Why study Air Transport Engineering at City?
The integrated MEng (Hons) degree offers the most direct route to achieving CEng professional registration.
Air transport engineering is essential for the safe and effective operation of aircraft. 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. Graduates work in all areas of the air transport industry, including airlines, maintenance organisations and airports, and are focused on operations and engineering.
- 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Start Date:
- September 2015
- Full-time: 4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.
Year one provides a broad foundation in engineering concepts with a slant towards real-world applications.
The second year puts increasing emphasis on aviation-related skills such as aircraft design.
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 fourThis 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.
Core modules include:
- Engineering science
- Engineering practice
- Mathematics and computation.
Core modules include:
- Engineering science II
- Engineering practice II
- Mathematics and computation II
- Aeronautical analysis and 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.
Elective modules include:
- Air transport operations
- Airworthiness and maintenance
- Avionics and control
- System reliability and safety.
You will have the opportunity to select a greater number of specialised subjects at Masters level and a foreign language module.
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 Centre for Aeronautics, 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: £TBC.
- Full-time Non EU: £14000
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 and are also more likely to:
- Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
- Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
- Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*
*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12
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:
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Air Transport Engineering
UCAS code: H424 MEng (Hons), H423 MEng (Hons) with professional placement.
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