Aerospace Engineering BEng

Start date
3 years
UCAS code
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23:
£9,250 (UK)
£25,860 (International)
Further information

If you like challenges and problem solving and relish the idea of combining science, maths and engineering to develop new technologies, processes and materials for the aerospace industry, then this Aerospace Engineering BEng degree is for you.

 You will be taught by academics that are experts in their field and have been at the forefront of progress in several areas, including the Cassini-Huygens mission and the design and development of high-performance jet engines. This, together with the strong collaborations we enjoy with leading companies such as Rolls-Royce, will give you the best launch pad for a successful career.

The Aerospace Engineering BEng course is structured to give you a broad coverage of engineering disciplines appropriate to the current and future aerospace industry and research areas. Key topics include maths, mechanics, fluid mechanics, electronics, flight dynamics, design, and materials science, which provide a basis for aircraft and space vehicle design and operation. Depending on your study choices, you will be supported in gaining the skills necessary to transform the emerging fields of satellite, deep space missions and uncrewed aerial vehicles where remote control and long-distance communications are required.

There is an exciting practical element to the course. You will put theory into practice with flight exercises in a custom-built flight simulator to learn about aircraft handing qualities followed by flights in a real aircraft, specially instrumented to capture flight data.

The interdisciplinary nature of the subject is dealt with by shared modules in all years as well as group project exercises. Students can develop a specialism (e.g. materials or communications) but this is based on broad coverage to enable you to embark upon good careers in the aeronautical and space industries. 

There is an opportunity to apply for a year in industry during your degree, usually between Year 2 and Year 3. Academic members of staff will help you to find suitable internships, review your application materials, and assist and mentor you throughout your year in industry. A year in industry is an invaluable opportunity to take on a role within a company, apply the theoretical knowledge of your degree course to real-world issues and will enhance your career prospects. Contact the Admissions Team for further details.

 An additional year studying abroad is possible, as well as opportunities to add an intercalated year in Compute Science or Business Studies.

Why study Aerospace Engineering BEng at Birmingham?

  • New course started in 2018
  • Already accredited by IOM3, accreditation by other bodies is in progress
  • New facilities, including flight simulators and wind tunnels
  • Practical flying experience
  • New central teaching laboratory to get hands-on skills related to engineering
  • An opportunity to apply for an industrial placement or overseas study
  • Opportunities for intercalated years in Computer Science or Business Studies at the University

The Space Pi Project: Visit to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space


Our students at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory SpaceThird-year Aerospace Engineering students Holly, Abu, and Alex have spent their third-year research projects developing a potential space payload instrument controlled by a Raspberry Pi Model 4. 
They travelled to the Harwell campus to test their Space Pi instruments in the facilities at RAL Space to get them a step closer to being suitable for space use.

Read their blog >> 

This Aerospace Engineering course is a three-year Master of Engineering (BEng) degree, we also offer a four-year Master of Engineering (MEng) degree version too.

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Year 1

Courses provide the fundamentals of materials behaviour as well as how these can be used to develop properties and shapes satisfying the structural requirements of aerospace vehicles. Quantitative description of these requirements will be covered in courses on Mathematics and Mechanics. Electrical engineering will be used to provide a basis for control systems in later years with fluid dynamics and energy transfer accomplishing the same for aerodynamic aspects and fluid dynamics.

Year 2

The second year represents a deepening in the coverage of the core engineering disciplines involved in aerospace - mechanics, thermodynamics and fluids, mathematics and electrical engineering. The last of these specialises in control, which ties in with the introduction of space systems engineering as the first of the ‘space’ aspects of the course. The property development in materials from year 1 is extended to understand how materials fail under different stressing and environmental conditions – and, more importantly, to reduce the risk of such failure.

There is an opportunity to apply for a year in industry during your degree, usually between Year 2 and Year 3. Academic members of staff will help you to find suitable internships, review your application materials, and assist and mentor you throughout your year in industry. A year in industry is an invaluable opportunity to take on a role within a company, apply the theoretical knowledge of your degree course to real-world issues and will enhance your career prospects. Contact the Admissions Team for further details.

Year 3

The concentration in this year is on the extremes of environmental attack – high temperatures for oxidation and creep in aero engines which ties in with the coverage of high temperature materials and their manufacture along with the advanced characterisation techniques required to assess them. Degradation from ionizing radiation links to the space mission module whilst the project reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.

Core modules

Optional modules

Select 20 credits. Examples of optional modules listed below:

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Annual tuition fees 2022/23

  • £9,250 - UK
  • £25,860 - International

Visit our  tuition fees page for more information.


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Tuition fees for placement years (where applicable)

There is a reduced tuition fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code H400

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Standard offer

International Requirements

Number of A levels required:
Typical offer:
Required subjects and grades:
A level Mathematics and at least one Physical Science.
General Studies:
not accepted

International Baccalaureate Diploma

6,6,5 at Higher Level, including Mathematics and Physics, with a minimum of 32 points overall. Standard English language requirements apply.


BTEC only considered when combined with other qualifications. We would require 2 A levels (Mathematics and Physics) plus the BTEC.

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.

Foundation Year

Are you a UK student and would like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? If you are not studying A Level Mathematics you can consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.

International Students

We accept a range of international qualifications, please contact the admissions tutor for more information.


Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about international entry requirements.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

Our MEng and BEng Aerospace Engineering students experienced a series of flight exercises as part of their degree.

Aerospace practical flight exercises

Materials Science and Engineering at Birmingham combines teaching from lecturers who are global experts in their field, with leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories to enhance your learning experience. We have strong partnerships with key employers who provide projects and work placements for our students and regularly recruit our graduates.

How you will learn

Our programmes include lectures, practicals and case studies, group and individual research projects and the development of transferrable skills to give you access to a wide range of careers. At Birmingham, we advocate an enquiry-based learning approach, so from the outset you’ll be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner – qualities much sought-after by employers.

There are many opportunities for industrial internships and placements within the School during the summer, giving you the chance to put your skills into practice.

The third and fourth years will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas that most interest you, such as aerospace, biomaterials and computer simulations. You will also take part in a group research project during your third year. MEng students will undertake an individual project in their final year.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is through a mixture of written exams and continually assessed coursework. 

As well as end-of-year exams and written assignments, assessment methods include oral presentations, computer-based tests, laboratory and project reports. Each module is assessed independently and most contain some components of continuous assessment. Some modules are completely assessed by either examination or coursework.

Your personal tutor

As soon as you join us, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies to help you in three important areas: supporting your academic progress, developing transferable skills and dealing with any welfare issues.

Seminars and tutorials

Small-group tutorials and personal tutorials run alongside the lecture course and are aimed at addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate the lecture material, as well as testing your understanding through problem-solving exercises.

Lecturers and world-leading researchers

You’ll be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thus giving you a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Our lecturers are not only experts in their field; they are passionate about passing on their expertise. All our researchers work at the cutting edge, often at intermediate technology readiness levels, delivering new materials technology to industry for inclusion in their products.

Resources and facilities

Our School is part of the largest centre for materials research in the UK. Our facilities provide you with the best possible environment to grow and succeed. Our first-class teaching and laboratory facilities include state-of-the-art study spaces and computer suites where we use the latest educational technologies to reinvent lab classes and showcase the fundamental principles behind materials engineering.

Contact Hours

You can expect an average of about 20-25 hours of contact time per week, comprising approximately 5 hours of laboratory based activity, 14 hours of lectures and 4 hours of small-group teaching (tutorials). As you progress through the programme, an increasing amount of time will be devoted to project-based learning.

The broad range of topics covered and the emphasis on problem solving activities in the later years will equip graduates for careers in design, manufacture and operation of aerospace structures from traditional airframes and aero engines to emerging fields such as UAVs and satellites. The programme will prepare suitably able graduates for higher research degrees in these field as well. You could also pursue careers and research opportunities in non-aerospace areas where expertise in advanced materials, manufacturing, structures, aggressive environments and remote communication and control are important.

Graduates from our Materials Science and Engineering courses:

Example employers

  • Rolls Royce
  • AeroEngine Controls
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BMW Group
  • BP
  • Tata Steel
  • Schlumberger
  • Doncasters Limited
  • Sandvik
  • BAe Systems 

Example careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Materials tester
  • Failure analyst
  • Financier
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Materials scientist
  • Teacher

Rolls-Royce has recruited a significant number of students from Birmingham at both graduate and postgraduate level. Undergraduates are able to experience real life industrial situations via vacation attachments in the company. We are very pleased with the quality of Birmingham graduates. They are stimulating change and making an impact on the output of the Materials Group. They possess a good balance of technical, interpersonal and IT skills.

Mike Hicks, Chief Technologist-Materials, Rolls-Royce

Careers Network

We provide a wealth of opportunities to develop your career. From your first day at Birmingham to after you graduate, the Careers Network  is here to help you identify and achieve your individual career aspirations through its wide range of services.

Our dedicated careers team brings you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Careers advisers offer one-to-one advice appointments where you can discuss your career plans and explore your options. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning  Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details


Our multi-award-winning work experience team has dedicated internship officers to help find the right work experience for you. Make the most of these opportunities and apply for our Work Experience Bursary Scheme, the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme or one of our successful mentoring schemes. 

The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience:

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