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Aerospace Engineering (with Advanced Practice)

Aerospace Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
MSc

 
  • January 2020: Apply now to start January 2020.
 

Course overview

This MSc programme offers you an advanced level of study in specific aspects of aerospace engineering which is in continuous demand from industry.

You develop knowledge and key skills in advanced aerospace structures, advanced fluid dynamics, finite element methods, research and enterprise, space mission analysis and trajectory design, and supply chain management.

You have access to our flight simulator, wind tunnel, materials and manufacturing labs, structural test labs and electron microscope. You also learn how to use industry-standard software such as the General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), NASA’s open source software. The General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT) is the world’s only enterprise, multi-mission, open source software system for space mission design, optimisation, and navigation. The system supports missions’ in-flight regimes ranging from low Earth orbit to lunar, libration point, and deep space missions.There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate master’s award:

  • MSc Aerospace Engineering – one year full time
  • MSc Aerospace Engineering – two years part time
  • MSc Aerospace Engineering (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification. The two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research based internship to the one-year master’s programme. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting. We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

 

Course details

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Aerospace Structures

Aircraft structures are characterised by their high strength to weight ratios - this is largely achieved by using monocoque and semi-monocoque thin walled components.

This module starts with a revision of torsion and shear flow and then explores the stress and shear flow distribution in loaded structures of increasing complexity. You examine the effects of loading on symmetrical beams and asymmetrical beams before turning your attention to more realistic aircraft type semi-monocoque structures.

The emphasis is on hand calculation techniques to ensure that you are able to sensibly interpret the results of finite element analyses that you conduct in the future on similar structures.

Advanced Fluid Dynamics

This module covers multiphase flow and computational fluid dynamics for various engineering applications, and incompressible and compressible flow applicable to flight of subsonic and supersonic aircraft.

In addition it includes a revision of the fundamental fluid flow and thermodynamic governing equations, introduction to CFD, multiphase flow, subsonic and supersonic around wings, flow through nozzles and diffusers, oblique shock waves and expansion waves, shock wave and boundary layer interaction.

The module content will be delivered by lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions. This will include a series of keynote lectures delivered by academic staff providing the core of the learning experience, supplemented by problem-solving seminars and IT-based laboratory sessions providing an opportunity to explore complex flows through the use of CFD codes.

Advanced Practice in Science, Engineering and Design

Advanced Practice options

Research Internship: Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Vocational Internship: Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

Engineering Research Project

On successful completion of the taught modules, you proceed to this 60-credit research project. It allows you to bring together everything you have learnt on the course to address a relevant problem.

Finite Element Methods

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

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Research and Enterprise

This module explores issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to further tour career skills.

You will develop specific skills that can assist in the encouragement of an enterprising, entrepreneurial mind-set that is better equipped to perceive opportunities to develop viable, practical projects from research emanating from conceptual thinking.


Space Mission Analysis and Trajectory Design

This module elaborates the fundamental concepts of space mission analysis, spaceflight orbital mechanics and introduces trajectory design for planet-centred and interplanetary missions.

You start with a short review of the mission selection process. And you are introduced to the design and characterisation of planet-centred orbits and related orbit transfer manoeuvres.

The module investigates the mathematical modelling and analysis of orbital perturbation, Earth-bound and interplanetary trajectory design, gravity assist manoeuvres. You are introduced to concepts of space system theory applied to missions around the Lagrange’s points.

Supply Chain Management

This module demonstrates how to benchmark an organisation and introduces you to the concepts of key performance indicators, total quality management (TQM), six sigma, total productive maintenance (TPM) and supply chain management. You learn the manufacturing assessment methodology based on data provided in a benchmarking case study. Topics covered in TQM, TPM, and supply chain management enable you to plan activities, which improve quality programme maintenance planning and supply chain integration for an organisation and move that organisation towards sustainable competitive advantage.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems. 

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the advanced practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your advanced practice experience.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. It may include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Your advanced practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report, together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

 
 

Entry requirements

You need a first degree in aerospace engineering or relevant engineering discipline equivalent to at least a UK second class (2.2) honours degree.  

Students with a degree awarded outside the UK must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

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 if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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Employability

Career opportunities

Most aerospace engineering graduates seek careers in companies directly or indirectly linked to the aerospace industry. However, the skills and knowledge you acquire are also be relevant to other sectors such as the automobile, engineering process, oil and gas, electronics, electrical engineering and renewable energy industries.

Our BEng/MEng graduates from Aerospace Engineering course have secured work/placement opportunities with Airbus, BAE Systems, EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation, Qinetiq, Cobham, Jacobs Engineering Group, Cummins, Labman Caterpillar and others.

 

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Full-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,335 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£7,000 a year

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2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,335 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£7,500 a year

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  • Length: September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks
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Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

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