Advanced Aeronautical Engineering

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

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Overview

Our MSc in Advanced Aeronautical Engineering provides multidisciplinary training in aircraft technologies for reducing environmental impact and life-cycle costs.

This course is suitable for applicants with an engineering background who have a particular interest in aircraft technologies.

Air travel is vital for the continued prosperity of the economy, and is predicted to grow significantly over the next 20 years. The challenge facing aviation is to meet the predicted growth in demand in a way that ensures that the environment is protected.

This MSc programme provides modules on the fundamental disciplines that are of prime importance for developing new enabling technologies vital to the design of more environmentally friendly future aircraft.

It also offers multi-disciplinary training in aircraft technologies for reducing environmental impact and life-cycle costs.

This programme provides modules on the fundamental disciplines that are of prime importance for developing new enabling technologies vital to the design of more environmentally friendly future aircraft.

The facilities in the Department are of a high standard, with the latest industry-standard software available for students to use.

Study programme

The programme can be completed in one-year on a full-time basis. The programme begins in October and ends in September.

The programme is comprised of core and optional modules: the core modules are compulsory and consist of a set of introductory non-examinable modules and modules related to the "Green Aviation" initiative. The optional modules deal with advanced aeronautical engineering topics.

You will also complete an extensive four-month individual research project. The project is made up of a piece of individual research which must include some element of originality and can be wholly experimental, wholly theoretical, or a mixture of the two.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc in Advanced Aeronautical Engineering is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Aircraft Systems Engineering
  • Emerging Technologies for Green Aviation
  • Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Major Individual Research Project
  • Revision Stress Analysis
  • Technical Writing and Presentations
  • UAV and MAV Technologies

Optional modules

  • Advanced Mechanics of Flight
  • Advanced Propulsion
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Aerospace Vehicle Design
  • Aircraft Performance and Flight Mechanics
  • Airframe Design
  • An Introduction to Flow Control
  • Analysis of Laminated Composites
  • Compressible Flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Materials Modelling
  • Navier Stokes Equations and Turbulence Modelling
  • Revision Stress Analysis
  • Stress Analysis and Impact
  • Technology, Business and the Market for Aeronautical Engineers
  • Wing Design

Research project

You complete an extensive four-month individual research project. The project is made up of a piece of individual research which must include some element of originality and can be wholly experimental, wholly theoretical, or a mixture of the two.

You select projects from a list of topics proposed by university staff and by industry. The results from the study must be set in context against published work. The project is assessed by progress in conducting the work, a dissertation of about 10,000 words, and an oral presentation.

It is expected that many projects will have significant industry support and may be wholly or partly undertaken in industry, as appropriate.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£12,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£30,000

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering.

A first class degree is preferred, with experience of fluid and structural dynamics.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Contact us

Aeronautics

Got a question?

T: +44(0) 20 7594 5066
E: aero.msc-admissions@imperial.ac.uk

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