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This is a professionally-accredited degree with a particular emphasis on avionics systems and flight control systems. It also provides the first step towards gaining chartered engineer status.

Aerospace systems engineers need to be multidisciplined, with as much knowledge of avionics systems as aeronautical systems.  They are particularly concerned with the overall performance of aircraft, specialising in design and integration of mechanical and avionics systems into aircraft.  This course not only includes the traditional aeronautical disciplines but also includes avionics systems such as modern navigation equipment and cockpit instrumentation. Systems engineers also specialize in Logistics Engineering and Flight Control Systems.   

What you will learn

You will become familiar with our flight simulators as well as commercial simulation software such as MatLab.  In the Fourth Year you will have the opportunity to take the astronautics option, studying rocketry and space dynamics alongside the astrophysicists.  A highlight of the course for many of our students is the group design project in the Fourth Year where you join with other aerospace students to design a complete aircraft.

First Year:  You will study aerospace technology and industry, engineering mathematics, engineering applications of mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, introduction to manufacturing technology, career skills development, introduction to design, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Second Year:  You will study aerothermodynamics, aerospace design, aircraft systems, avionics systems, dynamics and data acquisition and control systems, further engineering mathematics, project management and product development.

Third Year:  You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Fourth Year (3rd or 4th):  You will study aerospace performance, propulsion and design, stability and control of aircraft, aerospace systems integration, control systems, terrestrial and satellite communication systems, and an individual major project.

Why choose this course?

  • This BEng Honours degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering has been running successfully for many years at the University;
  • You will have the chance to learn about Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), rocketry and space tourism;
  • You will benefit from use of our flight simulator which will enhance your understanding of aircraft performance, stability and control;
  • You will be offered the opportunity to take a short air-experience flight in the second year of the course, flying either a light aircraft or a microlight aircraft. Please note, this is subsidised by the University but still incurs an added cost. 

Professional Accreditations

Accredited for Chartered Engineer (IEng) status by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This programme is currently going through the process of re-accreditation with The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Careers

Employment opportunities for graduates are excellent across both the civilian and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Previous graduates have found employment with major aerospace companies in the UK and abroad as well as with smaller companies in the aerospace supply chain. Many others decide to stay at the University and extend their aerospace education to a postgraduate level.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The school also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Students have previously undertaken placements in organisations such as:

  • Honeywell (UK) Ltd
  • Goodrich Engine Control Systems
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • MBDA
  • Eads Astrium
  • Rockwell
  • and numerous smaller companies

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Design - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Technology & Industry - 15 Credits
  • Career Skills Development - 0 Credits
  • Introduction to Manufacturing Technology - 15 Credits
  • Materials and Electrical Science - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Applications of Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerothermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Data Acquisition and Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Project Management and Product Development - 15 Credits
  • Avionics Systems - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Design - 15 Credits
  • Aircraft Systems - 15 Credits
  • Career Planning - 0 Credits
  • Further Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Stability & Control of Aircraft - 15 Credits
  • Aircraft Systems Integration - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Performance, Propulsion and Design - 30 Credits
  • Individual Project - 30 Credits
  • Satellite Terrestrial Communication Systems - 15 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Scholarships

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

104 UCAS points. 

A levels to include Maths and either Physics or Technology or engineering based subjects excl Gen Studies/Critical Thinking.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering DMM to include Distinction in Further Maths. 

Access to Engineering Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction to include Maths and Science or Principles units. Any additional L3 credits must be at Merit. 

Engineering Advanced Diploma to include A level Maths as ASL component. 

IB - 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above to include HL Maths and Physics (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (D) and Science at grade 4 (C) or above.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)