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Air Transport Engineering  MEng (Hons)

City's accredited MEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering course is for those looking for a career in operations and covers areas including global air transport strategy & the design of aircraft and systems.


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Air transport engineering is essential for the safe and effective operation of aircraft. The course is equally applicable to prospective pilots and engineers as the industry is increasingly demanding a better understanding by new staff of the technical aspects of aircraft.

Graduates work in all areas of the air transport industry, including airlines, maintenance organisations and airports, focused on operations and engineering. Areas covered include 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.

Why study Air Transport Engineering at City?

  • 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, and our inspiring flight test course involving hands-on glider manoeuvres and in-flight data measurement.
  • Our graduates have gained employment in the operational side 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.


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

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Entry Requirements:

Typical offers require one of the following:
  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points including Mathematics 'A' Level grade A. Physics is preferred.
  • IB: 32 points including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.
  • 14-19 Advanced Diploma: Engineering at grade A/300 points; 'A' Level Mathematics at grade A/120 points.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000

Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

H424; H423 with professional placement

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points including Mathematics 'A' Level grade A. Physics is preferred.
  • IB: 32 points including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.
  • 14-19 Advanced Diploma: Engineering at grade A/300 points; 'A' Level Mathematics at grade A/120 points.


English Language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Other Suitable Qualifications

Foundation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing component and 5.5 in all other components.
  • GCSE: English Language grade C.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

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 at City, 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 a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2014
Full-time: 4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

The MEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering degree course provides a well-rounded engineering education, with specialised training for a professional career in the air transport industry.

Course Structure

Year one

The first year provides a broad foundation in engineering concepts with a slant towards practical applications.

Core modules:

  • Basic engineering science
  • Design
  • Engineering laboratory
  • Manufacturing methods
  • Mathematics and computing.

Year two

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

Core modules:

  • Aeronautical design, including applied aerodynamics and aircraft structures
  • Engineering management
  • Mathematics, statistics and computing
  • Structures, materials, fluid dynamics, mechatronics and thermodynamics, all with engineering application

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

Year three

Included in year three are four compulsory modules that are specific to the air transport industry. Additionally, the important integrated group design subject is common with the Aeronautical Engineering degree.

Compulsory modules:

  • Air transport operations - how the airline industry functions
  • Airworthiness - how aircraft are maintained to ensure safe operation
  • Avionics and control - key technology in advanced airliners
  • System reliability and safety - designing and operating aircraft that are safe.

Year four

You will undertake a more detailed, individual project spread over both years three and four.

Placement year (optional)

A year on an industrial placement - a sandwich year - may be available. Students gain a greater understanding of the air transport industry, and this may also count towards the experience requirement for a professional, engineering qualification. Recent placement opportunities have included Airbus in Toulouse, and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Read the full programme specification: MEng.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered as lectures, tutorials, group design, practical sessions and field trips. A combination of analytical, experimental, group interactive teaching 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.

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
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000


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.

Career Prospects

As a graduate of the MEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering course, you 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.

Professional accreditation

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.

Air Transport Engineering

UCAS code: H424; H423 with professional placement

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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 2014 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2013 and 15 January 2014. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2014 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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