1. 2015 Entry

Air Transport Engineering  MEng (Hons)

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    The MEng (Hons) course 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.


    Following a review of our undergraduate degree courses, the University has decided to cease admitting students onto the MEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering course from September 2015. The course will instead be merged with the University’s existing MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree course.

    We found that many students eventually transferred from the MEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering course to the MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering course, due to the latter’s broader choice of modules and contribution to employability of graduates.

    If you were planning to study on the MEng (Hons) Air Transport Engineering course, we recommend you consider enrolling on the MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, which offers many of the same modules.

    City's MEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering course is also widely recognised and respected within industry, and provides a pathway for you to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

    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.

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    Entry Requirements:

    360 UCAS tariff points, including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A. 'A' Level Physics preferred.


    Course Fees:

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

    Start Date:

    September 2015

    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 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.

    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 2015
    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 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.

    Course Structure

    Year one

    Core modules include:

    • Engineering science
    • Engineering practice
    • Mathematics and computation.

    Year two

    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.

    Year three

    Elective modules include:

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

    Year four

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

    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.

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    When to apply

    Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 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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