Aerospace Engineering at Brunel is ranked 3rd in London (Complete University Guide 2018).
Brunel is the closest university to London’s Heathrow Airport, providing opportunities for site visits and placement and career options.
About the course
This specialist degree in aerospace engineering 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.
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Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The MEng course aims to produce highly qualified aerospace engineers equipped with the qualities to progress to senior roles within aerospace engineering.
Graduates develop in-depth technical knowledge and transferable skills including leadership, initiative and sound decision-making for complex and unpredictable situations.
- 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.
- Solid Body Mechanics
- Principles of Aircraft Design
- Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
- Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation.
- Major Individual Project
- Propulsion Systems, Aircraft Structures and Materials
- FEA, CFD and Numerical Modelling
- Professional Engineering Practice
- Flight Testing and Analysis.
- Major Group Project
- Strategic Management, Innovation and Enterprise
- Current Topics in Aerospace
- Design and Analysis of Aircraft and Spacecraft Systems
- Advanced Aerodynamics, Propulsion Systems and Space Mechanics
Choose one optional module from:
- Advanced Thermofluids
- 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.
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
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. You have the opportunity to change from the full-time mode of study to the thick-sandwich course up to the end of Level 2.
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
- GE Energy
- 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 Professional Development Centre 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.
Read more about Student Industrial Work Placements.
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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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma not accepted for the MEng entry. BTEC Extended Diploma students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year two of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* in Mechanical Engineering, with distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles, and A-Level Maths grade A.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D*, with A-Levels grades 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.
5 GCSEs to include grade B in Maths, C in English Language and 2 Science subjects.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
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 University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
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.
How many hours of study are involved?
In Level 1, contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 19 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.
Laboratories – Practicals are generally two to 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.
- 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 a product. 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 Brunel Engineers, as well as other industry-sponsored competitions.
- Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped. This includes supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels, and 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.
- 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.
Women in Engineering and Computing Programme
Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.
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 does not qualify), 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
Mechanical Engineering at Brunel 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.
Fees for 2017/18 entry
£9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,170 final year
Additional course related costs
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants