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  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Aeronautical Engineering

Learn how vehicles and structures interact with air in this professionally accredited, integrated Master's degree.

  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Aeronautical Engineering with a Year Abroad (4 years)

Learn how vehicles and structures interact with air in this professionally accredited, integrated Master's degree.

  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Aeronautical Engineering with a Year Abroad (5 years)

Learn how vehicles and structures interact with air in this professionally accredited, integrated Master's degree.

  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Aeronautical Engineering with a Year in Industry

Learn how vehicles and structures interact with air in this professionally accredited, integrated Master's degree.

Train to become a future leader in aerospace and related engineering disciplines

Benefit from teaching enriched by an internationally leading research programme

Understand engineering practices through an optional year abroad or year in industry

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • UCAS course code

    H401

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £9,250 Home

    • £37,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    9 : 1 (2021)

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • A*A*A or A*AAA (A-levels)

  • 40 points (International Baccalaureate)

View full entry requirements
  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • UCAS course code

    Apply to H401

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £9,250 Home

    • £37,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    9 : 1 (2021)

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • A*A*A or A*AAA (A-levels)

  • 40 points (International Baccalaureate)

View full entry requirements
  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    5 years

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • UCAS course code

    Apply to H401

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £9,250 Home

    • £37,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    9 : 1 (2021)

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • A*A*A or A*AAA (A-levels)

  • 40 points (International Baccalaureate)

View full entry requirements
  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    5 years

  • Start date

    October 2023

  • UCAS course code

    Apply to H401

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Fees

    • £9,250 Home

    • £37,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    9 : 1 (2021)

Minimum entry standard 2023

  • A*A*A or A*AAA (A-levels)

  • 40 points (International Baccalaureate)

View full entry requirements

Study option:

Course overview

Develop engineering, computational, and analytical skills, as well as the specific knowledge and experience required for careers in the aerospace industry.

Before choosing to continue or transfer to another course, all students apply to this degree, MEng Aeronautical Engineering (H401).

You'll gain a solid understanding of aerodynamics, lightweight structures, and structural mechanics, as well as flight mechanics.

You will study mechatronics, flight mechanics, propulsion and turbomachinery during year two, as well as attend a flight-testing course at Cranfield University's National Flying Laboratory Centre.

In years three and four, you can choose from an extensive range of optional modules on specialist topics, allowing you to focus on aeronautical engineering areas of interest and access cutting-edge research. 

A group project in year three gives you the chance to simulate the work of a design team to take a design concept through different stages. 

During year four, you will complete a variety of advanced modules and an individual research project to allow you to pursue your own research.

Develop engineering, computational, and analytical skills, as well as the specific knowledge and experience required for careers in the aerospace industry.

You'll gain a solid understanding of aerodynamics, lightweight structures, and structural mechanics, as well as flight mechanics.

You will study mechatronics, flight mechanics, propulsion and turbomachinery during year two, as well as attend a flight-testing course at Cranfield University's National Flying Laboratory Centre.

You'll choose from a variety of optional modules on speciality topics in your third year.

A group project in year three gives you the chance to simulate the work of a design team to take a design concept through different stages.

During your final year, you'll carry out an integrated year abroad where you can challenge yourself academically and culturally. 

In the four-year course, the year abroad replaces your final year at Imperial, with all of your studies carried out at the partner institution.

Develop engineering, computational, and analytical skills, as well as the specific knowledge and experience required for careers in the aerospace industry.

You'll gain a solid understanding of aerodynamics, lightweight structures, and structural mechanics, as well as flight mechanics.

You will study mechatronics, flight mechanics, propulsion and turbomachinery during year two, as well as attend a flight-testing course at Cranfield University's National Flying Laboratory Centre.

You'll choose from a variety of optional modules on speciality topics in your third, fourth and fifth years.

A group project in year three gives you the chance to simulate the work of a design team to take a design concept through different stages.

During your fourth year, you'll carry out an integrated year abroad where you can challenge yourself academically and culturally.

This allows you to experience the full undergraduate education at Imperial along with the chance to expand on it abroad. The institutions we partner with offer a wide range of specialised subjects to choose from.

The final year involves conducting a research project, either in conjunction with a Department's specialists and academics and their research group, or working with an internationally reputed engineering company.

Develop engineering, computational, and analytical skills, as well as the specific knowledge and experience required for careers in the aerospace industry.

Additionally, a year in industry also gives you a chance to consolidate your skills and learn from industry professionals.

You'll gain a solid understanding of aerodynamics, lightweight structures, and structural mechanics, as well as flight mechanics.

You will study mechatronics, flight mechanics, propulsion and turbomachinery during year two, as well as attend a flight-testing course at Cranfield University's National Flying Laboratory Centre.

You'll choose from a variety of optional modules on speciality topics in your third and fifth years.

A group project in year three gives you the chance to simulate the work of a design team to take a design concept through different stages.

Between the third and fourth years of your degree, you complete an industrial placement with an aircraft manufacturer or Formula 1 racing team.

The fifth year involves conducting a research project, either in conjunction with a Department's specialists and academics and their research group, or working with an internationally reputed engineering company.

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Structure

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.

You’ll take the following core modules during your first year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your second year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your third year.

You’ll also choose two optional modules and take an I-Explore module.

This list of optional modules is indicative.

Modules selected in Year 3 may not be chosen in Year 4.

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your fourth year.

You’ll also choose five optional modules.

This list of optional modules is indicative.

Modules selected in Year 3 may not be chosen in Year 4.

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your first year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your second year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your third year.

You’ll also choose two optional modules and take an I-Explore module.

 

This list of optional modules is indicative.

Modules selected in Year 3 may not be chosen in Year 4.

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll study at an approved university in France, Germany, Singapore or the USA during the fourth year.

Current exchange agreements include:

  • Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
  • Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule, Germany
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • MIT, USA
  • University of California, USA

Because this is an integrated year abroad, your grades will count towards your Imperial degree.

You’ll take the following core modules during your first year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your second year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your third year.

You’ll also choose two optional modules and take an I-Explore module.

This list of optional modules is indicative.

Modules selected in Year 3 may not be chosen in Year 4.

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll study at an approved university in France, Germany, Singapore or the USA during the fourth year.

Current exchange agreements include:

  • Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
  • Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule, Germany
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • MIT, USA
  • University of California, USA

Because this is an integrated year abroad, your grades will count towards your Imperial degree.

You’ll take the following core modules during your final year.

You’ll also choose five optional modules.

This list of optional modules is indicative.

Modules selected in Year 3 may not be chosen in Year 5.

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your first year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your second year.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules during your third year.

You’ll also choose two optional modules and take an I-Explore module.

This list of optional modules is indicative.

Core modules

Optional modules

Spend your fourth year in industry before returning to Imperial to continue your studies.

Our connections with industry will help you identify companies to approach and help you organise your placement. It may be necessary to apply to multiple employers and to participate in recruitment activities such as interviews. Each placement lasts nine to twelve months.

Students from the Department have previously completed placements with:

  • Airbus
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mercedes F1
  • Rolls-Royce
  • GE Aviation

 

You will be assigned a college supervisor for the duration of your placement. A satisfactory quarterly update to your supervisor is required for credit.

You’ll take the following core modules during your final year.

You’ll also choose five optional modules.

This list of optional modules is indicative.

Modules selected in Year 3  may not be chosen in Year 5.

Core modules

Optional modules

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the following organisations on behalf of the Engineering Council:

With a professionally accredited degree, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. Professional accreditation also provides international recognition of your qualifications, which you can use to launch a career abroad.

With this integrated Master’s degree, you’ll fully meet the educational requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Becoming a Chartered Engineer can further enhance your career prospects and earning potential. It demonstrates your competencies and commitment to lifelong learning – providing you with recognition in your field and greater influence and opportunities.

Our accreditation agreements with RAeS and IMechE are renewed every five years. The RAeS and IMechE accreditation agreements last until the 2024-25 academic year intake.

Associateship

In addition to your degree, you’ll receive the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) upon completion of this course. This associateship is awarded by one of our historic constituent Colleges.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
    Problem sessions

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Examinations

Year 1

  • 20% Coursework
  • 9% Practical
  • 71% Examinations

Year 2

  • 28% Coursework
  • 8% Practical
  • 64% Examinations

Year 3

  • 37% Coursework
  • 21% Practical
  • 42% Examinations

Year 4

  • 35% Coursework
  • 23% Practical
  • 42% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Person completing coursework
    Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Progress reports
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Project work

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
    Problem sessions

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Examinations

Year 1

  • 20% Coursework
  • 9% Practical
  • 71% Examinations

Year 2

  • 28% Coursework
  • 8% Practical
  • 64% Examinations

Year 3

  • 37% Coursework
  • 21% Practical
  • 42% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Person completing coursework
    Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Progress reports
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Project work

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
    Problem sessions

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Examinations

Year 1

  • 20% Coursework
  • 9% Practical
  • 71% Examinations

Year 2

  • 28% Coursework
  • 8% Practical
  • 64% Examinations

Year 3

  • 37% Coursework
  • 21% Practical
  • 42% Examinations

Year 5

  • 35% Coursework
  • 23% Practical
  • 42% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Person completing coursework
    Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Progress reports
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Project work

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Lectures
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
    Tutorials
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
    Problem sessions

Balance of assessment

Key

  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Examinations

Year 1

  • 20% Coursework
  • 9% Practical
  • 71% Examinations

Year 2

  • 28% Coursework
  • 8% Practical
  • 64% Examinations

Year 3

  • 37% Coursework
  • 21% Practical
  • 42% Examinations

Year 5

  • 35% Coursework
  • 23% Practical
  • 42% Examinations

Assessment methods

  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Person completing coursework
    Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Progress reports
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Project work

Study option:

Entry requirements

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

Study option:

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

You can start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Applications for 2023 entry are closed

Application deadlines — 25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time)

Applications for 2023 entry are closed

Application deadlines — 25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time)

Applications for 2023 entry are closed

Application deadlines — 25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time)

Applications for 2023 entry are closed

Application deadlines — 25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2023 entry

£9,250 per year

Year abroad (4 years)

2023 entry

£1,385 for that year

Year abroad (5 years)

2023 entry

£1,385 for that year

Year in industry

2023 entry

£925 for that year

Overseas fee

2023 entry

£37,900 per year

Year abroad (4 years)

2023 entry

100% of the fee for that year

Year abroad (5 years)

2023 entry

15% of the fee for that year

Year in industry

2023 entry

10% of the fee for that year

Your future career

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All undergraduate courses are offered as integrated Master's degrees.

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Graduates are highly sought after for a range of careers in the aerospace industry, manufacturing, consultancy, research and development.

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Other potential career paths include teaching or finance.

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