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I am confused by the Universities courses. Say I want to follow a career of Astronautic engineering, but the Uni offers Aeronautic/Aerospace engineering. I researched them and they are considered different fields. The question is, if I apply to aeronautic engineering in Loughborough University( or any other), would I be able to specialise in astronautic engineering?

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You don’t really specialise at a BEng level, but you can choose modules and suggest your own projects, even use your year in industry, to focus on your specific interests.

I studied mechanical engineering, but I currently work in, and focussed my optional module/project choices on, biomechanical/medical engineering.

It may be worth comparing the modules across universities, they should be viewable on their websites. The only other thing I would recommend, is to check the courses are accredited by the IMechE. Loughborough is accredited.
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I would recommend looking into the course structure of the courses that you're interested and seeing what optional modules there are available and if there are any astronautic engineering modules available. Astronautic engineering is quite specialist, so there may not be many degrees that are specifically focused on that, but it would be something you could go into with a general aerospace engineering degree so don't worry too much and most degrees cover pretty similar things.

If you're really hoping to do astronautics then another thing worth doing is looking up what research the uni does as that will give a good idea of what kind of projects will be available to you in 3rd or 4th year. Another thing you could potentially do is do a 3 year BEng Aerospace then specialise with a separate MSc in Astronautic Engineering.
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You don’t really specialise in anything at a BEng, but really just gain an engineering background. Aerospace/aeronautical would be a good undergrad to get into this profession, but you can pretty much do any MSc engineering degree with any undergrad, provided the degree is certified/Accredited by royal academy of engineers. E.g you could do a BEng in electrical engineering and do an MSc in biomedical engineering to become a biomedical engineer.
A good course of action is to look at prospective career requirements in the area you are looking at, such as look at Lockheed Martin aerospace devision and see what requirements are needed for a grad entry engineer, you’ll probably find it’s quite vague such as ‘ requirements: BEng and an MSc or MEng in relevant engineering discipline. Preferred requirements: MSc aerospace engineering, or PhD/DEng or equivalent.’

(Original post by daniksafin)
I am confused by the Universities courses. Say I want to follow a career of Astronautic engineering, but the Uni offers Aeronautic/Aerospace engineering. I researched them and they are considered different fields. The question is, if I apply to aeronautic engineering in Loughborough University( or any other), would I be able to specialise in astronautic engineering?

Thank you <3
You don’t really specialise in anything at a BEng, but really just gain an engineering background. Aerospace/aeronautical would be a good undergrad to get into this profession, but you can pretty much do any MSc engineering degree with any undergrad, provided the degree is certified/Accredited by royal academy of engineers. E.g you could do a BEng in electrical engineering and do an MSc in biomedical engineering to become a biomedical engineer.

A good course of action is to look at prospective career requirements in the area you are looking at, such as look at Lockheed Martin aerospace devision and see what requirements are needed for a grad entry engineer, you’ll probably find it’s quite vague such as ‘ requirements: BEng and an MSc or MEng in relevant engineering discipline. Preferred requirements: MSc aerospace engineering, or PhD/DEng or equivalent.’
hope this helps you out a bit
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(Original post by daniksafin)
I am confused by the Universities courses. Say I want to follow a career of Astronautic engineering, but the Uni offers Aeronautic/Aerospace engineering. I researched them and they are considered different fields. The question is, if I apply to aeronautic engineering in Loughborough University( or any other), would I be able to specialise in astronautic engineering?

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Hi daniksafin,

I would recommend you sign up for our June Open Days that have gone virtual this year, so that you can speak to our staff and students about our Aeronautical Engineering course and the opportunities this presents you with.

Best Wishes,
Emily
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Astronautics is a very niche field so people would tend to go from degrees in other disciplines of engineering and beyond into it rather than from a more closely related degree.

Aerospace degrees do typically have some space content and there are some unis which are relatively closer to the space industry (the 4S: Surrey, Strathclyde, Southampton, and Sheffield). These universities, and others, don't necessarily have that much space content in the degree itself but that's not a massive deal because there are a myriad of space related competitions which you can take part in and are a lot more advantageous for getting into the space industry.

I would consider that in the UK, and anywhere you can work in without being a permanent resident or citizen for that matter, the space industry is much more focused on satellites than other aspects. This means that most jobs are more tailored towards EEE and Computer Science graduates, and while you'll still have a decent chance with a space-related degree, it's not necessarily the best option.
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