Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2018 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

As a student on our Aerospace Engineering programmes you will have access to some of the most advanced flow facilities in Europe, and be taught by world-leading experts in the field of aerospace engineering. You will also benefit from our close links with major companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus and QinetiQ.

Programme overview

Our Aerospace Engineering programmes encompass advanced materials, aerodynamics, space systems, thermodynamics and the latest in computational and simulation tools. Using our extensive facilities for aerodynamics and materials testing, our demonstrator jet engine and flight simulator, you will put the theory you learn into practice through challenging project work.

Our teaching is strongly informed by our research, and you will be guided by specialists in areas such as computational fluid dynamics, prediction of flows in gas-turbine engines (through our University Technology Centre in Thermo-Fluid Systems), adhesive bonding, and the development of new materials for airframes and engine components.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits. 

The BEng programme is studied full-time over three or four academic years: three years without a Professional Training Year and four years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of BEng (Hons) a student must complete 360 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. In order to achieve the principal award with a professional training year students must also complete 120 credits at level P. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards: 

  • BEng (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4 

The BEng Programme includes two project modules worth 30 credits and an individual project worth 30 credits. The individual project takes place at FHEQ Level 6 and runs over semesters 1 and 2. This is a research based project which may involve laboratory work. 

In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 40 per cent and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4 and 5 (and level P if taken). 

BEng students may transfer onto the equivalent level of the corresponding MEng Programme at any time following the completion of FHEQ Level 4 up until the beginning of semester 1 of FHEQ Level 6, provided that they achieve an average of at least 60 per cent in the preceding level (excluding PTY) prior to the date of transfer. 

The BEng programme is accredited by the IMechE and the RAeroSoc on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer, and fully meeting that for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. 

*The MEng programme is studied full-time over four or five academic years: four years without a Professional Training Year and five years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of MEng (Hons) a student must complete 480 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 respectively. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards: 

  • BEng (Hons) – 360 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 6, to include an individual project
  • BEng (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4 

* The MEng includes three project modules each worth 30 credits and an individual project worth 45 credits. The individual project takes place at FHEQ Level 7 and runs over semesters 1 and 2 or may be taken entirely in semester 2 depending on other option choices. This is a research-based project which may involve laboratory work. The Multidisciplinary Design Project (MDDP) takes place at FHEQ Level 7 in Semester 1. This is a design based project where the student is a member of a design team made up with students from all the engineering disciplines within the Faculty. Each project is devised by a visiting professor funded by the Royal Society for Engineering, who is also part of the academic-led supervisory team.

*Note that for MEng students the PTY may be taken either between FHEQ levels 5 & 6, or between FHEQ levels 6 & 7.

*To remain on the MEng Programme or to transfer in from the BEng programme, a student, in addition to the normal progression requirements, is normally required to achieve an aggregate mark of at least 60 per cent at the end of FHEQ Level 5. MEng students dropping below an aggregate mark of 50 per cent in FHEQ level 6 and above, but otherwise satisfying the normal progression requirements, will be required to transfer to the corresponding BEng programme. All completed MEng assessments will be transferred to the equivalent BEng programme and will then be assessed according to the BEng assessment procedure. This will require them to complete a BEng Individual Project at level FHEQ 6 before they can be eligible for the BEng award. *Students following the MEng 4 or 5 year programmes may be permitted to transfer to the equivalent level of the corresponding BEng degree programme at any time before the beginning of semester 1 FHEQ Level 6. *The MEng programme is accredited by the IMechE and the RAeroSoc on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

*Students following the MEng 4 or 5 year programmes may be permitted to transfer to the equivalent level of the corresponding BEng degree programme at any time before the beginning of semester 1 FHEQ Level 6.

*The MEng programme is accredited by the IMechE and the RAeroSoc on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (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’.

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). 

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • 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 the Institution of Mechanical Engineers website for further information.

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Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £55
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15
  • UK-based activity: £50
  • Grand total: £120

Teaching

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.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

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

Academic support

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.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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:

  • USA (Texas Tech, North Carolina State or Central Florida)
  • Australia (Monash University in Melbourne)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)

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 and 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 to improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Graduate prospects

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
  • 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.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

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

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

For BEng programme: AAB

For MEng programme: AAA

Mathematics and Physics A-levels are required.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BEng programme: DDD and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A

For MEng programme: D*DD and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A

European Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 75 per cent overall

For MEng programme: 76 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

For MEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

For BEng programme: AAABB

For MEng programme: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

For MEng programme: Pass overall with an A in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and A-level AA

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

English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

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 overall with 6.0 in each element

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

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

See 2017 entry information

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 (Hons) 4 years H409 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 5 years H402 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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

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.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

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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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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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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