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Guide to studying Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering

Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering is the study of the inner workings of aircraft and aerospace vehicles, with everything from design to construction.

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  1. What's Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering?

  2. Why study Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering?

  3. What jobs can you get as an Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?

  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering?

Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering is all about aircraft and aerospace vehicles – what gets them off the ground, what keeps them there, what allows them to turn and accelerate, what causes them to gain and lose altitude, and so on.

Courses often last four or five years with an integrated master’s degree. You’ll learn all about design, construction and power, taking from areas of mathematics, materials, physics and computer science.

Similar courses for Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering include: 

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aerospace propulsion systems
  • Aviation studies
  • Avionics
  • Space technology
  • Aerospace Engineering 

Why study Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering?

With engineering being a global industry, many Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering courses include the option of a study year abroad. The chance to study in India, China, Europe or the US is one few would pass up.

Read our five reasons to study Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering page for more information on studying this course.

What jobs can you get as an Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering graduate?

Graduates often work for aeronautical companies such as BAE, Rolls Royce and British Airways. There are also jobs in aerospace companies, airlines and the armed forces, and franchises such as Coca Cola.

Some examples of jobs directly related to an Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering degree include aeronautical or aerospace engineer, manufacturing engineer and engineering consultant.

What qualifications do you need? 

Universities often ask for high A Levels (or equivalent) in Maths and Physics or Chemistry.

Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you're interested in, as it varies between each institution.

What degrees can you study?

Degrees in Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering include:

  • BEng/MEng Aerospace Engineering
  • BEng/MEng Aeronautical Engineering
  • BEng/MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • BEng/MEng Aerospace Systems
  • BEng/MEng Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering

Several options include an integrated foundation year, industrial experience or another discipline, such as management or a modern foreign language.

How will you be assessed?

Assessments are usually carried out by a mixture of coursework and exams, with the latter typically carrying more weight. Other assessment methods include observed practical performance in workshops, presentations either done alone or in a group and occasional essays and reports. It will vary from module to module.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include:

  • Advanced Aeronautical Engineering MSc
  • Aerospace Engineering PhD
  • Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering PhD

There are also diplomas in areas like industrial automation, mechanical engineering technology and plant engineering.

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