Track: Aerospace Structures & Materials

No structure is indestructible. Time, environment, repeated use, and misuse all take their toll on everyday structures, taking advantage of their inherent weaknesses and bringing them closer to failure. This is not the most comforting thought when walking onto an airplane, but it is a reality that structural designers must face; how do you design something that you don’t want to fail while accepting that it eventually will? The answer is: very carefully!

The challenge structural engineers are faced with is as follows. First, they must understand the raw materials and the level of engineering already applied in their creation. Second, they need to synthesize material behaviour and required structural function into a working design. Third, compromises in the working design need to be made to address manufacturability. Finally, all of this must be completed while continually assessing the impact on the durability and longevity of the final structure. 

What you will learn

The MSc track in Aerospace Structures & Materials aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills necessary to tackle this challenge in an industrial or research environment. From an educational standpoint, you will be exposed to a broad range of courses examining this entire process in the context of the design, manufacturing, and analysis of a composite aircraft wing. This will provide the foundation for subsequent specialization in one of the thematic profiles mirroring the steps in the design challenge described above.

The Track offers five profiles:


for students planning to develop materials from micro to macro level and design state-of-the-art solutions in terms of durability of materials as well as their self-healing capacity.

Visit the Materials profile page for more information. 


students who plan to become structural designers or stress engineers learn to accurately calculate and predict the occurring stresses in structures and come up with clever structural solutions through advanced design techniques and optimization.

Visit the Structures profile page for more information. 


students who aim to become a design-formanufacturing engineer or work in production surroundings and integrate the needs of the design to production and vice versa.

Visit the Manufacturing profile page​​​​​​​ for more information. 


for students who aim to work for air- and spacecraft manufacturers, and regulators and design for and monitor the structural health of structures & materials or work as certification engineers or crash investigator.

Visit the Durability profile page​​​​​​​ for more information. 

Space Structures

for students who aim to work in the rapidly growing space sector as a structural engineer in the design, analysis and verification of spacecraft and launcher structures.

This is a unique profile because the students share several courses with the Space Flight master track. Therefore, students who choose this profile must do so at enrolment.

Visit the Space Structures profile page for more information. 

The Aerospace Structures & Materials track is one of six tracks within the Aerospace Engineering master programme. On graduation, students receive a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace Structures & Materials).