Master's Programme in Aeronautical Engineering, 120 credits

This programme offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, actuation and other on-board systems.

Aeronautical Engineering, Master's Programme - Second admission round mainly for Swedish and EU/EEA students

Autumn 2019, Full-time, Linköping

Aeronautical Engineering, Master's Programme

Autumn 2019, Full-time, Linköping

Closed for late application

The aircraft industry faces major challenges in the transition towards sustainable transportation. After graduating from this programme you will be qualified to work independently and take on a leading role in the development of tomorrow’s aircraft. You will be introduced to the entire design process, from conceptual design to the final prototype. Problem-based learning, with frequent use of inter-course discipline examples, is a central part of our teaching. Several courses follow the CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) philosophy. The latter part of the programme involves a project in which these disciplines come together as you and your fellow students will design, build and fly an aircraft, or a subscale version.

Industry affiliations

Linköping is one of few places in the world where aircraft are designed and manufactured. There are several aeronautical and military aviation businesses in the city, such as Saab, the producer of the Gripen aircraft. Our students benefit from our location through close research collaboration between the University, the aerospace industry, and our industry-affiliated teachers.

Contemporary tools

The first year of the programme deals with the fundamentals of aeronautics, such as aircraft design, aerodynamics, engineering system design, product modelling, and aircraft systems and installation. Throughout the programme, progression is important and a mix of elective and mandatory courses prepares you for the thesis in the final semester. The use of contemporary engineering design tools is extensive and necessary in a multidisciplinary field such as aeronautical engineering.

Three profiles

During the studies you will choose one of the following profiles:

  • Aircraft Systems Design
    This profile teaches the holistic design concept, from customer needs to design parameter/characteristics and vehicle performance. This includes several courses focusing on overall and detailed design, but also engineering skills for modelling, simulation, and design analysis. You will also learn about systems engineering, in particular the technology and system architecture engineering of on-board propulsion, electric, and hydraulic systems.
  • Aerodynamics
    The air flow around an aircraft is substantially affecting its performance. In order to achieve acceptable and competitive results, modelling and simulation are vital parts of the development process. In this profile you will study how the flow affects performance and how to systematically improve it using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Learning methodology is central.
  • Aircraft Structures
    Reducing the weight of the aircraft is a classic challenge. The structural modelling, design and analysis of the components, in relation to the strict weight, strength and fatigue requirements placed on these components, are addressed in this profile. The final project involves the design and computational analysis of a component with relevance to the aircraft industry.

Syllabus and course details
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A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition fees can be found by selecting the show more function at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities
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This programme prepares you for a career in the aerospace industry, ranging from conceptual aircraft design and aircraft engineering to related fields such as vehicle engineering or wind turbine engineering. Students will also be prepared for a research career.

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Webinar for prospective students

Watch a webinar about the Aeronautical Engineering programme, recorded in November 2018. It features Ingo Staack, Assistant Professor, and Owais Shahid, a second-year student on the programme.

Student testimonials
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International student ambassadors at Linköping University. Photo credit Anna Nilsen

Andre – Brazil – Current student

”I want to contribute to the development and improvements of aircraft. On my journey, the lecturers at LiU act as supervisors instead of just knowledge providers, requiring everyone to understand the topics by their own means, which leads to valuable discussions and deeper learning. The large amounts of teamwork is a key tool for developing important problem-solving skills. I intend to contribute to the progress of science and technology, and also to pass my knowledge forward. I believe scientific knowledge is still a privilege for very few, and I would like to contribute to eliminating the existing gap.”


(Andre is a student blogger for LiU in Portuguese.)



Former ambassador and alumni of Linköping University.

Dona – India – Recent graduate

”I think what is different about the Aeronautical programme is the industry-orientated projects that we get to work on. In the past year, we have redesigned an existing passenger aircraft, designed a new ‘middle of the market’ airplane as a competition for Airbus, designed an electric ultralight aircraft, etc. Not only are they concepts that the aviation industry is now working on, but some are even futuristic – it will be years before some of the concepts are manufactured.”

Stories from the programme
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Application and admission
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