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  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Aeronautics with Spacecraft Engineering

Specialise in the design of space technologies in this professionally accredited, integrated Master's degree.

Acquire the engineering, computational and analytical skills required for a career in the aeronautical industry

Work on a group design project from conception to its feasibility stage

Complete a space-related individual research project in an area of specialist interest

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Start date

    October 2025

  • UCAS course code

    Apply to H401

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • Not set Home

    • Not set Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    9 : 1 (2023)

Minimum entry standard

  • A*A*A or A*AAA (A-level)

  • 40 points (International Baccalaureate)

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Course overview

Acquire the engineering, computational and analytical skills required for a career in the aeronautical industry in this professionally accredited course.

As part of the specialist spacecraft stream, you'll be equipped with an analytical skill set appropriate to the design of spacecraft technologies.

You'll also gain an insight into the unique challenges involved in designing space systems for launch and operation, working in the start-of-the-art learning environment provided by the Department of Aeronautics.

During your first two years, you'll develop a strong grounding in the three disciplinary pillars of aerospace engineering: aerodynamics, lightweight structures and structural mechanics, and flight mechanics and control.

The second year includes further specialised aeronautical material.

You'll explore mechatronics, flight mechanics, propulsion and turbomachinery, and have the chance to attend a flight testing course at the National Flying Laboratory Centre at Cranfield University.

Your work will be assessed by laboratory-based coursework plus design, make and test exercises to develop your design and analysis skills.

You'll develop your expertise further on a group design project in the third year by taking a design concept to the stage where feasibility has been fully explored.

Projects in recent years have included a manned mission to Mars, and a horizontal and vertical launcher vehicle for small payloads.

Your study reaches Master's level in the fourth year, with further core modules relating to the design of spacecraft technologies and a choice of research-led modules.

In the final year, you'll complete a space-related individual research project in your chosen area. This is carried out with departmental specialists, or as an external project with an internationally leading engineering company.


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.

You’ll study these core modules.

Core modules

You’ll study these core modules.

Core modules

You'll study five core modules and an I-Explore module.


You’ll also choose two optional modules.

Core modules

Optional modules

You’ll complete an individual research project and take five optional modules. 


At least one module from Group A must be selected, subject to availability.

Please note, modules selected in Year 3 may not be chosen in Year 4.

Core modules

Optional modules - Group A

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.


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.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • Independent study
  • Project work

Years 1 & 2

  • 22% Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • 78% Independent study
  • 0% Project work

Year 3

  • 15% Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • 45% Independent study
  • 40% Project work

Year 4

  • 8% Lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • 33% Independent study
  • 59% Project work

Teaching and learning methods

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  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
    Problem sessions

Balance of assessment


  • 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
  • Oral presentations
  • Progress reports
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Project work

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

When applications open, you will be able to start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Applications open on 14 May 2024

Application deadlines – 29 January 2025 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Home fee for 2024–25 was £9,250 per year

Overseas fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Overseas fee for 2024–25 was £40,940 per year

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in aeronautical engineering.

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

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Manufacturing, consultancy, research and development are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths could include education and finance.

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