University of Hertfordshire

BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology

While much of this course is common with BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering, this degree specialises in the design of space vehicles, with a particular emphasis on rocket propulsion, space flight control and satellite communication systems. For many of our students, the highlights of the course are the group design projects in the Third / Final Year, where you join with other aerospace students to design a complete aircraft. You’ll also work with astrophysicists to design a space vehicle in conjunction with a major space industry employer.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTECAccess Course TariffIB requirement
112 - 120

BBC - BBB - Grade B Maths and either physics or technology or engineering based subjects, excluding general studies/critical thinking

DMM - DDM  -  Extended diploma in engineering (DMM ) to include Distinction in further mathsEngineering diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at distinction to include maths and science or principles units. Any additional L3 credits must be at merit112-120 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above to include HL Maths and Physics

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/C Mathematics

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

Career prospects for graduates are excellent across the space, aircraft, and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Graduates of this course are strong candidates for employment on projects such as the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles.

Career prospects for our graduates are excellent across the space, aircraft and defence sides of the aerospace industry. Graduates of this course are strong candidates for employment on projects such as the development of missile systems, satellites and space vehicles.

Course Details

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility.

StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible and operates an open-access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

In your first year, you will study the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a modern engineer including principles of flight and aircraft operations. In particular, you will be introduced to computer packages commonly used in aerospace industry.

In your second year, the first year core themes are developed for application in aerospace engineering. You will learn about the design process through both group design and detail design work, and expand your knowledge of aerodynamics, with wind tunnel experiments. You will also have the opportunity to fly at a local flying school.

You may take a placement year if you wish, where you will gain excellent work experience, and this will be followed by your fourth year where for many, the Aerospace Design group project is the climax of your course where they can use your engineering skills and ingenuity to design a complete aircraft in a competitive environment. For others the self-confidence developed during the Individual Major Project that challenges them to research an aerospace relevant topic entirely by themselves using either the University or industrial facilities is the most rewarding part of your degree and can lead to future employment. There is also the opportunity for flying lessons.

Introduction to design
Aerospace technology & industry
Career skills development
Materials and electrical science
Mechanical science
Fluid mechanics & thermodynamics
Engineering mathematics
Engineering applications of mathematics

Dynamics
Aerothermodynamics
Data acquisition and control systems
Project management and product development
Avionics systems
Aerospace design
Computer aided engineering
Career planning
Further engineering mathematics

Control systems
Rocket performance and propulsion
Aerospace performance, propulsion and design
Individual project
Satellite terrestrial communication systems
Careers portfolio
Space dynamics

Optional modules
Industrial placement
Year abroad

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