The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

UON program code: 40181

Study a degree in aerospace engineering

Aerospace systems engineering involves a systems approach to the design, efficient operation and modification of high-tech devices for the aeronautical and defence industries. A key challenge for the development of aerospace systems is the need to be as light-weight as possible, yet highly reliable.

What is aerospace systems engineering? Aerospace systems engineering is about understanding and controlling the response of aerospace structures to complex interactions using a broad range of technologies. Students can focus on aircraft structural design and high-performance materials or concentrate on the control of complex interacting aerospace systems.

Why study with us?

  • Real-world insights: Connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • No. 1 in NSW for: overall student satisfaction, overall graduate satisfaction, overall employment, graduate skills and teaching.*
  • Flexible programs: Choose up to 4 courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design, or entrepreneurship. Use these to diversify your studies!
  • We’re No.2 in Australia for overall student experience.*

*Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2017

Aerospace engineering students in an Aerospace lab

90% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World Top 150 ? for civil and structural engineering
No.1 in NSW ? for overall student satisfaction and teaching
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
World top 8 ? for automation and control

What you will study

Become job-ready through four professional practice courses and diversify your skills with four elective pathway courses. Build critical technical engineering skills in:

  • aircraft operations and performance
  • principles of flight and avionics
  • aerospace design and materials
  • embedded systems engineering
  • a final year research project

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Aerospace engineers are typically employed by national and international airlines, aircraft design and manufacturing companies, airworthiness organisations and the Australian Defence Force.

They work on the design, manufacture, performance monitoring, regulation, testing, repair, maintenance and upgrading of aircraft. They can work in research and develop new technologies for aviation, defence systems and space exploration. They may also be involved with procurement, regulation, safety, and certification.

With the selection of appropriate courses in their elective pathways, UON Aerospace Engineering graduates will also be well equipped to take up opportunities in systems engineering, mechanical and mechatronics engineering in other industries.

Typical positions include:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Satellite Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Various positions within aircraft design and manufacturing companies, Australian and international airlines, airworthiness organisations and the Australian Defence Force.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

This program will be seeking provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia in 2018. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Practical experience

Practical experience

All UON engineering students have the opportunity to complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.