Top Aerospace Engineering Universities in 2021-2022

About Aerospace Engineering : 

Aerospace engineering, also called aeronautical engineering, or astronautical engineering, is a field of engineering concerned with the design, development, construction, testing, and operation of vehicles operating in the Earth’s atmosphere or in outer space. In 1958 the first definition of aerospace engineering appeared, considering the Earth’s atmosphere and the space above it as a single realm for development of flight vehicles. Today the more encompassing aerospace definition has commonly replaced the terms aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering.

Aerospace Engineering is aimed at imparting sound knowledge in the fundamental areas of the discipline and also expose students to advanced applications of this knowledge. This necessitates accurate theoretical and experimental analyses of a variety of phenomena, and performance predictions of a variety of complex systems. Aerospace Engineering is the discipline which is closest to what is popularly known as Rocket Science.

 Duties of a Aerospace Engineer : 

Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design. Aerospace engineers typically do the following:

  • Direct and coordinate the design, manufacture, and testing of aircraft and aerospace products
  • Assess proposals for projects to determine if they are technically and financially feasible
  • Determine if proposed projects will result in safe operations that meet the defined goals
  • Evaluate designs to see that the products meet engineering principles, customer requirements, and environmental regulations
  • Develop acceptance criteria for design methods, quality standards, sustainment after delivery, and completion dates
  • Ensure that projects meet quality standards
  • Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to identify sources of problems and possible solutions

Aerospace engineers may develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and spacecraft. They often specialize in areas such as aerodynamic fluid flow; structural design; guidance, navigation, and control; instrumentation and communication; robotics; and propulsion and combustion.

Qualities of a good Aerospace engineer :

The work environment is multidisciplinary, so a clear understanding of how aerospace engineering relates to other engineering disciplines is essential. Given the frequency of international partnerships, language skills are useful and the ability to work as part of a team is crucial. Aeronautical engineers must also have:

  • strong mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills
  • technical expertise
  • creativity and innovative thinking
  • attention to detail
  • a strong awareness of safety issues
  • communication skills, both verbal and written
  • project and time management skills
  • a commitment to keeping up to date with technical developments
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Popular degree Aerospace Engineering :

Bachelor:

Aircraft Engineering Astronautical Engineering
Aviation Engineering Commercial Aviation Engineering
Aerospace Engineering (Hons)  Aero Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Space & Satellite Engineering
Aeronautical Engineering

Master:

Space Engineering Aerospace Systems Engineering
Earth & Space Physics Aviation & Aerospace Management Mechanical & Aerospace Spacecraft Design Engineering
Aircraft Engineering Aviation & Aerospace Sustainability Engineering
Aerospace Control Engineering Aerospace Computational Engineering

PhD:

PhD in Aerospace Engineering PhD in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

Duration of Aerospace Engineering degree :

Country Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering Masters in Aerospace Engineering PhD in Aerospace Engineering
USA / CANADA 4 YEARS 2 YEARS 3 – 6 YEARS
GERMANY / UK / AUSTRALIA 3 – 3.5 YEARS 1 – 2 YEARS 3 – 6 YEARS
OTHER COUNTRIES 3 – 4 YEARS 1 – 2 YEARS 3 – 6 YEARS

Career options after Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering :

Aerospace engineer CAD Technician
Design engineer Maintenance engineer
Manufacturing systems engineering Materials engineer
Aircraft Engineer Aeronautical engineer Aircraft Production Manager Astronautical engineer

Average Salaries for Aerospace Engineering graduates :

USA – 84,912 USD

Canada – 76,879 CAD (61,394 USD)

UK – 36,553 GBP (50,577 USD)

Germany – 58,828 EUR (70,664 USD)

Australia – 80,687 AUD (62,269 USD)

Top 50 Universities in the world for Aerospace Engineering based on ranking (QS/THE/Other) :

Rank QS Rank THE Rank Shanghai University Name Country Bachelor courses Master courses
1 4 13 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA Click here Click here
2 3 18 Stanford University USA Click here Click here
3 6 20 University of Cambridge UK Click here Click here
4 1 Harvard University USA Click here Click here
5 15 37 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) SINGAPORE Click here Click here
6 5 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) USA Click here Click here
7 21 9 Delft University of Technology NETHERLANDS Click here Click here
8 14 40 Imperial College London UK Click here Click here
9 12 46 National University of Singapore (NUS) SINGAPORE Click here Click here
10 2 University of Oxford UK Click here Click here
11 16 12 Tsinghua University CHINA Click here Click here
12 19 5 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor USA Click here Click here
13 9 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology SWITZERLAND Click here Click here
14 12 8 Georgia Institute of Technology USA Click here Click here
15 Politecnico di Milano ITALY Click here Click here
16 EPFL SWITZERLAND Click here Click here
17 7 7 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) USA Click here Click here
18 30 RWTH Aachen University GERMANY Click here Click here
19 35 39 Shanghai Jiao Tong University CHINA Click here Click here
20 33 10 Purdue University USA Click here Click here
21 32 30 The University of Tokyo JAPAN Click here Click here
22 27 28 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology SOUTH KOREA Click here Click here
23 24 16 Technical University of Munich GERMANY Click here Click here
24 9 42 Peking University CHINA Click here Click here
25 KTH Royal Institute of Technology SWEDEN Click here Click here
26 39 Seoul National University SOUTH KOREA Click here Click here
27 KU Leuven BELGIUM Click here Click here
28 26 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HONGKONG SAR Click here Click here
29 46 The University of Manchester UK Click here Click here
30 Politecnico di Torino ITALY Click here Click here
31 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) JAPAN Click here Click here
32 11 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) USA Click here Click here
33 37 Northwestern University USA Click here Click here
34 31 McGill University CANADA Click here Click here
35 34 Zhejiang University CHINA Click here Click here
36 KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology GERMANY Click here Click here
37 20 Ecole Polytechnique FRANCE Click here Click here
37 Eindhoven University of Technology NETHERLANDS Click here Click here
37 38 29 Pennsylvania State University USA Click here Click here
37 8 Princeton University USA Click here Click here
37 22 15 University of Texas at Austin USA Click here Click here
42 Technical University of Denmark DENMARK Click here Click here
42 28 23 University of Toronto CANADA Click here Click here
42 43 Xi’an Jiaotong University CHINA Click here Click here
45 25 Cornell University USA Click here Click here
45 35 Cranfield University UK Click here Click here
47 Universität Stuttgart GERMANY Click here Click here
48 23 19 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA Click here Click here
49 Kyoto University JAPAN Click here Click here
50 Chalmers University of Technology SWEDEN Click here Click here
17 Yale University USA Click here Click here
18 Carnegie Mellon University USA Click here Click here
20 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne SWITZERLAND Click here Click here
29 Columbia University USA Click here Click here
31 University of Science and Technology of China CHINA Click here Click here
35 University of California, Santa Barbara USA Click here Click here
40 University of California, San Diego USA Click here Click here
41 47 Johns Hopkins University USA Click here Click here
42 University of Hong Kong HONGKONG SAR Click here Click here
42 UCL UK Click here Click here
44 University of Wisconsin-Madison USA Click here Click here
45 University of British Columbia CANADA Click here Click here
46 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) SOUTH KOREA Click here Click here
48 33 UNSW Sydney AUSTRALIA Click here Click here
49 Duke University USA Click here Click here
50 University of Washington USA Click here Click here
1 Beihang University CHINA Click here Click here
2 Northwestern Polytechnical University CHINA Click here Click here
3 National University of Defense Technology CHINA Click here Click here
4 Harbin Institute of Technology CHINA Click here Click here
6 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics CHINA Click here Click here
11 Beijing Institute of Technology CHINA Click here Click here
14 University of Maryland, College Park USA Click here Click here
16 Technion-Israel Institute of Technology ISRAEL Click here Click here
20 University of Southampton UK Click here Click here
22 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University USA Click here Click here
24 Sapienza University of Rome ITALY Click here Click here
25 University of Naples Federico II ITALY Click here Click here
26 University of Colorado at Boulder USA Click here Click here
27 University of Bristol UK Click here Click here
32 The Ohio State University – Columbus USA Click here Click here
34 University of Florida USA Click here Click here
36 Polytechnic University of Milan ITALY Click here Click here
38 Texas A&M University USA Click here Click here
41 RMIT University AUSTRALIA Click here Click here
44 York University CANADA Click here Click here
45 Tohoku University JAPAN Click here Click here
48 Polytechnic University of Turin ITALY Click here Click here
49 The University of Glasgow UK Click here Click here
50 University of Surrey UK Click here Click here

Top universities for Aerospace engineering in continent (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia) :

In Africa there are more than 15 Universities offering Aerospace Engineering out of which none of them are in TOP 10 World rankings.

In Asia there are more than 100 Universities offering Chemical Engineering out of which National university of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore & Tsinghua University in Beijing China are in TOP 10 World rankings.

In Europe there are more than 50 Universities offering Aerospace Engineering out of which University of Cambridge in UK, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, University of Oxford in UK, Imperial College London in UK are in TOP 10 World rankings.

In North America there are more than 100 Universities offering Aerospace Engineering out of which Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA, Stanford University in USA, University of California Berkeley in USA  are in TOP 10 World rankings.

Top universities for Aerospace Engineering in USA, CANADA, UK, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA  :

Top universities for Aerospace Engineering in United States of America

Rank QS Rank THE UniversityName Bachelor courses Master courses
1 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Click here Click here
2 2 Stanford University Click here Click here
3 1 Harvard University Click here Click here
4 4 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Click here Click here
5 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Click here Click here
5 California Institute of Technology Click here

Top universities for Aerospace Engineering in Canada

Rank QS Rank THE UniversityName Bachelor courses Master courses
1 3 McGill University Click here Click here
2 1 University of Toronto Click here Click here
3 2 University of British Columbia Click here Click here
4 4 University of Waterloo Click here Click here
5 Université de Montréal
5 University of Alberta

Top universities for Aerospace Engineering in United Kingdom

Rank QS Rank THE UniversityName Bachelor courses Master courses
1 University of Cambridge Click here Click here
2 2 Imperial College London Click here
3 1 University of Oxford Click here Click here
4 4 The University of Manchester Click here Click here
5 Cranfield University Click here
3 UCL
5 University of Edinburgh Click here Click here

Top universities for Aerospace Engineering in Germany

Rank QS Rank THE UniversityName Bachelor courses Master courses
1 2 RWTH Aachen University Click here
2 1  Technical University of Munich
3 4 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Click here Click here
4 Universität Stuttgart
5 3 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
5 TU Dresden

Top universities for Aerospace Engineering in Australia

Rank QS Rank THE UniversityName Bachelor courses Master courses
1 1 The University of New South Wales Click here Click here
2 4 The University of Melbourne
3 2 The University of Sydney Click here Click here
4 3 Monash University Click here Click here
5 5 University of Queensland Click here Click here

FAQS : 

Admission Requirements for Aerospace Engineering Universities :

Bachelors

  • Students must have studied Physics & Mathematics in last 2 years of High School,
  • Students with more than 90% in high school can aim at TOP ranked Universities,
  • SAT Score of 1400 & above may be required for admissions to Universities in USA & CANADA,
  • Students should aim at securing 6.5/7 bands in IELTS or 110 in TOEFL to prove their English Proficiency

Masters

  • Students must have studied Physics, Mathematics related majors in Bachelor degree,
  • Students with 80% & above or 4 out of 5 GPA can aim at TOP ranked Universities,
  • A High GRE score of 325 and above may be required ,
  • Students should aim at securing 6.5/7 bands in IELTS or 110 in TOEFL to prove their English Proficiency

Application Deadlines for Aerospace Engineering Universities :

  • For TOP ranked universities, the application process is competitive and hence it is advisable to start the process at least 9 months in advance.
  • For all other universities, the application process must be completed at least 3-6 months in advance.

Other related majors and subjects:

  • Spacecraft Engineering,
  • Rocket Propulsion Engineering,
  • Astronomical Science Engineering,
  • Aircraft maintenance Engineering,
  • Aerodynamics Engineering,

Bachelors

Masters