Dr Ben Evans Senior Lecturer Aerospace Engineering



We asked Dr. Ben Evans, our Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, some frequently asked questions:

What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace Engineering is an exciting discipline that deals with designing, building, analysing and testing machines that fly, such as propeller-driven and jet powered planes, helicopters, gliders and space vehicles. It involves using scientific and engineering principles to understand how things work, how to make them better, solve problems and develop new technology.

What is the course at Swansea famous for?

We are geared towards teaching you how to design aerospace vehicles from a blank piece of paper. Here at Swansea, you are in good hands as we are a world-leader in Computational Methods and Engineering which is essential in the Aerospace industry, giving you an advantage in the working world which has been proven by the employability of our graduates.

How do I know if it's right for me?

If you are an inquisitive person who is always curious about how things work, with an interest in design, maths, and using science and technology to put things in the sky and into space, then Aerospace Engineering is right for you.

What will the course look like?

From Year 1, you are immediately taught Aerospace specific modules and you will learn about Aerodynamics, Aircraft Structures and elements of Design. It’s not generic and it’s not just theoretical learning; you will have a perfect balance of academic teaching and hands-on skills. By Year 3, you will have developed the skills to design an aircraft, build it, and fly it.

Although it varies, you can expect to have approximately 25 hours per week of direct contact time. This includes lectures and practical group work done in labs. You are also expected to do approximately 6 hours per week of independent study to achieve your best on the course.

What jobs can I do when I graduate?

The Aerospace industry is one of the few to have continued growing through the recession, and this is evident in our outstanding graduate employment prospects.

Because Aerospace Engineering students graduate with many transferable skills, there are undoubtedly be many opportunities for crossovers into different sectors and industries. However, many of our graduates usually want and find a career specifically in the aerospace industry with companies such as GE Aircraft, Airbus and Rolls Royce because of their passion for aircrafts.