Aerospace Engineering study guide 2023/24

Aerospace Engineering at Bristol

Welcome to the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Bristol.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering has been established for over fifty years and is a leading provider of aerospace research and teaching in the UK. The Department has excellent links with local industry: companies such as Airbus, BAe Systems, Westland Helicopters, Dowty and Rolls-Royce have a significant research and development presence in the Bristol area.

From 2023/24 onwards, Aerospace Engineering is part of a new school: the school of Civil, Aerospace, and Design Engineering

Unit structure

Many of the Aerospace Engineering units are taught across the academic year (known as 'TB4' units), which means they start in September and end in May/June. There are some single-semester classes, but we encourage students interested in this subject to consider studying with us for the full academic year (September–June) so they have more unit choices available to them.

Unit levels

Aerospace Engineering offers units across all undergraduate levels of study – Year 1 (Level C/4), Year 2 (Level I/5), and Year 3 (Level H/6) – and selected postgraduate units (Level M/7). Level M/7 units are normally taken by students who have studied the subject for at least 3 years beforehand and are at an appropriate level of study to take postgraduate units.

Unit codes

Unit codes for Aerospace Engineering begin with 'AENG'. This is followed by a number indicating the year (1, 2, 3). For example:

  • AENG10000 = year 1 unit
  • AENG20000 = year 2 unit
  • AENG30000 = year 3 unit.

For more information about each unit, check the University's unit catalogue for 2023/24. Applicants on all study abroad programmes must review the unit details on the catalogue before listing unit choices on their application form. This includes checking the format of assessment for each unit. The unit catalogue for 2023/24 is expected to be updated by the end of April 2023.

Your unit choices cannot be guaranteed. Some units may not have capacity to accommodate all of the unit requests we receive. Registration on a unit also depends on whether you meet the pre-requisite conditions through prior study at your home university.

Study Abroad (Subject pathway)

If you have been nominated to Bristol on the Study Abroad (Subject pathway), you are expected to take the majority of your credits in this department. You may select units from across the School of Civil, Aerospace, and Design Engineering should you be based with us for one semester and are encountering issues selecting units from just one department. Please see the Civil Engineering study guide for information on their units.

Research Project units

The Department of Aerospace Engineering allows Study Abroad students to take the following research project unit:

  • Research Project 3 (TB4) - AENG30017

IMPORTANT: this unit is only available if a supervisor is agreed before arrival. Students interested in taking AENG30017 are advised to contact the Department about this by 1st September. This unit cannot be offered after arrival if supervision has not been preliminary agreed.

Units available on the study abroad programme in 2023/24

The following Aerospace Engineering units are open to inbound Study Abroad students.

Year 1 (level C/4)

  • AVDASI 1: Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering (TB2) - AENG10004

Year 2 (level I/5)


  • Space Systems (TB1) - AENG22300


  • Aerodynamics (TB4) - AENG21100
  • Aerospace Dynamics (TB4) - AENG20008
  • Structures and Materials 2 (TB4) - AENG21200

There are no Year 2 units that begin in TB2

Year 3 (level H/6)


  • Numerical and Simulation Methods for Aerodynamics (TB1) - AENG30018


  • Aircraft Propulsion (TB2) - AENG31102


  • AVDASI 3 – Design Methods and Systems Engineering (TB4) - AENG30020
  • Feedback Systems and Automatic Control (TB4) - AENG30022
  • Research Project 3 (TB4) - AENG30017. Please see the 'Research Projects' section of this guide for more information on this unit
  • Structures and Materials 3 (TB4) - AENG31200

Year 4 (level M/7)


  • Aerial Robotics (TB1) - AENGM0073
  • Composite Materials for Sustainability (TB1) - AENGM0092
  • Composites Design, Manufacture and Product Development (TB1) - AENGM0091. This is offered in both TB1 or TB2
  • Experimental Methods for Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics (TB1) - AENGM0086


  • Advanced Numerical Methods for Aerodynamics (TB2) - AENGM0087
  • Advanced Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity (TB2) - AENGM0088
  • Composites Design, Manufacture and Product Development (TB2) - AENGM0091. This is offered in both TB1 or TB2
  • Composites for Lightweight Structures (TB2) - AENGM0082
  • Wind Energy Systems (TB2) - AENGM0081 

Application queries

Contact the Centre for Study Abroad inbound team if you have any queries about the application process for the study abroad programmes:

Phone: +44 117 39 40207


Students cannot audit units. Study abroad students are fully registered on units for credit purposes and must attend teaching only for classes that they are registered on.

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