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Study a graduate program in aeronautical engineering

What will I study in a graduate aeronautical engineering program?

Also known as Aerospace engineering, a graduate aeronautical engineering program is the study of the design, construction, and science of aircraft and spacecraft.

It is divided into two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The former deals with craft that stay within Earth's atmosphere, and the latter with craft that operate outside it.

Studying a graduate Aeronautical Engineering program will give you the potential to specialise in a preferred area of interest and gain more in-depth knowledge and experience before moving into your chosen career.

You will be able to study more practical or research based programs, and may get a chance to take part in an internship to begin to use your skills.

Despite being the coolest engineering sector there is, Aeronautical Engineering will also lead you into a variety of well-paid and exciting careers opportunities, working on the science behind aeroplanes and even rocket-ships!

Length of program

Depending on which country you study in, graduate Aeronautical Engineering programs will vary in length. Here are some examples of country and length:
  • UK- 1-2 years
  • US – 2-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years
Many Masters programs lead straight into PhDs, which will elongate your study by normally at least a further two years.

Entry requirements

It will almost always be necessary to have completed a relevant undergraduate course with at least a 2:2 honours before being accepted onto an Aeronautical Engineering postgraduate course.

It will also be beneficial to you if you have completed some relevant professional work experience, as this will enhance your knowledge of how studying leads to a professional job.

If you choose to study in a country with a different first language to your own, you may need to take a language course/test before admitted.

Career development

Working as an aeronautical engineer is a highly skilled profession, and therefore a master's degree is often a professional requirement to progress fully into it.

Specialising in aeronautical engineering or astronautical engineering will determine whether your career path leads into space-craft or air-craft engineering.

With an Aeronautical Engineering Masters you could pursue careers in:
  • Aerospace
  • Defence
  • Renewable energy
  • Control design
  • Structural engineering
To name but a few; however many graduates choose to continue straight into a PhD graduate program, especially if it can be funded by a particular engineering corporation.

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate aeronautical engineering programs varies widely, depending on the country, the institution and the course. Furthermore, you may have to pay higher fees as an international student.

Here are some examples of countries and how much their average aeronautical engineering postgraduate course will cost you:
  • UK £5,000 - £16,000 (national or international)
  • USA - $13,000- $30,000
  • China – RMB 24,000 - 50,000
  • Canada - $17,000 – $25,000

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