BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering


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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: Aerospace Engineering (2+2, 4+0) BEng (Hons)
  • Types of study: Full-time
  • Duration: Three or four years depending on entry qualifications
  • Start date: September 2020

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years on our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.

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Course overview

The aviation industry is a huge and diverse one, employing engineers across multiple disciplines.  The aerospace engineering degree prepares you for a career in the industry by providing knowledge on how aircraft are designed, constructed, powered, used, and controlled for safe operation.

You will also develop skills in management, airworthiness and aviation regulations through a number of additional courses.

As an aerospace engineer, you could work in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft. You could also work in the technical departments of airlines.

Special features

The BEng Aerospace Engineering course equips graduates with core scientific and engineering knowledge, practical laboratory skills, team working, problem solving and other transferable skills needed to pursue careers as professional aerospace engineers, as well as a diverse range of other career options in the aviation industry.

Graduates will have the status of a professional engineer status and as a result of their international exposure, they will be in demand from a range of aerospace fields locally and globally.

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three or the four-year programme depending on your entry qualification.

For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program.

For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program.

Students have the option to study the whole course in China (3+0 or 4+0) or spend their last two years at The University of Nottingham, UK (1+2 or 2+2).

Preliminary year

In the preliminary year, you will follow a foundation programme designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge for undergraduate study in English medium.

  • CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (20 Credits)
  • CELEN038 The Scientific Method (10 Credits)
  • CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A (10 Credits)
  • CELEN039 Foundation Science A: Physics (10 Credits)
  • CELEN036 Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering (10 Credits)
  • CELEN052 UG English in Specific Academic Contexts B (Engineering; Comp Sci; Env'mental Sci & Architecture) (20 Credits)
  • CELEN082 Oral Communication Skills B (10 Credits)
  • CELEN040 Foundation Science B: Chemistry (10 Credits)
  • CELEN037 Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques (15 Credits)

Qualifying year

The qualifying year takes students with backgrounds in science and mathematics and introduces the fundamental engineering sciences including thermodynamics, basic electricity, and fluid mechanics. Introductory aerodynamics and aircraft design fundamentals are also covered in addition to the development of professional skills. Learning is enabled through a variety of methods from problem-solving skills to tutorials and workshop practices.

  • AERO1000 Aerospace Design and Materials (20 Credits)
  • AERO1001 Aerospace Statics and Dynamics (20 Credits)
  • AERO1002 Aerospace Aerodynamics (20 Credits)
  • AERO1003 Aircraft design and Performance (20 Credits)
  • AERO1004 Professional Engineering and Project 1 (20 Credits)
  • AERO1005 Aerospace Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1 (20 Credits)

Year 3

Part 1 year is spent developing the fundamental engineering sciences into the key processes and operations that are common within the aerospace engineering fields, such as aircraft systems, airframe, propulsion and aircraft structure studies.

  • AERO2000 Aerospace Design 2 (20 Credits)
  • AERO2001 Airframe and Materials (20 Credits)
  • AERO2003 Dynamics and Flight Mechanics (20 Credits)
  • AERO2004 Professional Engineering and Project 2 (20 Credits)
  • AERO2005 Control of Aerospace Systems (20 Credits)
  • AERO2002 Aerospace Aerodynamics and Propulsion (20 Credits)

Year 4

In part 2, the skills and knowledge already gained are applied to more practical engineering problems. Workshop practices are broadly designed using aircraft simulators and various aircraft system operations. Aircraft certification practices, airworthiness issues, project management, business and finance are covered according to the industry requirements.

Part 2 students undertake a group design project that simulates a commercial aerospace industry environment. Therefore, industry-related projects are encouraged.

Compulsory - Students must take all modules in this group.

  • MMME3026 Computer Modelling Techniques (20 Credits)
  • AERO3000 Management, Professional Practice, Certification, Safety and Reliability (20 Credits)
  • MMME3023 BEng Individual Project (40 Credits)

Restricted - Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 credits from this group

  • AERO3004 More Electric Aircraft (20 Credits)
  • AERO3001 Advanced Propulsion
  • AERO3003 Avionic Systems (20 Credits)
  • AERO3002 Advanced Materials (20 Credits)
  • AERO3005 Introduction to Space (20 Credits)
  • AERO3007 Advanced Aerodynamics and compressible flow (20 Credits)
  • MMME3036 Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering (10 Credits)

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These courses are new and as such, it is not possible for them to be fully accredited yet.

However, both at UNUK and UNNC, we are seamlessly working with the relevant professional bodies to ensure full accreditation.

Once the first cohort has graduated, the courses will be accredited by the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society, the UK’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). These are all under licence from the UK’s main regulator known as the UK Engineering Council.

Careers and further study

Once graduated, you will have the status of a professional engineer status and as a result of your international exposure, you can be in demand from a range of aerospace fields locally and globally.

As an aerospace engineer,  you could work in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, or in technical departments of airlines.

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin on our website. If your country is not listed, please email  

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for a three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for the four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for the four-year programme.
Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less