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This unique course gives you the flexibility to pursue an engineering career designing aircraft from a pilot’s perspective, or to take the first step to become a commercial pilot. The compulsory flying element is mainly in the Fourth Year and is provided by a nationally recognised flight centre either in the UK or the US. There are additional fees for this, but with at an attractively discounted rate compared to other flight centres. There are also opportunities to fly in the First and Second Years as an extracurricular activity, including the chance to use various flight simulators.

Why choose this course?

  • This BEng Honours degree course in Aerospace Systems Engineering with Pilot Studies places is a particular emphasis on the flying qualities from a pilot's point of view;
  • You will get the opportunity to gain a UK National Private Pilot's Licence whilst doing your degree;
  • The flying is offered locally at an attractively discounted rate.
  • Our BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering with Pilot Studies students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Rockwell, Eads Astrium, and MBDA

What job can I get?

Many of our graduates have become professional pilots with the RAF, Royal Navy and commercial airlines. Others have become private pilot instructors. Some graduates decide to keep flying as a hobby and pursue an engineering career in an aerospace organisation or a smaller company in the supply chain.

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Aerospace Systems Engineering with Pilot Studies course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2020.

Course details

Careers

In the past many of our aerospace systems engineering graduates have become professional pilots either with the RAF, Royal Navy, Commercial Airlines or private pilot instructors. By integrating the experience of flying in the initial stages of this degree, you will find the transition to working as a professional pilot easier. Alternatively, graduates may keep flying as a hobby and pursue an engineering career in an aerospace company or a smaller company in the aerospace supply chain.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School also operates an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

More about the course

The aerospace industry is increasingly in need of Systems Engineers with the skills to integrate modern communication systems with conventional aerospace systems to enhance aircraft performance.  This variation to our Aerospace Systems Engineering degree can be the first step for those wishing to become professional pilots.  It combines the multidisciplinary nature of the Aerospace Systems Engineering degree with pilot studies to a National Private Pilot’s Licence level and beyond. 

The compulsory flying experience is mainly in the Fourth Year, provided locally by a nationally recognised flight centre either in the UK or the USA. There are additional fees for this, but with an attractively discounted rate compared to other flight centres. There are also opportunities to do some flying in the First and Second Years as an extracurricular activity, including use of various flight simulators.

What you will learn

You will study principles of flight and an introduction to aircraft systems and computer packages commonly used in the aerospace industry; you learn more about the design process and will have the opportunity for flying lessons at a local flying school; you will have the option to work for a company on placement; and you can increase your flying experience to satisfy the requirements for a NPPL as part of the Pilot Studies module as well as studying advanced aircraft systems normally used by commercial pilots.

First Year:  You will study aerospace technology and industry, engineering mathematics, engineering applications of mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, introduction to manufacturing technology, career skills development, introduction to design, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Second Year:  This year you will study aerothermodynamics, aerospace design, aircraft systems, avionics systems, dynamics and data acquisition and control systems, further engineering mathematics, and PPL Ground School.

Third Year:  You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Final Year (3rd or 4th):  This year you will study pilot studies (double module), aerospace performance, propulsion and design (double module, stability and control of aircraft, aerospace systems integration, and an individual major project.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Companies that have employed students in the past on a placement basis include:

  • Honeywell (UK) Ltd
  • Goodrich Engine Control Systems
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • MBDA
  • Eads Astrium
  • Rockwell
  • and numerous smaller companies

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Design - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Technology & Industry - 15 Credits
  • Career Skills Development - 0 Credits
  • Introduction to Manufacturing Technology - 15 Credits
  • Materials and Electrical Science - 15 Credits
  • Mechanical Science - 15 Credits
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Applications of Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Dynamics - 15 Credits
  • Aerothermodynamics - 15 Credits
  • Data Acquisition and Control Systems - 15 Credits
  • Avionics Systems - 15 Credits
  • Aerospace Design - 15 Credits
  • Aircraft Systems - 15 Credits
  • Air Law, Navigation and Meteorology - 15 Credits
  • Career Planning - 0 Credits
  • Further Engineering Mathematics - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Stability & Control of Aircraft - 15 Credits
  • Aircraft Systems Integration - 15 Credits
  • Pilot Studies - 30 Credits
  • Aerospace Performance, Propulsion and Design - 30 Credits
  • Individual Project - 30 Credits
  • Careers Portfolio - 0 Credits
  • Pilot Studies and Flight Analysis - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Industrial Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

A levels to include Maths and either Physics or Technology or engineering based subjects excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering MMP to include Merit in Further Maths. 

Access to Engineering Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit to include Maths and Science or Principles units. Any additional L3 credits must be at Merit. 

Engineering Advanced Diploma to include A level Maths as ASL component.                   

IB - 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above to include HL Maths and Physics (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered: 

- GCSE English language grade 4 or above
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Other English language tests are accepted. 

Find out more about International entry requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/201924/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
27/09/202024/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)