Taught course

Aeronautical 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. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

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.

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: www.glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/funded/

Why Glasgow?

· The University 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.

· The School of Engineering’s aeronautical engineering is consistently highly ranked recently achieving 1st in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2015).

· 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.

· This programme has a September and January intake.

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 the 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 (five chosen)

· 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.

Core course (throughout semester 1 and 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.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University normally sets a minimum English Language proficiency level IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6), TOEFL 237 in the computer-based test (577 in the paper-based test).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The College of Science and Engineering is proud to announce that we have been allocated Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funding for the MSc Aeronautical Engineering programme.

This funding is for tuition fees only and is available to Scottish and EU students, providing students with an excellent opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise at a postgraduate level, with programmes being selected on the basis of industry skills gaps in Scotland.

For further information on our SFC funded programmes, please contact: katherine.henderson@glasgow.ac.uk


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Katherine Henderson