Taught course

Aerospace Engineering

University of Glasgow · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Additionally, a sound understanding of programme relevant core engineering principles, such as mathematics, is expected and must be demonstrated in a 2.1 or equivalent in core subject components from your Honours degree .

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Masters in Aeronautical Engineering focuses on advanced engineering subjects required for understanding modern design of fixed-wing aircraft.

Why this programme

  • The University of Glasgow has been the home of Aerospace Research for over 60 years. This long-standing activity has culminated in the Division of Aerospace Sciences having internationally recognised expertise in all areas of Aeronautics and Aerospace Systems.
  • Aeronautical engineering at the University of Glasgow is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 10th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2017).
  • If you are an aerospace engineering graduate wanting to improve your skills and knowledge; a graduate of a related engineering discipline or physical science and you want to change field; or you are looking for a well rounded postgraduate qualification in aeronautical engineering to enhance your career prospects, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will benefit from access to our outstanding facilities: including several wind tunnels, a flight simulation lab, an autonomous unmanned vehicle (UAV) laboratory, helicopter test rig laboratories, structural testing apparatus and computer labs for modelling and simulation.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Aeronautical Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work. You will attend taught courses and take part in laboratory-based assignments and field visits. You will be further assessed in coursework, report writing and oral presentations.

The summer period is dedicated to project work, with either academic or industrial placements providing the context for your project.

Semester 1 courses

  • Aerospace control 1
  • Aircraft flight dynamics
  • Navigation systems
  • Space flight dynamics 1
  • Viscous shear flows.

Semester 2 courses (five chosen)

  • Autonomous vehicle guidance systems
  • Composites airframe structures
  • Introduction to aeroelasticity
  • Introduction to computational fluid dynamics
  • Introduction to wind engineering
  • Robust control 5
  • Spacecraft systems 2
  • Aerospace design project.


To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits.

  • The project will integrate subject knowledge and skills that you acquire during the MSc programme.
  • The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to the industry.
  • You can choose a topic from a list of MSc projects in Aeronautical Engineering. Alternatively, should you have your own idea for a project, department members are always open to discussion of topics.

Example projects

Examples of projects can be found online

*Posters shown are for illustrative purposes


MSc Aeronautical Engineering is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

Industry Links and Employability

  • The MSc Aeronautical Engineering has been developed for students with different training backgrounds or from different educational origins; and it is particularly suitable if you currently work or intend to work in the aeronautical engineering industries.
  • The School of Engineering has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion.
  • During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the aerospace industry.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in aerospace, defence, renewable energy, control design, structural engineering. You can also continue studying, for a research Masters or a PhD.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:

  • Teaching Assistant at a university
  • Graduate Engineer at UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Scientist at Fluid Gravity Engineering Ltd.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Katherine Henderson