Aerospace Structures and Materials (Subject to approval*)

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )

Overview

Overview
Modern aerospace structures typically require the use of composite materials, advanced manufacturing of structural components, optimal design and thin-walled constructions. The programme is aimed at students who already have an in depth knowledge of aerospace engineering and material science, and who wish to specialise further in an area of Aerospace  Structures and Materials. You will be able to choose study modules that align with your background, your choice of specialisation area and your project topic.

Aircraft manufacturers and design today face the challenge of developing lighter, fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft. To cope with requirements of the development of novel aero-structures, advanced techniques in manufacturing make effective use of advanced materials.  To obtain the level of performance required from flight structures, thorough knowledge of material limitations, structural stability and strength considerations are essential.  In the School of Engineering and Materials Science, current researches emphasizes on the advanced computational material/structural design, thermo-mechanics, machining/forming of titanium components, structural dynamics, vehicular crashworthiness, multiscale modelling, functional graded materials structures, aeroelasticity, structural health monitoring and design optimization. This specialization covers theory, computations, experiments and implementation issues, as well as the study of specific cutting edge aerospace vehicles.

This MSc includes a substantial research project in aerospace structure and material engineering, supervised by staff working in a wide range of research areas and working in our excellent facilities. These include high performance computing clusters owned by QMUL, a wide range of internal combustion engines, heat transfer facilities, wind tunnels, an anechoic chamber, a UK cueSim Flight Simulator, a France-Price Induction jet engine test bench, and materials synthesis and characterisation labs.

Our academic staff, are involved in internationally recognised research in a wide range of topics, including:
- Aerospace structures, including manufacturing and optimization
- Materials science, including structural and functional materials
- Computational engineering, both solids, aero-acoustics and aerodynamics
- Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
- Control engineering
- Robotics
 

*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

Structure

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering includes 1 compulsory, and 7 optional taught modules, as shown on the structure below.  Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project, which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.
Core modules
o Research methods and experimental techniques
o Research project
Optional modules include
• Aerospace Structures
• Computational Engineering
• Vehicular Crashworthiness,
• Material Selection in Design,
• Advanced Aircraft Design
• Aeroelasticity,
• Numerical Optimization in Engineering Design,
• Composites,
• Failure of Solids,
• Manufacturing Processes/Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques,
• Robotics.
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
 

Entry requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-04. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

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 H403. 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 the language 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.
Assessment
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.
Graduate employment
Our graduates work in research, development and consultancy positions within the engineering and materials industries for companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus, Atkins and JRI Orthopaedics. Many graduates apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and/or scientists in sectors relevant to those they have studied.
Some graduates use their MSc to secure positions within the wider fields of mechanical and general engineering. Others work in areas beyond those directly related to their degree, including regulatory bodies, teaching, finance and the NHS. The range of skills developed through our programmes, coupled with opportunities for extracurricular activities and work experience, has enabled our graduates to move into careers across many successful
companies both in the UK and worldwide. A significant proportion of our graduates also go on to undertake PhDs in engineering and materials science.
We have strong links with many industrial partners in terms of both research collaboration and funding. We host a biannual engineering Industrial Liaison Forum - potential employers, industry representatives and alumni working in industry attend sharing their experiences and offering advice. These strong industrial links, combined with the skills and training you will acquire during your studies, are highly valued by employers.
 

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,250
Part-time study is not available for this course

Funding

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 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
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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

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