MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING


The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering programme is jointly awarded by Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The programme is conducted in Singapore and it serves to provide graduates with an in-depth knowledge in the field of aerospace engineering, focusing in the areas of aeronautical and space design and research.

The programme is jointly taught by academia from NTU and TUM, who have extensive experience in the latest trends in research and education as well as in global industrial product development and management. The non-technical subjects are taught by experts from the industry, from Asia and Europe alike. Lectures will be held across TUM Asia‘s and NTU‘s campuses in Singapore.

Students who have passed all examinations and satisfied the criteria to graduate will be awarded a joint Master degree from TUM and NTU.

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“In order to pursue a career in the field of my interest, it was necessary to understand the finer nuances of the subject on hand. The Master degree by TUM and NTU did so for me.”
Somen Bhudolia (Graduate, MSc in Aerospace Engineering)

Programme Brochure

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Master of Science degree programme

Aerospace Engineering

Joint degree by TUM & NTU

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All information is accurate to the time of publishing. Last published on 10 October 2015.


DEGREE/FH DIPLOMA* REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for application to the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, an applicant must have completed at least a 3-year** Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Upper Honors or equivalent.

*If you meet the requirements for admissions, please refer to this page (Click on “Required Documents”) for the List of Required Documents for application to our Master of Science programmes.

**Academic requirements may differ for different countries of study. Please write to us at admissions@tum-asia.edu.sg to verify your requirements.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS

As the Master of Science programme’s instruction medium is English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language.

Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following:

  • TOEFL (www.toefl.org): Recent score with a minimum of 605 for Paper-based test or 88 for Internet-based test or 234 for Computer-based test
  • IELTS (www.ielts.org): With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5
  • CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): Grade A, B or C

SPECIAL CRITERIA (China, Vietnam & Mongolia)

Additionally, an Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) certificate is required for applicants with education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. The APS certificate is compulsory if your Bachelor studies was completed in a Chinese, Vietnamese or Mongolian university, irregardless of nationality.

For example, a Singapore citizen who completed his entire undergraduate studies in a Chinese university, and holds a Chinese degree, must sit for the APS test and pass it in order to qualify for admissions to a German university.

If you are making any application to a German university (including the TUM degrees at TUM Asia), the APS certificate is required for all education qualifications from China, Vietnam or Mongolia. If you need more information, please contact our team.

More about APS:

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree is a 24 month full-time programme. Students must complete 16 months of coursework with 2 months of internship and 6 months of Master Thesis / Dissertation to qualify for graduation. In order for a student to graduate, he/she must obtain a minimum overall CAP score of 4,0 or below and CGPA score of 2.50 or above.

An academic warning will be issued to students if their CGPA scores fall below 2.50. There is also a risk of candidature termination for failure in any modules if overall CGPA score falls below 2.50.

Pre-essential Module (Compulsory)

NM6020 Business and Technical English

Lecturers: Ms Tan Mia Huan / Hours: 40 / Semester: 1

Core Modules

MA6611 Structures and Materials

Appropriate structural design and selection of materials, Various structural components of aircraft assembly, Typical loads during flight and structural vibration problems, Various characteristics of aerospace materials and deployment in aerospace structures and aircraft systems.

Lecturers: Prof Sunil Chandrakant Joshi / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

MA6621 Aerodynamics

Introduction, Governing equations, Inviscid and incompressible flows, Viscous boundary layers, Airfoil and wing characteristics, Incompressible flow around airfoils and wings, Dynamics of compressible flow fields, Compressible subsonic flows, Transonic flows, Supersonic flows, Hypersonic flows, Aerodynamic design considerations.

Lecturers: Asst Prof New Tze How, Daniel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

MA6631 Propulsion

Revision of thermodynamics, Fundamentals of aircraft propulsion, Propulsion engines and performance analysis, Propeller engines, Gas turbine engines, Compressors and turbines, Combustors, Engine and airframe integration, Scramjets.

Lecturers: Dr. Andreas Hupfer / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

MA6641 Flight Performance and Dynamics

Basic fixed-wing aircraft performance, Aircraft stability and control, Fundamentals of airplane aerodynamics and propulsion, Performance consideration and handling qualities on aircraft design.

Lecturers: Asst Prof Go Tiauw Hiong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Fundamentals of Aircraft Design

The lecture „Fundamentals of Aircraft Design“ will provide current design methods and basic design tools for the conceptual design and analysis of different types of aircraft.  The students acquire knowledge of systematic procedure of the aircraft design process and should be able to design assemblies with focus on the overall aircraft design as well as the overall aircraft design itself. Due to that, the required aircraft performance, current safety, economic efficiency, comfort and environmental requirements are the basics of the design process. Especially the connection between requirements and their impact on configuration level will be outlined.

Lecturers: Prof. Mirko Hornung / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Laboratory Modules

MA6651 Aerospace Lab

Students will undergo a series of lab exercises from all disciplines of aerospace engineering: Wind tunnel measurements, flight simulator, structures and materials, and computational methods.

Lecturers: Prof. Sunil Chandrakant Joshi / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

MA6652 Design Lab

Students will be given an aerospace related design task. Under the guidance of the lab supervisors, the entire design process will be completed and presented in a final presentation.

Lecturers: Dr Tonse Gokuldas Pai / Hours: 45 / Semester: 1

Focus Area Modules*

There are 3 Focus Areas offered: ‘Aerodynamics and Propulsion’ , ‘Structures, Materials and Aero-systems’ and ‘Flight Mechanics and Control’

Students will choose 3 modules from their Major Focus Area, 2 modules from their Secondary Focus Area, 2 modules from any of the Focus Areas and 2 modules as Electives.

Focus Area 1: Aerodynamics and Propulsion

MA6622 Turbulent Flows

Nature of turbulent flows, Statistical description of turbulence, Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Equations, Free Shear Flows, Scales of Turbulence, Wall Bounded Flows, Direct Numerical Simulations, Eddy Viscosity Approaches to Modelling, Reynolds-Stress Approaches, Large-Eddy Simulations, Turbulent Combustion.

Lecturers: Prof. Zhao Dan / Hours: 45 / Semester: 3

MA6623 Boundary Layer Theory

Derivation of the boundary-layer equations from the Navier-Stokes equations, Incompressible boundary-layer equations (flat, 2-dimensional flows), Temperature boundary-layers, Compressible boundary-layers, 3-dimensional boundary-layers, Stability theory, Laminar-turbulent transition, Turbulent boundary-layers, Experimental boundary-layer research.

Lecturers: Dr Christian Stemmer & Dr Daniel Gaudlitz / Hours: 45 / Semester: 3

MA6632 Computational Fluid Dynamics

Governing Equations, Principles of the Solution of Governing Equations, Structured Finite Volume Schemes, Unstructured Finite Volume Schemes, Temporal Discretization, Turbulence Modelling, Boundary Conditions, Acceleration Techniques, Consistency, Accuracy and Stability, Verification and Validation.

Lecturers: Asst Prof Steven Hulshoff / Hours: 45 / Semester: 3

MA6633 Turbo Compressors

Compressor types and applications, Turbo compressors, Fundamentals of fluid dynamics and calculation methods, Principles of compressor stages, Rotor blades, Stator vanes, Blade profiles, Efficiencies and parameters of compressor stages, Flow similarity and Characteristics, Operating performance, Steady and unsteady operating performance, Measures for stability increase.

Lecturers: To Be Confirmed / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Focus Area 2: Structures, Materials and Aero-systems

MA6612 Plates and Shells

Fundamentals of plate and shell theories, Contemporary analytical methods and powerful numerical techniques for solving challenging plate and shell problems, Fibre-composite materials.

Lecturers: Prof Chai Gin Boay / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

MA6613 Fracture Mechanics and Non-Destructive Testing

Basics of the metal high and low cycle fatigue methodology, Flaw and damage tolerant approaches, Analysis of aircraft metal components, FAA/JAR requirements, Fracture Mechanics for defect assessment, Several Non Destructive Testing Techniques.

Lecturers: Prof. Xiao Zhongmin, Dr. Brian Stephen Wong / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

MA6614 Carbon Fibre Composite Materials

Typical carbon fibre composite materials and structures in military and civilian aircraft, Unidirectional, orthotropic, anisotropic and quasi-isotropic behavior; Classical laminate plate theory; Hygrothermal effects; Introduction to failure criteria; Basics of materials processing; Parameter studies and design steps.

Lecturers: Prof Horst Baier / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

MA6642 Aero-systems

Fuel and fuel systems, Environmental control system (ECS), Bleed air and avionics cooling, Landing gear and hydraulics, Flight control mechanisms for fixed and rotary wings aircraft, Helicopter power transmission system and other miscellaneous systems.

Lecturers: Prof Ng Heong Wah / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Failure Analysis, Diagnostics and Prevention in Aerospace Engineering

In this course, we cover the principles of Failure Analysis, diagnostics and the means to treat/prevent these failures in an interactive manner. The course is specifically targeted to the aerospace industry by the inclusion of aerospace-related case histories and materials, including failures in composite materials. A balanced mix between the theoretical fundamentals and the
practical aspects to failure analysis is taught using lectures. A key component of this course is the class discussions of real cases of aerospace failures. Content:

  • The stress state in a body
  • Modes of failures
  • Modelling of cracked Bodies
  • Fatigue Crack Initiation and Growth
  • Diagnostics of Modes of Failure:
  • Techniques in Failure Prevention
  • Case Studies: All covered topics will be supported by case studies: Examples include the Comet Investigation, Japan Airline 747 Crash, Air Transat F961-Airbus A310, American Airlines F965-Boeing 757 crash, China Eastern Airlines F5210- Bombardier CRJ200 crash, among others.

Lecturers: Prof Shaker Meguid / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

MA6655 Lightweight and Aerospace Structures

Overview on actual aerospace structures, Essentials of typical materials, Requirements for aircraft structures, Current and futures design concepts for fuselage and wing structures, Current and future space structures concepts, Design optimisation techniques.

Lecturers: Prof Horst Baier / Hours: 45 / Semester: 3

Focus Area 3: Flight Mechanics and Control

MA6643 Advanced Flight Dynamics

Advanced treatment of flight dynamics. Linear and nonlinear aircraft equations of motion, Detailed longitudinal and lateral/directional dynamics. Numerical approaches and the application of linear system theory for studying the dynamical properties of flight.

Lecturers: Prof. Tonse Gokuldas Pai / Hours: 45 / Semester: 3

MA6644 Flight Control Systems

Principles of control/stability augmentation systems and autopilots used in modern airplanes, Fundamentals of classical control theory analysis and design, Basic properties of airplane dynamic properties, Control strategy for various augmentation systems and autopilots.

Lecturers: Prof Florian Holzapfel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

MA6645 Advanced Control of Flight Systems

Application of modern control techniques in flight systems, Multivariable state-space and aircraft system representations, Various modern control techniques with applications and implementations.

Lecturers: Prof Florian Holzapfel / Hours: 45 / Semester: 3

MA6656 Spacecraft Technology 1

Rocket Equation, Rocket Ascent, Orbit Mechanics, Chemical/Electrical Propulsion, Kepler Elements, Hohmann Transfer, Re-Entry, Interplanetary Flight, Misson Analysis/Design, Thermal Control, Communication Subsystem.

Lecturers: Dr. Martin Rott / Hours: 45 / Semester: 3

MA6653 Helicopter Engineering

The helicopter design process, Applicable requirements and design objectives,
Helicopter flight physics model, Practical dimensioning techniques, Engine characteristics,
Evaluation of helicopter configurations regarding expectable flight performance,
Structural architecture and design

Lecturers: Prof Manfred Hajek / Hours: 45 / Semester: 2

Cross-Discipline Modules

Students have to choose 2 Cross-Discipline Modules from the following list of modules.

CD5030 Aspects of European and Asian History and Culture

Understanding intercultural aspects, government structures and differences in European and Asian religions in business and private environment. Basic comparison in European and Asian modern history.

Lecturers: To Be Confirmed / Hours: 10 / Semester: 1

CD5031 Cultural, Social and Economical Aspects of Globalisation

To familiarise students with the basic principles on international economics and the problems and issues of the world economy as well as the terms used such as liberalism, mercantilism, free trade, protectionism. Topics on contemporary debate related to globalisation, concepts, theories, goals, and the main actors and the various opponents of a global economy, e.g. nongovernmental organisations, antiglobalisation movement, lobbyists, nationalist movements are covered. Students will also examine the social and cultural impact of globalisation, especially the transformation of local societies throughout the world. Topics are like the spread of religions across cultural borders, the replacement of local culture by popular culture, the impact of science and technology transfer, or the growing ethnic diaspora community worldwide etc.

Lecturers: To Be Confirmed / Hours: 10 / Semester: 1

CD5131 International Intellectual Property Law

This module will give a brief introduction to intellectual property rights, and focus on insights into general principles of patent law and international conventions governing the patent law. Current developments and criticism of the current patent law system will also be addressed. In addition practical (legal) aspects of the commercialisation of patents will be dealt with.

Lecturers: Mr. Martin Schweiger / Hours: 10 / Semester: 1

CD5170 Selected Topics in Business Administration

In this seminar, the fundamentals and basics of business administration are discussed in various examples from companies in Asia and Europe. Starting with the fundamental business theories, we soon come to the hard facts – how to run a company in a competitive environment. What factors make a company successful? How does a company become a global player and what risks exist in the market? How do companies deal with competitors and how do they find out what the marked, i.e. their customers, demand? “Strategic management” is the key to answer these questions as well as “Strategic competitiveness”. We will further discuss the fundamentals in M & A (mergers & acquisitions) – how to estimate the value of a company and a global brand (branding). Diversification contra specialisation – several case studies will point up the different management theories.

Lecturers: Asst Prof Teo Gin Swee / Hours: 10 / Semester: 2

CD5180 Selected Topics in Management Methods

This is an interdisciplinary approach to leadership and management with insights into Sun Tze’s “Art of War” and The Bhagavad Gita, linking Confucian ethics with Buddhist economics, with highlights of idiosyncrasies in doing business in Asia like Feng Shui, hampers and Guanxi. Key aspects of doing business in ASEAN, China and India will also be discussed.

Lecturers: Dr Charles Chow / Hours: 10 / Semester: 2

*Disclaimer: Focus Areas and Elective modules available for selection are subject to availability. Unforeseen circumstances that affect the availability of the module include an insufficient number of students taking up the module and/or the unavailability of the professor. TUM Asia reserves the right to cancel or postpone the module under such circumstances.

Your Internship

After two (or three*) semesters of coursework, all students have to complete a (minimum) two or three month internship with the industry or with an academic institution. It is required for the student to complete an internship related to his or her field of study at TUM Asia.

One can secure an internship in Singapore, Germany, or in any other country in Asia, Europe or the rest of the world. Students who have secured a scholarship with their sponsoring company will undergo their internship in the company (this can be conducted in any branch of the company worldwide). Students without an industrial sponsorship are to look for internships independently and it is expected that all students take an active approach about it. TUM Asia will assist to provide students with any possible internship opportunities, but students are to lead the search for internships themselves.

Master Thesis

The 6-month long thesis work is the culmination of graduate work and an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that students have acquired through course work and research assistant-ships. Through this guided learning experience, students work in collaboration with industry partners or other researchers on a project of mutual interest and may in some cases publish manuscripts resulting from the thesis.

The thesis should be practical-based. Theoretical frameworks or conceptual models may (and should in many cases) guide the research questions. A strictly theoretical paper is not acceptable for a master’s thesis.

Organization of the Thesis

Since the timeline for one’s Master studies is quite short, it is important to start exploring and discussing possible thesis topics as early as possible, recommended to be no later than the end of the first term.

After deciding if the thesis project will be carried out in the industry or an university, the student has to find an university supervisor. Professors or the TUM Asia staff will assist the student in finding the right supervisor depending on the programme, but the ownership of the search is still on the student himself or herself. The supervising professor will be a teaching lecturer from the TUM Asia Master programme.

For the completion of the thesis project, the student will have to prepare a written thesis that will be rated by the university supervisor together with (if applicable) the industrial supervisor.

The purpose of the internship is to provide a structured and supervised work experience, in application to the theory work learnt. It is also a platform to develop soft-skills not learnt in the classroom setting and this will help the students to gain job-related skills and achieve their desired career goals.

There will be an informative briefing session conducted for all students to equip them with the necessary knowledge regarding internship and thesis guidelines of TUM Asia. This briefing will be held during the first (or second*) semester of your studies at TUM Asia.

(*applicable for MSc Aerospace Engineering)

The total tuition fees for the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering programme, if expressed in Singapore Dollar equivalent, are S$ 38,520.00* (inclusive of 7% GST).

The actual tuition fees will be split and paid in two portions – a portion in Singapore Dollars, another portion in Euro. You will be informed of the exact breakdown of the fees into Singapore Dollar and Euro, after you have been accepted into the programme. The tuition fees are to be paid in four instalments as indicated in the table below.

Registration Fee 1st Instalment 2nd Instalment 3rd Instalment 4th Instalment Total
Deadline for payment Upon acceptance of offer 1 July 1 December 1 July
(of the next year)
1 December
(of the next year)
Amount* (expressed in Singapore Dollar equivalent, for reference only) S $3,210.00 S$ 6,423.00 S$ 9,629.00 S$ 9,629.00 S$ 9,629.00 S$ 38,520.00

*Tuition fees are subject to revision due to currency fluctuations at the discretion of TUM Asia. All prices stated above are inclusive of 7% GST.

DISCLAIMER: Note that the tuition fees stated on this webpage are accurate to the Academic Year 2015/16 intake only. Students enrolling in subsequent intakes should only use the total fee stated on this webpage only as a reference.[/vc_column_text]

Please note that the above fees include the following:

  • Matriculation fees at TUM
  • Teaching fees
  • Lab materials and expenses
  • Soft copy files of all teaching materials
  • Excursion and off-campus expenses for mandatory events

In addition to the tuition fee, all registered students will be subjected to the following fees:

  1. Student Visa Processing and Issuance Fee (payable to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore
  2. Examination Fees*
  3. Amenities Fee*
  4. Copy Right Fee*
  5. IT Facilities fees*
  6. Student Registration Fee*
  7. Student Matriculation Card Fee*
  8. Student Medical Insurance Fee*
  9. Sports Fee*

*For no. 2 to 9, the fees are payable to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

The respective amounts and payment instructions will be provided in the Student Agreement to all successful applicants.

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