Engineering and the Environment

Aeronautics and Astronautics courses

Aeronautical Engineering students preapring their unmanned airvehicle for testing

2nd in the Guardian University Guide 2015

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.

Aeronautics and Astronautics courses

Why study at Southampton?

Our Aeronautics and Astronautics courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide (2015).  Our courses are taught by world-leading academics who are working at the forefront of their fields, so you can be involved in cutting-edge research as it unfolds.

In your first two years, you will study core subjects that give you a solid foundation for the design and operation of air vehicles and spacecraft.  In your third year you will have the opportunity to specialise through a wide selection of subject modules and practical work. MEng students can also select to study one of eight specialist aerospace engineering themes.

You will carry out both an individual research or design project and a group aircraft or spacecraft design project. Second year students also undertake an exciting practical course in flight testing at Southampton International Airport, where experiments are performed on board a Jetstream flying laboratory aircraft. Previous examples include building and flying an unmanned air vehicle, designing a lunar hopper and constructing a human powered aircraft.

You will benefit from the links we have with the major aerospace companies in the UK and Europe. You can apply for industrial work experience, either during the summer vacations or by taking a year out from University. Four of our undergraduate students are currently on year-long placements at Formula 1.

As a University in the global top one per-cent, you will also benefit from our world-class facilities and partnerships with industry, including our Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Computational Engineering and Airbus Noise Technology Centre.  You will also use our new design studios, as well as facilities at our newly built Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

What are my career options?

Our high-calibre students are sought after by leading aerospace and defence companies. Our graduates have landed jobs at Aston Martin, BAE Systems, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited and Rolls-Royce. 90% of our graduates secure professional jobs six months after graduation (DHLE, 2013).

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

Study abroad

We offer our students the option to study abroad, either for one semester or a year. There are currently opportunities with our partner institutions in France, Sweden and the USA.

National Student Survey 2014

Student satisfaction for the MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics

National Student Survey 2014

Watch our UAV design project video

Watch our UAV design project video

Southampton students aiming to put the first life on Mars

Southampton students aiming to put the first life on Mars

Find out how our students helped Guy Martin take to the sky

Find out how our students helped Guy Martin take to the sky

Watch Southampton engineers fly the world's first printed plane

Watch Southampton engineers fly the world's first printed plane

Aeronautics and Astronautics is also taught at our Malaysia campus

Aeronautics and Astronautics is also taught at our Malaysia campus