Student in the Department of Aeronautics

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course offers advanced training in computational methods, the underlying theory and physical principles for aeronautics and other sectors.

About the course


This programme is suitable for applicants who wish to enhance their engineering training or to convert to an advanced engineering discipline from backgrounds in mathematics, physics or computer science.

You will develop specialist skills that are attractive to a broad spectrum of both aerospace and non-aerospace engineering industries.

Through links with industry, it may be possible for projects to be carried out in industry.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The course is taught and administered by the Department of Aeronautics. 

It is assessed both by written examination, including associated coursework, together with a substantial individual research project of about four months' duration.

All lecture modules are optional, although you will be advised of suitable module combinations.

One unit is allocated per 10-lecture module, and the minimum requirement for the award of the degree is the attainment of passes in 12 units and in the individual project (a merit is obtained by passing 12 units and the individual project by achieving 60-69 per cent). 

You are advised to take at least 19 units to be eligible for a distinction, covering the following areas:

  • Advanced Mechanics of Flight
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Aircraft Performance and Flight Mechanics
  • Analysis of Laminated Composites
  • Compressible flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Control theory
  • Finite element methods
  • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics
  • High Performance Computing
  • Hydrodynamic stability
  • Innovation Management
  • Introduction to Flow Control
  • Linear algebra
  • Navier-Stokes equations and turbulence modelling
  • Separated flows and fluid-structure interaction
  • Structural dynamics

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree, preferably in engineering, physics, mathematics or computer science.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • £12,000 full-time
  • £6,000 per year part-time*

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £29,000 full-time
  • £14,500 per year part-time*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply onlineFor full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

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