Course overview Aeronautical Engineering BEng (Hons)
This course prepares you for a career in the global aerospace industry, working on manned and unmanned aircraft. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society, it is your first step towards Chartered Engineer status.
You will study our core engineering first year, equipping you with skills in mathematics, engineering science and electronics. In later stages, you progress to specialist topics including flight dynamics and aerodynamics and propulsion.
You’ll put your in-depth aeronautical engineering knowledge into practice with design projects at every stage of your studies.
- Study in industry-standard specialist facilities including our flight deck, motion simulators, wind tunnels, fuel injection systems, formula car simulator and flight test course
- Boost your employability with an optional 12-month professional placement – past hosts include Airbus, DHL Air, British Airways, Delphi and EDF Energy
- Shine at interview with practical examples to showcase your expertise, thanks to real-world projects throughout your studies
- Benefit from our industry connections and outstanding reputation as the first UK university offering aeronautic engineering.
Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society, providing a path for graduates to gain CEng status.
During your three years of this Aeronautical Engineering BEng, you will learn from practising engineers and research-active academics, to understand the real-life applications of aeronautical engineering knowledge.
Build a firm foundation in mathematics, engineering, physics, electronics and computing, with our shared engineering first year. Take part in engineering design exercises with your coursemates.
Mathematics I (20 Credits)
This module is intended to support the teaching of engineering modules throughout the programme and to enhance your analytical skills.
Engineering Science (20 Credits)
Provides knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of physical sciences which underpin engineering.
Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics I (20 Credits)
Fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, which are essential for all engineering disciplines.
Solid Mechanics (20 credits)
This module provides an understanding of stress and deformation due to external loads is essential to the design of the structural elements of engineering systems.
Electronics (20 Credits)
Introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and analysis techniques of electrical circuits to enable higher level study on analogue and digital electronics.
Design I (20 Credits)
Introduction to the skills, processes and methods required and to develop your understanding through design projects, which include designing, building and testing.
Personal & Professional Development (5 Credits)
You will be set a number of tasks and activities around your main programme of study, which will be monitored, evaluated and discussed with you by your personal tutor.
Specialise in aeronautical engineering with modules including fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, structural mechanics and mechatronics.
Mathematics II (20 Credits)
A continuation and expansion of Mathematics 1 and also introduces numerical techniques through the use of MATLAB.
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics II (20 Credits)
Introduce and develop beyond the fundamental principles methods covered in ET1070module in knowledge and understanding of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and energy losses in pipe network systems.
Structural Mechanics (20 Credits)
This module introduces methods for the elastic and plastic analysis of statically indeterminate structures and structural components subject to a variety of static loads.
Mechatronics (20 Credits)
This module emphasises an integrated approach to the design of these systems based on elements of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Measurement and Data Analysis (20 Credits)
Learn the principles of sensing, measurement, signal conditioning, and statistical analysis of measurement data.
Design II: Aeronautical (20 Credits)
This module is designed to equip aeronautical engineers with the basic concepts of air vehicle performance and how these are inverted to drive the conceptual design of an air vehicle.
Personal & Professional Development II (5 Credits)
This is part of a series of three employability modules offered throughout your degree. It will build on the previous year and equip you with the practical skills you will need to be successful in your search for professional experience.
Deepen your expertise in aircraft design with modules including aerodynamics and propulsion, and flight dynamics and control. Develop professional skills in engineering management.
Analysis of Structures and Materials (20 Credits)
This module offers the opportunity for you to learn and apply methodologies for structural analysis and materials selection for efficient design of engineering structures.
Aerodynamics and Propulsion (20 Credits)
Learn the fundamentals of inviscid fluid flow theory, boundary layer theory, theory and analysis of compressible flows and introduce the principles of jet propulsion and aerodynamics of gas turbine engines.
Flight Dynamics and Control (20 Credits)
This module aims to cover various control systems for conventional aircraft. It provides an understanding of the basic principles of stability and control of dynamical systems in general and specifically for aircraft.
Engineering Management, Reliability and Sustainability (20 Credits)
Learn of the mechanical systems installed on large commercial system like an air transport aircraft.
Individual Project and Design (40 credits)
Be involved in a realistic project in the practice of engineering at a professional level.
Personal & Professional Development III (5 Credits)
This third-year module will build on the previous 2 years of employability teaching focusing on the transition from university to graduate work. Applying your knowledge of self-assessment (year 1) with the understanding of employer requirements and selection methods (year 2) this module covers how to assess and present recent experience incorporating technical and transferable skills; goal setting and planning; building and maintaining networks and developing an online presence.
If you wish to gain practical experience during your degree, then you have the option of spending 12 months, between years 2 and 3, on a paid industrial placement. We strongly recommend this.
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Teaching and assessment
You will learn through lectures, tutorials, group design exercises, laboratory classes, workshops and field trips.
Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study. Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study.
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 2018/19 entry is as follows:
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 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Shape the future of travel with a rewarding career in aeronautical engineering.
You’ll be equipped with specialist expertise to find rewarding work in a variety of high-tech sectors, including:
- all areas of the aircraft and airline industry
- the automotive industry (including F1)
- renewable energy.
City graduates find work with large companies such as Leonardo Helicopters, Airbus, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and QinetiQ. There are also opportunities with specialist component and service suppliers.
How to apply
Applications for this course are now closed.
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Aeronautics courses benefit from recently redeveloped facilities with modern teaching lecture theatres equipped with the latest interactive AV systems.
The A320 cockpit flight simulator is a dynamic virtual learning environment, that provides more procedure trainer information and enhancing safety and efficiency to our student pilots and engineers.
City's Merlin MP520 simulator is fitted with a two-axis motion system and closed cockpit design for greater immersion and is used in the theory and study of aerodynamics and the mechanics of flight.
Our Engineering labs are equipped with state-of-the-art wind tunnels and test equipment.
This is a one-of-a-kind low-turbulence wind tunnel used for the study of laminar flows. Part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility.
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