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What is the Course about?

Aerospace engineering covers the design and development of all types of aerial and space vehicles. Aerospace engineers bring concepts to reality by applying the principles of engineering to the design, manufacture and operation of highly-sophisticated technologies for use in aviation and space. Engineers work as part of a team using mathematical tools to predict the performance of these vehicles, and perform aerodynamic and structural analysis on evolving designs.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering is structured to provide students with a real-world aviation work environment. SETU Carlow has an on-campus aerospace centre comprising a fleet of different fixed and rotary wing aircraft, a modern avionics / UAS laboratory, Garmin equipped flight simulator (Cessna 172), and a wind tunnel for aerofoil design and analysis. These unique facilities ensure students have the very best learning environment, combining theory with practical hands-on experience. Students use industry standard design tools such as SOLIDWORK, ANSYS and MATLAB to design, analyse and simulate flights of aerial vehicles. The programme provide students with skill sets in the areas of aerodynamics, propulsion, aircraft computer networks, flight dynamics, control systems, aircraft leasing, embedded systems and individual / team design projects. In year three of the programme, students complete a work placement module within the engineering sector.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in the design and analysis of aerial vehicles. Then this may be the programme for you.

Special Features:

  • Access to evolving fleet of aircraft at the SETU Carlow campus Centre for Aerospace Engineering
  • Exit Awards - Higher Certificate in Aircraft Systems (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2. Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Year 1

Module Name Semester
Aircraft Anatomy and Design 1 (M) Semester1
Aviation Science 1 (M) Semester1
Avionics Fundamentals 1 (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 1 (M) Semester1
Management and Communications (M) Semester1
Aircraft Anatomy and Design 2 (M) Semester2
Aviation Engineering Practice (M) Semester2
Aviation Science 2 (M) Semester2
Avionics Fundamentals 2 (M) Semester2
Engineering Mathematics 2 (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Module Name Semester
Avionics 1 (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 3 (M) Semester1
Human Factors in Aviation (M) Semester1
Project 1 (Avionic) (M) Semester1
Propulsion Systems 1 (M) Semester1
Aviation Construction Materials and Hardware (M) Semester2
Aviation Maintenance Practices (M) Semester2
Engineering Mathematics 4 (M) Semester2
Mechanics of Materials 1 (M) Semester2
Project 2 (Mechanical) (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Module Name Semester
Electrical Propulsion (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 5 (M) Semester1
Introduction to Space Engineering (M) Semester1
Mechanics of Materials 2 (M) Semester1
UAS Technology (M) Semester1
Industrial Studies (M) Semester2
Work Placement (M) Semester2
Development Project (Engineering) (E) Semester2
Aircraft Structures (E) Semester2
Aircraft Systems (E) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Module Name Semester
Aerodynamics and Computational Analysis (M) Semester1
Conceptual Design (M) Semester1
Embedded Systems (M) Semester1
Flight Mechanics (M) Semester1
Research Project (Engineering) (M) Semester1
Aircraft Stability and Control (M) Semester2
Aircraft Structural Mechanics and Analysis (M) Semester2
Computer Networks for Aircraft (M) Semester2
Technical Aircraft Leasing and Management (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may apply to undertake either the taught Masters in Flight Test Engineering (MEng) or the research masters at SETU Carlow or another third-level institution.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Aerospace engineers work in many different aspects of the aerospace industry which can involve air vehicle design, engineering analysis, flight testing and software development of avionic and flight systems.


Course Leader

Mr Gerard Gibbs


Call: +353599175459

Email: [email protected]