MEng Aerospace Engineering (H410)

2017 entry

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UCAS code H410
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 125 overall
Number of places for 2017/18 121

About MEng Aerospace Engineering

This four-year course covers a broad range of subjects organised into three streams:

  • aerodynamics
  • dynamics and control
  • structures and materials.

Specialised from day one, these subjects are taught with aerospace applications and examples.

The first two years are devoted to core concepts, taught via lectures and backed up by practical experience through coursework and lab work. Further context such as space applications and aviation operations are covered in specialist units.

You will also learn skills that cross all the streams, such as computing, systems engineering and design. There is extensive mathematical content throughout.

In years three and four, greater flexibility is available for you to pursue options that interest you. Some units relate to particular application areas, such as helicopter aerodynamics, space systems or wind power. Others study particular technologies, such as composites analysis, experimental aerodynamics or multidisciplinary design.

The diversity of topics in Aerospace Engineering makes this a very challenging degree, but the reward is a uniquely broad education.

More about Aerospace Engineering

Find out more about studying Aerospace Engineering at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Fluids and Thermodynamics
  • Structures and Materials
  • Aeronautics and Mechanics
  • Design and Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Electronics
  • Aerospace Vehicle Systems or a language

Second year

  • Aerodynamics
  • Structures and Materials
  • Vibrations
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration
  • Space Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Professional Studies

Third year

  • Aerodynamics
  • Propulsion
  • Structures and Materials
  • Sensors, Signals and Control
  • Aerospace Systems
  • Professional Studies
  • Individual Exploratory Research Project
  • Options chosen from a list of specialised aerospace and related topics, including:
    • Computational Aerodynamics
    • Experimental Aerodynamics
    • Advanced Materials and Structures
    • Aircraft Operations
    • Aeroelasticity
    • Heat Transfer
    • Vibrations
    • Optimisation Theory and Applications
    • Non-linear Dynamics and Chaos

Fourth year

  • Aerospace Vehicle Group Design Project
  • Options chosen from a list of specialised aerospace topics and a choice of 20 credits from non aerospace options subject to approval:
    • Final Year Research Project
    • Advanced Numerical Methods for Aerodynamics
    • Aircraft Dynamics 
    • Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design
    • Composites Design and Manufacturing
    • Dynamics of Rotors
    • Advanced Composites Analysis
    • Advanced Space Systems
    • Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
    • Computational Aerodynamics
    • Advanced Aerodynamic Measurement and Analysis.
Further details about the course structure for Aerospace Engineering

Typical offer for MEng Aerospace Engineering

(including international A-levels)
A*AA  including Mathematics and Physics, with one of these at A*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
IB Diploma 38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. At least 12 credits at Distinction in Mathematics and 12 credits at Distinction in Physics. The Mathematics units taken should include calculus, algebra and trigonometry. Plus A-level Mathematics at grade A. (*see Academic qualifications information below)
BTEC D*DD (Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A (*see Academic qualifications information below)
SQASH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB88% overall with 9.0 and 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:Grade C in Mathematics and English. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Academic qualifications*Where A-level Mathematics is not offered alongside this qualification, please see section 2.2 in the admission statement.

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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