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Field of Study

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

This dual major combines courses in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study and project work in the aerospace and aviation industry.

Aerospace engineering is concerned with the design, manufacture and operation of aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

You'll study aerospace propulsion, design and manufacturing and then specialise in either the aeronautical or space engineering streams.

You can study topics including flight mechanics, aerospace composites, space engineering, hypersonic aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics.

Graduate job-ready

  • Companies such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, General Electric and Airbus typically employ mechanical and aerospace engineers for their specialist knowledge and technical skills.
  • While studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, you will learn how to apply sophisticated engineering principles to design air and spacecraft using emerging technology in state-of-the-art laboratories, such as UQ Innovate.
  • Access specially-designed, high-tech student interaction centre, Boeing at UQ, and gain first-hand experience in aeronautical engineering.
  • You will learn how to design and manufacture aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, drones, spacecraft and ground support facilities.


1 in Queensland for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering

QS World University Rankings 2022

73 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2022

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Technical assessor

Early-career salary

Aerospace Engineer


Late-career salary

Aerospace Engineer


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics

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