Aerospace Engineering is at the cutting edge of technology, understanding and applying scientific principles to the design, development and service of some of the most technologically advanced engineering products in the world, ranging from commercial aeroplanes and helicopters to spacecraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Aerospace engineers will be pivotal in addressing the future challenges of the aerospace industry related to the environment (e.g. minimising noise and pollution) and sustainability. With the ability to succeed in diverse and challenging situations, aerospace engineers are naturally versatile, opening up a wide range of career opportunities, and our graduates can be found in leading private and public sector companies worldwide.
Aerospace Engineering Degree Highlights
We put emphasis on hands-on, project-based learning, and invest heavily in our state-of-the-art facilities and flexible project spaces to support this activity.
The School offers extensive opportunities to gain valuable overseas experience, either during the summer vacation or by taking a year out from the degree programme. We participate in the IAESTE and Erasmus student exchange programmes, which enable students to obtain work experience in companies and universities throughout the world. In recent years, students have worked in countries such as Brazil, Finland, the USA, France, Iceland, Argentina, Uruguay, Japan, South Africa and Portugal. The Study USA Initiative offers students after Stage 2 the possibility of studying for a year at a college in the USA, providing an excellent opportunity to gain familiarity with international business techniques. Our employability programme supports activities such as this, providing help and advice with the preparation of CVs, interview skills and providing a point of contact for the duration of placements.
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society
The School has strong links with industry in the form of collaborative projects and student placements. The curriculum is heavily informed by industry representatives who sit on an advisory board within the School.
Students have the opportunity to gain a place on the Engineering Leadership Programme and a range of Employability Development workshops.
All Aerospace Engineering degrees come with the option of a sandwich year in the industry. You can spend up to 12 months getting hands-on experience in a real engineering environment with a relevant aerospace company.
The School has a wide range of experimental facilities to support aerodynamics, structures, materials and manufacturing teaching. It also operates a flight simulator and runs a week-long annual flight laboratory course.
Northern Ireland has a vibrant Aerospace industry, and as part of the MEng Aerospace Engineering degree programme, students will undertake a number of visits to Aerospace companies across Northern Ireland to understand what the role of a practising Aerospace Engineer is in industry, and to relate module content to a real-life work environment.