If you like challenges and problem solving and relish the idea of combining science, maths and engineering to develop new technologies, processes and materials for the aerospace industry, then this Aerospace Engineering MEng degree is for you.


Aerospace Engineering MEng

You will be taught by academics that are experts in their field and have been at the forefront of progress in several areas, including the LISA pathfinder mission and the design of higher performing jet engines. This, together with the strong collaborations we enjoy with leading companies such as Rolls-Royce and Airbus, will give you the best launchpad for a successful career. 

The Aerospace Engineering MEng course is structured to give you a broad coverage of engineering disciplines appropriate to the current and future aerospace industry and research area, including mechanics, materials, fluids and sensors and control systems that provide a basis for materials, structures and avionics. You will gain the skills necessary to transform the emerging fields of satellite, deep space missions and unmanned aerial vehicles where remote control and communications are required.

The interdisciplinary nature of the subject is dealt with by shared modules in all years as well as group project exercises. Graduates of the course will retain a specialism (materials, structures and avionics) but based on broad coverage to enable you to develop good careers in all engineering aspects of the aeronautical and space industries.


Why study Aerospace Engineering MEng at Newcastle?

  • New course started in 2018
  • Already accredited by DETC, accreditation by other bodies will be sought once first cohorts graduates
  • New facilities, including flight simulators and wind tunnels
  • New central teaching laboratory to get hands-on skills related to engineering

Institutional Accreditation 

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Aerospace Engineering MEng

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Year 1

Courses provide the fundamentals of materials behaviour as well as how these can be used to develop properties and shapes satisfying the structural requirements of aerospace vehicles. Quantitative description of these requirements will be covered in courses on Mathematics and Mechanics. Electrical engineering will be used to provide a basis for control systems in later years with fluid dynamics and energy transfer accomplishing the same for aerodynamic aspects and fluid dynamics.


  • Engineering Mathematics 1 – 20 credits
  • Electrical Engineering 1 – 20 credits
  • Mechanics 1 – 20 credits
  • Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer- 20 credits
  • Design for Structural Applications – 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Materials Science – 20 credits


Year 2

The second year represents a deepening in the coverage of the core engineering disciplines involved in aerospace – mechanics, thermodynamics and fluids, mathematics and electrical engineering. The last of these specialises in control, which ties in with the introduction of space systems engineering as the first of the ‘space’ aspects of the course. The property development in materials from year 1 is extended to understand how materials fail under different stressing and environmental conditions – and, more importantly, to reduce the risk of such failure.

  • Space System Engineering and Design A – 10 credits
  • Space System Engineering and Design B – 10 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics 2 – 20 credits
  • Electrical Energy Systems and Control A – 10 credits
  • Electrical Energy Systems and Control B – 10 credits
  • Airframe Design and Flight Dynamics A – 10 credits
  • Airframe Design and Flight Dynamics B – 10 credits
  • Fracture, Fatigue and Degradation A – 10 credits
  • Fracture, Fatigue and Degradation B – 10 credits
  • Thermodynamics and Fluids – 20 credits


Year 3

The concentration in this year is on the extremes of environmental attack – high temperatures for oxidation and creep in aeroengines which ties in with the coverage of high temperature materials and their manufacture along with the advanced characterisation techniques required to assess them. Degradation from ionizing radiation links to the space mission module whilst the group project reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.

You have the choice of two streams to follow, an engineering stream and a materials stream, both streams cover space mission analysis and design and undertake a group project. The Engineering stream covers the use of finite element software and computational fluid dynamics to simulate complex aerospace structures and aerodynamics.


Core modules

  • Space Mission Analysis and Design (Engineering and Materials Stream) – 20 credits
  • Group Project (Engineering and Materials Stream) – 20 credits
  • Aerospace Mechanical Power Transfer – 20 credits

The following module must also be taken if you elect to follow the Engineering Stream:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis (CFD & FEA) – 20 credits

The following modules must also be taken if you elect to follow the Materials Stream:

  • High-Performance Materials and Advanced Manufacturing – 20 credits
  • Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation – 20 credits

Engineering stream options (choose 40 credits). Example modules:

  • Surface Engineering – 10 credits
  • High-Performance Materials and Advanced Manufacturing – 20 credits
  • Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation – 20 credits

Materials stream options (choose 20 credits). Example modules:

  • Surface Engineering – 10 credits
  • Irradiation Materials Science – 10 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis (CFD & FEA) – 20 credits

Year 4

Both streams will undertake an individual project and participate in group forensic case studies analysing complex failures in aerospace applications; these modules will bring together much of the core modules from previous years and involve a strong industrial input. The individual streams will cover subjects at the leading edge of their specialisms in aerospace engineering, e.g. advanced composite and intermetallic materials, which overlap with and are informed by the strong research activities of the Schools. Space environment is covered in detail this year.

  • Space Environment (Engineering and Materials stream) – 10 credits
  • Surface Engineering (Engineering and Materials stream) – 10 credits
  • Materials for Sustainable Environmental Technology (Engineering and Materials stream) – 10 credits
  • Individual Project (Engineering and Materials stream) – 40 credits
  • Forensic Study – 20 credits

Engineering stream

  • Sensing and Control for Autonomous Systems (Engineering stream) – 20 credits
  • Advanced Mechanics  (Engineering stream) – 10 credits

Materials steam

  • Materials Modelling (Materials stream) – 10 credits
  • Self-sensing Materials (Materials stream) – 10 credits
  • Intermetallics, Metal Matrix Composites and Ceramic Matrix Composites (Materials stream) – 10 credits

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

The broad range of topics covered and the emphasis on problem solving activities in the later years will equip graduates for careers in design, manufacture and operation of aerospace structures from traditional airframes and aeroengines to emerging fields such as UAVs and satellites. The programme will prepare suitably able graduates for higher research degrees in these field as well. You could also pursue careers and research opportunities in non-aerospace areas where expertise in advanced materials, manufacturing, structures, aggressive environments and remote communication and control are important.


Graduates from our Materials Science and Engineering courses:

Example employers

  • Rolls Royce
  • AeroEngine Controls
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BMW Group
  • BP
  • Tata Steel
  • Schlumberge,
  • Doncasters Limited
  • Sandvik
  • BAe Systems 


Example careers

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Materials tester
  • Failure analyst
  • Financier
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Materials scientist
  • Teacher