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Year of Entry 2020/21

Aerospace Engineering

Course in clearing
Full-time Engineering

Work in a rigorous, dynamic and supportive environment to prepare for your career as an in-demand aerospace engineer.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2020. Whether you have your results or not, apply online or by calling 0330 024 6390 today.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4 / 5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? H414
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain specialist knowledge of aerospace technology.
  • Develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and theories.

Develop towards a career at the highest level of engineering, with the skills and knowledge required to work in product design and development or senior management in the aerospace industries. This course runs parallel to the BEng (Honours) Aerospace Engineering.

Student View

Watch student George Brooks talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Xinjun Cui talk about this course.

Alongside their teaching, our lecturers conduct research and consultancy for industry, either in our Materials and Engineering Research Institute - one of the best in the UK for engineering research, or in collaboration with other organisations. This keeps your lectures and seminars up to date, giving you the latest knowledge in your subject.

You learn through:

  • lectures and seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • problem-based and practical activity-based learning
  • group and individual project work
  • field trips
  • guest lectures
  • extra-curriculum activities
  • acting as student mentors

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Xinjun Cui
Dr Xinjun Cui
Course Leader for BEng/MEng Aerospace Engineering

Xinjun is Course Leader for BEng/MEng Aerospace Engineering.

Applied learning

Work placements

You can undertake an industrial training placement which is typically 48 weeks long, after the second or third year of study. You are able to apply the knowledge gained on the course to commercial engineering practice, gain new skills and learn how industry works.

Previous students have worked in a variety of technical roles for companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, Meggitt Aircraft Breaking Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and many others.

Field trips

You may have the opportunity to visit various industrial sites, attend guest lectures and events on aerospace engineering, or you might spend time on a pilot training programme in the USA, run by Northwestern Michigan College.

Networking opportunities

You have opportunities throughout your course to gain extra-curricular experience on a variety of projects within the aerospace community, for example, by joining our student UAV society or rocket team, or by becoming a student ambassador or a student peer.

Each year a few students attend the annual national conference of the Association of Aerospace Universities, showcasing their final year project work on a national level and networking with aerospace professionals from around the UK.

We have a mentoring scheme where you are paired with students from the second, third and fourth year, helping you settle in and form friendship groups that last throughout your course and beyond.


You can also take part in national and international engineering competitions, including

  • the Heavy Lift Challenge or UAS Competition, which involves designing and building a remote-controlled UAV model and testing it in a competition
  • Formula Student, where you design and build a race car and race it at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix
  • Engineering Without Borders, a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world

Future careers

This course prepares you for highly skilled employment in

  • diverse aerospace, defence and mechanical industries involved with design, development, testing, manufacturing, maintenance and management
  • researching and developing flight control and simulation systems
  • aircraft systems, design and maintenance
  • communications, navigations and remote sensor systems
  • rocketry, missiles and space vehicles
  • further postgraduate study leading to PhD

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Airbus
  • QinetiQ
  • MOD
  • RAF
  • European Space Agency
  • National Defense Laboratories
  • Bombardier
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • aerospace, mechanical and general engineering

A number of students continue their MSc or PhD studies at Imperial, Cranfield, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield and USA universities.


This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purposes of fully meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • the recently refurbished Sheaf Building
  • a precision workshop
  • digital design centre
  • sub-sonic wind tunnel
  • gas turbine engine
  • state-of-the-art flight simulator
  • Ansys
  • Solidworks
  • Matlab
  • Abaqus

Entry requirements

All students

112 UCAS points, including 64 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include A level Maths, or BTEC Subsidiary Engineering and a science subject.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BEng Aerospace Engineering with Foundation Year.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Aerodynamic Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Aerospace Materials And Manufacturing Processes Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Aircraft System And Avionics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Electro-Mechanical Engineering Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Aerospace Numerical Methods And Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Aerospace Structures And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Computer Aided Manufacture And Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Control And Instrumentation For Aerospace Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Thermofluid Dynamics (Aero) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Aerospace Structural Integrity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Aircraft Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Aircraft Flight Mechanics And Simulation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Engineering Project Management And Individual Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Propulsion Systems And Aerodynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Aerospace Computational Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Vibration And Acoustics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Fatigue And Fracture Mechanics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Astronautics And Space Propulsion Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Flight Stability And Control Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Lean Operations And Six Sigma Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Meng Group Project Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 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.

Additional costs for Engineering courses (PDF)

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