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Linköping University MSc in Aeronautical Engineering
Linköping University

MSc in Aeronautical Engineering

Linköping, Sweden

4 Semesters


Full time

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Aug 2024

SEK 280,600 / per course *


* only to students from outside the EU, EEA, and Switzerland.


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

The aircraft industry faces major challenges in the transition to sustainable transportation. After graduating from this program 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 interdisciplinary courses, is a central part of our teaching. Several courses follow the CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) philosophy. The latter part of the program 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.

Contemporary tools

The first year of the program deals with the fundamentals of aeronautics, such as aircraft design, aerodynamics, engineering system design, product modeling, and aircraft systems and installation. Throughout the program, 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 Aerodynamics

The airflow around an aircraft is substantially affecting its performance. In order to achieve acceptable and competitive results, modeling 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 modeling, 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.

Aircraft Systems Design

This profile teaches the holistic design concept, from the customer, needs to design parameters/characteristics and vehicle performance. This includes several courses focusing on overall and detailed design, but also engineering skills for modeling, simulation, and design analysis. You will also learn about systems engineering, in particular, the technology and system architecture engineering of onboard propulsion, electric, and hydraulic systems.

Industry affiliations

Linköping is one of the 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. As a student, you will benefit from our location through close research collaboration between the University, the aerospace industry, and our industry-affiliated teachers.



A Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Linköping University is about aircraft design from a broad system perspective. In addition, there are specializations in various subdisciplines.

A graduate from this program will be able to take part in multidisciplinary design processes where technical as well as economical, environmental and sustainability requirements are satisfied.

The program is aimed at students with a Bachelor's degree who would like to extend their knowledge in mechanical engineering and engineering science, into aeronautical engineering. Graduates are suitable for employment in industry, academic institutions, and major research/development laboratories.


Disciplinary knowledge and reasoning

A graduate of Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering

  • has solid foundations in mathematics and engineering science.
  • is able to use a computer effectively to model and analyze engineering problems as well as to visualize results.
  • has specialized knowledge in one area of mechanical engineering.

Personal and professional skills and attributes

A graduate from the Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering

  • has the ability to take a leading role in modern research and engineering.
  • is able to gain competency in new fields of engineering, rapidly and independently.
  • is able to participate effectively in multidisciplinary design teams, either as a team leader or in a specialist role.

Interpersonal skills: Teamwork and communication

A graduate of Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering

  • is capable of teamwork and collaborating actively within the group by sharing in the tasks and responsibilities.
  • is able to initialize, plan, carry out, and evaluate scientific and engineering projects.
  • is able to communicate and to give presentations in English, orally and in writing.

Planning, execution, and presentation of research or development projects with respect to scientific and societal needs and requirements

A graduate of Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering has knowledge about suitable development processes for different kinds of research or development projects and is able to participate and actively contribute to all phases of research or development projects, including identification of needs, structuring, planning, execution and presentation of projects, taking into account the importance of technology in society, including economic, social, and sustainable development.



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