MSc Engineering (Aeronautical)

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1YR (FT)
  • Location Wrexham
*Subject to re-validation
Two students sitting in the flight simulator, while another student leans in to look at the screens

Course Highlights


to state-of-the-art Merlin flight simulator. 


design, analysis and simulation software. 


include subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels and rapid prototyping.

Why choose this course?

Aircraft aerodynamics and handling performances are always the most important and challenging aspects for aircraft designs, particularly with the consideration of advanced materials and advanced aircraft technologies. The MSc Engineering (Aeronautical) will help to advance your knowledge within this fascinating sector.

  • Students will have access to state-of-art facilities, including a Merlin Flight Simulator for design purposes and testing their own aircraft.
  • You will learn and use cutting-edge design, analysis and simulation software: MATLAB/Simulink, CATIA v5, ANSYS, and ABAQUS, and will have access to subsonic and supersonic wind tunnel facilities and rapid prototyping facilities. 
  • As well as being located nearby to Airbus, one of the largest aircraft companies in the world, Wrexham Glyndŵr University has close links with aviation industries such as Rolls-Royce, Raytheon and Magellan. 

Key course features

  • The MSc Engineering (Aeronautical) will enable students to develop a deep understanding and solid skills in aerodynamics and aerodynamic design of aircraft.
  • Grasp detailed knowledge and application principles of composite materials and alloys.
  • Critically review and assess the application and practice of advanced materials in modern aircraft.
  • Model and critically analyse aircraft flight dynamic behaviour.
  • Apply modern control approaches for control-configured aircraft.

What you will study


  • Engineering Research Methods & Postgraduate Studies
  • Engineering Design & Innovation
  • Engineering Systems Modelling & Simulation
  • Advanced & Composite Materials
  • Structural Integrity & Optimisation
  • Applied Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics
  • Dissertation

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

An honours degree with at least a 2:2 classification or equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline or relevant professional experience.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be assessed throughout your course through a variety of methods including portfolios, presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills.

Independent learning is promoted through guided study or feedback given to students.


The taught element of the programme, Part One, will be delivered in two 12 week trimesters, each trimester having a total of 60 credits to complete.

You will cover 6 taught modules, which include lectures, tutorials and practical work on a weekly basis. The expected timetable per module will be a total of 200 hours, which includes 40 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours and 160 independent study hours.

Part Two will then take a further 15 weeks, having a notional study time of 600 hours. 


For the January intake, students will study the three specialist modules first during the second trimester from January to May. The three core modules will be studied in the first trimester of the next academic year from September to January.

On successful completion of the taught element of the programme, students will progress to Part Two, with their dissertation project to be submitted in April/May.


The taught element, Part One, of the programme will be delivered over two academic teaching years. 80 credits or equivalent worth of modules will be delivered in the first year and 40 credits or equivalent in the second year. The part-time students would join the full-time students with lectures and tutorials/practical work during one day on a weekly basis.

The dissertation element will start in the second trimester taking a further 30 weeks, having a total notional study time of 600 hours. 


Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The course equips you with a thorough knowledge and skills in engineering at the forefront of new and emerging technologies. Graduates will be well placed to become subject specialists within industry or to pursue research careers within academia.


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for MSc Engineering (Aeronautical) are £5940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding section. 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.


Subject to re-validation

As part of its continuous quality assurance and enhancement, the University reviews its courses on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect the needs of students and employers. Periodic review of the existing programmes is required every five years and major changes may be made to the programmes during the re-validation process. As soon as the programmes are re-validated the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of courses that are still ‘subject to re-validation’ are approved by the validation process; however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section