BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

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Key information


BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2022


Aerospace / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2, 4+0

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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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. The preliminary year enables you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

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

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 prospectus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum requirements for our preliminary year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any element.

The minimum requirements for our qualifying year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element.

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “admission” is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. If your parents or guardians provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

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 will have career opportunities in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft or within 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, and a diverse range of other career options in the aviation industry.

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

Course structure

The degree is offered as a three of 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 programme.
  • For international students, with relevant qualifications, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year programme.

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).


These courses are new, and as such, they can't 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 primary regulator known as the UK Engineering Council.

Year 1 modules


The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This special English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.

Year 2 modules


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 

AERO1001 Aerospace Statics and Dynamics 

AERO1002 Aerospace Aerodynamics 

AERO1003 Aircraft design and Performance 

AERO1004 Professional Engineering and Project 1 

AERO1005 Aerospace Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1 

Year 3 modules


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

AERO2000 Aerospace Design and Manufacture

AERO2001 Airframe and Materials 

AERO2003 Dynamics and Flight Mechanics 

AERO2004 Professional Engineering and Project 2 

AERO2005 Control of Aerospace Systems 

AERO2002 Aerospace Propulsion 

Year 4 modules


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.

AERO3009 Computer Modelling Techniques

AERO3000 Management, Professional Practice

AERO3010 BEng Individual Project

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

AERO3004 More Electric Aircraft 

AERO3001 Advanced Propulsion

AERO3003 Avionic Systems 

AERO3002 Advanced Materials  AERO3005 Introduction to Space AERO3007 Advanced Aerodynamics and compressible flow
MMME3036 Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering    

Careers and further study

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

As an aerospace engineer, you will have career opportunities in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, or the technical departments of airlines.


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

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.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0574) 8818 0182

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China