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Aeronautical Engineering

Develop experimental, computational, analytical and management skills required for careers in the aeronautical, aerospace and aviation management industries.

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Overview

Due to high application demand and COVID restrictions for teaching on campus, we have now closed applications for international student places onto our Postgraduate Taught 12 month programmes starting in September/October 2020, and are no longer accepting deposits for this intake. If you have already paid your deposit and requested (but not received) your CAS we will be in touch to clarify your individual situation. Many of our courses benefit from multiple intakes, including options to start in January 2021, please contact us for more information.


The UK aerospace and aeronautical industry is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. The sector has seen consistent growth in recent years and supports a growing number of highly skilled, high-value roles in aircraft aerodynamics, wind turbine design and maintenance, aviation management, the defence sector, and aircraft maintenance, repair and operation services. 

This broad-based engineering course aims to train the next generation of aerospace professionals by providing technical skills in key areas of aeronautical engineering, supplemented by topics in material sciences, digital manufacturing and management concepts. Our graduates will leave with the advanced technical know-how required to work in the aircraft industry, along with a solid understanding of relevant management concepts. 

You will study core modules in Advanced Flight Dynamics, Advanced Computational Aerodynamics and Instrumentation, Sensor Networks and more, with the choice of optional modules including Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul and Unmanned Aero Vehicle Design.  

You will be supported by our academics and technicians in producing your final-semester dissertation exploring a relevant topic of your choice. 

Key features

  • Study specialist technical modules related to aeronautical engineering, as well as management modules, such as Engineering Business Environment, to prepare for work in a rapidly changing, globalised world.  

  • Access our instrumented low-speed wind tunnel and AIRFOX DISO flight simulator facilities to acquire experimental and theoretical skills relevant to aeronautics and wind tunnel testing. 

  • Learn and use software packages used in aeronautical engineering applications and research, such as MATLAB, ANSYS and OpenFOAM, which will give you the ability to work confidently in an industrial environment. 

  • Benefit from the research and industrial experience of our teaching staff who have worked in international research institutions, including the National Aeronautical Laboratories India, Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute Russia and AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH Austria.  

  • Become a member of our DMU Flight Club to design, build and fly unmanned aerial systems (UAS), with the opportunity to participate in an international UAS competition. 

  • Enhance your employability by choosing to apply for a year-long work placement to gain valuable practical and professional experience. Past students on related engineering courses have undertaken placements with national and international companies including Airbus UK.  

Scholarships

International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Programme code: H41071

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one-year placement available), 18 months for January starts or 30 months part-time.

Start Date: January and September

Fees and funding: 

For 2020/21 full-time fees will be £7,920 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships.

Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

To apply for this programme, please email admissions@dmu.ac.uk in order to receive an electronic application form.

Key facts for international students

Course code: H41071

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one-year placement available) or 18 months for January starts.

Start Date: January and September

Fees and funding: 

For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £14,600 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

To apply for this programme, please email admissions@dmu.ac.uk in order to receive an electronic application form.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject, such as Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering, or a closely related discipline such as Mechanical Engineering or Automotive Engineering.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

 

Whilst the university tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

 

Where changes are made the university will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

Core modules

Advanced Flight Dynamics

Advanced Computational Aerodynamics

Composite Materials

Engineering Business Environment

Study Skills and Research Methods

Instrumentation and Sensor Networks

Dissertation 

Optional modules

Systems Operation and Management

Topics in Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Digital Manufacture

Unmanned Aero Vehicle Design

 

 

The modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratories. This ensures a good balance between theory and practice so that real engineering problems are better understood through an underpinning of strong theoretical and analytical knowledge translated into practical skills.

You will normally attend four hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time; for full-time study this would be 16 hours per week during term time. You can expect to also undertake around 24 further hours of independent study and assignments as required per week.

 

 

You will normally attend four hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time; for full-time study this would be 16 hours per week during term time. You can expect to also undertake around 24 further hours of independent study and assignments as required per week

 

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development's research has developed over a 30-year period to create the underlying knowledge, techniques and technology necessary to achieve more energy-efficient and sustainable lifestyles.

Current research is driven by the UK's commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the use of new and renewable energy technology, and provide a high-quality, comfortable, safe and efficient built environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Applied research seeks practical solutions to contemporary problems, while more theoretical explorations seek to understand our physical and social world, generating new knowledge that can have long-term benefits in many fields of human endeavour.

Our teaching team are recognised researchers within their field and embed industry relevant case studies into the course to ensure content is current to the issue we face around sustainability and renewable energy.

Facilities and features

Facilities

The Aeronautical Engineering facilities have received significant investment, including dedicated Aeronautical Engineering laboratory spaces and equipment.

 

This investment means that students can work with a purpose-built subsonic wind tunnel for experimental investigation of aerodynamics, considering different shapes and aircraft test models.

 

The centrepiece of our facilities is an industry-standard flight simulator AIRFOX DISO, where students can gain can gain experience of flight performance, stability and control of aircraft models, and also validate performance of your own models.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Opportunities and careers

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Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate Careers

Graduates are expected find employment in sectors such as Aeronautical, Aerospace, Automotive, aviation management, defense and industries supporting aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services.

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