MSc Aerospace Engineering

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

MSc Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University has a distinguished history of working with aerospace companies around the world. As a student on the MSc Aerospace Engineering, you will be provided with a systematic understanding of the advanced knowledge, critical awareness and new insights required by effective practising aerospace engineers.

Key Features

The MSc Aerospace Engineering degree is based on the world-class expertise available in the Materials Engineering Centre and the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZC2E).

At Swansea, world-class aerospace research drives excellent teaching within a cutting-edge learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities. The MSc Aerospace Engineering course prepares you for the design, analysis, testing and flight of the full range of aeronautical vehicles, including propeller-driven and jet-powered planes, helicopters and gliders.

The College of Engineering is home to one of the world’s most advanced engineering flight simulators to enable students to gain hands-on experience.

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).

Scholarships: College of Engineering MSc Scholarships 2016

Find out about the Aero MSc Bursary Scheme


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EGIM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
EG-M62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Group project
EG-M63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Research Dissertation
EG-M69Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advanced Airframe Structures
EG-M81Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Flight Dynamics and Control
EG-M90Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Advanced Aerodynamics
EGSM00Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Structural Integrity of Aerospace Metals
Optional Modules
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students who have taken EG-323 previously must choose EG-M23. Students without past FEA background knowledge are advised to take EGIM09. Students with other experience of FEA should discuss this module choice with the MSc coordinator.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EGIM09Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element MethodStudents without past FEA background knowledge are advised to take EGIM09.
EG-M23Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Computational AnalysisStudents who have taken EG-323 previously must choose EG-M23.

Choose Maximum Of 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This is a compulsory module and must be selected unless EGA301 (Composite Materials) was studied in year 3. If EGA301 was studied in year 3 this module cannot be selected.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-M73Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Composite Materials

Choose Minimum Of 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose one module from the list below. Those who are not eligible to take Composite Materials (EG-M73) should select a second option.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EGEM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fluid-Structure Interaction
EGIM16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Communication Skills for Research Engineers
EG-M83Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Simulation Based Product Design
EG-M85Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Strategic Project Planning

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-D02Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60MSc Dissertation - Aerospace Engineering


Modules on the MSc Aerospace Engineering course can vary each year but you could expect to study:                     

Finite Element Computational Analysis
Composite Materials
Flight Dynamics and Control
Advanced Airframe Design/Structures 
Advanced Aerodynamics
Numerical Methods
Flight Dynamics and Control
Structural Integrity of Aerospace Metals
Group Project
Research Dissertation

View the full module listing by downloading the handbook for the MSc Aerospace Engineering .

Entry Requirements

Usually entry requirements for the MSc Aerospace Engineering course are a first or a second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. You will also need to have an overall mark of at least 55%, however performance in key modules will also be considered.

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 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:


How To Apply

You can apply online and track your application status for the MSc Aerospace Engineering course at

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the MSc Aerospace Engineering course

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,150 £17,950
MSc Part-time £2,050 £6,000

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 MSc Aerospace Engineering course do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

MSc programmes are modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time Delivery mode

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Timetables for the programme are typically available one week prior to each semester.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the MSc Aerospace Engineering Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Aerospace MSc Timetable


The award of the MSc is based on satisfactory performance in examinations, continuous assessment and research dissertation. The examinations are taken in January and May/June and, if passed satisfactorily, students move on to the full-time research project during the summer. The research dissertation is submitted in September and is examined externally.


MSc Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).  An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


Student Quotes

“After passing all the modules on the MSc Aerospace Engineering course, I had the possibility to develop my final thesis in an industrial environment. I learnt about avionics and electronic equipment and developed team work and communication skills.

My favourite memory of the MSc Aerospace Engineering course is our team winning the International Aircraft Design and Handling competition. Our effort really paid off when we won the first prize!

Before starting my final thesis, I found a job as an Applications Engineer in one of the most important aerospace engineering companies, MTorres. Personally, I think obtaining a Master’s degree in a university with a great reputation such as Swansea University makes it much easier to find a job.

Swansea University provides a fantastic opportunity to study any field of engineering due to the professional and friendly staff.”

Roberto Morujo, MSc Aerospace Engineering


The MSc Aerospace Engineering course is suitable for those who would like to gain comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to contribute to the creation and maintenance of aerospace and aeronautical equipment.

The MSc Aerospace Engineering course covers the necessary aspects for a successful career in the growing aerospace industry.



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.

Practical flying experience on the MSc Aerospace Engineering course is gained from the state-of-the-art Merlin MP521X engineering flight simulator mounted on a six axis hydraulic motion system and flying experience at a local airport. 

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


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. 

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

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.