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Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University has a distinguished history of working with aerospace companies around the world. As a student on the MSc Aerospace Engineering, you will be provided with a systematic understanding of the advanced knowledge, critical awareness and new insights required by effective practising aerospace engineers.
The MSc Aerospace Engineering degree is based on the world-class expertise available in the Materials Engineering Centre and the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering.
At Swansea, world-class aerospace research drives excellent teaching within a cutting-edge learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities. The MSc Aerospace Engineering course prepares you for the design, analysis, testing and flight of the full range of aeronautical vehicles, including propeller-driven and jet-powered planes, helicopters and gliders.
Students on the Aerospace Engineering course will gain hands-on experience through access to one of the world’s most advanced engineering flight simulators housed within the College of Engineering. The MSc Aerospace Engineering course at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
Modules on the Aerospace Engineering course typically include:
Finite Element Computational Analysis
Flight Dynamics and Control
Advanced Airframe Structure
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Aerospace Materials Engineering
MSc Dissertation - Aerospace Engineering
“After passing all the modules on the MSc Aerospace Engineering course, I had the possibility to develop my final thesis in an industrial environment. I learnt about avionics and electronic equipment and developed team work and communication skills.
My favourite memory of the MSc Aerospace Engineering course is our team winning the International Aircraft Design and Handling competition. Our effort really paid off when we won the first prize!
Before starting my final thesis, I found a job as an Applications Engineer in one of the most important aerospace engineering companies, MTorres. Personally, I think obtaining a Master’s degree in a university with a great reputation such as Swansea University makes it much easier to find a job.
Swansea University provides a fantastic opportunity to study any field of engineering due to the professional and friendly staff.”
Roberto Morujo, MSc Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University has a distinguished history of working with aerospace companies around the world, including:
We have also contributed to many exciting projects, from the super-jet Airbus A380 to the 1,000mph land-speed record breaking BLOODHOUND SSC.
The MSc Aerospace Engineering course is suitable for those who would like to gain comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to contribute to the creation and maintenance of aerospace and aeronautical equipment.
The MSc Aerospace Engineering course covers the necessary aspects for a successful career in the growing aerospace industry.
Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.
Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University has a wide range of in-house facilities ranging from computer labs housing state-of-the-art PCs through to specialist equipment used almost exclusively by aerospace students.
Practical flying experience on the MSc Aerospace Engineering course is gained from the state-of-the-art Merlin MP521X engineering flight simulator mounted on a six axis hydraulic motion system and flying experience at a local airport.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.
The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.
The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.
Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.
Demand for aerospace engineering graduates is rising, both in the UK and overseas. In fact, the UK aerospace industry is the second biggest in the world after the USA, and it’s home to some of the world’s leading aerospace companies such as Airbus, Astrium, BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce.
Taught by expert academics in a leading research environment, this programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in an exciting and challenging sector. You’ll study aerospace structures and structural analysis, along with optional, specialist modules in areas such as aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics, aircraft design, systems and optimisation methods, rotary wing aircraft and propulsion.
Our Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board is actively engaged in ensuring this course meets the needs of industry and reflects trends in the sector. It also provides industrial talks and seminars and advice and support to our students during their professional projects.
In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of material stress analysis, programming and structural and multidisciplinary optimisation.
We are currently seeking accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
You’ll take a compulsory module in Semester 1 which develops your knowledge of aerospace structures and the theory behind aerospace structural analysis, as well as applying this understanding to real-world problems.
This will inform the rest of your studies, where you’ll select from a wide range of optional modules allowing you to pursue the topics that appeal to your interests or suit your future career plans. You could gain sophisticated knowledge in areas such as aerospace vehicle design, computational methods or materials failure analysis.
Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within aerospace engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months.
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Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Typical projects for MSc Aerospace Engineering students could include:
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.
The aerospace industry is one of the most successful parts of UK engineering and is truly global in nature.
You’ll be able apply the skills you gain from this course to numerous areas of the aerospace industry, such as aerospace fundamental research, airline management and operations, satellite operations, aerospace design and manufacture in both the civil and military environments and Formula 1 racing.
Whether you join an aerospace company in the UK, such as Airbus, BAE Systems or Rolls-Royce or choose to work elsewhere in the world, the foundation provided by the MSc will make sure you are prepared for a rewarding and challenging career.
Links with industry
During this course you will meet employers from organisations operating within this sector through seminars and talks and by attending our careers fair. In previous years there have been talks from colleagues at Airbus, Astrium, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce to provide additional industrial perspectives to the course and career guidance to students.