MSc Aeronautical Engineering

Linköping University
4 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Application deadline: January 16th

About this program

MSc Aeronautical Engineering

This program offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, actuation and other on-board systems.

The aircraft industry faces major challenges in the transition towards sustainable transportation. After graduating from this program you will be qualified to work independently and take on a leading role in the development of tomorrow’s aircraft. You will be introduced to the entire design process, from conceptual design to the final prototype. Problem-based learning, with frequent use of interdisciplinary courses, is a central part of our teaching. Several courses follow the CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) philosophy. The latter part of the program involves a project in which these disciplines come together as you and your fellow students will design, build and fly an aircraft, or a subscale version.

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Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university.
  • 30 ECTS credits in mathematics/applied mathematics and/or application of mathematics relevant for the program.
  • A course in basic programming.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.

(Exemption from Swedish)

The deadline for submitting the online application is the 16th of January. The deadline for submitting all supporting documentation is the 1st of February. Documents that are submitted after the deadline will make the whole application late, and possibly not considered for most of the programmes.

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Program content

Semester 1

Period 1

  • Aircraft and Vehicle Design
  • Aerodynamics

Period 2

  • Introduction to Computational Mechanics
  • Engineering Systems Design
  • Flight Mechanics

Semester 2

Period 1

  • Aircraft Conceptual Design
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering
  • The Finite Element Method; advanced course
  • Advanced materials and the environment
  • Composite materials
  • Multi Body Dynamics and Robotics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Period 2

  • Aircraft Conceptual Design - Project Course
  • Damage Mechanics and Life Analysis
  • Metals for lightweight applications
  • Composite materials
  • Product Modelling
  • Road Vehicle Dynamics
  • Mechanics, second course
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, advanced course
  • Aerodynamics, Continued Course

Semester 3

Period 1

  • Prototype Realization - Project Course
  • Mechanics of Light Structures
  • Collaborative Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Vibration Analysis of Structures
  • Gas Turbine Engines
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics

Period 2

  • Aircraft Systems Engineering - Project Course
  • Aircraft Structures - Project Course
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Model-based System-of-Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Materials - Deformation and Fracture
  • Structural Optimization
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics - Project Course
  • Computational Heat Transfer

Semester 4

Period 1

  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Period 2

  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Linköping University (LiU) offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding international students. For some programs and nationalities, it is also possible to apply for a scholarship through the Swedish Institute. There are also other funding opportunities for studies in Sweden.

For more information, please visit the website.


SEK 252000 - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.


Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, 120 credits

Career paths

After graduation you will be prepared for a career within the aerospace industry, ranging from conceptual aircraft design to aircraft engineering. You will be capable of taking on leading roles and working independently. Alternatively, you can work in related fields such as vehicle or wind turbine engineering, or you may opt to continue your career within academia.

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Linköping University 

Linköping University (LiU) was granted university status in 1975 and today has 37,600 students (full-time equivalents 19,200), including 2,000 international students. In 2022, LiU landed on spot 38 of the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s young universities. This is...

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Why study at Linköping University

Linköping University welcomes students from all over the world, and English is widely spoken everywhere by its 2,000 international students, or about 6% of its student population. Many doctoral students and researchers are international.

We rank highly: LiU has been named as one of the world’s 200 best universities in education, materials science, sociology and electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Good prospects: A degree from LiU makes you a highly sought after employee. An impressive 88% of our students are employed within 18 months of graduating.

Research that makes a difference: What makes Linköping University special is the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies as well as a number of truly cross-disciplinary study programs.

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