Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Aerospace Engineering)

About Aerospace Engineering at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Aerospace Engineering) is a four-year, full-time degree delivered by the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. You’ll be immersed in the science of aerospace and gain hands-on experience in the new frontier of air and space travel.

This progressive degree covers all aspects of aerodynamics from flight mechanics to propulsion. You’ll gain practical experience in the maintenance and operation of aircraft and aerospace research. Aerospace Engineering study at UNSW is designed around the requirements of future aerospace engineers in Australia and abroad.

When you pursue a career in aerospace, you’ll embark on a truly international professional journey.  As a top-ranking Engineering faculty, you’ll achieve the same depth of understanding at UNSW as professional aerospace training programs in various countries. 

From your first year, you’ll build your knowledge in the design, development, testing and production of aerospace vehicles. In your final year, a team project integrates all aspects of aircraft design to meet a defined mission specification.  

Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Aerospace Engineering) at UNSW 

Engineering at UNSW is known as a leader in engineering education and research. We’ve invested in this standing with a $1 billion refurbishment of our engineering facilities. UNSW is ranked the top Engineering faculty in Australia and #38 in the world based on the latest 2019 QS World University Rankings. We have a five-star rating for employability, helping to guarantee your future on graduation. For the past three years, we’ve had five-star rankings in employability, teaching and research.

Benefits of studying with us:

  • Strong partnerships with industry in education, research, training and employment
  • Learn and explore in best-in-class teaching labs and cutting-edge facilities which have just undergone a $67 million refurbishment including the Willis Annexe and Ainsworth Building
  • Our facilities including a flight simulator, mechatronics research space, a refrigeration lab, six laser labs, machines for tensile and compression testing, an aerodynamics laboratory with four wind tunnels and mechanical workshop
  • A flexible first-year program that offers you a wide choice of electives and five core courses in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Design and Computing 
  • $3 million in scholarships provided each year 
  • Student exchange opportunities are available for over 200 universities around the word 
  • Study options that allow you to gain practical engineering skills working on multidisciplinary and collaborative projects and practical design courses in our ChallEng program.

Gain Practical Training & Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is globally recognised and is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. This degree includes a practical component where you’ll apply your knowledge in practical settings through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas.

UNSW Engineering provides a strong community for past, current and future students as well as industry partners. We host industry and networking events to help students with prospective employers and start to build their professional network.   

Your Career Opportunities

The Aerospace industry is one of Australia’s major exporters of high value-added manufactured goods. Aerospace Engineers use their expertise to design, manufacture and operate flight vehicles but their careers are far more diverse than this sounds.

Choosing aerospace engineering as your specialisation offers you a range of career possibilities. The skills you’ll develop is this degree can be used in a range of industries and are highly sought after industries like automotive and power. Aerospace Engineers that graduate from UNSW can go on to work in design offices, on the manufacturing, testing and repair of aircraft, in regulatory and certification authorities, in defence organisations, in research, in software development companies and much more

UNSW graduates develop rewarding careers across a wide range of sectors, including: 

  • Space
  • Defence
  • Aeronautical
  • Consulting
  • National Security
  • Transportation
  • Airline
  • Maritime Construction

What Our Graduates Say

"I’m fascinated with aircraft, and I wanted to understand how they operate and how they’re manufactured. I chose UNSW due to its reputation, strong ties with the industry, support system and range of societies. My career dream is to become a successful manager of the engineering operations at Qantas."

-    Renee Wootton, UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Aerospace Engineering graduate