My first year at University of Bristol was simply just above average. First year of Aerospace Engineering was filled with so much theory and practicals and I personally found it very challenging. We had the privilege to study other mandatory units from other departments like Mechancial Engineering and Engineering Maths. Luckily, first year did not count towards my overall degree and it simply a taster of what comes next.
Second year was the most challenging among all four years. It was hard due to increased content of theory and complexity of mathematics and physics. This is the year which united all specialized fields such as Aerodynamics, Flight mechanics and Control, and Structures and Materials. Each specialization can be focused on fixed wing, rotary wing and space.
Thrid year was a bit more relaxing than 1st and 2nd second years. It involved individual research projects, group projects and optional units where we can choose whatever topic that we wish to study. However, the choice for individual projects are limited and the performance of 2nd year results siginificantly affects the choice. Courseworks were lot harder than 2nd second year and far more technical than you can actually imagine.
Fourth year was on harder but not as hard as second year. At this point everyone must have specialized in Aerodynamics, Flight mechanics and control or Sturctures and Composite materials. Aerodynamics involves more CFD simulations and programming, Flight mechanics and control focused on Matlab programming and structures and composites materials focused on experiments and FEA modelling. Group projects and Individual projects again worth 70 credits in total and the rest the credits are purely optional.
Overall, the course content was perfectly made but the lecture style and problem sheet presentations were not up to standards. Improvements are being made over the past 2 years. I would highly recommend this degree to any with interest in space, aircrafts, helicopters and UAVs. Pure maths, physics and coding skills are highly recommended before stepping into university.