Aeronautical Engineering

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MSc

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
25 Months
Duration:
22 Months
Start date:
20 September 2021

Gain skills

Get qualified to work in the global aeronautical engineering sector

Flight simulator

Computerised wind tunnel and industry standard software

Take to the skies

Gliding club membership and visits to a commercial 737 simulator

Gain the skills and knowledge to work as an aeronautical engineer in the aerospace industry, in the UK or overseas. Secure a paid work placement to boost your industry knowledge and career success.

The aerospace industry is one of the UK's most successful sectors. Our well-established course is recognised by major international companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Airbus Helicopters and BAE Systems.

You’ll apply advanced theories to their practical application and work in our specialist laboratories using industry standard design and analysis software. Experience real aircraft systems with our flight simulator and wind tunnel.  

For an exhilarating break from study, you can take to the skies, thanks to student membership at a local gliding club!

The aerospace industry is one of the UK's most successful sectors. Our well-established course is recognised by major international companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Airbus Helicopters and BAE Systems.

You’ll apply advanced theories to their practical application and work in our specialist laboratories using industry standard design and analysis software. Experience real aircraft systems with our flight simulator and wind tunnel.  

For an exhilarating break from study, you can take to the skies, thanks to student membership at a local gliding club!

The aerospace industry is one of the UK's most successful sectors. Our well-established course is recognised by major international companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Airbus Helicopters and BAE Systems.

You’ll apply advanced theories to their practical application and work in our specialist laboratories using industry standard design and analysis software. Experience real aircraft systems with our flight simulator and wind tunnel.  

For an exhilarating break from study, you can take to the skies, thanks to student membership at a local gliding club!

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Aeronautical Engineering

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Aeronautical Engineering

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Aeronautical Engineering

Work placements

If you choose to complete a work placement, we’ll work with you to identify a suitable organisation. 

Course content

You’ll study eight taught modules with topics ranging from Power and Propulsion Systems to Advanced Aeronautical Systems. You’ll undertake a research-based dissertation and be encouraged to apply for and complete a 12-month paid industry placement giving you real-world experience of aeronautical engineering. 

You’ll study eight taught modules with topics ranging from Power and Propulsion Systems to Advanced Aeronautical Systems. You’ll undertake a research-based dissertation and be encouraged to apply for and complete a 12-month paid industry placement giving you real-world experience of aeronautical engineering. 

You’ll study eight taught modules with topics ranging from Power and Propulsion Systems to Advanced Aeronautical Systems. You’ll undertake a research-based dissertation and be encouraged to apply for and complete a 12-month paid industry placement giving you real-world experience of aeronautical engineering. 

MSc Aeronautical Engineering

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Aeronautical Systems 15 credits
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Advanced Materials And Quality 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits
Power And Propulsion Systems 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
Structural Analysis 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Aeronautical Systems 15 credits
Advanced Materials And Quality 15 credits
Power And Propulsion Systems 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
Structural Analysis 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits

Entry requirements

Normal entry requirements are at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline.  Alternatively, if you have significant appropriate experience and capable of responding to postgraduate work, your application will be considered. 

If your first language is not English a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. 

Normal entry requirements are at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline.  Alternatively, if you have significant appropriate experience and capable of responding to postgraduate work, your application will be considered. 

If your first language is not English a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. 

Normal entry requirements are at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline.  Alternatively, if you have significant appropriate experience and capable of responding to postgraduate work, your application will be considered. 

If your first language is not English a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. 

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Facilities

Flight Simulator

Our flight simulator runs XPlane software and has a professional PFC flight console and radio stack system.

It can be used for flying training and practicing advanced procedures, as well as learning aircraft systems and their operation.

Thermofluids and Aeronautical

Understanding the interaction between air and objects, particularly at their surfaces, is key to the design and operation of aircraft. Facilities in this laboratory allow practical measurement which is then augmented by computer-based flow simulation and modelling.

Engineering Laboratories

Packed with state-of-the-art software and hardware resources reflecting current trends in the development of engineering & technology subjects.

Mechanical Engineering Resources

Mechanical Engineering resources include industry standard hardware and software. Our labs in Stoke are full of exciting equipment for you to use so that you can prepare yourself for the workplace when you graduate.

Careers

After completing the Aeronautical Engineering MSc, you’ll be able to apply for a wide range of technical, engineering, analytical, operation or management jobs within the aerospace and airline industries, including: 

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Aircraft manufacturing
  • Armed forces
  • Government agencies
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Further and higher education

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.  

For this course, you'll: 

  • Use computer simulations 
  • Work with people in industry and critically appraise published work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops  
  • Be expected to study independently    

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.  

For this course, you'll: 

  • Use computer simulations 
  • Work with people in industry and critically appraise published work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops  
  • Be expected to study independently    

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.  

For this course, you'll: 

  • Use computer simulations 
  • Work with people in industry and critically appraise published work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops  
  • Be expected to study independently    

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).   

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module this will include a written technical report and an end exam.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).   

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module this will include a written technical report and an end exam.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).   

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module this will include a written technical report and an end exam.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessment you do.  We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module. 

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessment you do.  We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module. 

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessment you do.  We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module. 

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and an industry placement (if chosen).  

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and an industry placement (if chosen).  

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and an industry placement (if chosen).  

Independent learning

In addition to taught time, you’ll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will involve our Virtual Learning Environment; reading journals, articles and books; undertaking research in the library, and preparing for assessment activities and your dissertation.

Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories.

In addition to taught time, you’ll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will involve our Virtual Learning Environment; reading journals, articles and books; undertaking research in the library, and preparing for assessment activities and your dissertation.

Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories.

In addition to taught time, you’ll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will involve our Virtual Learning Environment; reading journals, articles and books; undertaking research in the library, and preparing for assessment activities and your dissertation.

Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones and a range of laboratories.

Staff

The Engineering team have expertise in many areas of engineering including renewables, plastic electronics, biofuels, manufacturing & prototyping and smart technologies.

Debi Roberts

Course Director

Debi has a keen interest in Automotive and Aeronautical Aerodynamics, Engine Design and Engineering History (Automotive and Aeronautical).

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Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,360 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,360 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,680 per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MSc Full-time 20 September 2021 Apply now

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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