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Aeronautics and Astronautics / Spacecraft Engineering with Industrial Placement Year

University of Southampton
Program overview
Length: 5 years
Education level: Master's degree
Price: 20,320 GBP
Start dates
September 2019 
September 2020 
September 2021 

Program description

Program description

Aeronautics and Astronautics / Spacecraft Engineering with Industrial Placement Year

Our courses provide you with the fundamentals of engineering, alongside design modules throughout your degree, which enable you to apply your knowledge and develop the skills you need to become a successful engineer.
This course will develop your knowledge of overall spacecraft system design, including subsystems and their interfaces. You will learn to design, examine and test spacecraft systems, as well as their environmental impact. This course provides excellent preparation for a career in the space industry.
The Industrial Placement Year is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The Industrial Placement Year will be taken between your second and third years, extending your degree to five years. During your year-long placement, you will fulfil the role of a trainee engineer on a full-time basis.
We offer our students a dynamic learning environment; your course will include a combination of lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, private study, and individual and group projects.

Admission requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate study which you can find listed below. To find the specific grades and entry requirements required for each course, please contact the University.

    Accepted qualifications typically include:

  • GCE A levels and AS levels
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Access to HE Diplomas
  • BTECs
  • many European and international qualifications
  • combinations of qualifications

If you are taking (or have taken) qualifications not listed on the course pages, admissions tutors will be happy to advise you on entry requirements for the course.

Program content

Course details


The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising aerospace aspects. The second year covers the main aerospace engineering subjects. Towards the end of this year you will take a short course in flight testing, in which experiments are performed on board a Jetstream aircraft. In the third year the course includes an individual project, and allows students to undertake some of our specialist modules. The fourth year includes a group design project and further advanced module options. The Industrial Placement Year is an additional year-long module, that will be taken between your second and third years, extending your degree to five years. Core and compulsory: Year 1: Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Electrical and Electronic Systems, ThermoFluids, Design and Computing, Aircraft Operations and Flight Mechanics. Year 2: Systems Design and Computing, Engineering Management and Law, Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II, Aerodynamics, Astronautics, Engineering Management and Law, Materials and Structures, Propulsion, Mechanics of Flight. Year 3: Individual Project, Aircraft Structural Design, Aerothermodynamics, Aerospace Control Design, Advanced Astronautics, Spacecraft Systems Engineering and Design. Year 4: Group Design Project.

Assessment method

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

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University of Southampton

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SO17 1BJ. Southampton
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