Aerospace Engineering MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

This specialist degree provides a rigorous and traditional academic education coupled with a well-developed appreciation of the highly technical nature of the aerospace industry.

The subjects studied include analytical and computational skills, principles and concepts appropriate to the design and operation of aircraft, and professional skills needed to equip graduates in the aerospace industry. The final year of the MEng is about broadening and deepening your knowledge and understanding of the discipline, to better meet the leadership needs of industry.

Why Study Aerospace Engineering Undergraduate Course at Brunel University?

NSS3rd best UK University for overall student satisfaction in Aerospace and Aviation: 2012 National Student Survey

NSSTop London-based University for overall student satisfaction in Aerospace and Aviation: 2012 National Student Survey

NSSAccredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

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About Mechanical Engineering at Brunel

From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunnelling machines to body-scanners, from technical consultancy to financial services such as insurance, mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are taken for granted in the modern world.

The range and diversity of career choice is consequently tremendous. In response to this diversity, we offer a variety of courses.

Interacting with students from different specialisms and with different interests is an important part of the University experience. To help with this, we have introduced a multidisciplinary project for Level 1 students. This is a design-based competition between teams made up of students from a number of subjects.

We also offer the Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course.

The range of courses reflects several of our research interests:

  • energy and environmental engineering;
  • internal combustion engines and their fuels;
  • structures and materials;
  • fluid mechanics.


This specialist course aims to produce highly qualified aerospace engineers equipped with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the field of aerospace engineering and related topics, requiring the exercise of leadership, initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations.


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Course Content

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
  • Analytical Methods and Skills
  • Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Aerospace Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience

Level 2

  • Solid Body Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Principles of Aircraft Design
  • Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
  • Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
Work Placement (thick-sandwich mode of study)

Level 3
  • Major Individual Project
  • Propulsion Systems, Aircraft Structures and Materials
  • FEA, CFD and Numerical Modelling
  • Professional Engineering Practice
Level 4
  • Major Group Project
  • Strategic Management and Enterprise
  • Current Topics in Aerospace
  • Design and Analysis of Aircraft and Spacecraft Systems
  • Advanced Aerodynamics, Propulsion Systems and Space Mechanics
  • Advanced Thermofluids or Advanced Solid Body Mechanics

MEng Final Year Project
All students participate in a team project of 5-6 people, which develops not only their transferable skills, but also their ability to design and manufacture a product. Recent examples of projects have included building a full-sized microlight aircraft, and designing, building and flying a load-carrying model aircraft entered into the industry-sponsored Heavy Lift Challenge. 

Special Features

  • Staff teaching on the course carry out much of their research with collaborators outside the University, including oil companies, aircraft manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms. This means that links between the Aerospace Engineering staff and industry are very strong.
  • Learning to work as part of a team is an essential objective of the MEng course. All MEng students take part in a Major Group Project, not only designing, but also making an artefact. The project focuses on their development of management skills, alongside the application of technical knowledge. There is the opportunity to exhibit these projects at the graduate showcase, known as Made in Brunel, as well as other industry-sponsored competitions.
  • Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped. This includes a six-axis engineering flight simulator. Industry-standard specialist software for engineering design is available to students 24 hours a day in dedicated computer clusters.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at Iowa University in the US.
  • If you start on the full-time course, you can transfer to the sandwich course at any time before the end of Level 2.
  • If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining a pre-set progression standard.


    The programme is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The MEng degree course fulfils the academic requirement to go forward for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

    Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) Status

    To become a Chartered Engineer you must fulfil certain requirements laid down by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The duration for these usually takes eight years, as follows:

    • An accredited four-year MEng degree or
    • An enhanced three-year degree – i.e. a BEng (a BSc will not do), plus approved further learning of minimum one-year duration.
    • A minimum of two years’ approved industrial training with an appropriate company.
    • A minimum of two years’ professional experience as a practising engineer.

    This can take longer if industrial training is difficult to come by. The provision of training can be expensive for employers, because they will incur costs in providing it, and will lose the use of an employee’s service while training is undertaken.

    Brunel’s sandwich courses help smooth the way through this stage because the integrated work experience is approved by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. With a large proportion of industrial training already completed, students are well down the road to registration, even before graduation.

    Facts and Figures

    The Aerospace Engineering degree course is hosted by the Mechanical Engineering Subject Area which has about 700 undergraduate students, 300 postgraduates and around 100 research students and assistants. Each year we take in about 160 new students, of which about 30% are studying for a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

    Teaching and Learning

    Our philosophy

    Our philosophy is to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific principles in aerospace engineering, and to provide them with the transferable skills that are designed to meet the challenges of employment within the engineering sector of the global economy.


    In Level 1, contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 17 hours per week. This will assist you in adjusting from school/college to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.

    How will I be taught?

    Lectures – These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas that you need to understand, and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.

    – Practicals are generally three-hour sessions in which you can practice your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.

    Design Studios – In a studio you will work on group projects with guidance from members of staff. In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. You may be required to design and produce an artefact or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.

    One-to-one – On registration for the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor whose role is to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will also have one-to-one academic supervision on Level 3 project work.


    You will undertake assignments, project work, reports on laboratory practicals, oral presentations and short tests. There are written examinations in May of each year. In Level 3, all students undertake a major individual project. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year.

    In the final year of the MEng course, assessment is biased towards coursework, and there are fewer exams. This reflects the workload of projects found in engineering industry.

    The final degree classification is calculated from a combination of Level 2, Level 3 and final year grades. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree, but you must pass the year in order to progress.


    Graduates from the MEng degree course have demonstrated themselves to be of the highest calibre of their peer group. Generally, our MEng students have a number of job offers before they graduate, and find themselves in the enviable position of cherry-picking their prospective careers.

    The five-year thick-sandwich degree programme enables you to gain high-quality, relevant professional experience which is sought by employers. Students have the opportunity to change from the full-time mode of study to the thick-sandwich course up to the end of Level 2.


    Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

    These statistics relate to graduates from a number of different pathways – Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (MEng), Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design, Motorsport Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Engineering and Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies.

    In 2012/13, six months after graduating:

    Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

    Aerospace Engineering graduates take up employment in fields such as aircraft and components design and manufacture, maintenance and testing, propulsion systems, flight simulation, aviation, avionics, patent engineering, financial services, and many more.

    Recent graduates have gone on to work for:
    • Rolls-Royce Aero Engines
    • British Airways
    • Airbus
    • GE Energy
    • Thales
    • Marshall Aerospace
    • BAE Systems
    • Qinetiq Group
    • Lockheed Martin
    • the Ministry of Defence


    Some of our graduates go directly into research, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), whilst others spend several years in industry first before studying for either a PhD or EngD (Engineering Doctorate). Opportunities for research are open to excellent graduates from the Aerospace Engineering course.


    You can choose to study either a full-time course or the prestigious sandwich course. Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations. The placement in industry is usually taken between Levels 2 and 3 for at least 44 weeks. This time can count towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

    Brunel’s award-winning Placement and Careers Service will support you to get the best placement to suit your aspirations. They can help you with advice to compose the best possible applications, and coach you with mock interviews – often with the support of industry visitors.

    The organisations that employ the students on placement are checked to ensure they can provide suitable training experiences. Quite often, Brunel graduates within firms mentor current students. The placement is assessed, and students must pass it to graduate with the words 'with Professional Development' in their degree title. Each student is allocated both a mentor within the company and an Industrial Tutor from Brunel, who is on hand to help ensure that the placement yields the best possible experience for the student’s personal professional development.

    At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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    Fees for 2015/16 entry

    UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,000 final year

    International students: £16,500 full-time

    See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

    Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

    Entry Requirements

    • GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted).
    • Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade A in Engineering, plus the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers at grade A along with 1 AS-level (excluding General Studies) at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning.
    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D*, including Distinction grade in Further Mathematics for Technicians, and Further Mechanical Principles.
    • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* including Distinction grade in Further Mathematics for Technicians, and Further Mechanical Principles with an A-Level Maths at grade A.
    • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D* with A-Levels grade AA in Maths and Physics.
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma 34 points, including 6 in Higher level Maths and 6 in Higher level Physics.
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma not accepted for the MEng entry. Access students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year one of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
    • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

    Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

    Entry criteria are subject to change.

    EU Entry Requirements

    If your country is not listed here please contact Admissions

    English Language Requirements

    • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
    • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
    • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

    Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

    Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

    Page last updated: Wednesday 04 March 2015