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Air Transport Engineering  MEng (Hons)

The MEng (Hons) course in Air Transport Engineering is equally applicable to prospective pilots and engineers as the industry increasingly demands a better understanding by new staff of the technical aspects of aircraft.


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Why study Air Transport Engineering at City?

  • Air transport engineering is essential for the safe and effective operation of aircraft. This course is for you if you have interest in global air transport strategy, the design of aircraft and systems to meet diverse operating requirements, flight safety, reliability, maintenance, the environment, regulation, airline planning and economic performance.
  • Our state-of-the-art facilities include flight deck and motion simulators, wind tunnels up to supersonic speeds, and high-performance computing; all of which feature in teaching and in student projects.
  • Our inspiring flight test course involving hands-on glider manoeuvres and in-flight data measurement.
  • Our recent graduates have gained employment in many differnet areas of the air transport industry, with roles such as licensed engineer, flight crew, maintenance planning, air traffic control, flight operations and ground handling.
  • Industry lectures are delivered by experts in the aviation industry.
  • The integrated MEng (Hons) degree offers the most direct route to achieving CEng professional registration.
  • This course is accredited by Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Royal Aeronautical Society.


Current student Judit talks about why she chose City's Air Transport Engineering degree course.

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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 Level Mathematics.

Course Fees:

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

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

H424 MEng (Hons), H423 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 Level Mathematics.


GCSE English Language grade C (or equivalent).

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.

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 all components, or
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minumum 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.

You will also take a course in flight testing. Industrial lectures given by experts from the aerospace industry are part of aeronautical design education.

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

Year two

Core modules include:

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

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Air transport operations
  • Airworthiness and maintenance
  • Avionics and control
  • System reliability and safety

Year four

Core module:

  • Engineering management

Elective modules include:

  • Gas turbine engineering
  • Combustion fundamentals and applications
  • Aerodynamics
  • Avionics and control
  • Structural dynamics and aeroelasticity.

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: £14,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)


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. Placement students gain a greater understanding of the industry and this may count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. 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

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.

Graduates can expect to progress to careers in many areas of the air transport industry, including: licensed engineer, flight crew, maintenance planning, air traffic control, flight operations and ground handling.

This course will enable you to...

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

Air Transport Engineering

UCAS code: H424 MEng (Hons), H423 MEng (Hons) with professional placement.

Applications for degree courses must be made through 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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
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  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

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

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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