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    1 year Full-time

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  • Last Updated

    22 January 2019

Aerospace engineering has come a long way since the Wright brothers first succeeded in powered flight in 1903. The subject has evolved and diversified, ranging in topics from aerodynamics to flight control, from space engineering to simulation and design. Engineers need to have the ability to operate and develop advanced devices that are based on complex theoretical and computational models. Our MSc has developed alongside these developments in the field. The aim of this programme is to allow students with a strong engineering background to gain advanced, yet broad knowledge in aerospace engineering, while encouraging specialisation through a research project and flexibility in the course programme.

This programme will give you advanced skills in computational modelling, numerical techniques and an in-depth understanding of engineering approaches to current aerospace problems. You will learn the research and experimental skills necessary to work in the aerospace engineering industry, whether as a researcher or as an engineer for a major aerospace company. You will also collaborate with researchers working on alternative fuels sources, so it is relevant and timely.

This programme will:

  •  Prepare you to develop new computational and technological products for the aerospace industries.
  •  Allow you to join research groups working at the cutting edge of aerospace engineering, and computational modelling.
  •  Give you the chance to specialise in your own area of interest.


The MSc in Aerospace Engineering includes 1 compulsory, and 7 optional taught modules, examples of these modules are listed below. Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project, which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September. 

Please note the modules are based on programme information for 2018 entry; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Core modules

  • Research methods and experimental techniques
  • Research project
  • Optional modules include
  • Computational Engineering
  • Vehicular Crashworthiness
  • Advanced Aircraft Design
  • Advanced High Speed Aerodynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Advanced Spacecraft Design: Manoeuvring and Orbital Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Robotics
  • Numerical Optimisation in Engineering Design
  • Composites

Research project

The research project forms a major component of the Aerospace Engineering degree course providing an excellent opportunity for students to participate in the internationally leading research taking place within the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Students work on a Aerospace Engineering related project supervised by a member of academic staff and integrating within the wider research team.

Our MSc students have access to our excellent laboratory facilities enabling them to conduct cutting edge research leading to publication at scientific conferences and in peer reviewed journals.

Learning and teaching

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research. As a student in the SEMS you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.


The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.

Research Project

A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS. This includes an array of research quality wind tunnels from low speed to supersonic, a large anechoic chamber, a wide range of measurement apparatus from pressure measurements to flow visualization an advanced flight simulator and modern computing facilities that include a large computing cluster.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,250

Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Graduate employment

Our graduates work in research, development and consultancy positions within the engineering and materials industries for companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Eaton Aerospace and Atkins. Many graduates apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and/or scientists in sectors relevant to those they have studied.

Visit the MSc Aerospace Engineering page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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