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MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Study at one of the largest engineering schools in the UK
Study at one of the largest engineering schools in the UK
Access fantastic facilities, from flight simulators to wind tunnels
Access fantastic facilities, from flight simulators to wind tunnels
Work for airlines or aerospace industries around the world
Work for airlines or aerospace industries around the world

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

Why choose this course?

  • This MEng degree course in Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies places 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 MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Goodrich Control Systems, Honeywell (UK) Ltd, and MBDA
  • Recent Aerospace Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including The Royal Air Force, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, and McLarens Aviation

What's the course about?

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 Final Year and is provided by a nationally recognised flight centre either in the UK or the US. There are additional fees for this, but 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. The MEng’s extra year will deepen your knowledge of aerospace systems and develop your business and management skills.

What will I study?

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 and electronic discussion with staff and other students and allows for you to submit coursework. StudyNet is available anywhere in the world 24/7.

With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible and operates an open-access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

In your first year, you will study the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a modern engineer including principles of flight and aircraft operations. In particular you will be introduced to computer packages commonly used in aerospace industry.

In your second year, the first year core themes are developed for application in aerospace engineering. You will learn about the components and the electronics inside the airframe that enable the aircraft to be so widespread and the safest form of transport available. You will learn how aircraft are designed for their handling qualities, and expand your knowledge of aerodynamics, with wind tunnel experiments. You will also build your pilot skills by studying PPL Ground School and have the opportunity to fly at a local flying school.

You may take a placement year if you wish, where you will gain excellent work experience, and this will be followed by your fourth year where for many, the Aerospace Design group project is the climax of your course where they can use your engineering skills and ingenuity to design a complete aircraft in a competitive environment. For others the self-confidence developed during the Individual Major Project that challenges them to research an aerospace relevant topic entirely by themselves using either the University or industrial facilities is the most rewarding part of your degree and can lead to future employment. Flying training is further enhanced by the Pilot Studies module with further flying lessons.

You will then enter your final year where you will study at a Masters level, deepening your knowledge and understanding of aerospace topics as well as developing your business and management skills. The Team Project is multidisciplinary and involves applying your skills to solve an unusual and challenging problem, for example the design of an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle.

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.