Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2016 entry

Lecturers are passionate about their subject and really want you to learn, so they will go the extra mile to make sure you understand what’s going on. At Surrey, I have been able to take full advantage of the Professional Training placement scheme and have interned with Airbus in Toulouse, France. I got the opportunity to have an internship in one of the world’s leading aeronautical companies, something that would have been impossible in my home country of Spain.

What you'll study

If you join us on one of our exciting and professionally accredited programmes, you’ll explore aerodynamics, aircraft structures, propulsion/control systems and navigation. You’ll also benefit from our strong industrial links and impressive Professional Training opportunities, testing your knowledge with practical application.

Employing over 124,000 people in more than 400 companies, the UK aerospace industry is one of the most exciting areas of engineering. It encompasses a diverse range of projects, from civil airliners and satellites to helicopters, rockets and hang gliders.

Programme overview

As a student on one of our Aerospace Engineering degree programmes, you will be stimulated by inspiring ideas and challenges, and receive access to our extensive facilities for aerodynamics and materials testing, demonstrator jet engine trials and flight simulation.

Our accredited Aerospace Engineering degree programmes unite aeronautical, mechanical, materials and satellite engineering, and provide you with the academic expertise, practical training and commercial acumen you will need to succeed in this high-technology field. We also aim to make your learning experience as enjoyable and engaging as possible.

Our facilities need to support the project work which forms a key part of your studies. We already host a Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, a flight simulator and a dedicated engine test cell. One of the highlights of the programme is the chance to try out a flight test course aboard the Jetstream National Flying Laboratory.

Strong research activities directly inform our teaching. You will benefit from contact with specialists in areas including the modelling of complex processes using computational fluid dynamics and state-of-the-art computer systems, prediction of flows in gas-turbine engines (supported by the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre and others), experiments in fundamental aspects of aerodynamics, adhesive bonding (a principal aerospace joining technique) and the development of new materials for airframes and engine components.

These programmes share a common first year with our Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Medical Engineering programmes, giving you both a general background and the opportunity to change your degree choice. Direct entry to the second year is possible for candidates with qualifications that match our first-year curriculum.

Read about the experience of Aerospace Engineering student Lucia Perea.

MEng and BEng transfer

Direct entry to the MEng programme normally requires higher qualifications, but transfer from the BEng to the MEng is possible during the first or second year of the degree programme, depending on academic performance.

Transfer is also possible from the MEng and BEng programmes without a Professional Training placement year to ones with (and vice versa). This transfer can be made after Year 1, giving students who are initially undecided time to consider the benefits of a Professional Training year.

Surrey Merit Scholarship

This programme is eligible for our merit-based scholarship, which provides a £2,000 cash award – and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study – for eligible undergraduate students. More information can be found on our Undergraduate Bursaries and Scholarships page.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, not only do you study technical topics such as mechanics, design and thermodynamics, but you develop key broader transferable skills of communication and teamwork. All first-year students are also given practical training in standard workshop and laboratory practice.

Modules include:

  • Mathematics
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 1
  • Materials and Statics
  • Design and Component Production
  • Solid Mechanics 1
  • Experimental and Transferrable Skills
  • Electronic Instrumentation 1

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Year 2, the Aerospace Engineering programmes are distinct from other engineering programmes. You are taught aerodynamics, flight mechanics, aerospace structures and materials, alongside experimental laboratory work and other core engineering modules, concluding with the flight test course. You also have the opportunity to work in a team on a design project, for which you will need to draw upon the knowledge you have gained throughout the programme.

Modules include:

  • Group Design Project
  • Solid Mechanics 2
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 2
  • Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
  • Numerical and Experimental Methods
  • Control
  • Aircraft Structures and Materials

Professional Training placement (optional)

One of the key features of our degrees is the option to take a Professional Training placement year as an integral part of your programme. Arming you with a real advantage as you begin your career, a placement will give you impressive experience in prestigious aerospace companies and related institutions, in both the UK and overseas.

The optional Professional Training placement year starts at the end of the second academic year. Preparation for the Professional Training placement begins during Year 2. If you decide not to do the Professional Training year, you proceed directly to Year 3 to complete your taught modules and graduate in your third year.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, topics include aerodynamics, structures and propulsion, plus (for BEng) individual and group design projects, allowing you to research a topic of your choice. Recent projects include ‘Evaluation of computing requirements for Rolls-Royce whole engine finite element analysis’, ‘Robots and Martian rovers’ and ‘Testing of a device for drag reduction’.

Modules include:

  • Group Design Project
  • Final-Year Project (BEng only)
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Materials
  • Numerical Methods and CFD
  • Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Turbomachinery and Aircraft Propulsion

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

In Year 4 (MEng only), there are modules on spacecraft and computational fluid dynamics/aerodynamics, plus a multidisciplinary project involving collaboration with both industrial consultants and students from other engineering disciplines. You also conduct an extensive individual research project. Recent projects include ‘Operation of unmanned air vehicles’, ‘Design and test of a nozzle for a jet engine’ and ‘Hybrid carbon nanotubes for improved impact properties’.

Modules include:

  • Multidisciplinary Design Project
  • Final-Year Project
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Spacecraft Systems Design
  • Launch Vehicles and Propulsion
  • Advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control

Professional recognition

Aerospace Engineering has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See for further information.

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

  1. Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  2. Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng

See for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.


Our programmes operate on a modular basis, with teaching delivered through a variety of methods. These range from lectures and seminars, through group tutorials, to working in small groups in laboratories, including our flight simulator. You are also able to take advantage of our electronic online teaching resources.

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.


Our degrees are awarded on a combination of examinations and continuous assessment, in the form of written assignments, laboratory practicals, project work and presentations. Year 1 marks do not count towards your degree but provide an opportunity to ensure that you are progressing well with your studies.

In the BEng programmes, Years 2 and 3 contribute to the final degree award. For MEng programmes, Years 2, 3 and 4 contribute. Generally, about 60 per cent of the degree award is based on examinations and 40 per cent on continuous assessment.


Specialised facilities include:

  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
  • SAVAG, Surrey’s Advanced Vehicle Analysis Group
  • Flight simulator
  • Six wind tunnels including an environmental wind tunnel, unique within the UK, and high-quality instrumentation
  • A dedicated engine test cell with a jet engine
  • £500,000 investment in fluid dynamics computer modelling to complement existing facilities

Career opportunities

Our graduate employment record is truly outstanding. This is due to the professional focus of our degrees, with accreditation by professional institutions (RAeS and IMechE), and the quality of our professional placements leading to high-quality graduate employment.

Most of our graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession. Recent examples include careers with well-known companies such as Airbus UK, Airbus (Toulouse), BAE Systems, British Airways, QinetiQ/DSTL, Thales and Rolls-Royce.

As well as enjoying an outstanding choice of routes to professional recognition in their own disciplines, our graduates also find that their highly developed computer skills and analytical and managerial abilities are valued in many other fields, in addition to those specifically related to aerospace engineering.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • AgustaWestland Helicopters, Graduate Engineer
  • Airbus, Graduate Engineer
  • Astrium, Design Engineer
  • Ministry of Defence, Graduate Engineer

Global opportunities

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree. Currently, for students on the Aerospace Engineering programme this is possible in your second year at one of the partner institutions in the USA (eg, Texas Tech, North Carolina State, Cincinnati or Florida), Australia, Singapore or South Korea.

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country, without paying additional tuition fees to the partner. In doing so you will broaden your horizons; meet other students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Airbus in France, Rolls Royce in Norway or TE Connectivity in Germany. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

2016 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


For BEng programmes: Grades required - AAA-AAB

For MEng programmes: Grades required - A*AA-AAA

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BEng programmes: D*DD-DDD (in an appropriate subject, with a supporting A-level in Mathematics at grade A)

For MEng programmes: D*D*D-D*DD (in an appropriate subject, with a supporting A-level in Mathematics at grade A)

European Baccalaureate

For BEng programmes: 76%-75% mark required

For MEng programmes: 78% mark required

International Baccalaureate

For BEng programmes: 36-35 points required

For MEng programmes: 38-36 points required

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

Mathematics A-level and Physics A-level (or equivalent) are required.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from our International Foundation Year.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 years H400 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 years H401 View KIS data set
MEng 4 years H409 View KIS data set
MEng 5 years H402 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2016.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for students classed as overseas (for fees purposes) are set at £17,500 for 2016 entry to this programme.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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Surrey Merit Scholarship

Our merit-based scholarship provides a £2,000 cash award and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study for eligible students.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Why Surrey?

  • Our aeronautical and manufacturing programmes ranked sixth in the Complete University Guide 2016
  • Home to a Rolls-Royce-funded University Technology Centre
  • Surrey is linked to a major spin-out space satellite company
  • The National Student Survey 2015 ranks Surrey’s Aerospace Engineering course in seventh place
  • Students receive the chance to try out a flight test course aboard the Jetstream National Flying Laboratory
  • The international exchange programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester, or a full academic year, as part of your degree
  • A flexible degree structure, with a choice of MEng or BEng with an optional Professional Training year
  • Strong links with the aerospace industry
  • Taught materials underpinned by leading research programmes

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