BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

The course

UCAS code
H3A1
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

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

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Overview

Register your interest for September 2023: This programme is new for September 2023 subject to final approval. You can register your interest now before applications are officially open via the link above.

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

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

This four 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 mechanical engineering degree, which is highly respected by industry and employers because it builds capacity to solve problems, analyse engineering components, and design solutions to real-life challenges.

In Year 3 and Year 4 our Aerospace Engineering degree becomes progressively specialised. In these years you will study courses related to the aerospace industry including electronics, structures, wind tunnel testing, supersonic aerodynamics, flight dynamics, aviation design and manufacture. 

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 buidling 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.

Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Mechanics, Fields and Forces
  • Intro 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 Mechanical 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

  • Electrical Power and Machines
  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics A
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 4

Year 3

Year 3 and Year 4 introduce specialist courses in Aerospace Engineering covering topics such as: 

electronics, structures, wind tunnel testing, supersonic aerodynamics, flight dynamics, aviation design and manufacture.  

Year 4

Year 3 and Year 4 introduce specialist courses in Aerospace Engineering covering topics such as: 

electronics, structures, wind tunnel testing, supersonic aerodynamics, flight dynamics, aviation design and manufacture.  

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Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 

  • Highers AABB (including Mathematics and Physics with one at A)
  • A-Levels BBC - ABB (including Mathematics and Physics BB)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points (including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DMM in Engineering
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Eng Mathematics 1 and Eng Mathematics 2)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including B in Mathematics and Physics or Engineering Science at B )
  • 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

Year 2 entry to BEng Aerospace Engineering is available for September 2024 onwards

  • Advanced Highers AB (including Mathematics and Physics plus Highers at AABB)
  • A-Levels AAB (including Mathematics and Physics with one at A)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points (including Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 6)
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC, Eng Mathematics 2 and Eng Mathematics 3)
  • Global College Successful completion of Bachelors Degree Accelerator Foundation - Engineering and Science

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £20,584

* 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

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
View details about the Heriot-Watt University Bursary

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.