Aerospace Engineering is always at the forefront of technological developments. The AE department of FHWN strives to offer students the educational environment and the tools they need to tackle challenging topics and remain pioneers in engineering.

Key Facts

Academic Degree
Academic Degree
Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
Language
Language
English
Ects
ECTS
120
Campus
Campus
Campus 1 Wiener Neustadt
Duration
Duration
4 semesters
Start
Study Start
September
Mode of Study
full-time
Admission days
Ongoing
Tuition fees
EUR 363.36 + EUR 21.70 student union fee per Semester
Study places available
25
Application deadline
EU citizens: June 30, 2023; Non-EU citizens: March 31, 2023
Mandatory work placement/Internship
No

TROGON - High-Tech-Transportdrohne made in Wiener Neustadt und CLIMB - von Wiener Neustadt ins All

Highlights

  • Full-time study programme in Austria
  • Taught entirely in English
  • State-of-the art research facilities
  • International projects with active student participation
  • High-performance computing
  • Excellent career opportunities

Occupational Fields & Career

An education in Aerospace Engineering opens up many professional possibilities. State of the art education and the implementation of modern methods, materials and tools makes graduates highly sought-after in various industries. Our graduates work in various aerospace related companies (Diamond Aircraft, Schiebl, Airbus, OHB etc.) as well as in the automotive, energy, communication and additional fields (Magna Steyr, Siemens etc.) in all sorts of positions (R&D, management etc.).

  • Research and Development
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Innovation Manager
  • Sales and Customer Service
  • Consultant
  • Fields: Aerospace, Aircraft and Aeronautics, Automotive, Communications, Mobility industries

Practice Perspectives

This engineering program is designed such that you can apply your knowledge while studying. Participation in pioneer projects (advanced aircraft designs, CubeSats) gives you extensive hands-on experience. Industrial and ESA-funded projects allow plenty of opportunity to make your mark. In addition, we cooperate closely with the R&D company FOTEC and their Aerospace Engineering business unit.

All about Internships

The master's programme in Aerospace Engineering does not have a mandatory internship. However, it is highly recommended to use the summer break between 2nd and 3rd semester for an internship. It often provides a good chance for a Master thesis topic or a job after graduation.

What the Experts say

Dr. Alexander Reissner

CEO and Founder ENPULSION

"As a fast-developing company in the aerospace sector we need the brightest engineers available to succeed and grow. Our close cooperation with the Aerospace Engineering department gives us immediate access to such people with great potential."

DI (FH) Helmut Loibl, MSc

CEO FOTEC

"Under contract with the European Space Agency, FOTEC is developing the technology for tomorrow for the Aerospace Industry. This is the perfect environment for students to learn and develop their skills already during their studies at the FHWN."

Flagship Projects

TROGON

Aircraft Design Studies

The Aerospace Engineering Department of the FH Wiener Neustadt participates in aircraft conceptual design projects for the transport of people and goods.

CLIMB over Earth

CubeSat Programme

Development, launch and operation of CubeSats for educational and scientific purposes.

Goce

ESA Development Projects

The Aerospace Engineering Department and the R&D company of the FHWN are conducting several R&D projects financed by ESA. Based on the success of the US mission MMS for which FOTEC provided 32 ion sources.

Study Insights

Curriculum

COURSES
30 ECTS
Adv. Math., Statistics & Optimisation (includes 3 ECTS for practical/laboratory sessions)
6
CAD for Aerospace Projects
5
Adv. Finite Element Computation (includes 3 ECTS for practical/laboratory sessions)
7
Aerospace Project Management & System Engineering
2
Quality Management in Aeronautics
2
Aerospace Players & Trends 1
2
Physics of Flight
3
Computational Fluid Dynamics
3
COURSES
30 ECTS
Aerothermodynamics 1
3
Satellite Technologies
3
Aircraft Design (includes 3 ECTS for practical/laboratory sessions)
7
Aircraft Systems & Technologies
4
Autonomy & Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
3
Space Propulsion
3
Junior Team Project
3
Lightweight Construction
3
Composites Manufacturing Processes
1
COURSES
30 ECTS
Aerothermodynamics 2
3
Air-breathing Propulsion
3
Senior Team Project
5
Space Applications (Telecom/Nav/RS)
3
Space Mission Analysis and Design (includes 3 ECTS for practical/laboratory sessions)
7
Dynamics of Flight & Flight Control
3
Spacecraft Environment & Interactions
3
Aerospace Materials & Processes
2
Aerospace Players & Trends 2
1
COURSES
30 ECTS
Master‘s Thesis / Seminar
3
Master‘s Thesis
27

Entry Requirements & Admission

An engineering degree is required as a pre-requisite to apply for this master's degree programme (Aerospace eng., Applied eng. etc.): Detailed information

  • 30 ECTS or more in core engineering topics (mathematics, mechanics, thermo- and fluid dynamics etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL: 95 points; IELTS Academic: 7.0 score)
  • Upload your application at: onlinebewerbung.fhwn.ac.at
  • You will receive an invitation to an interview in English on campus or online
  • Written feedback within the two weeks following the interview

Detailed information & entry requirements

Application Deadlines: EU citizens: June 30, 2023; Non-EU citizens: March 31, 2023

FAQs

The study course Aerospace Engineering at the FHWN is a unique opportunity to both learn the theoretical basics of aerospace as well as applying them. The various projects offered in the course of studies and/or in cooperation with the European Space Agency and industry allow you to gain relevant practical experience already during your studies. During your entire studies at the FHWN, you will be supervised by experts from industry and research who will ensure that you are up to date in your education.

Traditionally, engineers with an aerospace education work in almost all technical fields. This also applies to our former students. Our alumni work for Airbus, OHB, Diamond Aircraft, RUAG, TTTech and other aerospace companies as well as for companies dealing with power electronics, alternative energies, automotive industry, robotics and many other topics. Indeed, an education in aerospace opens doors to the world.

The Aerospace Engineering department has three laboratories which are actively used in the programme. They are available to students for projects. The equipment of the laboratories for aerospace engineering includes several vacuum chambers, test facilities for the development of satellites (Helmholtz coil, thermal vacuum chamber, sun simulator etc.). In the field of aeronautics, a test rig for drone propellers and a wind tunnel (open construction, wind speeds up to 12 m/s) are available. An in-house laboratory is used to manufacture parts made of fibre composites and to carry out material tests. Based your interests we would look forward to your cooperation in these projects.

Yes, aerospace is inconceivable without mechatronics, mechanical engineering and electronics. Both numerically and experimentally, there are many different ways to combine your existing knowledge with the contents of the Master's program. Among other things, the two project courses in the second and third semester are ideal for this purpose.

The aerospace master’s programme is THE place for all those who are interested in propulsion systems for space travel. With our research facility FOTEC and on behalf of ESA and the European Commission, we carry out trend-setting research projects in the field of space propulsion systems. We are so successful that we founded a start-up in 2018 (https://www.enpulsion.com/) which is internationally acclaimed.

We use several software packages for flow calculation: through our university license you have access to both ANSYS flow solvers. Additionally, we also use open-source codes and software under the GNU-GPL license. OpenFOAM, SU2, Xfoil, XFLR5 are given as examples. Different public domain codes of NASA are also used if required. Since the simulation of flows is a focal point of the course, you will receive personal peer-to-peer support on your way to becoming a CFD expert.

Our education license for ANSYS gives you access to all ANSYS structure solvers.

Orbital calculations are performed with the commercially available software STK. STK enables detailed and highly realistic planning of space missions including all propulsion maneuvers, link budgets, power budgets and much more. In addition, you will learn how to calculate collision probabilities (space debris) using the DRAMA software. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the open source software CEA to calculate combustion processes in a chemical space propulsion system.