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Aeronautical Engineering

Entry requirements


Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course with at least 15 level 3 credits in the relevant subject at distinction: Access to HE Engineering Engineering Science Engineering Science and Mathematics Physics and Engineering Physics and Mathematics If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Mathematics or Physics please contact us for more details. English and Mathematics GCSEs are required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

with Mathematics or Physics at higher level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

120

from at least two A-levels including Mathematics or Physics at grade C Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Aeronautical engineering

Master the theoretical, experimental and computational skills required for careers in the aeronautical industry.

Aeronautical Engineering is one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK, with extensive career opportunities in research and development, testing and maintenance.

This course covers the basic principles of aeronautical engineering, including experimental and theoretical aerodynamics, aircraft design, flight dynamics and control, aircraft propulsion, flight simulation technologies, aircraft structures and computational aerodynamics.

Employment opportunities include careers in aeronautics and aerospace, namely aircraft aerodynamics, wind turbine design and maintenance, aviation management, defense sector, aircraft maintenance, repair and operation services (MRO).

You can study Aeronautical Engineering either as a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or as a four-year integrated master’s. At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng or continuing your studies for a further year for a MEng, subject to meeting the progression requirements.

**Key features**

- Accreditation from the Institute of Engineering and Technology will help you start your journey towards Chartered Engineer status*.

- Through block teaching, you will focus on one module at a time instead of several at once. This means that you will be able to focus closely on each module and absorb your learning material in more depth, whilst working more closely with your tutors and course mates.

- Study a range of topics including aircraft structures and materials, flight dynamics and control, and aircraft propulsion systems.

- Benefit from the academic expertise of researchers who have experience of collaborating with international institutions such as the National Aerospace Laboratories India, Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute Russia and AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH Austria.

- Our AIRFOX DISO simulator is integrated to the programme providing a first-hand experience in flight simulator technologies.

- Use our instrumented low speed wind tunnel facility to understand the fundamentals of aerodynamics, test prototype aircraft models and acquire experimental skills relevant to aeronautics and wind tunnel testing.

- Access industry-standard software packages used in aeronautical engineering applications and research, such as MATLAB, ANSYS and OpenFOAM, which will give you the ability to work confidently in industry.

- Meet like-minded people and gain hands-on practical skills by joining our student societies, such as DMU Flyers.

Modules

Year one
Block 1: General Engineering Tools and Principles 1

Block 2: General Engineering Tools and Principles 2

Block 3: Fundamentals of Aeronautical Design 1

Block 4: Fundamentals of Aeronautical Design 2

Year two
Block 1: Mechanical, Energy and Aeronautical Tools and Principles

Block 2: Dynamics, Instrumentation and Control

Block 3: Aircraft Structures and Flight Dynamics

Block 4: Design and Project Management

Placement year (optional)

Year three
Block 1: Human Factors and Aviation Management

Block 2: Propulsion Systems

Blocks 3 and 4 Choose one of:

Modelling and Simulation for Aeronautical Projects 1 and 2
Analysis, Programming and Simulation for Aeronautical Projects 1 and 2
Materials and Design for Aeronautical Projects 1 and 2

Note: These modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes exams (unseen and open book), phase tests including multiple choice test where appropriate, group presentations, case study analysis, individual lab exercises as well as report portfolios, report and essay writing.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,250
per year
International
£16,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Media

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
Aeronautical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
69%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
21%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


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Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Engineering professionals
21%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Just over a thousand UK graduates got a degree in aerospace engineering in 2015. There are a few dedicated employers, unevenly spread around the country, and so there's often competition for graduates looking for their first job - which leads to a relatively high (although improving) early unemployment rate, and a good grade is particularly important for graduates. Sponsorship and work experience can be key if you're after the most sought-after roles in the industry. Starting salaries are usually good and graduates commonly go into the aerospace (yes, this does include manufacture of equipment for satellites and space operations) and defence industries. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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