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Advanced Aerospace Engineering (MSc)

Course Description



Improve graduate employability by developing the postgraduate skills required for a successful transition to industry
Develop and enhance the skills of professional engineers already practising in industry
Enable disciplinary transfer to aerospace for maths & physics graduates
Equip graduate with the skill sets required for a research role in industry or academia.



Even in the current economic climate, the demand for Masters level Aerospace Engineering graduates has remained strong and continues to grow.

To facilitate postgraduate education in an era of rapidly evolving technology an MSc in Advanced Aerospace Engineering will be delivered by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's.

This novel program will augment the undergraduate education of those who complete it through a combination of advanced scientific knowledge, interpersonal, research and management skills. It will provide postgraduate training for Bachelors degree and PhD students and will provide a pool of highly-qualified MSc graduates for recruitment into industry and to PhD study.

This will be achieved through the delivery of masters level taught elements as well as the completion of novel, industrially relevant research projects.


Students must take and pass taught modules equivalent to 120 CAtS points and complete a dissertation, which is equivalent to 60 CATS points.

Taught elements may be selected from a list which includes novel modules on aircraft maintenance management and digital manufacturing. The normal load is 60 CATS points per semester.

The programme is available for both full-time and part-time modes of study. Part-time students will take 2 or 3 modules per semester, with all 120 CATS points being completed within 3 years.


Formal lectures are presented, but students will also acquire knowledge and understanding experientially through assignments as well as individual and group project work.

Assessment is based on written examinations, coursework and oral presentations by both individuals and groups.

The School provides a supportive learning environment with an emphasis on IT provision and the use of advanced engineering simulation platforms.


Employment prospects for aerospace engineers with Masters level qualifications are excellent with salary levels remaining above the UK average.

Our programme is fully accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society meaning that it 'provides the exemplifying level of understanding, knowledge and skills to underpin professional competence to help graduates on their way to registration as Chartered Engineers (CEng) or as Incorporated Engineers (IEng)'. Benefits for professionally registered graduates include improved career prospects and employability, higher earning potential and international recognition of their commitment to their discipline.

Visit the Advanced Aerospace Engineering (MSc) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission to a Masters degree is a Second Class Honours degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland (ROI) Higher Education Provider or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

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