Postgraduate taught 

Aerospace Engineering MSc

Aerospace Design Project M ENG5264

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This group project is based on the conceptual design of an aircraft to meet a particular specification. The course will focus on the design of a given aircraft configuration. Students will be given a list of performance specifications required to be satisfied. Subsequently, the group will aim to design an aircraft to satisfy these performance specifications. Lectures which support the design activity will also be provided. As well as the technical aspects, the course develops transferable skills in project planning and execution.


1 hour a week lecture
3 hours a week labs

Excluded Courses





35% group contribution to final report (to be submitted at final presentation)

25% individual contribution to final report (to be submitted at final presentation)

20% group final presentation (including response to questions)

10% group interim report

10% individual record book (to be submitted at final presentation)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ give the students experience in aircraft design using available simulation tools;

■ facilitate a deeper understanding of the importance of aircraft performance and design;

■ enable the students to identify areas where further work is required to assess the viability of proposed aircraft designs.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ execute the conceptual stage of an aircraft design in respect of its stability

■ plan and co-ordinate the activities of a design project

■ implement the necessary phases in the design process and produce the required outcomes of each phase

■ communicate design outcomes to technical and lay readers

■ apply a number of standard methods to various phases of the design process

■ work as an effective member of a small team

■ plan the activities of a group, and provide leadership, so as to achieve specified objectives with limited resources, and by a strict deadline

■ locate and interpret information to support a design project

■ select and use appropriate computer systems to support basic design activities

■ evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and those of their colleagues

■ apply their broad engineering knowledge and skills to unstructured problems

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.