Advanced Aeronautical Engineering

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

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2022
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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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 fundamental 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

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.

Structure 

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

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.

Page last reviewed on 22 October 2021.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

Aerospace Structures

Learn how to analyse and design aerospace structures and how loads affect them.

Aircraft Design and Airworthiness

Carry out the full conceptual design of a new modern aircraft, ensuring it meets requirements for airworthiness certification, from a simple set of operational requirements.

Applied Aerodynamics

Develop an advanced understanding of the aerodynamics of wings and aerofoil sections.

Emerging Technology for Green Aviation

Cover the key technological advances and the corresponding underlying principles of greener aviation.

Optional modules

You'll take five modules from the below.

Advanced Manufacturing

Cover the manufacturing principles and processes of composite materials and develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between material design, processing and properties.

Advanced Propulsion

Conduct aerodynamic and thermodynamic analysis of propulsion systems for high-speed flight.

Aerothermodynamics of Launchers and Re-Entry Vehicles

Explore the unique flow physics experienced by vehicles travelling at hypersonic speeds in an atmosphere.

Analytical Characterisation of Composite Materials

Cover advanced analytical techniques used to characterise polymer, fibre and fibre-matrix interfaces’ properties.

Artificial Intelligence for Aerospace Engineers

Get an introduction to popular machine learning and AI algorithms used in the aerospace industry and research.

Composite Innovation – Nanocomposites and Structural Power

Learn about the latest composite innovations including nanophase reinforced composites and multifunctional composites.

Computational Mechanics

Explore advanced concepts in the application of the finite element method to the analysis of aerostructures.

Control Theory for Flow Management

Discover how fluid flow may be controlled through sensing, and its subsequent control via actuation to produce a controlled disturbance, in order to achieve a desired effect.

Finite Elements

Gain an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of finite element methods and learn to apply this to solving real-life structural problems.

Flow Instability & Transition

Learn how modern mathematical techniques are used to predict conditions when laminar-turbulent transition takes place.

Innovation Management

Cover key principles of innovation management from knowledge co-creation to developing sustainable business models.

Lightweight Structures

Broaden your understanding of the mechanics of composite materials and foams, including sandwich construction.

Orbital Mechanics

Apply orbital mechanics and rigid body mechanics to a wide range of problems in non-atmospheric flight.

Spacecraft Structures

Develop your understanding of methodologies for spacecraft structure design, from launchers to satellite platforms to habitable inflatable modules.

Spacecraft Systems

Learn industry standard methodology for spacecraft systems analysis and design.

Structural Integrity and Health Monitoring

Gain an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of safe design and learn to apply damage detection techniques to different types of structures.

Systems Engineering for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Learn about engineering systems and how to apply their tools to the design of UAVs.

Turbulence and Turbulence Modelling

Develop your foundational knowledge and physical understanding to critically assess turbulent modules relevant to research and industry.

Research project

You'll 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'll 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.

Log books are good practice and may be required by your supervisor as part of your submission. Please ensure you speak to your supervisor at the start of your project to find out if a log book will be required.

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 (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • 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 (or equivalent) in aerospace or mechanical engineering, with some experience of fluid and structural dynamics. Please note, a first class degree (or equivalent) is strongly preferred.

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 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.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Aeronautics' competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Aeronautics

T: +44 (0)20 7594 5066
E: aero.msc-admissions@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

Admissions

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £80 for taught Master's applications (excluding MBAs)
  • £135 for MBA applications

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all visa-nationals, with the exception of EEA/Swiss nationals and nationals of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme’s Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’, as well as your university supervisor name. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptorSupervisor name
CAH10-01-04 aeronautical and aerospace engineering Professor Paul Robinson

Your student 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.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2022 entry

£15,400

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

Overseas rate of tuition

2022 entry

£35,700

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. 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. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

A number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students. Find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

If you are an Iranian national and are accepted to study at Imperial starting this October, you may be eligible to apply for the Irani family scholarship.

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?

T: +44(0) 20 7594 5066
E: aero.msc-admissions@imperial.ac.uk

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