BEng (Honours) Aerospace Engineering

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BEng (Honours)

Aerospace Engineering

Full-time Engineering

Join the next generation of aerospace engineers – gaining the scientific knowledge and practical skills you need to solve challenges at the forefront of air and space transportation.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    H415

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


Employability

96% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 74% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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Course summary

  • Develop state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in aerospace engineering. 
  • Gain the practical skills to solve complex future aerospace challenges.
  • Engage in live projects, numerical modelling and experimental techniques. 
  • Address sustainability challenges like decarbonisation and FlyZero-2030. 
  • Develop technology expertise in aviation and next-generation space missions.

This course prepares you for diverse roles in aerospace research and development, manufacturing, product design, testing, modelling, simulating and other commercial engineering enterprises. You’ll engage in professional practice from day one, working on industry-led projects and addressing complex aerospace problems. 

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course. 

You could also consider our integrated Masters MEng course. With an extra year to develop specialist knowledge and enhance your research and project-management experience, you gain advanced technical and professional skills to increase your future job prospects. Or, as long as you meet the required academic standards, you could enrol on the BEng and swap to the MEng later.

Accredited by
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purposes of meeting, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

This course automatically meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).



How you learn

Watch course leader Simone Battistini talk about the BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering course at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

On this course you’ll take an active, research-informed approach to learning, preparing for future aerospace challenges within a diverse student community. 

You’ll gain skills and confidence through state-of-the-art teaching techniques – such as flipped learning, think-pair-share, digital-technology aided teaching, online learning and a variety of activities..  

You learn through: 

  • Diverse lectures emphasising peer collaboration.
  • Tutorials to practise and apply your knowledge ahead of assessments.
  • Hands-on lab experience including computational modelling and simulation.
  • Q&A and discussions for self-assessment and understanding.
  • Support sessions for receiving feedback and preparing for assessments.
  • Teamwork activities for collaboration in an innovative environment.
  • Project-based learning to apply knowledge, creativity, design, critical analysis and professional skills to real-world projects.

Course topics

You’ll apply your learning to solve real-world problems across core subject areas – including aerodynamics, thermodynamics, structures, propulsion, flight dynamics and control, systems and avionics. You’ll also explore case studies within the aerospace industry – insightful examples of ongoing research and industry practice. 

Further themes of the course range from fluid mechanics and aerospace materials to aircraft design, numerical methods, modelling and simulation.

Assessments on the course include exams, coursework, case studies, phase tests, viva presentations and portfolios, offering equal opportunities to demonstrate your learning and potential. 

Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment. This includes: 

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-on-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments.
  • The Engineering Café, a weekly drop-in session where you can ask questions and get advice from academics.
  • A dedicated Maths and Stats Support drop-in session that runs twice a week.

Course leaders and tutors

Adriano Cerminara
Adriano Cerminara
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BEng/MEng Aerospace Engineering

Adriano Cerminara

Applied learning

Work placements 

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement between your second and third years. It's your chance to work as an engineer or designer, applying what you've learned in a commercial environment. You’ll learn how the industry works and make valuable connections for your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

We have a dedicated and experienced team to help you find a placement and make the most of your work experience opportunities. Our strong links to the industry and excellent reputation mean companies actively seek our students for employment. Often students return from their placements with sponsorships or job offers. 

Previous students have worked in a variety of technical roles for companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Boeing, General Electric, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems and the Ministry of Defence.

Live projects 

You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world aerospace projects by working on client-based projects. You’ll learn how to address the main client, business or user’s needs, while also meeting the main requirements of the project. You’ll consider ethical principles and your responsibilities as an engineer towards health and safety, society and the environment. 

Later in the course, you’ll undertake an individual project and an aircraft design and simulation module – carrying out the design of a real aircraft and creating a model in the flight simulator to verify the associated performance. 

You can join our student aerospace societies, space academic network or even form your own team. You may also be able to experience training programmes such as piloting or computer simulations. 

Field trips

You’ll be able to visit local airfields, airports and leading companies – exploring real aerospace settings and learning about their operations and instrumentation.   

Networking opportunities

You can attend scheduled events across the academic year to meet industry partners, employers, researchers, and alumni. Past events have included the Alumni Careers Panel, Careers Fair, Winter Research Poster Event, SHU Racing Launch and EngFest.

For the more research-focused projects, you may also be able to attend career development events and global conferences in aerospace engineering. 

And we arrange on-campus guest lectures and seminars from local employers, relevant professional bodies – such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) – plus world-class researchers in aerospace science. Here you’ll learn about ongoing industrial aerospace projects and leading research activities in the international scientific community, as well as potential employment opportunities – all helping to strengthen your CV, streamline your objectives and prepare you for future employment. 

Competitions 

You’ll have the opportunity to join a team of students involved in aerospace competitions at either national or international levels. These could include designing, building and flying a model aeroplane, or creating a flight simulator model. 

Our students have entered competitions such as the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) Payload challenge, the RAeS International Light Aircraft Design Competition, and the IMechE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Challenge. Plus the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Build, Fly competition, and spacecraft design competitions like the European Space Agency (ESA) CubeSats. 

You’re also welcome to join the Formula Student group and the Robotics Society at Sheffield Hallam. 


Future careers

You’ll graduate as a highly skilled aerospace professional, ready to navigate future challenges of the industry.

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • The aerospace industry
  • Civil and military aviation 
  • Aeronautical roles
  • Space and defence technology 
  • Aerospace research centres and agencies 
  • Academia 
  • Automotive roles
  • Mechanical roles
  • Energy and thermal power engineering 
  • Systems and control 
  • Computing and software development 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Management 

Previous graduates of this course have gone to work for: 

  • BAE Systems
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Skyrora
  • Dassault Systemes
  • NATS (National Air Traffic Services)

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities, including an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for teaching and flipped learning – plus team-working activities, projects and research.  

You’ll work within dedicated laboratories for: 

  • Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  • Aerodynamics (wind tunnels)
  • Flight simulation
  • Mechanical and thermal properties of materials and structures
  • Electronics and communications (digital oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies and spectrum analysers)
  • Computer-aided design
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Simulation and modelling software (SolidWorks, Ansys, Abaqus, MATLAB/Simulink)
  • Control systems – PLCs, pneumatic and hydraulic kits with software for monitoring and control
  • Manufacturing workshops

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least two A levels, equivalent BTEC National qualifications or T levels (to include mathematics (or a mathematics-based subject) and at least one other subject from Physics, Physical Science, Engineering science, Computer Science, Chemistry, Electronics, other Mathematically-based science or technology subject) but excludes general studies. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level including relevant subjects.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification - Must include B from Core and must be an engineering T level- excluding Design and development for engineering and manufacturing. 
  • A combination of qualifications which must include relevant subjects and may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

GCSE equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths

• Foundation - pass from our Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics, dependent on academic performance, or from another suitable science or technology foundation course containing an appropriate level of mathematics.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a mathematics-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Materials, Manufacturing And Design For Transportation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(75%) , Practical(25%)
Maths And Engineering Science For Transportation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sustainable Engineering And Interdisciplinary Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Applied Thermodynamics, Aircraft Systems And Manufacturing
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Numerical Methods And Applications
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Structures, Aerodynamics And Flight Mechanics
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Systems Modelling And Simulation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Advanced Aerospace Engineering And Design
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Aircraft Design And Simulation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Project: Implementation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Project: Management And Scoping
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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