Why study aerospace engineering at Bristol?

Aerospace engineers are truly high fliers. They are developing the next generation of aircraft, but also working on equipment for weather forecasts, mobile phones, television broadcast and space flight. Study in Bristol and watch your career take off.

Why Bristol is best

  • It's focused: from the get go, every part of your course will give you the skills you'll need.  Take a look at this sample 1st year timetable (PDF, 76kB)
  • It's diverse: you'll study aerodynamics, structures, materials, systems, design, control and then put technical theory into practice.
  • It's challenging: your mathematics and physics will be stretched and you'll need to be highly motivated to keep up. See our Undergraduate prospectus for further details.
  • It's research-led: our lecturers are at the top of their game, keeping courses commercially relevant. In the most recent Research Exellence Framework 93% of Engineering research (including Aerospace Engineering) was recognised as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Location, location, location ...

Bristol's historic association with the aerospace industry puts us in an excellent position to boost your career potential.  Proximity to companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo Helicopters and BAE Systems benefits our teaching and our research. A significant amount of the department's research funding comes from industry and many projects would involve industrial engagement.

The faculty's Industrial Liaison Office matches every student with an industrial mentor and assists with internships and year in industry placements.  Engineers from industry partners provide in-depth technical input and support for the group design project. 

The stats

Average salary six months after graduation is £28,000 - that's £2,000 more than the UK average.  In the most recent National Students Survey, 96% of our MEng students were satisfied with the quality of the course. Find out more at Discover Uni

Bristol is ranked top for Aerospace Engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2021. 

Student life in Bristol

Why you'll fall in love with our city. 

Get ahead - get accreditation

Accreditation by the Royal Aeronautical Society is a mark of assurance that your degree meets the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree is a significant step towards registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  Some employers target accredited courses when recruiting and an accredited degree is more likely to be recognised outside the UK.

Building on tradition

The city's aerospace history dates back to 1910 when Sir George White founded the Bristol Aeroplane Company. The first aircraft, the Bristol Boxkite, went into production that year. The company's base was at the end of the tramline in Filton, a site that later became part of the British Aircraft Corporation, and subsequently BAe Systems. Filton continues to be a hub for aircraft manufacturers including Airbus, GKN, MBDA and Rolls-Royce as well as BAe.

In 2015 the University of Bristol joined The Airbus Group University Partner Programme, a strategic initiative that fosters long-term collaboration with selected universities world-wide offering students the opportunity to attend events such as the Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy.  The department's Airbus Ambassador is Professor Ian Lane.

Airbus and the Royal Academy of Engineering co-fund the Sir George White Chair, a post currently held by Professor Jonathan Cooper. Airbus also supports the Drone Dash Challenge which is organised by students in the Drone, Build and Air Societies. 

National Composites Centre

Bristol is at the heart of research into composites. The University owns the National Composites Centre which helps transition new technologies from academia to industry. 

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