Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Aerospace Engineering

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




One year

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September 2020

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In a nutshell

Few disciplines inspire like aerospace engineering does. The industry is at the forefront of advanced engineering and technology and there is a growing need for highly skilled chartered aerospace engineers to lead 21st century innovations.

Aerospace engineering at Salford focuses on the design and creation of aircraft, spacecraft and associated components. Across a range of specialist modules, we will enhance your skills and knowledge of engineering devices and associated components used in the production of civil and military aircraft, spacecraft and weapons systems.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. On graduation, you'll be ready to work towards Chartered Aerospace Engineer status which is an independent verification of your skills and demonstrates your commitment and credentials as an engineering professional.

You will:
  • Build a skillset that draws on engineering disciplines and specialisms in aerospace technologies
  • Study in purpose-built facilities, used for teaching, learning and research of aeronautics and aviation
  • Develop the knowledge to make informed decisions on the design, development and manufacture of the next-generation aeronautics craft and equipment

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This is for you if...


You are from an engineering or numerate science discipline such as aeronautical, mechanical or electrical/ electronic engineering or physics


You have over five years relevant work experience with appropriate qualifications


You have ambitions to be a Chartered Aerospace Engineer and to be successful at a high level in the aerospace engineering sector

Course details

All about the course

The MSc programme is delivered over one year full-time. It consists of four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project module. PG Dip (nine months full-time) and PG Cert (four months full-time) are available.

In semester one, you will explore Aerodynamics and Engineering Computation. In the second semester, you'll progress to study Aerospace Assembly, Flight Simulation and Flight Dynamics and Control. In semester three, you will bring together all of your learning to carry out high-level coordinated academic and practical work to form part of your final assessment.



On completion of this module you should have a comprehensive understanding and systematic understanding of knowledge and concepts of aircraft performance by modelling aerodynamic loads and propulsion system performance, leading to key results in both steady and accelerated flight. You will also learn how to predict and interpret optimal performance in cruise, climb and glide and to use predictive modelling techniques in propulsion system and airfield analysis.

You will cover:

  • Detailed study of equations governing two-dimensional, compressible, inviscid aerodynamic flows
  • Analysis of the aerodynamic performance of aerofoil sections over a range of flight conditions, including; subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic freestream flows
  • Use of linearised flow theory results for the analysis of supersonic wing flows

Engineering Computation

This module provides a systematic understanding of knowledge on finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the development of appropriate finite element models of physical systems, and how to interpret the results of the analysis. The module also covers advanced aspects of finite element analysis including harmonic vibration analysis and will give practical instruction in the use of an industry-standard finite element analysis program.

Aerospace System Design

In this module you will develop an in-depth knowledge of design of unmanned aerial vehicles and their associated systems. You will develop a critical understanding of aerospace system developments for future system requirements.

MSc Project and Dissertation (60 credits)

In this module you will design and undertake a substantial and unique independent research project, to be presented as an academic dissertation. The nature of the project will depend on which of the three MSc you are taking.

Choose to study one the following options listed below:

Flight Dynamics and Control

On completion of this module you will have a complete understanding of how to analyse flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.

Aerospace Assembly

This module explores the processes associated with the assembly of very large aircraft structures, including the techniques of forming, joining and fixturing. You will be made aware of the relevant regulatory and design standards that have to be met and become familiar with the processes that must be used to ensure conformity with those standards. As part of the module you be given real engineering problems in an industrial or aerospace environment. This is your opportunity to work either as an individual or as an effective member of a group or team under the guidance of both academic and industrial managers.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


The majority of the teaching and learning will be delivered through lectures and tutorials. Engineers from the industry will contribute to the specialist areas of the syllabus as guest lecturers. Group laboratory work will be conducted in a purpose built aeronautics facilities and will be used to relate theory to practical application. There will also be a strong emphasis in developing the skills for guided self-learning.

Some modules will include a structured factory visit to illustrate the processes and techniques and to enable investigations to be conducted.


Taught modules are assessed using coursework and assignments. Typically, this is split 70% assignments and 30% coursework.

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As a leading centre of aeronautics and aerospace engineering study and research, Salford is equipped with advanced, specialist facilities including:

Aerodynamics Lab

This features low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical experiments determine the aerodynamic properties and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag.

Control and Dynamics Lab

This features flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical experiments study damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration and controller performance.

Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator

This incorporates cockpit controls, integrated main head-up display and two secondary instrumentation display panels.

Elite Flight Training System

A fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator certified by the Civil Aviation Authority as a FNPT II-Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


This is a highly valued qualification and can lead to opportunities in a range of sectors and organisations throughout the world. Popular routes include the design, manufacture and operation of aerospace vehicles, working for aerospace companies and their suppliers, governments and research institutions. Other possibilities exist in technical engineering specialisms or general business management.

Our graduates often find roles at companies involved in designing and manufacturing major sub-units of aeroplanes and related aerospace vehicles, such as engines, structural parts, avionics or environmental control systems. Salford alumni have gained employment with leading companies, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Roll-Royce, Thales, and Royal Air Force.


Some of our graduates progress to postgraduate and doctoral research in our Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC). The Centre aims to build on our world class research and provide industry with guidance and expertise in the advancement of the 21st century technology for business success and economic growth at national and international level. 

Research at the Centre is supported by EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission funding, as well as direct investment from industry.  Our research excellence is driven by leading academics and advanced facilities. Aerospace graduates can join our Engineering Group, which conducts leading research in structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering and hydraulics.

A taste of what you could become

A systems engineer

A aeronautics specialist

An aviation consultant

A aerospace technician

And more...

Career Links

Salford has strong links with industry covering companies that span the aerospace industry. These links have developed through collaborative research and development projects, or via the commercial testing of products/components. The knowledge gained through these engagements all feed into teaching and learning, and help to connect learning to real-world scenarios.

The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with the aviation industry in the north-west and beyond, ensuring you access to an extensive network of industry contact throughout your studies.


What you need to know


This course is recommended for graduates and experiences professionals with ambitions to become successful Chartered Aerospace Engineers, working at a high level in the aerospace industry. 


International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.


Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • A 2:2 degree or above in an engineering or numerate science discipline such as aeronautical, mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering or physics.
  • Applicants who have a HNC/HND and five years' relevant experience may be considered for entry to the PgDip, initially.
Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £7,920per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,670per year
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for International students 2020/21

To celebrate the University of Salford's expertise and industry links in Computing and Engineering, high achieving international students may be eligible for our Computing, Science and Engineering International Excellence Scholarship of £3,500.

For more information go to International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020