction to aerospace topics including aerodynamics, power plants, aircraft systems and structures.
This is reinforced with the use of practical laboratory sessions using our full-sized aircraft, wind tunnel and flight simulator hardware. For example, you will have the opportunity to remove, inspect, overhaul and reinstate critical aircraft components like the aircraft braking system, aileron or rudder.
You will also have the chance to perform a series of aircraft manoeuvres in the Merlin flight simulator to collect data to analyse the flying characteristic of the aircraft and design, develop and manufacture crashworthy landing gears for quadcopter using 3D printers.
The second year builds on the foundations of Year 1 to enhance your specialist knowledge and analysis in the key aerospace systems themes of the programme. The majority of the modules include teaching of industry standard specialist computer aided analysis tools to support your study and enhance your employability.
The course culminates with your individual research project. Past students have examined flight data analysis for Red Bull Air Racing, aerodynamic noise reduction of van roof racks, diesel engine duty cycle optimisation and heat exchanger optimisation for local companies. Other projects include real-time control of Segway type rig, winglet design and testing.
MEng students will study this same programme but are streamed in their group projects (Aerospace Systems Design and Aerospace System Prototype and Validation) to ensure that their built aircraft provides the platform for the systems integration module of their final MEng year.
At master’s level, the course is designed to deepen your knowledge and understanding of core aerospace subjects (system integration, propulsion system design, structural design and materials) and strategic management to enable you to solve multidisciplinary problems of increasing complexity.
The MEng year is an optional additional year, and students can chose to exit with a BEng (Hons) degree after three years, or if they meet the entry criteria for the MEng year they may continue (details of criteria are provided for in the programme specification on this course webpage).
Previous graduates have obtained jobs in the military as:
We have graduates currently working overseas at Airbus in France and Berntrandt in Germany.