Engineering and the Environment

Aerospace Engineering Degrees

  • Our Aerospace Engineering degree students can test pilot their designs in our specialist flight simulator lab
  • Aerospace degree students and academics lifted Five’s Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury into the skies above Worthing for the International Birdman competition.
  • Our Aerospace engineers developed a Windows Phone 7 app that explores the outer atmosphere following a balloon 70,000 feet above the ground
  • Our Aerospace engineers have designed, created and flown the world's first 'printed' aircraft, a breakthrough in 3D printing techniques which could herald a revolution in the economics of aircraft design.
  • Our advanced rolling road wind tunnel technology developed here provided facilities and expertise for several UK F1 teams and the almost unbeatable Penske Indy Car teams in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Over the last two years our Aerospace students have worked on the design and build of a human powered aircraft, inspiring the BBC’s Bang goes the theory to build their own human powered aircraft earlier this year. The plane was recently taken for a test flight and managed to get off the ground.
  • Adrian Newey, Formula One’s most successful car designer began his career in the wind tunnels at Southampton - both as an Aerospace student and working with racing teams
  • Our Aerospace Engineering researchers designed the first control system that will allow spacecraft to think for themselves
  • The Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC) is based at the University; it is the result of the long standing collaboration between Airbus and the University on a range of noise research and development projects.

Aeronautics and Astronautics encompasses a broad range of disciplines in the field of aerospace engineering, with applications to the specification, design and construction of airframes, engines, satellites and other spacecraft.

These disciplines include aerodynamics, flight mechanics, materials, propulsion, structures, as well as aircraft and spacecraft systems. Cutting-edge research in all these disciplines is carried out in Engineering and the Environment by recognised experts in their fields. 

As an undergraduate, you will benefit from this expertise and from the excellent links we have with the major aerospace companies in the UK and Europe.

You can apply for industrial work experience with these organisations either during the summer vacations or by taking a year out from University.

In addition, there are opportunities for you to spend a period of study, either one semester or one year, with one of our partner institutions in mainland Europe.

If you are considering a career in the armed forces, Southampton is one of the universities designated for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme, which provides sponsored places to students on specific courses, including Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has active Army, Navy and Air Force units.

 

Aeronautics and Astronautics degrees

Key facts
  • Number 2 in Guardian University Guide for Mechanical Engineering degrees which includes our Aerospace degree programmes

  • 86% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014

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Southampton Merit Scholarships
  • Our £1000 Southampton Merit Scholarships are offered across all our undergraduate programmes in Engineering and the Environment.

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View our Aerospace brochure

View our Aerospace brochure

Aerospace degree student receives IET Award for Innovation

Aerospace degree student receives IET Award for Innovation

Aerospace Group Design Project: Using a robotic snake in search and rescue

Aerospace Group Design Project: Using a robotic snake in search and rescue

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The World's first 3D printed plane

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