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Aerospace Engineering - MSc

Course Description

About the course

This specialist course has been developed to equip graduate engineers with the skills required of a highly demanding aerospace industry.

Taught modules are balanced with practical and challenging individual and group aerospace project work. You will learn about aircraft design aerodynamics, space mechanics, spacecraft design, propulsion systems and the role of flight simulation in aerospace at an
advanced level.

Practical projects typically include the design, build and testing of a scale aircraft, computational fluid dynamics and structural analysis modelling of a critical aerospace component and flight performance evaluation using a flight simulator.

MSc Aerospace Engineering is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.


Although the course has a distinct specialist and technical flavour, the MSc also seeks to provide graduates with a raft of non-technical skills to enable them to realise their professional potential to its fullest.

To this end, the course provides modules that cover topics in strategic management, enterprise, research and innovation, as well as exploring issues that are of special importance to the future of the aerospace industry, such as safety, security, and sustainability.

Course Content

The MSc Aerospace Engineering course consists of five taught modules, a group project, and an individual project and dissertation.

Compulsory Modules

Design and Analysis of Aerospace Vehicles
Advanced Aerodynamics, Propulsion Systems, and Space Mechanics
Current Topics in Aerospace
Strategic Management Innovation and Enterprise
Research Methodology and Sustainable Engineering
Group Project in Aerospace Engineering
Aircraft Structures, Loads and Aeroelasticity

Special Features

Highly rated by students

Mechanical Engineering at Brunel ranks highly in the Guardian league tables for UK universities, with a student satisfaction score of 86.4% in 2015. Postgraduate students can therefore expect to benefit from an experienced and supportive teaching base whilst having the opportunity to thrive in a dynamic and high-profile research environment.

Outstanding facilities

We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.

Strong links with industry

We regularly consult aerospace engineering experts to keep our programmes up to date with industry needs. Read more about how we integrated industrial expertise into an MEng Aerospace Engineering module.

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.


Aerospace Engineering is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.


Modules are taught over eight months (from October to May) and are assessed by a balanced combination of examination and assignment.

Visit the Aerospace Engineering - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Manuel Esperon

2140.jpg The year I spent in Brunel has been one the most rewarding experiences of my life. From an academic point of view, I have had the opportunity of studying very industry-oriented subjects, and also the theory on which they are based in great depth. With the MSc Aerospace Engineering I have acquired the skills not only to work in the industry applying what I've learnt, but also to push the boundaries of technology.

My dissertation consisted of working on the improvement of a structural model of an AH-64 Apache helicopter. Specifically, I worked on what's called model updating for modal analysis of the Apache's stub-wings. Basically, I worked on improving a structural model of the stub-wings with which the vibrations of the stub-wings under different conditions were studied with more precision. I decided to work on this project because it gave me the opportunity to work on a military helicopter, which for me was always fascinating and challenging. I also had to work on data captured from accelerometers mounted on its structure, which meant that I had the chance to work on real data doing very advanced analyses. On this project I used Patran and Nastran for the modal analysis and used Matlab to work on the data captured by the sensors installed on the stub-wings.

Apart from the wonderful academic experience it has been a great from a personal point of view. I have met incredible people from whom I've learnt as much as I did from the lectures. Working with them on the projects we had throughout this year was, by far, the best part of the Masters course.

In October 2010 (right after submitting my dissertation) I started to work at my new job. I'm currently a Researcher at the IVHM Centre at Cranfield, which is a Centre whose partners are Cranfield University, BAE Systems, Boeing, Rolls Royce, MoD, Meggitt and Thales. I'm also doing my PhD at Cranfield University and the subject title of the PhD is "Integrated Vehicle Health Management into Legacy Toolsets". I'm working closely with BAE Systems to implement IVHM technology on their airplanes. The project I'm working on requires understanding of all systems, and having studied such a broad range of topics at Brunel, my MSc course helped me a lot to get this job. Additionally, the research skills I learnt at Brunel have proved to be especially useful to continue my education to PhD level.


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering or technology discipline. Other subjects in a related discipline, including but not limited to Physics and Mathematics will be considered and assessed on an individual basis. For international and EU entry requirements please see website View Website

Last Updated

02 June 2017

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