Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2023

BEng (Hons)
UCAS: H400
3 years
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BEng (Hons)
UCAS: H401
4 years with professional training
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BEng (Hons)
UCAS: H403
4 years with foundation year
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BEng (Hons)
UCAS: H404
5 years with foundation year and professional training
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Start date: October 2023

MEng
UCAS: H409
4 years
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MEng
UCAS: H402
5 years with professional training
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Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.

CourseUCAS codeInstitution code
BEng (Hons)H400S85
BEng (Hons) with professional trainingH401S85
MEng with professional trainingH402S85
MEngH409S85
BEng (Hons) with foundation yearH403S85
BEng (Hons) with foundation year and professional trainingH404S85

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Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for aerospace engineering with our courses ranked top 10 in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and the Complete University Guide 2023. As a BEng or MEng student, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art wind-tunnel research facilities and learn from world-leading experts in the field.

Our close links with industry help develop your employment skills, while our award-winning Professional Training placements prepare you for roles in various sectors.

You can also hone your practical, teamwork and leadership skills by joining one of our successful and dynamic student competition design groups. These include the UAS Challenge team.

We deliver on jobs, too. This is why we were named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2022.

This course is professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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What you will study

Our aerospace engineering courses encompass advanced materials, design, aerodynamics, space systems, propulsion, and the latest in computational and simulation tools.

By using our extensive facilities for aerodynamics and materials testing, including our demonstrator jet engine and flight simulator, you’ll put the theory you learn into practice.

With our research-led teaching, specialists will guide you in areas such as aircraft and environmental aerodynamics, propulsion, computational fluid dynamics and modelling of flows in gas-turbine engines (with links to our Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre).

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng. The latter builds on the BEng with a masters year and is a direct route to a masters qualification. Find out more about the benefits of an integrated masters degree.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UKSPEC. The accredited BEng (Hons) will also automatically meet in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

BEng (Hons) - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The accredited MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

MEng - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Over the last decade, our employment figures have been among the best in the UK. This was a key factor in Surrey being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2022. In the Graduate Outcomes survey 2022 results show 95 per cent of our undergraduate mechanical engineering sciences students go on to employment or further study.

Most graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession. Many have entered employment in roles such as:

  • GE90 Strategic Propulsion Engineer, GE Aviation
  • Graduate Engineer, Rolls-Royce
  • Graduate Engineer, Siemens Rail Automation
  • Graduate Flight Physics Engineer, QinetiQ
  • Mission Systems Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Quality Engineer, Thales UK
  • Telecoms Satellite Designer, Airbus.

Our graduates also find their highly developed skills and abilities are valued in many other fields.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

Modules

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

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follow clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information relating to FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6, including learning outcomes, aims and module information please view the BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering programme specification.

Optional modules for Year 4 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 7

Semester 1: choose Advanced Research Project or 1 from the listed 5 other optional modules
Semester 2: if Advanced Research Project was selected in Semester 1 select 2 modules from the listed 7 optional modules. If Advanced Research Project was not selected in Semester 1, select 3 modules from the listed 7 optional modules.

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Teaching

Our course operates on a modular basis, with teaching delivered through a variety of methods. These range from lectures and seminars to group tutorials, and include working both individually and in small teams in laboratories, in our Design Centre and in our flight simulator suite.

You can also take advantage of our electronic online teaching resources.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including:

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Practical sessions
  • Presentations
  • 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 modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons):
    • ABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

  • MEng:
    • AAB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:
    • CCC including mathematics C and either physics or chemistry, or equivalent.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons):
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade B.
  • MEng: 
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons):
    • 33
  • MEng:
    • 34.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects:

  • BEng (Hons):
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics (Analysis and approaches at HL/SL or Applications and interpretation at HL) and Physics.
  • MEng:
    • HL6/SL7 in Mathematics (Analysis and approaches at HL/SL or Applications and interpretation at HL) and HL5/SL6 in Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

Scottish Highers

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons):
    • AABBB.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

  • MEng: 
    • AAABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics Scottish National 5 - C.

European Baccalaureate

Overall:

  • BEng (Hons):
    • 78%.
  • MEng:
    • 82%.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): Grade 7.5 in Mathematics (5 Period) and 7.5 in Physics.

MEng: Grade 8.5 in Mathematics (5 Period) and 7.5 in Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7.

Access to HE Diploma

  • BEng (Hons):
    • QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.Also A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng:
    • ​​​​QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma, 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit. Also A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BEng (Hons):
    • Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics and Physics.

  • MEng: 
    • Pass overall with AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

This route is only applicable to the MEng course.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

International entry requirements by country

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Foundation

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2023

BEng (Hons)

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed
Professional training
£1,850

BEng (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK
To be confirmed

BEng (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK
To be confirmed
Professional training
£1,850

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2023

MEng

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

MEng (with professional training year)

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed
Professional training
£1,850

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

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2022/23 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 – laboratory book purchase for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 – PPE equipment
  • UK-based activity: £50 – contribution towards Cranfield Flight Test course.

Grand total: £80.

There are associated costs with this MEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 – laboratory book purchase for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 – PPE equipment
  • UK-based activity: £50 – contribution towards Cranfield Flight Test course.

Grand total: £80.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Aerospace engineering placements

A crucial part of all our courses, our award-winning Professional Training placements provide you with further practical experience, enhancing your understanding of the subject.

As well as enabling you to apply the skills you’re learning, the placement gives you a deeper understanding of your studies and provides you with a head start as you enter the job market. Companies that have participated in the scheme include:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • BP
  • GE Aviation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

The enhanced interpersonal and management skills you learn during the placement are highly valued by employers. This optional year also provides an opportunity to earn a full-time salary while still enjoying the benefits of being a student at the University.

Many students are offered employment by the companies with which they spend their placement year.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.

Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Partner institutions

In your second year, you’ll have the option of spending time abroad at one of our partner universities. Students have studied in:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Singapore
  • USA.

Find out more about our international partner institutions.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend your Professional Training placement working in another country. Students have worked at companies such as Airbus in France, Rolls-Royce in Norway and TE Connectivity in Germany.

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations , and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/23 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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