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Aircraft Structure MSc

Course Description

Discover the techniques and standards required to design components to ensure airworthiness on this dedicated course.

The demands on aircraft components are extremely robust, as they must adhere to the extreme loads and stresses the vehicle is exposed to, as well as rigorous safety standards. This course will give you the opportunity to learn the required skills and techniques to design aircraft components, as well as understand the theory behind them.

Taught elements of the course include advanced materials, design and stress testing, and fluid dynamics analysis. You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art commercial software such as CATIA V5, ABAQUS and ANSYS.

Key Course Features

-At Wrexham Glyndŵr University we are on the door step of one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, Airbus, with a large number of first and second tier suppliers in the locality. Many of the academic staff have industrial experience spanning a broad range of engineering areas and working levels.
-The course is accredited by the Engineering Council and many students from previous years are now in jobs at top international companies such as Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, Magellan and Airbus. Aside from major manufacturers, North Wales and North West England have numerous maintenance companies, keeping the UK flying safely and efficiently. With the average life of an aircraft expected to be over 30 years, maintenance and overhaul engineers will continue to be in high demand in the future.
-The MSc in Aircraft Design is accredited by Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and provides candidates the required training for registering for Chartered Engineer status.

What Will You Study?

The taught element, Part One, of the programmes will be delivered in two 12 week trimesters and each trimester has a loading of 60 credits.

You will cover six taught modules which include lectures, tutorials and practical work on a weekly basis. The expected timetable per module will be a total of 200 hours, which includes 40 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours and 160 independent study hours.

Part Two will then take a further 15 weeks having a notional study time of 600 hours. During this time the student will be responsible for managing his/her time in consultation with an academic supervisor.

For the January intake, students will study the three specialist modules first during the second trimester from January to May. The three core modules will be studied in the first trimester of the next academic year from September to January.

On successful completion of the taught element of the programme the students will progress to Part Two, MSc dissertation to be submitted in April/May.

The taught element, part one, of the programmes will be delivered over two academic teaching years. 80 credits or equivalent worth of modules will be delivered in the first year and 40 credits or equivalent in the second year. The part time students would join the full time delivery with lectures and tutorials/practical work during one day on a weekly basis.

The dissertation element will start in trimester 2 taking a further 30 weeks having a total notional study time of 600 hours. During this time the student will be responsible for managing his/her time in consultation with an academic supervisor.

-Engineering Research Methods
-Sustainable Design & Innovation
-Engineering Systems Modelling & Simulation
-Advanced Composite Materials
-Aircraft Structures
-Advanced Manufacturing Technology

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

You will be assessed throughout your course through a variety of methods including portfolios, presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations.

Career Prospects

The courses will give you the chance to advance your career to management levels. You might also consider consultancy, research and development, testing and design positions within the aeronautical industry. Airbus is a classic example of an employer excelling in this field in the north Wales region.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Visit the Aircraft Structure MSc page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An honours degree with at least a 2:2 classification or equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline or relevant professional experience. If you are an international student please visit the countries page and select your country to see the relevant academic and English language entry requirements.

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