Research course

Aerospace Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

A first or 2:1 Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification, a Masters Degree or equivalent qualification, or both. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria, but who hold a Bachelor's degree with Lower Second Class Honours or equivalent qualification, may be admitted to the degree of MPhil in the first instance. Following completion of one year's registration it may be possible (subject to satisfactory performance), to progress to year two of PhD registration. Please see website for further information.

Months of entry


Course content

This Group undertakes research directly relevant to the aerospace industry and also of a quite fundamental nature.

Manchester has a distinguished history in turbulence modelling (from Osborne Reynolds to Brian Launder) and also in Fluids (e.g. Lamb and Goldstein), reflected in aerodynamics and heat transfer research today coupled with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) allied to interests in Dynamics, Composite Structures and Aeroelasticity.

There is strong industrial linkage with EADS, Airbus and the Group is a preferred academic partner for BAE Systems in experimental aerodynamics and dynamic loads. EU collaboration is particularly strong. There are excellent test facilities for dynamics and aerodynamics with large wind tunnels at the Goldstein Laboratory.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 ( with no sub test less than 5.5), TOEFL 570 with 5.0 in the TWE (Computer-based 230 or above or Internet-based 88-89 or above). Other English Language qualifications / tests can be considered including those offered by the University's English Language Teaching Centre

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+44 (0) 161 275 4345