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.
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 at Queen’s is ranked 17th in the 2019 Complete University Guide 2019.
|Introduction||The BEng degree provides a solid foundation in all the basic engineering technologies required by an aerospace engineer in the development of the next generation of aerospace products. The MEng extends study to in-depth specialist topics, with the aim of producing future engineering leaders|
|Stage 1||Introduction to Aerospace Engineering|
Laboratory Programme 1
Mechanics of Materials 1
Thermo and Fluid Mechanics 1
Dynamic Systems 1
Engineering Design 1
|Stage 2||Professional Studies 2 |
Compressible Flow and Propulsion 2
Aircraft Structures 2
Manufacturing Technology 2
Maths and Computing 2
Aircraft Design 2
Aircraft Aerodynamics & Performance 2
|Stage 2 Optional Course||Employability 2|
|Stage 3||Placement Year|
|Stage 4||Avionic Systems 3 |
Professional Studies 3
Aeronautical Engineering 3
Computer-Aided Engineering 3
Dr Marco Geron was awarded his undergraduate and PhD from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and joined the academic staff in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013, where he is the current Programme Director for the undergraduate Aerospace Engineering courses. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) with his research interests in the fields of applied aerodynamics, CFD and reduced order modelling.
|Large Group Teaching||15 (hours maximum)|
10-15 hours of lectures per week (varies by stage of study)
|Medium Group Teaching||15 (hours maximum)|
8 -15 hours of tutorials/practical/design activities per week (varies by stage of study)
|Personal Study||25 (hours maximum)|
20-25 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, tutorial sheets and others
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||2 (hours maximum)|
1-2 hours of personal tutorial or individual project supervision per week
The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering plays a leading role in an international initiative to reform engineering education, which involves well over 100 universities worldwide. Support for participation in this initiative was secured through funding to set up a Centre of Excellence in Active and Interactive Learning at Queen's. As a result, our degree programmes have many innovative features that enhance student learning:
The first year includes an introductory course focussed on developing important professional engineering skills, built up around a series of team-based design and build projects. Students are not only provided with the opportunity to learn about engineering practice, but also to engage with the other students within their class, helping to develop a strong sense of identity and community within the student body. In subsequent years, engineering knowledge is further developed through structured project work.
The group design exercises allow students to demonstrate their technical ability in a team environment.
The individual research project provides opportunities for in-depth study and engagement with Aerospace engineering design and development.
Through the programme, there is an emphasis placed on the development of a balanced set of personal, interpersonal and professional skills.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential. Students studying for the BEng in Aerospace Engineering are provided with a broad range of learning experiences to enable them to develop as individuals, to engage with subject experts from both academia and industry, and to develop an enquiring mind to enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners. Access to industry standard engineering tools, a world class library facility and courses taught by industrial experts provides a breadth of opportunity to develop students’ interests in the aerospace sector, supported by formal lectures and tutorials. There are a wide range of learning opportunities, including:
Details of assessment procedures are outlined below:
As students’ progress through their course at Queen���s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
The school offers a range of state-of-the-art facilities to support student activity and project based learning
Computer Based Learning
Flexible Project Environments
|A level requirements|
ABB including Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Technology and Design or Double Award Life and Health Sciences.
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics and at least one from Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry
Successful completion of Access Course with 80% in each module.
Must be a relevant Access Course including two modules in Mathematics (Level 3) and two modules in Physics (Level 3).
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level, including Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology, or Chemistry.
|BTEC Extended diploma|
QQCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade, with Distinctions required in four specified units (40 credits), including Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians.
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 780 GLH at Distinction grade (including all externally assessed units) and 300 GLH at Merit grade, with Distinctions required in four specified units, including Engineering Principles and Further Engineering Mathematics.
Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma must be relevant
|BTEC Higher Diploma|
Those with good grades in a relevant Higher National Diploma will be considered on their individual merits for entry to Stage 2.
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirement is also met.
Applicants not offering Physics at A-level should have a minimum of a grade C in GCSE Physics or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC.
|Option to transfer|
Transfers between BEng and MEng may be possible at the end of Stage 2.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
Applicants for the BEng Honours in Aerospace Engineering must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement; in addition, it should be noted that a performance at GCSE is important. For last year's entry, applicants for this BEng programme must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above to include Mathematics. Applicants not offering Physics at A-level require GCSE Physics at grade C /Double Award Science at grades CC or above. Selectors will also check that any specific subject and grade requirements in terms of A-level can be fulfilled (see Entry Requirements).
Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS are also considered. Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview. The offer for repeat candidates is normally set one grade higher than those taking A-levels for the first time. Grades may be held from the previous year. A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended/National Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates, and Higher National Diplomas, will also be considered.
The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended/National Extended Diploma and must include both GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE Physics grade C/Double Award Science at grade CC or better.
Applicants offering a Higher National Certificate (HNC) will require an appropriate GCSE profile, which must include grade C or better in GCSE Mathematics. A relevant HNC in Aerospace Engineering/Engineering is required, including Analytical Methods. Where offers are made for Stage 1 entry, these are currently conditional on successful completion of the HNC with 8 Merits, including Merits in three specified units, including Analytical Methods.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma (HND), some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile, but this must include grade C or better in GCSE Mathematics. To be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. A relevant HND in Aerospace Engineering/Engineering is required for admission to this degree and offers for Stage 1 entry are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 9 Merits and 7 Passes overall, with Merits required in three specified units including, Analytical Methods. Applicants with sufficiently high grades in the first year of a relevant HND in Aerospace Engineering/Engineering may be considered for entry to Stage 2 and, where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 12 Merits and 4 Passes overall, with Merits required in six specified units, including Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods.
Applicants offering a suitable Access Course will be considered individually on their own merits. The Access course should have substantial Mathematics and Science (i.e. Physics and/or Chemistry) content at level 3. Where offers were made last year, these were conditional on successful completion of the Access Course with 80% in each module.
Applicants offering a combination of Scottish Advanced Highers and Scottish Highers will also be considered. However, it should be noted that applicants require Mathematics and Physics (preferred), Biology or Chemistry at Scottish Advanced Higher.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
If you are made an offer then you will be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held on a Saturday in late February or early- mid March. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice; the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (firstname.lastname@example.org), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
A degree in Aerospace Engineering from Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions alike. Our graduates are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and the versatility of Aerospace Engineering graduates makes them well suited for a wide range of future careers, both within engineering and in the wider graduate sector.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Engineering, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Engineering professionals: £22,823
Information and Communication Technology professionals: £22,244
Public Service professionals: £22,657
Business and Finance associated professionals: £22,217
Close links with employers
Queen’s University Belfast has strong links with both the local and international aerospace community, and we participate in regular consultations with local aerospace and wider engineering employers, including Bombardier, Rolls Royce, Thales Air Defence, Rockwell Collins, and FG Wilson.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
Michael McKay: Flight Operations Director for ESA Mars and Lunar Missions, European Space Agency
Michael Ryan: Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast
Bob Bell: Technical Director of Mercedes GP.
Air Commodore David Case: Royal Air Force.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
The School receives valued support from the business community and private sponsors enabling us to offer a substantial range of scholarships, prizes and awards. Full details can be found on the University Scholarships and Awards Handbook online.
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,275|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£4,275|
Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Aerospace Engineering Sandwich costs
Year 2 students incur travel costs to Belfast Metropolitan College to attend a compulsory module lasting 12 weeks at an approximate cost of £50.
Students undertake a placement in year 3 or year 4 are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider during their placement year.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).
Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.
Fees and Funding
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