Research course

Aerospace Engineering

University of Bristol · Department of Aerospace Engineering
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in science, mathematics or engineering.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research within the department and faculty is organised via cross-faculty research groups. Research interests are pursued via three major interest groups:

  • Fluid Flow and Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS)
  • Dynamics and Control

This work is supported by 30+ academic, 50+ research staff, and 150+ postgraduates, plus a highly experienced administrative and technical support team.

There is a wide range of research in the department, spanning experimental, numerical, theoretical, and computational, and all is applied to aerospace-related problems, for example fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, wind turbines and UAVs. All postgraduates would expect to publish in high-quality journals and present at international conferences. Hence, research programmes are aimed at independent and self-motivated applicants. Applicants are advised to contact a potential academic adviser to discuss available projects before submitting an application.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
full time: £4,185 part time: £2,093
International students

A number of funded studentships are available each year, supported by research council, industry, University or other funds. Check the faculty website for a list of currently available funded projects or check Self-funded or sponsored students are also very welcome to apply. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students can be found on our webpage,

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 954 5130