Aeronautics & Astronautics

The sky is not the limit, it is just the beginning. Aeronautics and astronautics encompasses a broad range of disciplines within the field of aerospace engineering.

Aeronautics and Astronautics courses cover applications to the specification, design and construction of aircraft, engines, satellites and other spacecraft.

Our wide range of facilities include world-class wind tunnels, state-of-the-art flight simulators, propulsion test cells, astronautics facilities and a student workshop.

Strong links with the aerospace and race car industries provide excellent opportunities for work placements and job prospects, and many of our students gain sponsorship.

Our graduates have followed careers in all areas of aerospace engineering, including fixed- and rotary wing aircraft, spacecraft and propulsion, and aerospace operations. The multidisciplinary nature of our programmes also prepares you for a career in many non-aerospace industries, particularly the commercial sector.

All of our master’s (MEng) programmes provide a direct route of entry to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering*.

* H425 is not accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering

An MEng student talks about her placement with Williams F1

Degree | UCAS code | Duration

BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics | H422 | 3 years
BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics with Foundation Year | H420| 4 years
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics with Foundation Year | H410 | 5 years
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics | H401 | 4 years
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics/Aerodynamics | H490 | 4 years
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics/Airvehicle Systems Design | H491 | 4 years
MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics / Computational Engineering Design| 09F4 | 4 years
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics/Engineering Management | HN42 | 4 years
MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics / Materials and Structures | 7T32
MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics / Semester Abroad | 39C5 | 4 years
MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics / Semester in Industry | 32F6 | 4 years
MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics/Spacecraft Engineering | H493 | 4 years


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Following his degree, Adrian Newey built a successful career at Red Bull Racing Photography: Getty Images

"In engineering, a good understanding of physical laws and how they can be applied is vital. Southampton’s Aeronautics and Astronautics course gave me an excellent basis for establishing this blend in a manner that has stood me in good stead throughout my career."

Adrian Newey, BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1980