1. 2016 Entry

Aeronautical Engineering  MEng (Hons)

The MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering course will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in the global aerospace industry, working to improve the efficiency, reliability, safety and sustainability of future aircraft.


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Why study Aeronautical Engineering at City?

  • The course has been developed to educated you in the design, analysis and testing of aeronautical and aerospace vehicles and associated technology.
  • The course is designed in collaboration with industry, which is directly reflected in the emphasis on the professional and transferrable skills you will learn.
  • You will be given the opportunity to undertake a year of industrial placement, which is a great way to get first-hand experience of the aeronautics industry.
  • The integrated MEng (Hons) degree offers the most direct route to achieving CEng professional registration.
  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
  • Graduates typically work with major aircraft or aerospace manufacturers, such as Airbus or BAE Systems, managing the design, maintenance or modification of an aircraft or an aerospace system.

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Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level - 360 UCAS tariff points, including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A. 'A' Level Physics preferred.
  • IB - 35 points, 6 in higher Mathematics.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

H403 MEng (Hons), H405 MEng (Hons) with professional placement.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level - 360 UCAS tariff points, including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A. 'A' Level Physics preferred.
  • IB - 35 points, 6 in higher Mathematics.


GCSE English Language grade C (or equivalent).

* PLEASE NOTE: If you are an overseas applicant, you must apply for an ATAS Certificate as part of the acceptance process onto this course. Further details regarding ATAS can be located from the following website:

Other Suitable Qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Engineering and Mathematics. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each components, or
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Full-time: 4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

Year one 

Year one provides a broad foundation in engineering concepts with a slant towards real-world applications.

Year two

The second year puts increasing emphasis on aviation-related skills such as aircraft design.

Year three

The course becomes more specialised with a choice of subjects. As well as the group design project mentored by industry experts, the individual project allows you to investigate a subject of particular interest to you.

Year four

This year provides a multidisciplinary view of engineering design, creativity and innovation in problem-solving. You will also have the opportunity to select a greater number of specialised subjects at Masters level and a foreign language module.

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules include:

  • Engineering practice 1
  • Engineering science 1
  • Mathematics and computation 1.

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Engineering practice 2
  • Engineering science 2
  • Mathematics and computation 2
  • Aeronautical analysis and design.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Individual project
  • System reliability and safety
  • Engineering practice 3
  • Dynamics of flight

Elective modules include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft structures
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Flight dynamics
  • Gas turbine engineering.

Year four

Core module:

  • Engeneering management

Elective moduels include:

  • Aerodynamics of wing and bodies
  • Structural dynamics and aeroelasticity
  • Aircraft structural analysis
  • Airworthiness and maintenance
  • Air transport operations
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Gas turbine engineering.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered as lectures, tutorials, group design, practical session and field trips. A combination of analytical, experimental, group interactive education and learning techniques encourage independent study, teamwork, communication, creativity and critical thinking.

Courses are reviewed regularly to respond to the priority needs of the engineering marketplace, meeting the requirements of the Engineering Council. The courses are led by academic staff from the Fluid Dynamics Research Centre, supported by relevant specialists and visiting staff from industry.

Assessment is by coursework and examinations. Group learning, teamwork and communication skills are assessed by design group studies, reports and presentations. Practical and technical communication skills are assessed through laboratory work, data analysis and project reports.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


You may choose to complete an industrial placement year after the second or third academic year. Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. Selecting a placement year could also count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification.

The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects. In our latest survey shows that from students undertaking placement:

  • 64% are employed (from which 60% permanent contracts and median salary of £25,000)
  • 21% are undertaking further study
  • 3% work and study

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2013/14

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

This course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and provides a path for graduates to gain Chartered Engineer status.

Aeronautical engineering graduates work in all areas of the aircraft and airline industries and in other high-tech industries such as motor manufacturing and offshore oil and gas extraction. Careers in aeronautical engineering in the UK are provided by larger companies such as AgustaWestland Helicopters, Airbus, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and QinetiQ and by many successful small companies that supply components and services. Some graduates move on to a career in flying.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Aeronautical Engineering, including:

Aeronautical Engineering

UCAS code: H403 MEng (Hons), H405 MEng (Hons) with professional placement.

* PLEASE NOTE: If you are an overseas applicant, you must apply for an ATAS Certificate as part of the acceptance process onto this course. Further details regarding ATAS can be located from the following website:

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You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


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