MSc in Aeronautical Engineering

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The program will enable graduates to have the ability to develop creative and innovative solutions to technical problems using their engineering expertise. Using their knowledge of aeronautical engineering, they will be able to apply new technological developments to the design, manufacture, testing, operation and maintenance of aircraft.

The main objectives of this Master’s program are the following: 

  • To provide graduates with a detailed knowledge of advanced methods in aeronautical engineering, including theoretical foundations, computational and experimental methods and engineering applications.
  • To meet the industrial need of graduates with the above qualities at Master’s level.
  • To make known the opportunities offered by current research in Aeronautical Engineering and its application to current practice.
  • Comply with the requirements of Engineers Ireland for a master’s degree in an engineering discipline as a minimum educational standard for the status of Chartered Engineer.
  • Improve the existing educational base and employment prospects of graduates.

Career options

Potential careers for graduates are very broad and include all elements of aerospace, automotive, engineering design, advanced manufacturing and construction.

Program structure

The programme is offered with four core modules, three of which represent the research project for the programme and advanced technical communication for engineers. Depending on the electives chosen, students will receive an MSc in a specialised area, aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, aerostructures, aerospace computational methods or a general aeronautical engineering degree.

Semester 1 – Fall

  • Research project
  • Advanced technical communication for engineers

Four optional subjects * to choose from:

  • Boundary layer theory
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fundamentals of continuum mechanics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Aerospace metallic materials
  • Composite aircraft structures
  • Aircraft Flight Simulation and Dynamics
  • Aerodynamics 2

Semester 2 – Spring

  • Research project

Four optional subjects * to choose from:

  • Introduction to heat transfer
  • Propulsion systems
  • Microfluidics
  • Advanced CFD
  • Aircraft control systems
  • Engineering mechanics of plastics and composites
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Advanced Aircraft Structures
  • Non-linear FEA
  • Fundamentals of Aircraft Leasing

Semester 3 – Summer

  • Research project

It may happen that an elective module may not work if there are not enough numbers.

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement for the programme is an Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) (Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in Aeronautical Engineering, or related field.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognised equivalent).

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