MEng Aerospace Engineering

The course

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5 years
Delivery type

Heriot-Watt University has launched a brand-new degree in the thriving discipline of Aerospace Engineering, expanding on established degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical and electronic engineering. Apply now for September 2023 through UCAS.


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Why study Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace Engineers design, develop and build aircraft, spacecraft and satellites. It is one of fastest growing specialisms in engineering thanks to advancements in commercial space exploration, drone technology, low carbon technologies and aerospace commerce. 

Our new undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering combines the core disciplines of mechanical engineering with specific applications to aerospace engineering, taught with a strong focus on the current and future needs of the aeronautical industry.

If you study Aerospace Engineering at Heriot-Watt University you will become part of our history of excellence in engineering. We teach engineering to reflect the needs of society and industry so that our graduates enter the workplace with the key skills and personal attributes they need to thrive in the real world. 

Aerospace Engineering: Degree at a glance

MEng Aerospace Engineering provides you with the core skills and specialist knowledge you need to launch a thriving career as an aerospace engineer.

This five-year degree in Aerospace Engineering starts with courses from across our engineering degrees to ensure you gain a foundation of essential knowledge.

In Year 1 and 2, you will study courses from our established mechanical engineering degree, respected by industry and employers for the way it builds capacity to solve problems, analyse engineering components, and design solutions to real-life challenges. You will also be introduced to key concepts from Aerospace Engineering.

Year 3 and Year 4 provides the opportunity to expand your knowledge in Aerospace Engineering with an Aerospace Group Design Project and specialist optional courses such as Spacecraft Engineering, Industrial and Sustainable Aerodynamics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies and Aerospace Simulation.

In Year 5, the courses in Aerospace Engineering become progressively specialised and you will complete a Major Aerospace design project.

Our expertise: best university for engineering

We were ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh in REF 2021, which classed 96% of our research output as ‘world-class’.

In recent years, Heriot-Watt University has achieved excellent rankings across engineering disciplines. The Times and Subject Times Good University Guide 2021 ranked us:

  • 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Chemical Engineering
  • 2nd in Scotland and 10th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

Aerospace Engineering learning environment

This degree develops specialist aerospace knowledge through practical work as well as theoretical study. You will learn to use facilities including wind tunnels and a supersonic test rigs as well as industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics, finite element, and computer aided design.

Our large-scale Mechanical Engineering lab space is used for practical work in dynamics, materials and design and includes manufacturing equipment, 3D printing, and workspaces for curricular and extra-curricular projects

GRID, our new multi-discipline hub on the banks of our very own campus loch, is a building which embraces our learn by doing ethos within the school. It provides students with equipment, technology, and space for personal and group work and includes 3D printers, laser cutters, design space, electronic and mechanical facilities.

Team Aero-Watt: Heriot-Watt's UAS Champions

Since 2021, students from Heriot-Watt University have volunteered to take part in Team Aero-Watt. This is a cross-discipline group of students who share a passion for aerospace engineering and work together to compete in IMechE’s Annual UAS Challenge. In 2021, Team Aero-Watt won best newcomer and gained 3rd place overall from a field of over 30 universities at the UAS Challenge. 

In 2022, the team built on their expertise and produced an even more impressive vehicle, progressing from a plane to a quadcopter which was one of the only designs to successfully perform a transition from vertical take-off to horizontal flight. They earned 7th place overall against a highly-competitive field of 29 international universities.

Careers in Aerospace Engineering: Be a High-Flyer

Recent developments in the aerospace industry have expanded the number of traditional and specialised engineering careers available to students with knowledge of aerospace and aeronautical engineering. These opportunities have emerged in addition to ‘traditional’ careers in aircraft technologies, vehicle dynamics and propulsion, and other key areas.  

Our BEng Aerospace Engineering degree places emphasis on the technical and business aspects of engineering, ensuring our graduates are rounded, industry-focussed engineers prepared to tackle the challenges of the next generation of aerospace technologies.


Aerospace Engineering is one of the fastest growing specialisms in engineering thanks to recent technological advancements. This degree will feature all our key engineering courses as well as specialist courses in Flight Performance and Instrumentation, Aerospace Design and Spacecraft Engineering. We will teach with the needs of the aerospace industry in mind, so you are fully employable by the time you graduate.

Dr Michael Crichton, Programme Director, MEng Aerospace Engineering

Course content

Subject to change.

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Mechanics, Fields and Forces
  • Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering in Context 1
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1

Semester 2

  • Waves and Matter
  • Mechanical Engineering in Context 2
  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Design and Manufacture 2
  • Fluid Mechanics A
  • Mechanics of Materials A
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3

Semester 2

  • Flight performance and instrumentation
  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics A
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 4

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Aerospace Group Design Project 1
  • Fluid Mechanics B
  • Data science for scientists and engineers
  • Mechanics of Materials B

Semester 2

  • Aerospace Group Design Project 2
  • Vibration Analysis & Control Engineering
  • Thermodynamics B

One from:

  • Spacecraft engineering
  • Industrial and sustainable aerodynamics
  • Energy Studies

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dynamics 1
  • Fluids 1
  • Project 1
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies or Aerospace Simulation

Semester 2

  • Project 2
  • Fluids 2
  • Dynamics 2
  • Flight testing

Year 5

Semester 1

  • Major MEng Aerospace Design Project 1
  • Professional and Industrial Studies
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials 1

Semester 2

  • Major MEng Aerospace Design Project 2
  • Rocket Science and Orbital Mechanics
  • Aeroelasticity

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Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AAAB (including Mathematics and Physics with one at A)
  • A-Levels BBB - AAB (including Mathematics and Physics)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM in Engineering
  • HNC A in graded unit (including Engineering Maths 1, 2 and 3)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science BB)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics and Physics with one at B)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers AB (including Mathematics and Physics plus Highers at AAAB)
  • A-Levels AAB (including Mathematics and Physics with one at A)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points (including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 6)
  • HND AA (Engineering Maths 1,2,3 and 4)

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (in relevant HND, Eng Mathematics 3 and Eng Mathematics 4)

Additional information


Tuition fees for 2024 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £24,048

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional costs

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