Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Aerospace Engineering (with Embry-Riddle)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



Distance Learning


One year

Two year

Next enrolment

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.

In 2017, the University of Salford became the UK’s first higher education partner with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus. Embry-Riddle is world’s oldest and largest university specializing in aviation and aerospace, and has a long-standing education and training presence at U.K. air bases.

MSc Aerospace Engineering with Embry-Riddle is suitable for engineering graduates keen to join the aeronautics industry, or current industry looking to advance their skill set with a recognised postgraduate programme. The course is delivered online and onsite at the University of Salford’s campus in the UK. Across a range of specialist modules, you will enhance your skills and knowledge of aerodynamics, flight dynamics and aerospace engineering.

On graduation, you’ll be uniquely placed to pursue careers worldwide in aircraft engineering and aerospace - equipped with a degrees from both Salford and Embry-Riddle. You’ll also 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 advanced knowledge of aerodynamics, flight dynamics & aerospace engineering, human factors and transportation systems
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of aerospace design and manufacture skills
  • Deepen and broaden your knowledge of material selection, finite element stress analysis, aerospace manufacture, aerodynamic analysis, handling qualities and flight systems
  • Learn to approach new challenges in a systematic and scientific way
  • Develop the skills of independent learning and enquiry at an advanced level
  • Study specialist modules with global aviation expert Embry-Riddle

students accepted

This is for you if...


You're 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

This unique programme is delivered from the University of Salford campus in the UK.  Modules led by the University of Salford are delivered using lectures and tutorials.  Modules led by Embry-Riddle are delivered online via distance learning, with tutorial and revision material supplied by academics at Salford.

Programme induction will take place at Salford, and the first module studied will be Engineering Computation.You will study modules from both universities during each trimester. Assessment is conducted in accordance with the regulations of each University.  The Dissertation and Thesis modules are studied in parallel throughout trimester three.

For full-time students, the course is delivered over trimesters one and two, and the dissertation is undertaken in trimester three. You may choose to complete either the Dissertation module, or both Thesis modules, or both.  To receive the dual degree, you must complete all three modules.

To be awarded the PGCert, you must complete modules led by the University of Salford  (i.e. Engineering Computation and Flight Dynamics & Control). PGDip candidates must complete all modules, with the exception of the the Dissertation and Thesis modules.

Trimester One

The Air Transportation System (led by Embry-Riddle)

Air Transportation is a complex and rapidly evolving industry that plays a substantial role in global and national economies and in effort to improve environmental quality and promote sustainable development. Major components include the human, technological, environmental and operational aspects of airports, airspace, air traffic management, aircraft, and aircraft component manufacturing and design, airlines and other airspace users.

This module is foundational for the Master of Science in Aeronautics degree and focuses on the complex global air transportation system infrastructure, its strengths and vulnerabilities, and the influences by and impacts to global and national economies, environmental sustainability, and technological advancement.

Advanced Aerodynamics (led by Embry-Riddle)

This module will encourage you to examine current flight applications and problems. Featured topics include transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics, principles of aircraft stability and control, and operational strength considerations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the applications of rapidly-changing technological innovations in aerodynamics, and the solutions that can help to address the challenges created by these developments.

Engineering Computation (led by University of Salford)

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.

Trimester Two

Research Methods (led by Embry-Riddle)

This module is designed to equip you with the theoretical techniques and skills to identify and apply for solving qualitative and quantitative research problems. Content introduces the need for non-numerical data analysis and how part of a methodology can allow for in depth analysis of complex issues and relationships. Sampling and data gathering in systematic manners are incorporated into research methodologies. The use of numerical analysis on qualitative data is covered to provide significance solutions and recommendations.

Statistical Analysis (led by Embry-Riddle)

Module content is designed to help you to  build understanding and skills so you can apply statistical research design and interpretation in your own research.  Focus is given to how you can evaluate data and interpret the research findings delivered by other professionals.

Flight Dynamics and Control (led by University of Salford)

Module content is designed to help you to develop a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the analysis of flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.          

Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry (led by Embry-Riddle)

This module presents an overview of the importance of the human role in all aspects of the aviation and aerospace industries. Emphasis is placed on issues, problems, and solutions of unsafe acts, attitudes, errors, and deliberate actions attributed to human behaviour and the roles supervisors and management personnel play in these actions.

You will examine the human limitations in the light of human engineering, human reliability, stress, medical standards, drug abuse, and human physiology. Discussions focus on human behaviour as it relates to the aviator’s adaptation to the flight environment, as well as the entire aviation/ aerospace industry’s role in meeting the aviator’s unique needs.

Trimesters Three and Four

MSc Dissertation (led by University of Salford)

In this module, you will design and undertake a substantial and unique independent research project, to be presented as an academic dissertation. 

Thesis 1 (led by Embry-Riddle)

The first of a two module sequence (ASCI 700a and 700b) to complete the degree program through the accomplishment of a thesis. You will propose and begin to develop a written document on an aviation/aerospace topic, supervised throughout its preparation by the Thesis Committee. The document is intended to demonstrate your mastery of the topic and be of satisfactory quality for publication. Following satisfactory performance within this course, you will continue on to ASCI 700b for the completion and submittal of the thesis.

Thesis 2 (led by Embry-Riddle)

The second of a two module sequence (ASCI 700a and 700b) to complete the degree program through the accomplishment of a thesis. You will complete their thesis under the supervision of the Thesis Committee. The document is intended to demonstrate your mastery of the topic and be of satisfactory quality for publication. Following satisfactory performance within this module, you will be permitted to graduate from the program.

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?








Modules led by the University of Salford are delivered using a series of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops and laboratory activities.

Modules led by Embry-Riddle will be delivered online using the Embry-Riddle learning environment, supported by tutors from both Embry-Riddle and Salford.

Engineers from industry are invited to provide guest lectures on some specialist topic featured in the programme.


Taught modules are assessed via coursework and examinations. Coursework consists of assignments and laboratory exercises.

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Our facilities

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

Aerodynamics Lab - 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 - 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 - 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.

Further study

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. Aerospace graduates can apply to support 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

English Language Requirements

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.


Which qualifications do I need?

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

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 2019/20 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019/20 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

September 2020