University of Surrey Aerospace Engineering

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University of Surrey Aerospace Engineering

University of Surrey Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2018 entry

Lecturers are passionate about their subject and really want you to learn, so they will go the extra mile to make sure you understand what’s going on.

At Surrey, I have been able to take full advantage of the Professional Training placement scheme and have interned with Airbus in Toulouse, France.

I got the opportunity to have an internship in one of the world’s leading aeronautical companies, something that would have been impossible in my home country of Spain.

Lucia Perea MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for Aerospace Engineering, with our programmes ranked sixth in The Complete University Guide 2018. We are ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in Aerospace Engineering in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 and 10th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

As a student on our Aerospace Engineering programmes you will have access to some of the most advanced flow facilities in Europe, and be taught by world-leading experts in the field of aerospace engineering. You will also benefit from our close links with major companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus and QinetiQ.

Programme overview

Our Aerospace Engineering programmes encompass advanced materials, aerodynamics, space systems, thermodynamics and the latest in computational and simulation tools. Using our extensive facilities for aerodynamics and materials testing, our demonstrator jet engine and flight simulator, you will put the theory you learn into practice through challenging project work.

Our teaching is strongly informed by our research, and you will be guided by specialists in areas such as computational fluid dynamics, prediction of flows in gas-turbine engines (through our University Technology Centre in Thermo-Fluid Systems), adhesive bonding, and the development of new materials for airframes and engine components.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

In Year 4 (MEng only), there are modules on spacecraft and computational fluid dynamics/aerodynamics, plus a multidisciplinary project involving collaboration with both industrial consultants and students from other engineering disciplines.

You also conduct an extensive individual research project. Recent projects include ‘Operation of unmanned air vehicles’, ‘Design and test of a nozzle for a jet engine’ and ‘Hybrid carbon nanotubes for improved impact properties’.

Professional recognition

Aerospace Engineering has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – a programme of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng

See the Institution of Mechanical Engineers website for further information.

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Our programmes operate on a modular basis, with teaching delivered through a variety of methods. These range from lectures and seminars, through group tutorials, to working in small groups in laboratories, including our flight simulator.

You are also able to take advantage of our electronic online teaching resources.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey’s Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


Specialised facilities include:

  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
  • SAVAG, Surrey’s Advanced Vehicle Analysis Group
  • Flight simulator
  • Six wind tunnels, including an environmental wind tunnel, unique within the UK, and high-quality instrumentation
  • A dedicated engine test cell with a jet engine
  • £500,000 investment in fluid dynamics computer modelling to complement existing facilities

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree. Currently, for students on the Aerospace Engineering programme, this is possible in your second year at one of the partner institutions in:

  • USA (Texas Tech, North Carolina State or Central Florida)
  • Australia (Monash University in Melbourne)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country, without paying additional tuition fees to the partner. In doing so you will broaden your horizons, meet other students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Airbus in France, Rolls Royce in Norway and TE Connectivity in Germany.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Graduate prospects

Our graduate employment record is truly outstanding. This is due to the professional focus of our degrees, with accreditation by professional institutions (RAeS and IMechE), and the quality of our professional placements leading to high-quality graduate employment.

Most of our graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession. Recent examples include careers with well-known companies such as:

  • Airbus UK
  • Airbus (Toulouse)
  • BAE Systems
  • British Airways
  • QinetiQ/DSTL
  • Thales
  • Rolls-Royce

As well as enjoying an outstanding choice of routes to professional recognition in their own disciplines, our graduates also find that their highly developed computer skills and analytical and managerial abilities are valued in many other fields, in addition to those specifically related to aerospace engineering.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • AgustaWestland Helicopters, Graduate Engineer
  • Airbus, Graduate Engineer
  • Astrium, Design Engineer
  • Ministry of Defence, Graduate Engineer

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 – Compulsory book purchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 – PPE equipment
  • UK-based activity: £50 – Contribution towards Cranfield Flight Test course

Grand total: £75-80

There are associated costs with this MEng (Hons) programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 – Compulsory book purchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 – PPE equipment
  • UK-based activity: £50 – Contribution towards Cranfield Flight Test course

Grand total: £75-80

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



BEng (Hons): AAB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and Physics.

MEng: Mathematics and Physics.


BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code
BEng (Hons) 3 Years H400
BEng (Hons) 4 years H401
MEng (Hons) 4 years H409
MEng (Hons) 5 years H402

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government’s loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We’re committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

Find out more

The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.