Advanced Aeronautical Engineering

Multidisciplinary training in aircraft technologies aimed at reducing environmental impact and life-cycle costs.

Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21

This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen  our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer  you  a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Your  teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote  learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our COVID-19 information for applicants and offer holders.


Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2020
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications are now closed

Overview

This course is suitable if you have an engineering background and a particular interest in aircraft technologies.

Air travel is vital for the prosperity of the economy and is predicted to grow significantly over the next 20 years. The challenge facing aviation is to meet this demand while ensuring the environment is protected.

You will learn the fundamentals disciplines needed to develop new technologies and greener aircraft.

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

The facilities in the Department are of a high standard, with the latest industry-standard software available for students to use.

Study programme

The programme can be completed in one-year on a full-time basis.

The programme is comprised of 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.

You will also complete an extensive four-month individual research project. The project is made up of a piece of individual research which must include some element of originality and can be wholly experimental, wholly theoretical, or a mixture of the two.

Professional accreditation

The Department of Aeronautics' current professional accreditation agreement is due to be renewed and the department is seeking re-accreditation for its courses. We expect to be successful in this renewal.

This degree has previously been professionally accredited by The Royal Aeronautical Society between 2014 and 2019.

Structure

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

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Aerospace Structures
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering
  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Emerging Technologies for Green Aviation
  • Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Major Individual Research Project
  • Revision Stress Analysis
  • Technical Writing and Presentations

Optional modules

  • Advanced Mechanics of Flight
  • Advanced Propulsion
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Aerospace Vehicle Design
  • Aircraft Performance and Flight Mechanics
  • Airframe Design
  • An Introduction to Flow Control
  • Analysis of Laminated Composites
  • Compressible Flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Materials Modelling
  • Navier Stokes Equations and Turbulence Modelling
  • Revision Stress Analysis
  • Stress Analysis and Impact
  • Technology, Business and the Market for Aeronautical Engineers
  • Wing Design

Research project

You complete an extensive four-month individual research project. The project is made up of a piece of individual research which must include some element of originality and can be wholly experimental, wholly theoretical, or a mixture of the two.

You select projects from a list of topics proposed by university staff and by industry. The results from the study must be set in context against published work. The project is assessed by progress in conducting the work, a dissertation of about 10,000 words, and an oral presentation.

It is expected that many projects will have significant industry support and may be wholly or partly undertaken in industry, as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Group Work
  • Blackboard VLE
  • Student Portal on Sharepoint
  • Panopto recordings
  • Major Individual Research Project

Assessment methods

  • Written Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Tutorial Material
  • Oral Presentations
  • Progress Reports

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering, with some experience of fluid and structural dynamics.

A first class degree is preferred with some experience of fluid and structural dynamics.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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 requirement (all applicants)

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.

How to apply

Admissions

Making an application

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

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

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH10-01-04 aeronautical and aerospace engineering

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 website.

Tuition fees and funding

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

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry

£14,000 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry

£32,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Aeronautics

Got a question?

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E: aero.msc-admissions@imperial.ac.uk

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