Published: 28 April 2022

Five reasons to study aerospace engineering at Surrey

What makes our aerospace engineering degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your aerospace engineering degree.

1. Fantastic work placement opportunities

You can take advantage of our renowned Professional Training placement programme and get a year’s valuable work experience with a globally renowned company or a specialised supplier or contractor within the aerospace supply chain. Many students go on to receive graduate job offers from their placement companies.

Students have recently gone on placement to:

  • Airbus
  • GE Aviation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Rolls Royce

Read about student Lucia Perea’s placement experience at Airbus.

2. Flexibility with common first year

Whether you opt for our Aerospace EngineeringMechanical EngineeringAutomotive Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering courses, you’ll study a common first year, which means you can swap to a different pathway, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the end of your first year.

3. Compete in prestigious competitions

Learning at Surrey isn’t just about lecture theatres and labs. Our students compete in prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) competitions - with great success! In 2021 our team claimed top prize in the UAS (unmanned aerial system) competition, while Surrey won the Virtual Dynamic Event at Formula Student (the world’s largest student motorsport competition) in 2020.

4. Industry-standard facilities

At Surrey you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities including our:

  • Design Centre with the latest design software and computer-numerical-control (CNC) machine tooling equipment
  • Centre for Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow, which hosts the only environmental wind tunnel in the UK.

5. Professionally accredited courses

Our aerospace engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), which means you’ll be well on the way towards chartered status after studying at Surrey. Our MEng courses fully meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, while our BEng programmes partially meet the academic requirement and can be supplemented by further study.

These are just five reasons why Surrey is ranked in the UK top 10 for aeronautical and manufacturing engineering by The Guardian University Guide 2023. Discover more about our programmes in aerospace engineering.

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