Aeronautical engineering

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Aeronautical engineering involves the design, analysis, development, construction, maintenance and operation of flight vehicles. An aeronautical engineer needs a sound understanding of the mathematics, physics, computer science, materials science and design philosophy involved in this field.

Aeronautical engineers apply their skills in a variety of cutting-edge areas in the global aerospace industry. They also lead the way in many other fields of science and technology, so graduates of this field are also in demand in other areas, including low-speed aerodynamics such as automobile design, navigation systems, and computer operation and software engineering.

We offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in this field, including exciting opportunities in research.


At undergraduate level, we offer a four-year Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) degree program, while a five-year combined degree program with project management, arts, science, commerce, law, music or medical science is also available.

Our undergraduate programs are accredited by Engineers Australia.

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At postgraduate level we offer an aeronautical coursework program as part of the Master of Professional Engineering.

We also offer research programs leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.

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The key research areas we focus on include: aircraft design, biomaterials and biomechanics, combustion, computational fluid dynamics, design optimisation, energy production, field robotics, flight mechanics, fluid dynamics, materials and manufacturing, navigation and control, rheology, smart structures, structural mechanics, thermofluids, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight systems and flight control and navigation systems.

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