MSc Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical engineering graduates are highly valued and in great demand. The Aeronautical Engineering masters is ideal for graduates seeking employment in the aeronautical sector and for practising aerospace engineers who want to extend and update their skills.

Progression to management is key to the careers of postgraduate engineers, so as part of the aeronautical engineering programme you will develop relevant managerial skills, as well as an awareness of the wider issues that affect the aeronautical industry.

The MSc Aeronautical Engineering meets the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).


2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

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Throughout the MSc Aeronautical Engineering programme, you will study a mix of core and optional modules and undertake a supervised 60 credit dissertation. Please note: If you’re an aeronautical engineering graduate from the University of South Wales intending to progress into postgraduate study, you will be required to complete the optional modules in advanced materials and manufacture, advanced computational fluid dynamics, fatigue and fracture and further FEA.

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacture
    This module will enable the student to gain knowledge and analytical skills on a range of modern engineering materials, subsequently develop a critical awareness on the selection criteria for aeronautical and mechanical engineering applications. You will also develop knowledge on a range of manufacturing processes, methods and techniques. 

  • Fatigue and Fracture 
    The aim of this module is to enable students to carry out appropriate analysis to apply to designs where failure due to fatigue may be an issue. The analysis of cracks in structures allows the students to make informed decisions as to appropriate actions that can be taken to prevent unwanted catastrophic failure.

  • Further Finite Element Analysis
    This will enable the student to assess the suitability of finite element analysis to solve a range of engineering analysis with an understanding of the limitations of the analysis. You will learn how to carry out appropriate finite element analysis using a range of modelling techniques and to critically analyse the results obtained from finite element software.

  • Further Computational Fluid Dynamics 
    This will provide students with a practical understanding of the numerical methods which underlie computational fluid dynamics analysis.

  • Research Methods for Engineers 
    This will provide the students with the ability to determine the most appropriate methods to collect, analyse and interpret information relevant to an area of engineering research. You will develop the ability to critically reflect on your own and others' work.

  • Aeroelasticity
    This module provides the student with an integrated understanding of the interaction among aerodynamic, inertia and elastic forces and how this interaction affects the design of an aircraft. You will learn how to predict, analyse and assess aeroelastic phenomena on an aircraft.

  • Professional Engineering Management
    This module will enable learners to develop knowledge of strategic leadership within the context of an engineering business. Learners will develop the skills to critically analyse leadership and management theories and how these shape the strategic direction and effectiveness of an organisation. The learners will develop understanding of application of this knowledge to individual leadership skills in relation to professional engineering, using the Engineering Council UK-Spec document as a framework for good practice.
  • Advanced Propulsion
    This will provide the skills required to perform detail analysis of components of aircraft engines. You will develop a working knowledge and critical awareness of aircraft engine performance, analysing techniques, component, system design and associated technologies

  • Advanced Aircraft Design
    You will develop an integrated understanding of the taught aeronautical engineering postgraduate modules, through a design and synthesis perspective. This module will provide you with the tools and methods to conceptually create, simulate and optimise an aircraft design.
  • Dissertation
    The dissertation is the final component and the culmination of the MSc programme. The knowledge and skills of the taught elements of the MSc programe provide the foundation for this comprehensive research project along with additional guidance on research methodology. The dissertation represents a substantial piece of work, which brings the taught elements of the programme into context within a research or industrial based project work. The dissertation allows the students to undertake a substantial piece of investigative research work on an appropriate engineering topic and further develop the students skills in research, critical analysis and development of solutions using appropriate techniques

Direct Entry students with no prior knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) or Finite Element Analysis (FEA) will also be given the option to enrol in the following modules:

  • Engineering Computational Analysis - 20 credits



The MSc Aeronautical Engineering is delivered evenly throughout the year.

Modules involve lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work, with continually assessed coursework or a mixture of coursework and exams.


You will be continually assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams. The dissertation allows you to research a specific aeronautical engineering topic, to illustrate your depth of knowledge, critical awareness and problem-solving skills.

The dissertation has three elements of assessment: a thesis, a poster presentation, and a viva voce examination.


The MSc Aeronautical Engineering course is accredited to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). For more information on the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer visit the Engineering Council.



  • Well-equipped computer rooms using state of the art (industry standard) design and analysis software. (SolidWorks, Ansys, FEA and CFD, LS-Dyna, etc) including the use of a cluster (Super computer) for high-speed computational work.
  • Dedicated Project room.
  • Wind tunnel.
  • A laser cutter (plastics and wood). Used extensively for wing profile design and manufacture activities prior to use in wind tunnel.
  • We also have composite making facilities, and wing profiles can also be manufactured using composite materials.
  • Dedicated additive manufacturing facilities (3D printing), material testing facilities, non-destructive lab as well as a wide range of support laboratories and equipment for dissertation projects.
  • Final year projects can use the technical support in our well-equipped engineering workshops, facilities include CNC machining, lathes and milling machines, drills, etc.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, although other applicants with a relevant engineering degree will be considered. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £14700 

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.


Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.

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Admissions statement 

Employment prospects are strong in this dynamic and diverse industry. Those with an Aeronautical Engineering university masters can enhance their career opportunities in commercial and military aircraft engineering, the air transportation industry, teaching or research. The highly technical nature of this course also equips you for careers in many related, technology-intensive fields.

Graduates are likely to progress to senior positions in the aeronautical engineering industry and related sectors. You may also consider an engineering research degree.


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