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Aerospace engineering is all about flight, whether that’s planes, helicopters or rockets.

Mechanical engineers with a major in aerospace engineering design fuel-efficient aircraft that cut emissions, design the fleets of satellites that power modern GPS technology, and create the next generation of spacecraft for missions to Mars and beyond.

You'll learn how to design and manufacture aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, drones, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

This dynamic major incorporates industry-based project work to help ensure graduates future-proof their careers through the development of powerful industry connections and professional networks.

Employment opportunities are available locally, domestically and globally and include Boeing, Airbus, Gilmour Space, Nova Defence, Northrop, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Defence Science and Technology and BAE Systems.

This major is available to study within the mechanical engineering specialisation.


1 in Queensland for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering

QS World University Rankings 2021

85 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2021

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:

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

Early-career salary

Aerospace Engineer


Late-career salary

Aerospace Engineer


How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Aero Design and Manufacturing
  • Flight Mechanics and Avionics
  • Aerospace Propulsion

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In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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