H491 MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics / Airvehicle Systems Design (4 yrs)
See your future with engineering take off and study an integrated master’s degree course in Aeronautics, Astronautics and Air vehicle systems. Focus on the design of a variety of private and commercial aircraft, as well as the chance to design and model of your own ground breaking or futuristic ideas. Graduates find successful careers with the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, BAE, Rolls Royce and more.
You will explore helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft, engine design and avionics and learn to apply design and modelling techniques.
The first two years will enhance your core knowledge of engineering science. They are identical to the first two years of the BEng and MEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics. You will also take a practical week-long course in flight testing, where experiments are performed on board a Jetstream aircraft.
Design is a recurring theme on the course. In years three and four, you will bring conceptual designs to life through individual and group design projects. Previous projects include the design and build of an unmanned air vehicle. In your final year, you have the option to specialise in advanced air vehicle systems and design modules or select from a range of interdisciplinary modules.
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Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
- Number 4 in Guardian University Guide 2016 for Mechanical Engineering which includes our Aerospace degree courses.
- 90% of our students said they were in a professional job six months after graduation.
- BAE Systems preferred course, preferred academic supplier to Airbus and an academic partner of Agusta Westland.
- One of only six universities providing undergraduate training for the Armed Forces through the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).
Students can test their designs using one of our flight simulators
Typical entry requirements
A levels: A*AA, including mathematics and physics (A* in either). General Studies, Critical Thinking, Use of Maths, Thinking Skills not accepted
38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
English Language, at Grade C or above
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.
|Scottish Advanced Highers||AAA including Mathematics and Physics|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels||Pass in Core, A*A in Mathematics and Physics|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D2D3D3 including Mathematics and Physics|
|D*DD overall and distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods|
|Access to HE Diploma||Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year|
|European Baccalaureate||85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||AAAAA including Mathematics and Physics|
|French Baccalaureate||15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics|
Intake: Intake 95-100 (total part 1 Aeronautics & Astronautics cohort)
Average applicants per place: 8
While the average level entry onto our degree courses is among the highest in the UK, we always look carefully at each individual application. In addition to your examination grades, we also take into account your personal statement and references. These give us an indication of your personal attributes and your enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The course may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.
Typical course content
Whichever course you choose, you will study a number of core subjects during the first two years. These provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree. You will concentrate on the fundamentals of engineering and gain the skills and understanding required to use information technology in an engineering context.
In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise or retain a broad-based study path through a wide selection of subject modules. You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise, and involves the production of a formal report. A group aircraft (or spacecraft) design exercise is completed in Year 3.
In Year 4, MEng students participate in a Group Design Project (GDP). These projects are often linked to current research activities or topics that have practical relevance to industry.
Special Requirements - All Courses
Students are expected to take an exciting one-week practical course in Flight Testing following Semester 2 examinations. The course is usually arranged for candidates in their second year and is held at Southampton International Airport. The fees for this course are covered by the University, in normal circumstances.
Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I and Part II candidates in the summer term. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given by the School.
Candidates are required to attend the Part II course in Library Search Techniques. This is normally held after the Semester 2 examinations. Assignments set in this course will be formally assessed as part of their examination requirements.
The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising aerospace aspects. One example is mechanics of flight, involving the performance of an aircraft acted upon by aerodynamic, thrust and gravitational forces.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1
The second year covers the main aerospace engineering subjects. Towards the end of this year you will take a short course in flight testing, in which experiments are performed on board a Jetstream aircraft. A total of 120 credits across two semesters.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2
- Systems Design and Computing
- Engineering Management and Law
- Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
In the third year the course includes an individual project. This theme (H491) does not allow students to undertake any of our specialist modules in aerodynamics, astronautics, materials, etc.
- Systems Reliability
- Aircraft Propulsion
- Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
- Human Factors in Engineering
- Management Science for Engineers
- Operational Research
- Advanced Partial Differential Equations
- Spacecraft Systems and Design
- Teaching and Communication and the UG Ambassador Scheme
- Manufacturing and Materials
- Control and Instrumentation
- Automobile Systems
- Orthopaedic Biomechanics
- Individual Project
In the fourth year the course includes a Group Design Project, and allows students to undertake between Semester 1 and Semester 2 105 credits including 60 credits of theme specific modules, up to 30 credits from level 6 modules and up to 45 credits from level 7 modules.
- Advanced Computational Methods I
- Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems 1
- Statistical Engineering
- Spacecraft Systems and Design
- Spacecraft Engineering Design
- Spacecraft Structural Design
- Turbulence: Physics and modelling
- Flow Control
- Race Car Aerodynamics
- Microstructural Engineering for Transport Applications
- Sustainable energy systems, resources and usage
- Group Design Project
- Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems 2
- Advanced Finite Element Analysis
- Spacecraft Instrumentation
- Biological Flow
- Spacecraft Propulsion
- Hypersonic and High Temperature Gas Dynamics
- Advanced Control Design
- Composites Engineering Design and Mechanics
- Failure of Materials and Components
- Automotive Propulsion
- Computational methods in biomedical engineering design
- Renewable energy from environmental flows
Learning and assessment
Teaching and learning
At Southampton, our students form knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects. You will broaden your formal learning by becoming an active student member of a professional institution and our student Engineering Society, SUES. We will also teach you the transferable skills to present written and oral presentations.
A practical approach
Practical experience is a strong theme on our courses. You will attend site visits, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in labs and get involved in real-life project work. Analysis and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets and small group exercises by your module lecturers. Individual feedback is provided on all work submitted.
Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their field. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.
Assessment and examinations
Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.
Every student on our MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics/Air Vehicle Systems Design course is assigned a personal tutor from the start of their degree, in addition to a course tutor.
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013
Our graduates now hold a variety positions including systems engineer, systems analyst and technical designer. Some of the companies our students work for include Rolls-Royce, Royal Army and MBDA.
You will benefit from a dedicated Employment Officer who will help build your skills profile and point you in the right direction. We also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers Advisory Service.