Aerospace Engineering MSc

Coventry University

Program Overview

Our Aerospace Engineering MSc is designed to expand your knowledge and expertise in aerospace and aeronautical engineering.

  • This course covers subjects such as advanced computer aided engineering for aerodynamics and structures simulation, experimental methods to analyse structures and materials, and emerging aircraft technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones.
  • The aviation and aerospace industry are committed to a sustainable future and our course covers the appropriate techniques, methods and subjects within this ever-changing industrial environment in more detail.
  • With an emphasis on applied technical work, particular prominence is given to the developments in aircraft autonomy, the design and analysis of aircraft structures, computational fluid dynamics, advanced materials and processes, flight simulation and experimental methods.
  • You will have the option to apply for a ‘work placement’ opportunity2, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. See modules for more information. 

CoventryUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,250


IELTS: 6.5

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Why you should study this course

  • Accredited1 by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. 
  • On and off-site access to commercial engineering software such as 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, as well as training in industry standard Abacus, SolidWorks, STAR-CCM+, SIMPACK, and Granta Edupack software. Matlab/Simulink software is also available for advanced engineering simulation.
  • Overall course satisfaction was 100% at the last Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) for 2020-2021.
  • A flight test experience activity has been organised by the university and has contributed to student satisfaction (subject to availability). 
  • Our £50m Engineering and Computing building provides you with access to facilities including wind tunnels, a composites lab, a metrology lab, a flow measurement lab, an automotive workshop and automotive engine test cell facilities, a model making shop with laser, foam cutting and wood working facilities that can be available for individual aerospace projects, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron) equipment, a full size Harrier Jet, full scale flight simulators with multiple flight data channels, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop (all subject to availability).



  • Computational Fluid Dynamics – 15 credits

    This module is designed to extend your existing knowledge on the field of Fluid Mechanics through the analysis of practical and industrially relevant flow configurations, utilising the finite volume approach used in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). 

  • Autonomous Aerospace Vehicle Systems – 15 credits

    This module has been designed to expose you to the future aerospace concept of autonomous aerospace vehicles, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems and spacecraft systems. You will learn about autonomous aerospace vehicles with an emphasis on UAVs and the necessary associated systems and equipment, including their guidance, navigation and control systems, databuses, communication systems and engine selection and optimisation. 

  • Mathematical Modelling in Aerospace Engineering – 15 credits

    The aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamental principles of mathematical modelling, to either capture the key physical mechanisms that dominate engineering applications, or extract the underlying pattern of behaviour from available, collected or generated data. 

  • Aerospace Structures Design and Analysis – 15 credits

    The aim of this module is to develop a broad understanding of modern approaches for design and analysis of aerospace structures. This is achieved through a deeper understanding of the design challenges in materials, structures, manufacturing, and durability. 

  • Flight Dynamics and Simulation – 15 credits

    This module is designed to extend your previously acquired knowledge of flight dynamics, supplemented by current research. You should develop your knowledge and understanding of advanced flight mechanics, flight test techniques, modelling and flight simulation. 

  • Experimental Methods and Techniques – 15 credits

    This module aims to review several advanced experimental methods and techniques in aerospace engineering components, and associated systems for design purposes and performance testing. 

  • Advanced Engineering Materials and Manufacturing – 15 credits

    The module is specifically designed to provide analytical material selection methodologies together with the material science that underpins the relationship between microstructure, processing and material properties for metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials. 

  • Project Management – 15 credits

    This module aims to prepare you for managing organisational change through projects. It focuses on projects involving major changes, including projects related to new products, new plant and equipment and new operating systems, which will affect the lives of people both within and outside the organisation. 

  • Individual project – 60 credits

    The Individual Project provides an opportunity for you to apply theories and techniques from your taught modules. It may focus on one particular area of study or involve a combination of subjects. You will also develop a personal development portfolio during the course and submit this together with the project.


How you'll learn


  • Personal tutorials
  • Group teaching in tutorial sessions
  • Labs and workshop activities
  • Group teaching in lectures

This course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary


The normal entry route to the course will be through a minimum 2:2 honour's degree in aerospace/aeronautical engineering or a related subject area. Applicants offering equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered on merit.

Students who do not fit with the above entry requirements are invited to apply and their degrees and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the course director.


English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.


£10,600 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) per year



£18,250 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) per year

International Pathways 2022 Scholarship

You could enjoy a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees.

Our high-quality foundation, international year one and pre-masters courses are for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to their preferred Coventry University undergraduate or postgraduate course. We can support you to achieve the academic and/or English grades you need and help you gain the personal and professional skills required to study at university.

We want to encourage ambitious international students like you to study at Coventry University, so we’ve secured extra financial support for you worth £3,000, to help with the cost of tuition fees, living expenses and accommodation.

The scholarship application deadline is:

September 2022 intake: 31 July 2022

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: advanced principles of flight dynamics, structures, aerodynamics, materials, advanced engineering modelling techniques and aerospace-related systems (and their future applications); advanced analysis and design tools and processes; the implementation and critical evaluation of design solutions through simulation and practical applications; the planning, execution and critical evaluation of projects in the field of aerospace-related systems at a professional level.
  • Conceptualise complex technical aspects of future aerospace systems.
  • Conduct detailed and systematic technical analyses of aspects of current/future aerospace systems.
  • Devise technical solutions to problems in the design and implementation of current/future aerospace systems.
  • Critically evaluate solutions devised to problems arising in the design and implementation of aspects of future aerospace systems.
  • Select, apply and critically appraise tools and techniques of advanced analysis and design.
  • Implement appropriate software and hardware solutions and simulations and critically evaluate the outcomes.
  • Plan, perform, critically evaluate and present the results of an independent project in chosen specialist subject area.

The specialist topics studied on the programme are designed to prepare you for work in companies involved with aeronautical engineering, but there are also many roles in related industries that rely on the same technology, such as the automotive industry. Possible destinations could include the fields of design, development, operations and management, as well as projects, systems, structural and avionics engineers.


You will have developed a wide range of transferrable professional and technical skills including the ability to produce technical, written reports and deliver oral presentations, engage in self-directed study, operate as part of a team, demonstrate a critical awareness of professional, legal, social and ethical issues. 


Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have obtained jobs as aerospace systems analysts, senior manufacturing engineer and systems engineers at companies including Meggit, Rolls-Royce, BAE, SEMP Ltd, as well as in the automotive industry with Jaguar Land Rover and more internationally at Singapure Aerospace Manufacturing (SAM) for example. 

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