Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering (MRO)

The Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering (MRO) is delivered in partnership with Kingston University, based here at our AeroAcademy in Cambridge.

The course is available as a two-year full-time programme. Graduates can apply for roles within the aviation industry or go on to a ‘top-up’ programme to complete a full honours degree which is approved by the Royal Aeronautical Society as an IEng accredited programme. The ‘top-up’ can be completed in 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time) at Kingston Universities Roehampton Vale campus.

How it works

Although our foundation degree students are part of Kingston University, all the training for the foundation programmes takes place at our AeroAcademy – part of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Head Office site here in Cambridge. The final year ‘top-up’ is completed at Kingston University in London.

The course

You will study:

  • the essential mathematical, physical and scientific facts, concepts, theories and principles that underpin engineering in general and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul engineering in particular;
  • the aircraft, maintenance and overhaul industry (EASA Part 145);
  • the roles, responsibilities and legal obligations of aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul engineers and the effects of them exercising their engineering judgement;
  • knowledge of typical aircraft systems;
  • aircraft manuals and documentation, how they are used and how to use them correctly and effectively; and
  • the need for ensuring a professional working ethos and environment and how human and environmental factors affect airworthiness and flight safety of aircraft.

You will also gain important research and communication skills, both oral and technical report writing.

Find out more about the foundation degree on the Kingston University website.

Entry requirements

There are two routes to the course: directly into the first year of the degree, or – if you don’t meet the minimum year one requirements you can apply for the one-year pre-course. On successful completion of the pre-course you can then progress onto the Foundation Degree programme.

Full entry requirements are detailed on the Kingston University website.


We are always on the lookout for talented people who can help take Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group forward. The course will prepare you for a range of aviation careers, and although we cannot guarantee employment with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, many of our graduates have gone on to engineering and management roles within the industry.

International students

The acceptance of international students is being reviewed. You are advised to apply.

How to apply

Applications for this course should be submitted via UCAS (Institution code K84, course codes H403 and H411). For more information contact AeroAcademy on 01223 294917.