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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Advanced Aeronautical Engineering

Work with the latest industry-standard software in a world-leading research department.

Undertake multidisciplinary training in aircraft technologies

Learn the fundamental disciplines needed to develop new technologies and greener aircraft

Work with leading academics in a world-leading research department

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £17,600 Home

    • £40,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1, preferably first class Honours degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering with some experience of fluid and structural dynamics.

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Course overview

Learn the fundamental disciplines needed to develop new technologies and greener aircraft on this one year, full-time course, which offers broad multidisciplinary training in aircraft technologies designed to reduce environmental impact and life-cycle costs. 

Discover how the aviation industry is meeting the challenge of maintaining its economic growth while improving its environmental credentials as you work with the latest industry-standard software in world-leading research facilities. 

Examine the 'Green Aviation' initiative in detail on a series of core and optional modules and complete an extensive individual research project offering an original assessment on a chosen aspect of aeronautical engineering.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

Prior to starting your studies, you’ll be provided with access to optional pre-sessional courses exploring key topics covered on this course.


You’ll study four core modules and complete an individual research project.

Core modules

You’ll pick five additional optional modules during your 12 months of study.

Optional modules

Professional accreditation

This course is professionally accredited by The Royal Aeronautical Society. The Society is licensed by the Engineering Council to register candidates as Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (EngTech).

Our accreditation agreement with the Royal Aeronautical Society is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed for students starting their studies in the 2024-25 academic year. The Department expects to be accredited into the future.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Research

  • 10% Lectures and tutorials
  • 40% Independent study
  • 50% Research

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • A person studying independently
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • Individual research project
    Research project

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Oral assessment

  • 60% Coursework
  • 30% Exams
  • 10% Oral assessment

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Tutorials
  • Oral assessment
  • Papers from a written report
    Progress reports

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply now

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in aeronautical engineering or similar fields.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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F1 racing, civil aviation, and further aeronautics research are just some of your options.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications