PhD/MPhil Aerospace Engineering

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

PhD/MPhil Aerospace Engineering

Our world-leading technology has contributed to many exciting projects, including aerodynamics for the current world land-speed record car, Thrust SSC, and the future land-speed record car BLOODHOUND SSC and design of the double-decker super-jet Airbus A380. Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a PhD or MPhil student in Aerospace Engineering.

Key Features

Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University is at the forefront of the latest technology. We are seen as a leader in many aspects of aerospace, both internationally and in the UK. We pride ourselves in the extensive collaborations with international companies such as:

  • BAE Systems
  • Rolls-Royce
  • EADS
  • Airbus

Research within Engineering at Swansea University is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating our strengths in research areas across the engineering disciplines.

Computational mechanics forms the basis for the majority of the PhD and MPhil projects within these engineering disciplines. 

QS world university rankings by subject

Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings).

Description

Recent PhD theses supervised in the area of Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University include:

  • Uncertainty Quantification for Complex Engineering Structures: Statics and Dynamics
  • The Application of Composite Corrugated Panels to Morphing Aircraft
  • On the Isogeometric Finite Element Method
  • Design, Modelling and Optimisation of Morphing Structures for MALE UAVS
  • Rolling contact fatigue detection via high frequency acoustic emission
  • Development of Numerical Schemes to improve the efficiency of CFD Simulation of High Speed Viscous Aerodynamic Flows

Find out more about some of  the academic staff supervising theses in these areas:

Professor Oubay Hassan

Professor Michael Friswell

Professor Sondipon Adhikari

Dr Wulf Dettmer

Dr Igor Sazonov

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD or MPhil Aerospace Engineering is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email admissions@swansea.ac.uk for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:
www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/english-requirements

 

How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email engineering@swansea.ac.uk to express your interest in a PhD or MPhil Aerospace Engineering.

Apply online and track your application status for the PhD or MPhil Aerospace Engineering at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the PhD or MPhil Aerospace Engineering www.swan.ac.uk/international/students/apply

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,120 £16,950
Ph.D. Part-time £2,060 £8,500
M.Phil. Full-time £4,120 £16,950
M.Phil. Part-time £2,060 £8,500

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the PhD or MPhil Aerospace Engineering do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

PhD: Typically three years in duration (full-time) or six years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.

MPhil: Typically two years in duration (full-time) or four years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.

Assessment

PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva). In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University has a wide range of in-house facilities ranging from computer labs housing state-of-the-art PCs through to specialist equipment used almost exclusively by aerospace students. 

Find out more about the facilities used by Aerospace Engineering students at Swansea University.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

  • Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
  • Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
  • Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK