MSc Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical engineering graduates are highly valued and in great demand. The MSc Aeronautical Engineering is ideal for graduates seeking employment in the aeronautical sector and for practising aerospace engineers who want to extend and update their skills.

Progression to management is key to the careers of postgraduate engineers, so as part of the aeronautical engineering programme you will develop relevant managerial skills, as well as an awareness of the wider issues that affect the aeronautical industry. The MSc Aeronautical Engineering course meets the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). We have recently built an Aerospace Centre which includes a BAE Jetstream aircraft, laboratory equipment, a gas turbine engine, wind tunnel and a flight simulator, as well as state-of-the-art engineering analysis software.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A

Throughout the MSc Aeronautical Engineering programme, you will study a mix of core and optional modules and undertake a supervised 60 credit dissertation. Please note: If you’re an aeronautical engineering graduate from the University of South Wales, intending to progress into postgraduate study, you will be required to complete the optional modules in advanced materials and manufacture, advanced computational fluid dynamics, fatigue and fracture and further FEA.

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacture 
  • Fatigue and Fracture Running 
  • Further Finite Element Analysis 
  • Further Computational Fluid Dynamics 
  • Research Methods for Engineers 
  • Aeroelasticity 
  • Advanced Propulsion 
  • Advanced Aircraft Design 
  • Strategic Leadership and Management for Engineers 
  • Dissertation


The MSc Aeronautical Engineering is delivered in two major blocks to offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two start points each year – February and September. Modules involve lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work, with continually assessed coursework or a mixture of coursework and exams.


You will be continually assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams. The dissertation allows you to research a specific aeronautical engineering topic, to illustrate your depth of knowledge, critical awareness and problem-solving skills. The dissertation has three elements of assessment: a thesis, a poster presentation, and a viva voce examination.


This Aeronautical Engineering programme is accredited to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). For more information on the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer visit the Engineering Council.



The University has recently built an Aerospace Centre on the Pontypridd Campus, which includes a BAE Jetstream aircraft, laboratory equipment, a gas turbine engine, wind tunnel and a flight simulator, as well as state-of-the-art engineering analysis software.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, although other applicants with a relevant engineering degree will be considered. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees apply to new students starting a course in the academic year indicated. Full-time fees are per year and part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course. USW Postgraduate Bursary is available for new UK and EU students starting an eligible course. International Scholarships are also available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.


You can apply for a postgraduate loan as a contribution towards your course and living costs.

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Admissions statement 

Employment prospects are strong in this dynamic and diverse industry. Those with an MSc Aeronautical Engineering degree enhance their career opportunities in commercial and military aircraft engineering, the air transportation industry, teaching or research. The highly technical nature of this course also equips you for careers in many related, technology-intensive fields. Graduates are likely to progress to senior positions in the aeronautical engineering industry and related sectors.

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As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.