University of Glasgow: Aerospace Engineering

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Engineering
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


The Masters in Aerospace Engineering is a multi-disciplinary programme that covers all aspects of modern aircraft design. This involves developing essential knowledge and skills in advanced aerodynamics and aerospace systems. By choosing specific options in the second semester the degree programme can be tailored to provide specialisms in either Aeronautics or Systems.

**September start**
**MSc: 12 months full-time**


Aeronautical Engineering at Glasgow is ranked 7th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2019).

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.

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, structural testing apparatus and computer labs for modelling and simulation.


Modes of delivery of the MSc in Aerospace Engineering 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

- Aerospace Control 1

- Navigation systems

- Simulation of aerospace systems

- Space flight dynamics 1

**Semester 2 optional courses**
**Select a team project from:**
- Aerospace Design Project M *

- Aerospace Systems Team Design Project M

**Select five courses from the following:**
- Aeroelasticity 5 or Aircraft Vibration & Aeroelasticity 4 *

- Autonomous vehicle guidance systems **

- CFD 5 **or** CFD 4 *

- Composite Airframe Structures *

- Fault detection, isolation and reconfiguration **

- High Speed Aerodynamics 4 *

- Intro to Wind Engineering *

- Radar and electro-optic systems **

- Robust control 5 **

- Rotorcraft Aeromechanics 5 *

- Spacecraft Systems II **

- Turbulent Flows 5 *

- Aircraft Handling Qualities & Control 5 * (Enrolment on this course is subject to available numbers on flight test course and may require an additional charge)

signifies courses that constitute the specialism in Aeronautics*
signifies courses that constitute the specialism in Systems**

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career opportunities include aerospace, defence, laser targeting systems, renewable energy, radar development, structural engineering, autonomous systems and systems modelling.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to work for companies such as ALTEN, Iberia Express, UTC Aerospace Systems and ALTEN. Positions include Avionic and Mission System Engineer, Scientist and Graduate Engineer.

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The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


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