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Aerospace Engineering with Industry

MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Industry

UCAS code: H405 MEng/AEInd

Teesside University's MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Industry degree builds on the extensive range of subjects included in the BEng (Hons) by providing advanced topics such as advanced aerodynamics and complex UAV design projects.

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  • Length: 5 years (including a work placement year)

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A choice of optional advanced modules allow you to broaden your knowledge and skills in subjects as diverse as Rotorcraft, Flight Simulation, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Production Management. You are taught by experienced staff with backgrounds in either industry, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm who can bring real-life experience to the classroom. You have access to a wide range of laboratories which include flight simulators, a wind tunnel, fixed and rotary wing aircraft and aircraft components.

The course also incorporates a free flight test course in the second year. You fly in a Jetstream aircraft acquiring flight data as the aircraft undergoes a series of pre-planned manoeuvres. The data is, together with theory covered in the classroom, to calculate the flight and performance characteristics of the aircraft. Transportation, accommodation and the flight tests are provided free to Teesside University students on this programme.

Your degree combines an employability-enhancing curriculum with significant practical work, small manageable group sizes, and friendly and accessible lecturers.

Our aeronautical and manufacturing engineering group of subjects are ranked 7th in the country for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2018).

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

The MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry.

From Year 1, you can join the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as a student affiliate member. Your membership grade depends on your experience and qualifications. As you progress, you can apply for a membership upgrade.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Aerospace Group Design Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes. This module introduces you to the practice of creating an engineered design and the organisational issues of controlling a group project. It will provide you with the opportunity to work in a team in order to solve a well defined problem. It will give you an understanding of their knowledge and limitations and the importance of working with other members of a team. There is one week long assignment period allocated to this module and this allows the real time application of skills and knowledge developed in the preceding weeks to be applied to enable manufacture of the designed product. Each group of students will be expected to produce a tangible output from the design and manufacturing work which will account for 60% of the module. For the remaining 40% of marks you will be assessed on the group work process.

Calculus

Introducing the skills you need to study engineering at degree level, this module covers differential and integral calculus.

You develop your mathematical skills and learn techniques of fundamental operations such as differentiation and integration to solve differential equations.

You also improve your ability to select and apply appropriate calculus techniques to solve engineering problems.

Electrical Principles

You are introduced to the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. You are also introduced to a range of standard electrical circuits and how these may be applied in engineering problems. You attend a series of weekly lectures to learn the theory, discuss applications and for solving simplified illustrative examples. You also attend practical sessions to reinforce the lecture material and develop practical electrical skills.

Engineering Design and CAD

This module introduces you to the basic principles and practice of engineering design and the use of Computer Aided Design systems. You gain an understanding of the methods of graphical communication, competing requirements, and how to organise design data. CAD is used to produce simple, orthographic, and schematic representations of engineered components.

Engineering Mathematics

This module introduces the range of mathematical skills that are relevant to an engineering degree. You revisit and develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of algebra, trigonometry and basic statistics. The central ideas of vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and differential and integral calculus are also examined.

Throughout the module you develop a range of mathematical skills and techniques fundamental to the solution of engineering problems. You also advance your skills in selecting and applying mathematical techniques.

This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorial sessions.

Fluid Mechanics

You are introduced to the basic principles of fluid mechanics. You explore properties of fluids and different types of flow, and the underlying principles and theory of fluid mechanics in lectures. You look at worked examples in tutorials and laboratory work to enable practical investigation.

Professional Skills for Aerospace Engineers

This module is the first in a series running through your degree programme in which key skills are explicitly developed and assessed, by means of a series of learning activities while also teaching you key aspects of your chosen subject. You will also develop a range of skills which will be applicable in all walks of life. These include the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to different audiences, both orally and in writing; the ability to make an effective contribution as a member of a team, and also to work independently or on your own initiative when required; the ability to tackle problems for which you don't have all the necessary knowledge; the ability to locate information and assess its usefulness, and the ability to make efficient and effective use of the latest information technology. You will also learn to assess your own performance - recognise and build on your strengths, identify and improve your weaknesses.

Properties of Materials

This module provides you with a foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials, together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions.

Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance will be explored to highlight factors that influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

Structural Mechanics

This module introduces common types of structure used in engineering, assesses the types of loads they must resist and provides you with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure.

Specific areas of study include: basic concepts of force, stress and strain; properties of materials and sections; analysis of frames, beams and columns; equilibrium conditions and statical determinacy; beam bending movement, shear force and deflection; and lightweight cables.

Lectures will introduce each major topic on the module with tutorials used to practise calculations. Laboratory practicals are used to investigate the properties of construction materials and develop a deeper understanding of structural theory.

The module is assessed by in-course assignment and an examination, comprising calculations and short answer questions on the module indicative content.

Thermodynamics

You are introduced to the concepts of engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer. You look at the transfer of heat, energy for solids, liquids and gases. You explore the various mechanisms for this heat transfer, quantify these mechanisms and apply them to industrially important equipment, particularly heat exchangers. At the end of the course you will be able to design and analyse heat exchanger systems for a given duty. You look at the engineering thermodynamic properties of pure working fluids. You define, develop and apply a series of thermodynamics principles to solve engineering related problems of increasing difficulty. You explore derivation of the first and second laws of thermodynamic and apply it to real-world analysis of a range of heat-power cycles. You attend a series of preparatory lectures and tutorials.

 

Year 2 core modules

Aero Engines and Rocket Science

You look at the fundamental thermodynamics and operational characteristics of a range of engines and their components including gas turbines, jet engines, turbofans, turboshaft engines, ramjets, scramjets and rockets (which are used in aerospace applications) and torque power producing gas turbines (used in industrial and marine applications).

You explore the fundamental thermodynamics of engine operation, the equation for thrust calculations, Mach number, stagnation properties, shock waves, steady one dimensional flow, and analyses of flows through convergent and convergent-divergent nozzles. You learn how to calculate the performance and efficiencies of the engine and its components.

Components include burners and afterburners, compressors, turbine and nozzles. You also look at the calculation and analyses of flows through compressor and turbine blading stages, and fundamentals of rocket propulsion, trajectory analysis, and performance of solid and liquid rocket engines.

You attend a series of keynote lectures as well as problem-solving tutorials and practical investigations.

Aerospace Group Design and Build Project

This is a group project module which is part of the group project theme running through the engineering programmes. This module will provide you with the opportunity to work in teams in order to solve industrially relevant design problems. In the course of this module, you will develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness in order to support problem solving in a technical context. This module develops your ability to use theoretical principles to the practice of creating an engineered design item, through group working activities. A problem based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You will be assessed through two in-course assignments.

Aircraft Performance and Stability (with Flight Test Course)

This is a multi-disciplinary module on fixed-wing aircraft. It covers fundamental concepts of the rigid-body aircraft and its degree of freedom. The main purpose of the module is to introduce the student to the calculation and analysis of aircraft flight performance and stability, with focus on steady-state or quasi steady flight. The flight conditions considered include ground manoeuvre, take-off and landing, cruise condition, and turning.
The module will be delivered in a combination of lectures/ tutorials and experimental flight programme. The module will look to establish preparatory experimental design, implementation and analysis of flight data.
This module will be assessed by a combination of in-course assessments and an examination.

Aircraft Structures and Materials

This module studies the relationships between the external loads applied to a deformable body and the intensity of internal forces acting within the body, and the characteristics of the materials often found in aerospace applications. The subject also involves calculating the deformations and stability and stability of a body when the body is subject to external loadings.
The module will develop the essential theory and fundamental principles of structural mechanics and will provide an insight into different materials and their characteristics, thus developing student knowledge, skills and ability to apply this knowledge in aerospace structural analysis and design.
Lectures on basic principles and then applications through analysis and laboratory experiments. There is an increasing emphasis on self learning and the use of computational simulation.
Assessment will be in the form of written laboratory reports and an examination.

Avionics and Aerospace Systems

Avionics and aerospace systems are major constituents of all modern aerospace vehicles on which their overall performance and safety is critically dependent. This module considers the development of avionics, investigates the principles that underpin avionic systems operation and examines the current types and applications of avionic systems in use. The module develops your understanding of the engineering issues related to the specification, design and operation of aerospace systems and their overall performance and safe operation by providing an introduction to the types of systems found on aerospace vehicles and their main functions.

The module introduces the fundamental principles and concepts for avionics design including radio and radar technology, navigation systems, flight management systems and automatic flight control systems and focuses on the design and operation of hydraulic and flight control systems using standard engineering tools.

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods to create and maintain your involvement including lectures, practical activity using a flight simulator, assignments, presentations, seminar exercises and tutorials.

The module is assessed via an assignment and end-of-course exam.

Dynamic Analysis

Engineers are responsible for the design, construction, and testing of the devices we use. In doing so, they need a deep understanding of the physics that underpins these devices, and must be familiar with mathematical models that predict system behaviour. You learn how to analyze and predict the behaviour of physical systems by studying mechanics.

Dynamics is a branch of elementary mechanics that studies the object in motion. The results obtained from dynamics directly apply to many fields of engineering. This module develops the essential theories and fundamental principles of dynamic and vibration analysis, and enhances your knowledge, skills, and ability to apply them to the analysis of dynamic and vibration problems.

Employment Skills for Engineers

You develop your self-marketing, confidence and professional skills that are typically demanded by potential graduate employers.

You are introduced to a number of role-play selection exercises often used by graduate employers; these can include preparing covering letters and CVs, online application forms, attending mock interviews, completing psychometric tests, delivering presentations and contributing to assessment centre tasks.

You develop the necessary skills to succeed at the above exercises using a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) format to emphasise the importance of skills development and career management. This module is also supported by the University’s Careers Service at key stages throughout the lecture plan.

Numerical Methods for Engineers

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

 

Year 3 work placement

Year 4 core modules

Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is an applied science which finds practical application in many areas of engineering. Irrespective of the complexity of a particular problem, the use of aerodynamics is typically aimed to provide insight into either the loadings on a body moving through air or determination of airflows moving through or around physical systems. This module aims to give a broad introduction to aerodynamics, developing the fundamentals of the discipline and applying these to a number of examples and case studies involving both streamlined and bluff bodies. A key aspect of the module is to provide practical experience of the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to analyse a variety of flows. Lectures will be used to introduce techniques and underlying principles. Tutorials will provide the opportunity for you to deepen understanding and develop competence in the application of these. Assessment is by an in-course written report and an end examination.

Aerospace Materials Analysis

In the aircraft industry, there is a need for competent engineers skilled in structural design and analysis. Engineers should have a sound understanding of aerospace materials and experience in using computer-based structural analysis. You gain an understanding of the material science and engineering necessary to appreciate the structure-property relationships involved in the principal metals, alloys, polymers, ceramics and composite materials used in constructing aircraft and space vehicles. You also gain an introduction to finite element analysis using industry-standard finite element analysis software. You learn how to select appropriate materials for the different parts of an aircraft structure and how to analyse the performance of the structure to the loads applied to it. You attend a series of lecturers and tutorials to gain the underpinning knowledge and reinforce practical elements through laboratory work.

Aircraft Structures and Aeroelasticity

Early aircraft structural design concentrated on strength. Today, structural designers consider far more, including fatigue, corrosion and maintenance aspects. Aeroelasticity is the aeronautical field of study dealing with interaction between the deformation of an elastic structure in an airstream and the applied aerodynamic force.
This module provides the opportunity for students to develop ideas and skills in the solution of problems relating to the structural design and the aeroelasticity of aerospace vehicles and structures, and to understand the relationship between air loads and aircraft structural deformation.
The main themes of the module encompass advanced finite element analysis in a realistic aerospace context; composite materials; structural idealization methods and fracture mechanics and fatigue analysis. The module is primarily delivered through lectures, presentations, seminar exercises and discussion supported by practical finite element analysis tutorial sessions.
Assessment will be via an assignment of no more than 2,000 words and a 3-hour time constrained assessment.

Flight Dynamics and Control

This module aims to introduce the equations of motion for rigid symmetrical aircraft, to develop simplified models for characteristic motions and to enable students to understand the response of an aircraft to control inputs and disturbances. It develops the concepts of classical control and applies these to controlling an aircraft. The module also introduces the notion of computer programming as a tool to enable development and design in flight dynamics and control.
The module will be delivered via lectures, seminars and IT laboratories.
Assessment will be via an assignment of no more than 1500 words and a 3 hour time-constrained assessment.

Integrated Masters Engineering Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Management Skills for Engineers

You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.

Subsonic Aircraft Design

This module introduces you to the initial and parametric design of subsonic aircraft. Lectures guide you through the principal steps of these early stages of an aircraft design whilst, in parallel, you work through the process in small groups as you design an aircraft to a given specification.

The module is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials using flight simulation and model aircraft to demonstrate performance against the specification.

You are assessed through coursework alone. You are required to produce a short individual report on your initial design concept and, at the end, submit a detailed group report demonstrating the performance of your aircraft and the principal facets of its design and construction.

 

Final year core modules

Advanced Aerodynamics

This module covers incompressible and compressible aerodynamics applicable to flight of subsonic and supersonic aircraft, and introduces hypersonic flow applicable to re-entry vehicles.
The content of this module includes a revision of the fundamental fluid flow and thermodynamic governing equations, subsonic and supersonic around wings, flow through nozzles and diffusers, oblique shock waves and expansion waves, fundamentals of boundary layers, convective heat transfer, viscous high temperature flows, and experimental methods for hypersonic flows.
The module content will be delivered through the use of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, problem solving tutorials and IT laboratory sessions providing an opportunity to explore complex flows through the use of CFD codes.
Assessment will comprise of a laboratory report compiled from practical laboratory investigations and an end exam.

Industry-related Group Project (UAV Design, Build and Test)

This module will provide you with the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team in order to solve a complex, employer-relevant problem. It will give you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with a different knowledge base and skill set. Working in an interdisciplinary team will enable problems to be successfully resolved which otherwise would not have been possible within a single disciplinary team.

It will develop a consolidated set of employability skills in project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness in order to support complex problem solving in a technical context, and enhance the awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace. A problem-based learning approach is adopted and where appropriate, supporting lectures/ seminars will be delivered to include technical knowledge or skills development. You will be assessed through two in-course assignments.

Integrated Masters Research Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing the student to investigate an area of engineering for an extended period. The student will work independently or in a small team, but will produce individual work.

Training will be given in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and the student will produce a report/dissertation of the work covered. In addition, the student will give an oral presentation, poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research, knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Enterprise is about spotting opportunities, creating new ideas and having the confidence and capabilities to turn these ideas into working realities. Entrepreneurship is about using enterprise to create new business and new businesses.

This module covers a range of topics related to enterprise, entrepreneurship and the development of an inspirational leader. The skills and knowledge needed to set up and operate an engineering business will be covered. You will review their current approach to leadership, developed in earlier modules and explore your own unique leadership style. You will obtain feedback on your leadership profile from your peers and discover new capabilities. They will clarify your own sense of purpose and learn practises for sustaining yourself, your teams and your organisations.

Lectures and seminars will provide core material and explore case studies. You will work in small facilitated groups during the seminar sessions where you will examine case studies in detail and develop business plans.

 

Final year optional modules (you may select two modules from group one or one module from each group) - options group one

Availability, Reliability, Maintainability and Modelling

This module is to provide students with opportunity to consider the problems associated with ARM Modeling, Availability being the probability that a system is operating correctly at a given time, Reliability the probability that the system is operational at a given time and Maintainability being a measure of the ease and rapidity of which it can be kept operational.
The module will initially investigate the background of the process and its utilization prior to system deployment. It will then progress onto the development of mathematical models of selected systems, relating the functional components of the subsystems together to provide a measure of its Availability, Reliability and Maintainability.
In the later stages of the module the focus will shift onto optimizing system performance.
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to create and maintain student involvement including lectures, seminars, problem solving exercises and tutorials.
It will be assessed by an assignment of no more than 2400 words and one time constrained 3 hour assessment.

Finite Element Methods

You gain practical experience of commercially available finite element packages. The application of the method is demonstrated using a number of case studies, and you are encouraged to use the technique as an extension of your standard text books in solving design and manufacturing problems.

Production Management

This module provides participants with an understanding of the process involved in the management of production in engineering It further develops an understanding of project management as a specific discipline, which is related to, but distinct from general and production management. The module is designed for those who would be leaders and managers. The module considers change and the management of change in context of production planning and control, material and cost management, and inventory control. Modern techniques such as, Just in Time, (JIT), Lean operations and MRP are presented. Formative assessment will be undertaken in the form of a 500 word essay and a presentation, in preparation for the assessment, which is through a single in course assessment (ICA) of 5000 word with a weighting of 100%. This module is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and IT laboratories.

Rotorcraft

Rotary wing aircraft are commonplace in the aviation industry ranging from light helicopters to hybrid tilt rotors. This module considers the development of rotary wing aircraft and investigates current types and roles. It aims to extend the range of student’s knowledge and skills within the context of the design and operation of rotorcraft in aerospace engineering. It will involve the fundamental concepts for rotorcraft design including flight dynamics, rotor systems, flight performance, stability and control. It will provide experience in design procedures used for rotary aircraft design.
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to create and maintain student involvement including lectures, practical activity using a flight simulator to illustrate aerodynamic performance, seminars, problem solving exercises and tutorials.
The module will be assessed by an assignment of no more than 2400 words and a 3 hour time constrained assessment.

 

Final year optional modules - options group two

Advanced Flight Simulation

As the technical capabilities of simulation increase, its relative cost is reducing. Consequently flight simulation is an increasingly important element in aerospace design and training, making knowledge and understanding of this topic paramount if you wish to engage in the aerospace sector.

This module considers the historical development of flight simulators, investigates the business case for using them and examines the current types and roles of flight simulators in use. It aims to extend your knowledge and skills using advanced flight simulation in aerospace engineering. It provides you with practical experience using a flight simulator for aircraft design, and for developing training for users.

You are introduced to the fundamental concepts for advanced flight simulator design including modelling flight dynamics, sound, vision and motion systems as well as modelling objects within a simulator environment using bespoke software tools and an element of programming.

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, practical activities using a simulator, seminars, problem-solving exercises and tutorials.

Assessment consists of two assignments. The first focuses on advanced flight simulation concepts and flight simulation systems, and the second on advanced flight simulation operation, programming and modelling.

Aerospace Systems Modelling

This module will focus on modelling of aerospace systems and the development of skills in modelling and simulation using standard engineering tools such as Simulink.
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to create and maintain student involvement including lectures, seminars, problem solving exercises, tutorials and IT labs.
It will be assessed by one time constrained assessment and an assignment of no more than 2400 words.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

The ultimate goal of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is to gain insight into the physical phenomena in fluid flows around and within particular objects. These include dissipation, diffusion, convection, shock waves, slip, boundary layer and turbulence. Many important aspects of these phenomena and their interrelations are nonlinear and typically have no analytical solution. While this motivates the use of computational approaches, even advanced CFD codes may give rise to incorrect predictions of fluid flows, if used without sufficient grasp of the underlying algorithms and appreciation of the physics involved. This module aims to elucidate the principles underpinning CFD, combining theoretical development with practical experience of appropriate software. The module develops a foundation for understanding, analysing and developing successful simulations of fluid flows applicable to a broad range of applications. Lectures will develop a sound foundation of fundamental topics and problem-solving tutorial sessions will be used to deepen understanding and to develop competence. IT Laboratory Sessions will be used to provide you with skills and knowledge of how to implement numerical methods. Assessment will comprise one in-course assignment and an end examination.

Supply Chain Management

This module investigates a range of applied Quality Management techniques and has been designed to enable students to develop the skills necessary to apply these techniques to their own work environment. This module also examines the appropriate statistical techniques in Quality Control, Auditing, Supply Chain Management and a range of Accreditation Schemes including BRC, EFSIS, ISO, UKAS and Industry Standards. In course assessment (ICA) is via a 5000 words written piece of work, with a weighting of 100%.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You are expected to attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions. Your programme also includes a substantial individual research-based project in the final two years of the programme.

The programme provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to spend time on your own - self-study time - to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.

Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits, and each unit of credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours). So, during one year of full-time study you can expect to devote around 1,200 hours to learning and assessment.

One module in each year of your study involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

As a student on a Teesside University aerospace engineering programme you have access to the facilities of both Teesside University and Hartlepool College of Further Education. In addition to the structural, manufacturing, materials, jet engine and fluids laboratories at the University you also have access to extensive aerospace engineering facilities at Hartlepool, which include an aerospace workshop, several fixed wing and helicopter aircraft, training rigs and equipment for aircraft systems (including modular radar), plus several engines including a Rolls Royce RB211 turbofan, a viper turbojet and a Turbomeca Astazou turboshaft engine. You will have the opportunity to run a jet engine to record data and analyse its performance, including component and overall engine efficiencies and thrust.

You also use a flight simulator system, subsonic wind tunnel and state-of-the-art IT and computing laboratories where you will conduct aerospace modelling and simulation exercises.

You typically spend four out of five days a week in classes and laboratories at the University, and on one day each week transport is provided to take you to our facility in Hartlepool where you utilise the laboratories, facilities, workshops and aircraft to perform group design and project work, as well as laboratory work associated with some of your technical modules.

Your programme also includes a flight test course which involves you flying in a Jetstream aircraft fitted with instrumentation for data gathering. You acquire data as the aircraft performs a range of manoeuvres you use this data to perform aircraft performance analysis using the theory you have covered in classes. The skills you learn in the air can then be reinforced by using the engineering flight simulator in which you can plan and conduct your own flight trials to explore the effect of changes to an aircraft’s configuration on its performance.

The cost of the flight test course and transportation between the University campus and facilities in Hartlepool are included in the normal tuition fees so there is nothing extra to pay.

How you are assessed

Your programme includes a range of assessment including coursework assignments, project reports and formal examinations.


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Work placement year

Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design produces graduates with the problem-solving and leadership skills necessary to forge successful careers.

This programme allows you to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. You will have a dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service to assist you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure, and commercial awareness.

Throughout this programme, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

Career opportunities

Most aerospace engineering graduates seek careers in companies directly or indirectly linked to aircraft or space craft, however in addition to the aerospace industries your skills and knowledge will also be relevant to the automobile, engineering process, oil and gas, electronics, electrical engineering and renewable energy industries, to name just a few.

Entry requirements

Your offer will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and, if appropriate, your interview.

Year 1 entry
UCAS tariff points: 112-128 UCAS tariff points from any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications including mathematics and physics. Alternative subjects to physics can be considered – for example, electronics, engineering, technology, mechanical principles.

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
At least two GCE/VCE A-Levels including grade B in mathematics and physics

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate discipline including distinction in Further Mathematics

Access to HE Diploma
Merit in at least 24 Level 3 credits including mathematics and physics

Scottish Advanced Highers
Grade C in higher level Mathematics and Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate
At least five subjects studied at higher level, including grade A (H1 if awarded after 2016) in mathematics and physics

International Baccalaureate
Award of IB, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and Physics

If the qualification for which you are studying isn’t listed, please contact our admissions team for advice on eligibility.

Interviews
Eligible applicants are normally invited for interview. The interview is to determine each applicant’s potential to succeed and to help us set appropriate entry conditions matched to personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables you to see our excellent facilities, meet staff and students, and to learn more about studying at Teesside University.

We encourage all applicants to attend an interview, but if you are unable to attend an interview we may consider your application based on your UCAS application alone. Online or skype interviews may be possible in some cases.

English language and maths requirement
You are expected to have at least Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills. Typically, GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4, or passes in Level 2 Functional Skills.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements.

Helping you meet the entry requirements
We may be able to help you meet the requirements for admission by offering you the opportunity to study one or more Summer University modules, some of which can be studied by distance learning.

Alternative degree routes
If you are unable to achieve the minimum admission requirements for Year 1 entry you could, subject to eligibility, join one of our BEng (Hons) degree courses.

Direct entry to later years
Applicants with previous study and qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level, or equivalent, may request direct entry to Year 2 of this degree. You will be required to provide a full detailed transcript of your previous studies with your application to enable us to determine your eligibility for advanced entry.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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  • Length: 5 years (including a work placement year)

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