Aeronautical and aerospace engineering is among the most challenging engineering disciplines, integrating mathematics, physics, materials and computer science with a strong design philosophy. This course will equip you to design, analyse, manufacture and operate aircraft and aerospace vehicles.
You'll be taught by academics with a passion for aeronautical and aerospace engineering who are at the forefront of their fields. Their strengths and expertise include aircraft structural analysis (ensuring the aircraft is strong enough), structural optimisation (making best use of materials), aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (minimising drag and increasing fuel economy), and aerospace systems design and analysis (ensuring stability and control).
An active aerospace Industrial Advisory Board helps inform the development of this course to ensure that it is up to date with industry developments and requirements. This is one of the reasons why our graduates are in demand from industry.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You'll learn among leading academics in world-class facilities. We have extensive lab space and equipment for subjects like solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, engine testing and thermofluids as well as control and dynamics. You'll also have access to our high-spec CAD cluster and workshop facilities including various rapid prototyping systems.
There's also the LabVIEW Academy course, the first of its kind in the UK. Combining face-to-face teaching with hands-on lab exercises, this course will build your skills in using the visual programming software LabVIEW - created by National Instruments, who developed the course - to help you build skills to prepare for your career.
This course is jointly accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited aeronautical and aerospace engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IMechE and RAeS.
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.
The first two years of our five degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to switch between our different degrees. In Years 3 and 4 you'll take modules in your chosen specialism.
In Years 1 and 2, you'll study compulsory modules to establish the core mechanical engineering principles required by all branches of mechanical engineering. You'll also undertake the first year design and manufacture project. Since many mechanical engineers go on to positions where they have management responsibilities, you'll develop your knowledge of business practices by studying economics and management, taught by the Leeds University Business School.
Specialist aeronautical and aerospace modules form the basis of Year 3. You'll learn to apply design to different aspects of modern aerospace vehicles, leading to detailed design of different aerospace vehicle systems. You'll understand the fundamental principles of flight mechanics, stability and control, orbital mechanics and space flight, aerodynamics and propulsion systems, finite element analysis and aerospace vehicle design.
To experience some of these aspects in practice, you'll also attend a flight course where you'll be a passenger in a small aircraft, taking measurements of its performance under a range of manoeuvres.
If you take the MEng course, you'll continue into Year 4 to learn more about analysing structures unique to the aerospace industry. You will be trained to conduct computational fluid dynamics simulations to analyse the aerodynamic characteristics of aerospace vehicles and you will develop a deeper understanding of aerospace systems. There will be a choice of an optional module, allowing you to focus on the scientific principles of design optimization or rotary wing aircraft.
In addition to the taught modules, 50% of year 4 consists of an aerospace-related group project, usually in conjunction with leading aerospace companies that are members of the aerospace industrial advisory board.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. As part of the Design and Manufacture modules in years 1 and 2, you will design, construct and test a model glider and a fully-automated Martian rover. These and other project activities give you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
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You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, where the A* must be in either Mathematics or Physics.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
When you graduate, you'll be able to apply your skills in a number of areas, including aerospace design and manufacturing in both civil and military environments, fundamental research, airline management and operations, and the space sector. The global aerospace industry drives many future developments in science and technology.
94% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating.
Recent graduates have secured positions including:
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working.
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.
For our IMechE accredited courses, the industrial placementyear is approved for EngTech registration, which enables you to become a professionally registeredengineering technician before you graduate. This not only demonstrates yourengineering skills but should give you a head start when entering the jobmarket.
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