What Is an Aerospace Engineering Degree?
Aerospace engineering is an umbrella discipline that covers two smaller branches of engineering: astronautical and aeronautical engineering. That is to say; aircraft and spacecraft. Using the most innovative design and materials, aerospace engineers develop new and safer technologies. These include satellites, airplanes and missiles.
What will I study?
You will gain a thorough understanding of general engineering principles and physics before gaining specialist knowledge. Modules of study include aerodynamics, space systems and thermodynamics. You will spend your time using simulations and computer modelling to test your classroom learning. Students are also given a great deal of hands-on experience and are encouraged to spend a year in industry.
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First year modules include electronics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. These are taken alongside general engineering principles and mathematics for engineers which will consolidate existing knowledge. You will be introduced to the simulation suite and will study jet-propulsion in a lab.
During the second year you will learn more about the simulation suite and use its powerful modelling capacity to study aircraft control systems in depth. You will undertake modules in aerodynamics and flight mechanics alongside further study in mathematics. Second-year students spend the year working on a design project which brings together the practical and theoretical learning they have done.
The third year comprises two projects: one individual and one group. Third year students choose elective modules that interest them. These include “propulsion and turbomachinery” and “advanced stress analysis”. You will also study important professional skills such as project management which will help to prepare you for your career.
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