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The MSc Aerospace is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It's aimed at Engineers looking to increase their professional skills and capabilities in the industry through a strategic understanding of major technical, business and environmental factors. It's designed to help develop and broaden technical and business skills in the industry. It is also aimed at enhancing the industry's competitiveness and creating, developing and implementing flexible and innovative research and development opportunities.

Key benefits

The range of optional modules, and flexibility of formats and learning, make this course unique. You can also apply for the Government funded Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme, created in partnership with employers, to study it.

This course is affiliated to, and accredited by, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and has been developed further in conjunction with other awards in the ECCDF.

Course detail

Students on the course come are either full time students completing the award in one year, or industrially based students that from a wide range of different companies within the sector, including primes and throughout the supply chain. This mix of people from different backgrounds, companies and with different roles adds a unique perspective of peer learning, as you network and learn from each other.

However you approach the course, we're here to help support your long-term career professional development, including helping you develop a 'portfolio of evidence' to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer.


Full-time students will study the following modules:

• Advanced Manufacturing
• Airworthiness
• Aerospace Design Process
• Aerospace Business Context and Environment
• Lean Engineering
• Professional Development Appraisal and Review
• Aircraft Structural Design and Stress Analysis
• Foundations of Systems Engineering
• Dissertation

For students studying on a flexible basis, whilst there is flexibility to your studies, the course has four core modules:

• Professional Development Appraisal and Continuous Review
• Advanced Manufacture
• Aerospace Design Process
• Airworthiness


The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.


We usually hold taught modules over three to five consecutive days. In some cases we use other teaching methods, including distance and work-based learning. You'll organise your work-based learning with your module leader, this ensures it's tailored to your needs and the learning outcomes are achievable.


Assessment is normally by assignment. At this level, we do not need to test your understanding, but rather your ability to implement your newfound skills and knowledge. Assignments will normally be about a real industrial case study, or a live project in your workplace.

Careers / Further study

The MSc Aerospace is excellent for developing technical and business knowledge and skills for the Aerospace sector. The breadth of optional learning allows you to steer your own academic progress, develop personal career objectives and show competencies required for professional recognition.

This makes the course ideal for engineers who want to mix technical and business learning with one customisable course. Successful graduates are suited to work across a range of roles.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link:


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here:

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Aerospace page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!




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