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Aerospace Engineering - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

The Aerospace Engineering MSc aims to further develop students' knowledge of and expertise in specialist engineering subjects associated with the main application areas of aeronautical engineering. Particular prominence is given to Sustainable Aviation, Advanced Materials and Processes, Experimental Methods and Techniques, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Structural Analysis and Simulation, Flight Dynamics and Simulation, and Advanced Aircraft Systems, in particular Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

An emphasis on applied technical work will strengthen the engineering development skills of students from an academic background. The programme is delivered by a specialist team of academics. Access to state of the art laboratory and computing facilities within the new Engineering and Computing building. Personal tutor support throughout the postgraduate study. Excellent links with a number of industrial organisations enable access to the latest technology and real-world applications.


The work carried out on this course will provide the demonstrable expertise necessary to help secure professional level employment in related industries.

The Aerospace Engineering MSc curriculum consists of eight mandatory core topics and a substantial MSc project. Successful completion of all elements leads to the award of MSc in Aerospace Engineering. Completion of the taught modules without a project leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma.


The mandatory study topics are as follows:
-Mathematical modelling in Aerospace Engineering
-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems (UAV)
-Experimental Methods and Techniques
-Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
-Advanced Materials and Processes
-Design and analysis of Aerospace structures
-Flight Dynamics and Simulation
-Project Management
-Individual Project

The substantial individual project gives students the opportunity to work on a detailed area of related technology alongside an experienced academic supervisor. Some projects are offered in conjunction with the work of the Faculty’s research centres or industry. Typical project titles include:
-Integration of Advanced Materials into Aircraft Structures
-Sustainable Aircraft Development and Design
-Intelligent Power Generation
-UAV SWARM Systems

You will have access to:
-Unique Flight Simulator Suite (3 flight simulators, 2 UAV ground control systems plus the associated UAV,1 Air Traffic Control unit);
Harrier Jump Jet;
-New bespoke Mercedes-Petronas low speed wind tunnel and associated measurement;
-Faculty workshop (metal/woodwork), Composites Laboratory, Metrology Laboratory, Electrical Laboratory, Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory, Cogent Wireless Intelligent Sensing Laboratory
-Faculty Open Access Computer Facilities


The specialist topics studied on the programme will prepare you for work in specialist companies involved with aeronautical engineering. There are also many roles in related industries that rely on the technology. Possible destinations include:
-Design, Development, Operations and Management;
-Projects/Systems/Structural/Avionics Engineers.

Typical student destinations include:
-BAE Systems

Opportunities also exist to complete a PhD research degree upon completion of the master’s course:
-Research at Coventry University
-Cogent Computing
-Control Theory and Applications Centre
-Distributed Systems and Modelling

Aerospace Engineering MSc has been developed to improve upon the fundamental undergraduate knowledge of aerospace/aeronautical students and help mechanical students learn more about the application of their subject to aircraft. The whole aerospace/aviation industry is committed to a more sustainable and a more efficient future. The techniques, methods and subjects covered in this degree explore the ever changing industrial environment in more detail.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Aerospace Engineering - MSc/PGDip page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal entry route to the course will be through an honours degree in aerospace/aeronautical engineering or a related subject area. Applicants offering equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered on merit.

Last Updated

09 March 2017

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