Taught course

Aerospace Systems

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


Course content

Aerospace systems are the future of the aerospace industry and constitute the major component of all modern aircraft. They are the essential onboard systems that ensure the safe and accurate operation of all aerospace vehicles, from civil passenger planes to sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles.

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 University of Glasgow is one of the few institutions in the UK, and the only University in Scotland, to offer an Aerospace System MSc.

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

· If you are an aeronautical engineering or avionics graduate wanting to improve your skills and knowledge; a graduate of another engineering discipline, mathematics or physics and you want to change field; looking for a well-rounded postgraduate qualification in electronics & electrical engineering to enhance your career prospects; this programme is designed for you.

· Students in this programme can 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 and computer labs for modelling and simulation.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Aerospace Systems include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

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

Semester 1 core courses

· Aircraft flight dynamics

· Control M

· Navigation systems

· Simulation of aerospace systems

· Space flight dynamics 1.

Semester 2 core courses

· Autonomous vehicle guidance systems

· Fault detection, isolation and reconfiguration

· Radar and electro-optic systems

· Robust control 5.

· Aerospace systems team 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 Aerospace Systems. Alternatively, should you have your own idea for a project, department members are always open to discussion of topics

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training). Overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Katherine Henderson