Student in the flight simulator

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2016
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course provides multidisciplinary training in aircraft technologies for reducing environmental impact and life-cycle costs.

About the course


Air travel is vital for the continued prosperity of the EU economy, and is predicted to grow significantly over the next 20 years. The challenge facing aviation is to meet the predicted growth in demand in a way that ensures that the environment is protected.

This MSc programme provides modules on the fundamental disciplines that are of prime importance for developing new enabling technologies vital to the design of more environmentally friendly future aircraft, and offers multi-disciplinary training in aircraft technologies for reducing environmental impact and life-cycle costs.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The programme begins in October and ends in September, and is comprised of both core and optional modules. The core modules are compulsory, and consist of a set of introductory non-examinable modules and modules related to the "Green Aviation" initiative. The optional modules deal with advanced Aeronautical Engineering topics.

Students will also undertake an Individual Research Project.

Sample Modules

  • Emerging Technologies for Green Aviation
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering
  • UAV and MAV Technologies
  • Individual Project
  • Technology, Business and the Market for Aeronautical Engineers
  • Advanced Mechanics of Flight
  • Aerospace Vehicle Design
  • Airframe Design
  • Materials in Action or
    Materials Modelling
  • Helicopter Dynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Advanced Propulsion
  • Innovation Management
  • Wing Design
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Compressible Flow
  • Navier Stokes and Turbulence Modelling
  • An Introduction to Flow Control
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Analysis of Laminate Composites
  • Stress Analysis and Impact

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Minimum 2.1, preferably first class (1st) Honours degree, in an aerospace or mechanical engineering related degree with some experience of fluid and structural dynamics.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2016 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2016 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

Find out more about Advanced Aeronautical Engineering.