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Aerospace Engineering MSc by Research

Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Our world-leading technology has contributed to many exciting projects, including aerodynamics for the current world land-speed record car, Thrust SSC, and the future land-speed record car BLOODHOUND SSC and design of the double-decker super-jet Airbus A380. Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Aerospace Engineering.

Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University is at the forefront of the latest technology. We are seen as a leader in many aspects of aerospace, both internationally and in the UK. We pride ourselves in the extensive collaborations with international companies such as:

BAE Systems
Research within Engineering at Swansea University is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating our strengths in research areas across the engineering disciplines.

Computational mechanics forms the basis for the majority of the MSc by Research projects within these engineering disciplines.


Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University has a wide range of in-house facilities ranging from computer labs housing state-of-the-art PCs through to specialist equipment used almost exclusively by aerospace students.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK

Links with industry

Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University has a distinguished history of working with aerospace companies around the world, including:

BAE Systems
Rolls Royce

We have also contributed to many exciting projects, from the super-jet Airbus A380 to the 1,000mph land-speed record breaking BLOODHOUND SSC.

Visit the Aerospace Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Increasing the Value of CFD Data through Advanced Post-Processing Technique and Blood Damage Models Optimisation - Single Award

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys. *MSc by Research Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of Medical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with a focus on computational modelling.Subject study:INCREASING THE VALUE OF CFD DATA THROUGH ADVANCED POST-PROCESSING TECHNIQUE AND BLOOD DAMAGE MODELS OPTIMISATION FOR ITERATIVE DESIGN IMPROVEMENT OF THE CALON CARDIO MINIVAD IMPLANTABLE HEART PUMP.Brief Summary of project:Calon Cardio manufactures the next generation implantable blood pump and associated control systems. It aims to make novel, smaller and lower cost heart assist pumps that minimises potential blood damage. Calon Cardio has already developed different numerical models via an ASTUTE project. The company needs to develop cutting edge post-processing techniques to better predict the hydraulic performance of its pump over varying operating speeds and pressure-flow characteristics. The work involves also optimising the current numerical blood damage models post-processing techniques to achieve better estimates of pumps' potential blood damage, in terms of red blood cells damage, platelet activation, white blood cells damage and von Willebrand Factor degradation. Further to this, part of the work will be focused on the optimisation of the existing numerical models for haemolysis estimate.The company wants to improve the current post processing techniques and to optimise the existing numerical models to better predict the pump performance in order to gain further understanding around the blade and rotor geometry design, as well as volute, diffuser, outlet pipe and the secondary flow.The MSc by Research student will build on this work to optimise current Calon Cardio numerical models and develop innovative post-processing techniques to better predict pump performance and blood damage caused by the pump. In vitro measurements will support the verification and validation of the optimised numerical models and the developed post-processing techniques for the project scope.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend plus UK/EU tuition fees


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Medical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or a related subject. Please visit our website for more information regarding eligibility criteria: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/medical-engineering-kess-msc-research-increasing-value-cfd-data.php

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Further Information



M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Integrating Buildings as Power Stations into the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and reengineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates. Its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With advances in renewable energy the concept of off grid homes is becoming a reality giving rise to ‘buildings as power stations’. This concept utilises green energy to power and heat homes. However, the challenge for this is not only about how you generate energy but also how you store and release it at times where demand exists. The aim of this project will be to investigate the potential for the integration of ‘buildings as power stations’ technologies into the MI-PAD concept and prototypes. This will include the potential for:Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Solar-thermal heat generation and storage
Electricity storage and release
Rainwater treatment and reuse
The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in January 2017.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees, plus a generous tax free stipend of £12,500.


Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The suitable candidate would have a background in systems/electrical engineering or equivalent background in integrating sustainable energy into construction. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php

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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Aerospace Engineering is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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