Advanced Aerospace Engineering

Providing solutions to the challenges currently facing the aerospace industry

The aims of this programme are to:

  • Improve graduate employability by developing the postgraduate skills required for a successful transition to industry
  • Develop and enhance the skills of professional engineers already practising in industry
  • Enable disciplinary transfer to aerospace for maths & physics graduates
  • Equip graduate with the skill sets required for a research role in industry or academia.

Course Content


The Subject

Even in the current economic climate, the demand for Masters level Aerospace Engineering graduates has remained strong and continues to grow.

To facilitate postgraduate education in an era of rapidly evolving technology an MSc in Advanced Aerospace Engineering will be delivered by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's.

This novel program will augment the undergraduate education of those who complete it through a combination of advanced scientific knowledge, interpersonal, research and management skills.  It will provide postgraduate training for Bachelors degree and PhD students and will provide a pool of highly-qualified MSc graduates for recruitment into industry and to PhD study.

This will be achieved through the delivery of masters level taught elements as well as the completion of novel, industrially relevant research projects.

Programme Details

Students must take and pass taught modules equivalent to 120 CAtS points and complete a dissertation, which is equivalent to 60 CATS points.

Taught elements may be selected from a list which includes novel modules on aircraft maintenance management and digital manufacturing.  The normal load is 60 CATS points per semester.

The programme is available for both full-time and part-time modes of study.  Part-time students will take 2 or 3 modules per semester, with all 120 CATS points being completed within 3 years.

Programme Delivery

Formal lectures are presented, but students will also acquire knowledge and understanding experientially through assignments as well as individual and group project work.

Assessment is based on written examinations, coursework and oral presentations by both individuals and groups.

The School provides a supportive learning environment with an emphasis on IT provision and the use of advanced engineering simulation platforms.


Employment prospects for aerospace engineers with Masters level qualifications are excellent with salary levels remaining above the UK average.

Our programme is fully accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society meaning that it 'provides the exemplifying level of understanding, knowledge and skills to underpin professional competence to help graduates on their way to registration as Chartered Engineers (CEng) or as Incorporated Engineers (IEng)'.  Benefits for professionally registered graduates include improved career prospects and employability, higher earning potential and international recognition of their commitment to their discipline.

Click the link below for more information on entrance requirements and applications.


Contact for further information

Entrance Requirements

Tel:     +44 (0) 28 9097 3838


Course Information

Dr Andrew Hamilton
MSc Programme Director
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Tel:     +44 (0) 28 9097 4116

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