Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2014 entry

Aerospace engineering is a challenging discipline, but one which is incredibly interesting. It’s not only the theory which has led to my development as an engineer, but the placement opportunities have developed and refined a host of other skills too.

What you'll study

Think for a moment what is needed to design and build an aeroplane. It requires an understanding of aerodynamics, aircraft structures, materials and methods of manufacture, how an aircraft responds to its controls, propulsion systems, control systems and navigation.

Our fully accredited, Chartered Engineer (CEng) Aerospace Engineering degree programmes draw on the experience of academic and research staff to give you an excellent grounding in this exciting and dynamic field. With so much experience and expertise available, you will never be short of cutting-edge ideas to stimulate you. Your studies should be satisfying, challenging and a sure foundation for a successful career.

Programme overview

The aim of our Aerospace Engineering programmes, uniting aeronautical, mechanical, materials and satellite engineering, is to provide you with an enjoyable learning experience and the academic expertise, practical training and commercial acumen needed to succeed in this dynamic, high-technology area. You will make use of our extensive facilities for aerodynamics and materials testing, demonstrator jet engine testing and flight simulation. A highlight is the flight test course using the Jetstream National Flying Laboratory.

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

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, not only do you study the technical topics such as mechanics, design and thermodynamics, but you also develop the 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 as an integral part of your programme. Take advantage of this opportunity and you could gain impressive experience in prestigious aerospace companies and related institutions, both here and overseas.

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

Fully accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as fastest routes to Chartered Engineer status (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 (plus the Professional Training placement year, if taken) contribute to the final degree award. For MEng programmes, Years 2, 3 and 4 contribute (plus a Professional Training year, if taken). 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

Our recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • Airbus – Graduate Engineer
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd – Design/Propulsion Engineer
  • AgustaWestland Helicopters – Graduate Engineer
  • Ministry of Defence – Graduate Engineer

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.

2014 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?




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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD (in an appropriate subject, with a supporting A-level in Mathematics at grade A)

European Baccalaureate

MEng: 76%

BEng: 75%

(including 8 in Mathematics and Physics)

International Baccalaureate

MEng: 37 points (including 12 points at HL from Mathematics and Physics)

BEng: 35 points (including 11 points at HL from Mathematics and Physics)

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.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Mathematics A-level and Physics A-level (or equivalent) is 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

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

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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

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Why Surrey?

  • Aerospace Engineering at Surrey was ranked number 1 in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2012
  • The Times Good University Guide 2013 ranks Surrey 5th nationally for its Aerospace Engineering degree programmes, while The Complete University Guide 2013 ranks Surrey 6th
  • Professionally accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • A flexible degree structure with a choice of MEng or BEng with an optional professional training placement year
  • Strong links with the aerospace industry
  • Taught material underpinned by leading research programmes
  • Home to a Rolls-Royce-funded University Technology Centre
  • The only university with a major spin-out space satellite company
  • Home to SAVAG – Surrey’s Advanced Vehicle Analysis Group

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