Aerospace Engineering

Learn about aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, systems, flight dynamics, mechanical engineering and computer-aided design.

You'll have access to cutting-edge facilities at our £35m Engineering Innovation Centre. Including immersive and desktop flight simulators, additive manufacturing, intelligent systems and composites workshops. 

Reaching new heights

The sky was no limit for our final year students as they sent a high altitude balloon 100,000 ft above the surface of the Earth.

High altitude balloons can be used for many research purposes. With temperatures of up to minus 60 degrees and a very thin atmosphere, this environment offers a platform to test instruments and materials before making the more expensive journey into space itself.


  • We were awarded Athena Swan Bronze status, in recognition of our direct support for women within the School, enabling women who study with us to transition successfully into industry. The Athena Swan project is a charter scheme, aiming to address issues around gender and diversity.  Our Women’s Engineering Network - a friendly group of women students and staff - regularly meet to explore all aspects of engineering and to offer each other mutual support at university and beyond.

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Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Careers Fair

Why choose us?

  • You’ll get involved with unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for civil applications and in addition, you will learn the principles of flight testing.

  • On our Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies course you will undertake ‘Private Pilot License (PPL)’ theoretical studies in your second year.

  • You’ll work with a range of vehicles and use different types for design, analysis, simulation and test.
Sound interesting?

Student spotlight

After graduating with a First-class degree in MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering this summer, Georgia Green has landed a role with Airbus as a wing structures graduate.

Over her four years at UCLan, Georgia turned her interest in aerospace into a career, overcoming a pandemic and finishing as one of the top graduates on her course. 

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Hear from our students

When doing my third year project I made use of the industry standard wind tunnel laboratory which contains both a subsonic and a supersonic wind tunnel.
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Rory Pagan
MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering Student

Jobs in aerospace engineering

Graduate with a well-rounded education in aerospace engineering, preparing you for a wide range of career options. Bring ideas from concept to flight in various sectors, including aerospace, space, defence, automotive, biotechnology, computing, electronics, energy, and manufacturing.

Future careers in aerospace engineering

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Design engineer
  • CAD technician
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Meet the team

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Dr Abdullah Desai
Senior Lecturer in Aviation and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Computing

Abdullah is a Senior Lecturer in our School of Engineering and is the Course Leader for our Aviation degree programmes. He is a Private Pilot License holder and is research active in Aerospace Engineering. His research focusses on novel design methods across a diverse range of sp…

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Tony Broad
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Tony teaches across a range of Engineering courses with a Mechanical bias, this includes Aerospace, Mechanical, Motorsport, Energy and Computer Aided Engineering courses. Coming from industry, Tony has a wealth of industrial experience and specialises in Computer Aided Design (C…

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