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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.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018

Duration

4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 (2017/18 fee. Fees for 2018/19 entry TBC)*

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,500 (2017/18 fee. Fees for 2018/19 entry TBC)**

UCAS code

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

Application period

From September 2017

Until 15th January 2018

Who is it for?

This course prepares students for an exciting and rewarding career in the global aerospace industry, working on manned and unmanned aircraft and spacecraft projects. This degree places particular emphasis on encouraging and enabling students to be innovative in their engineering design.

Objectives

The course is designed in collaboration with industry, which is directly reflected in the emphasis on the professional and transferrable skills you will learn. The MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree has been developed to educate you in the design, analysis and testing of aeronautical and aerospace vehicles and associated technology.

City was the first institution in the UK to introduce Aeronautical Engineering courses. The department has strong links with industry (local, national and global), maintaining partnerships through research projects and student placements. You will have the opportunity to undertake a year of industrial placement, which is a great way to get first-hand experience of the aeronautics industry.

Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study. The design exercises provide the opportunity for students to be engaged in cross-disciplinary challenges, preparing the way for tackling larger problems that span traditional engineering boundaries.

Accreditation

Royal Aeronautical Society logoInstitution of Mechanical Engineers logo

Accredited regularly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RaeS), on behalf of the Engineering Council, as fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: AAA (including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology).
  • Tariff: 144 UCAS tariff points, including 'A' Level Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology. Read more about the new UCAS tariff from September 2017.
  • IB: 34 points total, including Higher Level Mathematics and Physics at grade 6.

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English.

If you are an overseas applicant, you must apply for an ATAS Certificate as part of the acceptance process onto this course. See further details regarding the ATAS certificate.

Other suitable qualifications

  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

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 of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Engineering and Mathematics.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

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 component.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City'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.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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More about fees

* The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

** The tuition fee for Non-EU students is £16,500 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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Placements

The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies.

Our team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure professional experience across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations

You can undertake a summer internship at the end of each academic year or opt to spend a year on an industry placement at the end of your third year - if you are on the MEng (Hons) route.

Placements are paid, and are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. Undertaking a placement year could also count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to; achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

MEng students are strongly encouraged to take a 12-month industrial placement between the end of year three and the start of their final year. Specialist advisors within the School are in regular contact with companies to assist students in finding suitable work experience. Student s are paid while on placement and are visited by their personal tutor during this time. Following placement, students more fully appreciate the context and relevance of their university studies and gain a greater understanding of the industry they are about to join. This valuable experience may count towards the requirements for a professional engineering qualification.

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Our London location

At the heart of cosmopolitan London City is perfectly situated in the vibrant area of Clerkenwell. Close to many innovative and well-known businesses with strong ties to our students and alumni, City is the ideal place to be as an engineering student.

Academic facilities

students in an engineering lab

Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics courses benefit from recently redeveloped facilities with modern teaching lecture theatres equipped with the latest interactive AV systems and modern IT laboratories which are updated annually.

A dynamic virtual learning environment (Moodle) provides students with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools.

Specialist facilities include flight deck, motion simulators, wind tunnels, optical IC Engines, optical compressors, optical fuel injection systems, flywheel, formula car simulator, micro Turbine, cavitating flows, high performance computing, flight test course.

Wind Turbine Design Challenge at City

The week long competition was set up for teams of undergraduate mechanical and aeronautics engineering students to design, construct and test a small wind turbine with pasta tower, plastic pipe blades and gears with metal raw material for lifting a 2,5kg weight.

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Teaching and learning

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, group design exercises, laboratory classes, workshops and field trips. Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study.

Assessment methods

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

Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

50% written, 0% practical, 50% coursework

Year 2

53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework

Year 3

48% written, 0% practical, 52% coursework

Year 4

40% written, 0% practical, 60% coursework.

Modules

Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study. We encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study.

In Part 4 MEng students will be involved in design project, which is a key part of the integrated Master's degree action as a transition from formal education to professional life. Project work embraces not only the technical aspects of design using advanced engineering tools but develops professional skills such as management, team building and business. The focus of all the projects is the delivery of a substantial machine or device in an international context, incorporating the latest thinking in technology as supported by our engineering research activities. Motivation levels in such projects are extremely high and the experience offers graduates opportunities to excel in job interviews with project achievements as exemplars of what they have delivered.

Year 1

Year one is common to all of the engineering courses. Students study the science (largely physics) and mathematics that underpin engineering principles. They are also instructed in how to develop computer programs to (i) solve numerical analysis problems and (ii) control mechatronic systems. Group exercises provide students with the opportunities to undertake preliminary engineering designs.

Core modules include:

  • Mathematics 1 (20 credits)
  • Engineering Science (20 credits)
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 1 (20 credits)
  • Solid Mechanics (20 credits)
  • Electronics (20 credits)
  • Design 1 (20 credits).

Year 2

Students begin to specialise in Aeronautical Engineering in year two, advancing their knowledge of solid and fluid mechanics while also studying measurement, data analysis and mechatronics.

Core modules include:

  • Mathematics 2 (20 credits)
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics 2 (20 credits)
  • Structural Mechanics (20 credits)
  • Mechatronics (20 credits)
  • Measurement and Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Design 2: Aeronautical (20 credits).

Year 3

The third year places increasing emphasis on aircraft design. Modules include aerodynamics and propulsion, flight dynamics and control, structural analysis and thermodynamics and heat transfer.

Core modules include:

  • Structural Analysis (20 credits)
  • Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer (20 credits)
  • Aerodynamics & Propulsion (20 credits)
  • Flight Dynamics & Control (20 credits)
  • Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Management (20 credits)
  • Design 3: Aeronautical (20 credits).

Year 4

The final year of the integrated Masters involves a major individual research project and group design exercises and modules covering variety of topics including advanced structural analysis and heat transfer, advanced computational fluid dynamics etc. Students can select one of the following options: European Global Product Design (EGPR), Formula Student, Aircraft Design Project or Gas Turbine project. Please note that project availability may vary year to year dependent on student cohort size, demand and resource constraints.

Core modules include:

  • Advanced Aerodynamics (20 credits)
  • Structural Dynamics & Aeroelasticity (20 credits)
  • Design IV: Aeronautical (40 credits)
  • MEng Project: Aeronautical (20 credits).

Elective modules include:

  • Advanced CFD (20 credits)
  • Gas Turbine Engineering (20 credits)
  • Airworthiness & Maintenance (20 credits)
  • Combustion & Fuels (20 credits).

Overall workload

Contact hours are made up of: lectures, which direct you towards the most important topics in the field and which allow discussion and clarification of areas of uncertainty with expert staff; tutorials where staff are on hand to help with problem-solving exercises; laboratory and workshop classes where practical situations and methods are encountered; and research or design/build projects, both individually and in groups, where personal skills, teamwork, creativity and critical thinking are developed and where knowledge built up elsewhere in the programme is integrated and developed.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

33% scheduled learning, 67% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

36% scheduled learning, 64% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

23% scheduled learning, 77% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 4

28% scheduled learning, 72% independent learning, 0% placement.

  • Alumni - Aerospace Growth Partnership Programme Manager
    My lecturers had a great industrial and research background and hence could relate the lessons to current problems faced by the industry.

Career prospects

The integrated MEng (Hons) degree offers the most direct route to achieving Chartered Engineer (CEng) professional registration.

Aeronautical Engineering graduates work in all areas of the aircraft and airline industries and in other high-tech industries, such as motor manufacturing, F1 design, tall building design 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 as well as many successful specialist companies that supply components and services.

Several Aeuronautical Engineering graduates move on to a career in flying.

Aeronautical Engineering

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

Application Deadline

15th January 2018


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City'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.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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