Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 14/06/2020
College College Eng and Physical Sci
School Metallurgy and Materials
Department Metallurgy & Materials
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.Eng. Aerospace Engineering Full-time
Programme Code 723C
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations IOM3
Aims of the Programme The programme will provide broad coverage of aeronautical and space engineering during the first two years before specialising in either materials or engineering for the final year(s). The coverage of aspects of space systems continues through years 2 to 4 for both streams of the course to ensure that students have full coverage of all aspects of aerospace engineering rather than concentrating on aeronautical or space engineering.

The broad range of aerospace engineering subjects covered will be related to historical aerospace examples to enable students to analyse a wide range of aerospace systems and applications. The aim is for the student to use these concepts as a foundation to analyse aerospace systems and phenomena fully in order to identify reasons and suggest improvements. These skills will be developed and assessed through various case studies, particularly the third year group project and fourth year forensic study and individual project modules. These case study exercises will involve industrial partners and so will allow more non-technical aspects such as business ethics and environmental aspects to be covered, as well as providing aspects for company visits to provide the students with a well rounded appreciation of the aerospace industry.

The degree programme will make use of the existing and developing links between the Schools and the UK / global aerospace industry, which will ensure full topicality of case studies, forensic, group and individual projects. As with the current Nuclear Engineering group projects, the close involvement of industry in helping to formulate these projects is expected. Short term and long term internments with partner companies and international universities providing aerospace engineering courses will be offered.

Graduates would be expected to progress to work areas specific to the degree programme subject areas in the traditional fields of civilian and military aeroengine and airframe design, manufacture and operation along with the materials and sub-systems involved in them. The increased coverage of avionics and space systems would equip the graduates for employment in the emerging fields of satellites, space mission and UAVs where remote control and communication is required along with the advanced structures and materials needed for these vehicles and their operating environments. The Schools already have strong research links in the fields of propulsion and aerospace materials which would an increasingly number of research (masters and doctorates) degrees in these fields, especially as links with airframe and satellite companies and research institutes are strengthened. The graduates could pursue careers and research in non-aerospace fields where expertise in advanced materials, manufacturing, structures, aggressive environments and remote communication and control are important.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The properties of materials suitable for aerospace applications; their control through composition and processing; their selection for use in aerospace; and their likely failure mechanisms and consequences (BEng/MEng)
The quantitative design of aerospace structures including mechanical and aerodynamic aspects associated with aerospace vehicles and their propulsion (BEng/MEng)
The theory and practice relating to communications and control systems for manned and unmanned aerospace systems (BEng/MEng)
The criteria governing design, manufacture and operation of, communication with and control of vehicles external to the Earth’s atmosphere (BEng/MEng)
The nature and structure of national / international aerospace industries and various technical and non-technical factors affecting them, e.g. safety, ethical, environmental and legislative (BEng/MEng)
Lectures; laboratory demonstrations; laboratory practical classes; tutorials; case studies; and group and individual projects
Examinations; group and individual reports; oral presentations; posters; and vivas
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to analyse complex datasets and relationships in a quantitative manner (BEng/MEng)
The ability to analyse materials; structures; and communication and control systems in order to identify faults and suggest improvements (BEng/MEng)
The ability to clearly and concisely present their findings in a variety of methods (BEng/MEng)
The ability to simulate complex situations using appropriate software (BEng/MEng)
Work effectively as part of a group of mixed specialists (BEng/MEng)
Carry out an individual extended piece of work including recommending analysing results (including in the light of previous reports) and recommending future study / work (MEng only)
Analyse literature reports and summarise findings (BEng/MEng)
Adjust to a new culture (year abroad version only)
Improve the use of a foreign language in a non-English speaking country (year abroad version only)
Take personal responsibility for acting in a professional and ethical manner (year abroad version only)
Subject-specific learning outcomes are dependent upon the modules that are undertaken at the host institution, but are not required for accreditation. (year abroad version only)
Lectures; laboratory demonstrations; laboratory practical classes; tutorials; case studies; group and individual projects; Year Abroad module (Year abroad version only)
Examinations; group and individual reports; oral presentations; posters; and vivas.

Year Abroad module - The student is expected to undertake assessment in accordance with normal practice at the host institution.(Year abroad version only)