Study ›  Undergraduate courses

Aerospace Engineering

Apply for this course

Ready to apply? You can apply for this course online now using the UCAS website. The deadline for UK students to apply for this course is 25 January 2023.

The deadline for international students is 30 June 2023.

Add choice to your UCAS application

Use these details to apply for this course through UCAS:

  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Aerospace Engineering H421
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

Related courses

There are twenty-seven courses related to Aerospace Engineering that you might be interested in.

Get a prospectus or course leaflet

Change country or region

We’re showing entry requirements and other information for applicants with qualifications from: United Kingdom.

Commonly selected...

Change to the United Kingdom

More countries and regions...


Not on the list?

If your country or region isn’t listed here, please contact us with any questions about studying with us.

Master of Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng) is a master’s degree awarded for a postgraduate taught programme in engineering.

Course overview

Study Aerospace Engineering and by the end of your time at Liverpool, you will be able to show that you can now design, build, test and fly an aircraft.

Introduction

The Aerospace Engineering MEng is a four-year integrated Master’s degree developed to fast-track our graduates to become Chartered Engineers either with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers or the Royal Aeronautical Society.

As an aerospace engineering student, you will experience a wide variety of topics and modes of study, whether it be conducting research, analysing reports or designing and building an aircraft.

By studying the MEng, you will develop a greater depth and breadth and specialist knowledge in core aerospace subjects than on the three-year BEng degree programme. At the end of the degree you will be able to demonstrate further key skills required by employers in advanced modules such as advanced aerodynamics; advanced aerostructures; flight handling qualities; advanced guidance systems and enterprise studies.

As part of year four, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in the year four Capstone Design Project, a year long assignment where you will be asked to find solutions to industry challenges or create your own invention.

What you'll learn

  • Aircraft design and manufacturing
  • Flight testing
  • Systems engineering
  • How to conduct independent research
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight dynamics and control
  • How to deal with complex problems that may  require compromise to meet competing requirements

Accreditation

The MEng degree is recognised throughout the UK and fully satisfies the Engineering Council’s academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. All of our Aerospace Engineering degree programmes are accredited, or pending accreditation, by our professional bodies, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and are a recognised qualification on the route to Chartered Engineer status.

Accreditations in detail

Accreditations

The MEng degree is recognised throughout the UK and fully satisfies the Engineering Council’s academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. All of our Aerospace Engineering degree programmes are accredited, or pending accreditation, by our professional bodies, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and are a recognised qualification on the route to Chartered Engineer status.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

You will be introduced to a range of fundamental topics that an aerospace engineer must at least be aware of to be able to function in such a multi-disciplinary industry.

Compulsory modules

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING DESIGN 1A (AERO113)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module provides students with a hands-on introduction to aerospace design and the skills required by a professional engineer. The module is configured around a group design project but is enhanced with lecture material and practical exercises to introduce skills such as technical drawing, data analysis and technical writing. The majority of these are brought together through their application to the design project that runs alongside them. 

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING DESIGN 1B (AERO114)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module provides students with a hands-on introduction to aerospace design and the skills required by a professional engineer.  The module is configured around a group design project but is enhanced with lecture material and practical exercises to introduce skills such as report writing, oral presentation, computer-aided design and the analysis of engineering mechanisms and components.  The majority of these are brought together through their application to the design project that runs alongside them. 

Electrical Circuits for Engineers (ELEC121)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

​To provide students with a basic understanding of electronics from first principles covering analogue and electromechanical systems. Basic circuits and theory will be introduced including the use of semiconductor devices such as diodes and transistors. Electromechanics will be developed to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of the principles of DC and AC machines, transformers and linear actuators

ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (ENGG121)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

To provide students with a basic understanding of modelling and simulation techniques. Mathematical modelling and graph theory will be introduced to develop practical skills in the modelling and designing of different types of systems including electromechanical systems.

FLUID MECHANICS (ENGG113)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces fluid mechanics to the First Year Undergradute students, describes the fundamental principles of fluid property, dimension analysis, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. Students will be able to solve simple engineering problems involves steady fluid flow.

INTRODUCTION TO AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (AERO110)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

A short module to introduce students to the language and main concepts of the aerospace engineer to provide a solid basis for the remainder of their degree programme

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERS (ENGG185)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of elementary statistics and programming. It explains the purposes and advantages of analysing data collected specifically to solve problems in engineering, reviews available software tools and programming languages used to formulate and answer basic engineering questions. It draws on examples from applications across the range of School of Engineering program areas.​

INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (ENGG108)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

​​​This module introduces students to important mechanical properties of metallic alloys, polymers, ceramics, construction materials and composites used in engineering industry. It also introduces the mechanical testing techniques used to measure such properties, the common mechanisms of materials and component failure in use, and some appreciation of materials processing. The laboratory sessions are designed to familiase students with engineering laboratory methods and procedures, as well as providing an experience of hands-on mechanical testing techniques.

SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES 1 (ENGG110)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and theory of how engineering structures work to sustain loads. It will also show how stress analysis leads to the design of safer structures. It will also provide students with the means to analyse and design basic structural elements as used in modern engineering structures.

THERMODYNAMICS I (ENGG112)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

The module provides an introduction to the laws of thermodynamics which are essential to understanding many branches of engineering.  The module will be taught through reference to everyday examples and applications drawn from aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering.

Optional modules

ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS (MATH198)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

MATH198 is a Year 1 mathematics module for students of programmes taught in the School of Engineering, e.g. Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Design Engineering. It is designed to reinforce and build upon A-level mathematics, providing you with the strong background required in your engineering studies and preparing you for the Year 2 mathematics module MATH299 (Mathematics engineering II). In the first semester, the foundations are laid: differential calculus, vector algebra, integration and applications. Semester two covers complex numbers, differential equations, Laplace transformations and functions of two variables

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Year in industry

Year in industry placements give you an in-depth workplace experience where you can develop your skills and apply your learning.

  • Develop key employability skills that graduate employers are looking for
  • Experience and understand workplace culture and disciple
  • Understand the relationship between academic theory and real world application
  • Begin your professional network
  • Gain industry insight and insight into potential career options.

If you'd like to undertake a year in industry, you can transfer to Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng during your studies, subject to meeting the academic requirements of your course.

View Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry MEng

To spend a year in industry, you'll need to secure a placement with an organisation. If you're unable to find a placement, you'll continue with the standard version of the course without a year in industry.

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Study as a Bachelor's degree

This course is also available as a three year BEng (Hons) programme.

View Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)

Your experience

The School of Engineering has world-class, modern, engineering teaching and learning facilities. Within the School there are traditional lecture theatres as well as teaching laboratories, PC teaching centres, smaller study rooms and one of the University’s largest PC teaching/study rooms with over 160 high-specification workstations with specialist engineering software installed. The School also houses impressive specialist engineering research laboratories and research facilities that provide the setting for student practical work and many student projects.

What students say...

I've never looked back since picking Liverpool because it's got everything I need in terms of the student lifestyle; the life experience plus the study. The flight simulators really caught my eye and that's something that really appeals to me. The course provides you with a really valuable degree and I know that employers see it as a valuable degree.

Elliot Carty, MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies 2013

Careers and employability

As a student you will have maximum opportunities for career prospects, graduate opportunities, student summer placements specifically during the annual engineering careers fair with 30 blue chip companies attending (including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, Toyota, JCB, British Army, United Utilities, ABB Ltd, Network Rail, BAE Systems and many more).

4 in 5 of our engineering students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

Recent employers

  • ABB Ltd
  • Airbus
  • Arup
  • BAE Systems
  • Bentley
  • British Airways
  • British Army
  • Government organisations
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Metronet Rail
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • RAF
  • Rolls Royce
  • Royal Navy
  • United Utilities

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Meet our alumni

Hear what graduates say about their career progression and life after university.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This may include a laptop, books or stationery. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Stationery and equipment
All essential safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAA including Mathematics and a second science.

Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is AAB with A in the EPQ.

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
Subject requirements

Mathematics and a second science.

Applicants following the modular Mathematics A Level must be studying A Level Physics or Further Mathematics as the second science (or must be studying at least one Mechanics module in their Mathematics A Level).

Accepted Science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Environmental Science, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Physics and Statistics.

For applicants from England: For science A levels that include the separately graded practical endorsement, a "Pass" is required.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Acceptable at grade Distinction alongside AA in A Level Mathematics and a second science.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

D*D in relevant BTEC considered alongside A Level Mathematics grade A. Accepted BTECs include Aeronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Engineering.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics

International Baccalaureate

35 overall, including 5 at Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H1 in Higher Mathematics and Higher Second Science.
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAA including Mathematics and a second science.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade A Global Perspectives and Short Courses are not accepted.
Access Not accepted
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Aerospace Engineering MEng

See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

7 June 2022: New course pages

New course pages launched.