Undergraduate courses

Aerospace in Bristol

Bristol has a long history of association with the aerospace industry, which places us in a geographically excellent position; for example, only 6km away from the main university precinct are Airbus, Rolls-Royce, GKN, BAE Systems, and MBDA. This proximity translates in to benefits for both our teaching and research. Airbus, AgustaWestland and Astrium (now Airbus Defence & Space) are partners in our group design project, which means their engineers provide in-depth technical input and support for the design groups.


Why Aerospace?

Studying Aeronautical Engineering at Bristol is...

  • Focused: from day one, every part of our course is tailored to giving you the skills needed to design an aircraft or spacecraft.  For an idea please see sample 1st year timetable (PDF, 34kB);
  • Diverse: you willl study a range of technical subjects - aerodynamics, structures, materials, systems, design, control - and get experience of making them work together through projects.
  • Challenging: your mathematics and physics will be stretched and you will have a lot of work to do. You need to be a highly motivated individual to keep up.  See typical offer on specific course pages in the Undergraduate prospectus;
  • Quality assured:  In the 2010 National Students Survey, 93 percent of our students were satisfied with our course. Visit the Unistats website for current information.
  • Research-led: Our lecturers are world-leading in a variety of aerospace researchtopics.
    • Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) rated nearly all our research as “internationally excellent” in the 2008;
    • Royal Aeronautical Society praised the "research ethos of the department and the positive influence it exercises on teaching" in their 2010 accreditation report.
  • Well-connected: Bristol is the heart of the UK aerospace community and Department’s close links with major companies including:

These companies guide our curriculum and maximise your employment potential after graduating.

Aerospace Engineering 3/4 years (BEng/MEng) programmes

Programme structure

Our programme structure pages have more details of the courses within each theme and each year.



This degree has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society 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.