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Aerospace Engineering

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


Aerospace engineering has evolved and diversified since the early days of powered flight. Employers now require skills ranging from aerodynamics and flight control to space engineering simulation and design. This diversity means that engineers need to be able to operate and develop advanced devices, and understand complex theoretical and computational models.

This programme will give you advanced skills in computational modelling, numerical techniques and an in-depth understanding of engineering approaches to current aerospace problems. You will learn the research and experimental skills necessary to work in the aerospace engineering industry, whether as a researcher or as an engineer for a major aerospace company. You will also collaborate with researchers working on alternative fuels sources, so it is relevant and timely.

This programme will:

  • Prepare you to develop new computational and technological products for the aerospace industries.
  • Allow you to join research groups working at the cutting edge of aerospace engineering, and computational modelling.
  • Give you the chance to specialise in your own area.

Why study your MSc in Aerospace Engineering at Queen Mary?

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research. Both Engineering and Materials are very well established at Queen Mary, with the Aerospace Department being the first established in the UK. Our aerospace teaching programmes were ranked number two in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey.

  • This MSc programme is available to students from a variety of non-engineering backgrounds such as Physics, Maths, and Electronic Engineering.
  • It was the first of its kind in the country; offering some unique modules including, aeroelasticity, crash worthiness, and space engineering.
  • Aerospace Engineering is an employment related field which allows you to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in design, aerodynamics, propulsion and technology.


Our postgraduate students enjoy a range of excellent resources, including:

  • Comprehensive computing facilities: several high-performance PC clusters and parallel SGI computer clusters, and an extensive network of Linux and UNIX workstations.
  • Extensive wind tunnel facilities: eight low speed wind tunnels, a very low turbulence wind tunnel, three high-speed wind tunnels, computer-based flow control system with high-speed, real-time data acquisition and processing system, colour and high-focused Schlieren systems, interactive aerodynamic simulator, and a PIV system.
  • Experimental thermofluids engineering facilities: heat transfer and condensation rigs, six IC-engine test beds and three combustion rigs, laser Doppler anemometry, electron microscopy gas/particulate-sampling and analysis facilities, several exhaust gas sampling and testing kits for engine and combustion emissions and thermal instrumentation.
  • Two new electrospray technology laboratories that were created with the support of the UK Joint Research Councils. The facilities include a wide range of instrumentation including a mass spectrometer capable of resolving high m/z particles up to 40,000, Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectrometer, a wide-range, high-voltage power supply and a high speed camera.
  • A cell and tissue engineering suite: this houses cell culture labs, a molecular biology unit with quantitative RT-PCR capability, and a radio-isotope labelling facility. A general purpose laboratory incorporates advanced mechanical test machines and standard biochemical/cell biology analysis equipment. The microscopy unit incorporates two confocal microscopes.
  • The latest electron microscopes and a range of modern materials characterisation facilities including: FTIR and FT-Raman spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence (XRF), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, x-ray diffractometer (XRD), calorimetric (DTA, DSC) and thermomechanical (DMA, rheometer) techniques, analytical and computational facilities and image analysis, materials processing and fabrication, heat treatment equipment and dielectric and electrical characterisation.
  • Thanks to a Royal Society Wolfson Grant we recently opened new laboratories to support functional materials research. The laboratories will hold the latest processing and characterisation equipment for organic solar cells.
  • A new NanoVision Centre enhances the experimental nanomechanics and high resolution imaging capabilities of the School. The centre houses two high-resolution environmental scanning electron microscopes (SEM) one with an additional focused ion beam, a custom-built atomic force microscope and a cryo-sample preparation stage. Both SEMs incorporate the latest STEM technology and are supported by transmission electron microscopy. Our scanning probe laboratory contains two low-drift, high-stability closed loop Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM).


The MSc in Aerospace Engineering includes 1 compulsory, and 7 optional taught modules (15 credits each), as shown on the structure below. You can follow the links for details for each module, and also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.

Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project (60 credits), which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Core modules

  • Research methods and experimental techniques
  • Research project

Optional modules

  • Advanced Flight Control and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Computational Engineering
  • Mechanics of Continua
  • Vehicular Crashworthiness
  • Advanced Spacecraft Design: Manoeuvring and Orbital Mechanics
  • Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Robotics
  • Advanced High Speed Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Aircraft Design

Entry requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The JACS code for this course is H400. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

An undergraduate degree (minimum good second class honours or equivalent) in a mechanically-based engineering subject, or equivalent. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to contact us for guidance in specific cases. IELTS 6.5 is required.

International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the School of Engineering and Materials Science for assistance.

Learning and teaching

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.
The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.
Research Project
A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.

Students are currently researching a range of topics for their projects including:

  • Flow and noise control
  • Free surface and water wakes
  • Jet noise: Aircraft noise pollution continues to affect the development of aviation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £9,250
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £19,500
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate employment

Queen Mary’s Engineering postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers.  The majority go on to apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and scientists in various environments, or undertaking a PhD.

The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 78% of Engineering postgraduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation, with 68% already in graduate level employment. Queen Mary Engineering postgraduates have an average earning power of £29,900 six months after graduation.

The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

  • Space Systems Engineering Intern – Clyde Space Limited
  • Head Data Manager – Richmond Pharmocology
  • Assistant Engineer – Marshall Aerospace
  • Civil Engineer – Norconsult
  • Project Engineer – As Sway

Throughout the programme, postgraduates have access to careers events to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. Annual career events open to the School’s postgraduates include the IT and Technology Fair, with thirty organisations including Accenture Technology Solutions and EADS Astrium, two Engineering Industrial Liaison Forums featuring small and medium sized employers and a weekly careers programme covering job search and selection training.

Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village redevelopment means that there are substantial opportunities for on campus and local part time work and work experience. On campus there are 1200 job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Website Administrator and from Society President to Student Mentor. QTemps job agency offers work suitable for current students and recent graduates, QMSU Volunteering facilitates volunteering and QM JobOnline hosts over 800 part time and full time job vacancies.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages.



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