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:

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).

MSc programme per September 2022

As per September 2022, there will be some changes in the distribution of credits in the master programme of Aerospace Engineering. The aim is to offer more flexibility and a clearer distinction between the two years of the master’s programme. In the first year, the focus will be on building your foundational knowledge, and in the second year on preparing for your professional career and graduation work. The changes will only apply to incoming students starting from September 2022. Students starting in September 2021 or already in their Master's programme will continue to follow the current programme. More information about these small changes will follow in September 2021.