BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
Top in Wales for Aerospace Engineering Guardian University Guide 2023
Aeronautical engineers apply their knowledge and skills to every aspect of air vehicles; from design, development, manufacture, flight testing and certification, to preserving airworthiness and sustainable aircraft operations.
This BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree was developed in close consultation with industry professional bodies, including the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to boost your employability.
You'll study the engineering principles needed for a career in the aerospace industry, and you'll gain practical experience on campus in our state-of-the-art facilities. Weather permitting and subject to visa requirements, you'll also take to the skies with flight test lessons in your final year.
All aeronautical engineering students are encouraged to complete a work placement and experience to complement your studies. UK students have previously visited sites such as GE Aviation Wales, Airbus Filton, and British Airways Maintenance Cardiﬀ (BAMC).
Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering students rated USW top 10 in the UK for academic support, and assessment and feedback (National Student Survey 2022)
Year One: Aeronautical Engineering degree
Year one of this engineering programme provides essential scientific principles and practices associated with aeronautical engineering. This includes an introduction to using design tools and general manufacturing/workshop techniques. You will also learn how to use industry-standard CAD packages and programming language
- Mathematics for Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers - 20 credits
- Design and Manufacture - 20 credits
- Engineering Computing Applications - 20 credits
- Engineering Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
- Electrical Science - 20 credits
- Thermofluids 1 - 20 credits
Year Two: Aeronautical Engineering degree
In your second year, you'll explore key areas such as thermofluids, basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance and aircraft systems engineering. Year two culminates with the development of a conceptual aircraft design in a team environment, which is tested on our engineering flight simulator.
- Further Engineering Mathematics - 20 credits
- Control and Instrumentation - 20 credits
- Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
- Engineering Materials - 20 credits
- Aircraft Systems Integration and Performance - 20 credits
- Aeronautical Design - 20 credits
Year Three: Aeronautical Engineering degree
Year three modules include aerodynamics, propulsion and aircraft structures. You'll learn about advanced computational tools and modelling techniques, and produce a dissertation. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in real aircraft flight testing as part of our Flight Dynamics and Control module.
- Individual Project (BEng) - 40 credits
- Engineering Computational Analysis - 20 credits
- Aircraft Structure - 20 credits
- Aerodynamics and Propulsion - 20 credits
- Flight Dynamics and Control - 20 credits
- Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits (optional)
The BEng Aeronautical Engineering course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and seminars. You will also need to devote time to self-study, such as conducting research and preparing for your assessments and lectures.
Students also have the opportunity to visit sites such as Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and Airbus, and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists and academics from the Ministry of Defence, BAMC, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and various aerospace industry companies, on current technological advancements in the field.
In the final year, subject to weather conditions and visa requirements, you will fly inside a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft static and dynamic behaviour and control principles.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of exams, coursework, simulation and problem-based exercises. Speaking in front of your colleagues also forms part of your assessment in group design and project modules, which will develop your presentation and communication skills.
In the final year, you will fly a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft behaviour and control principles.
The BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree is fully accredited to Incorporated Engineer status by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). This Aeronautical Engineering programme allows you to progress to Chartered Engineer status with a period of further learning.
We also encourage all students on the Aeronautical Engineering programme to complete a placement as part of their course.
On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate. This is available to students who study at our UK campuses only.
On this BEng Aeronautical Engineering course, UK-based students will have the opportunity to visit sites such as GE Aviation, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC), Airbus and SAFRAN Landing Systems, and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists and academics from the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and various aerospace industry companies, on current technological advancements in the field.
In the final year, subject to weather conditions and visa restrictions, you will fly inside a real aircraft performing a flight test exercise to consolidate your understanding of aircraft static and dynamic behaviour and control principles. UK-based students have previously visited Egnatia Aviation Approved Training Organization at Kavala International Airport, Greece to complete the flight test exercise.
The aerospace industry has become increasingly competitive and in recognising this, the University has recently invested another £3.3m into its existing aerospace facilities. A two-storey Aerospace Centre extension adds 1,000m2 of practical workshop and laboratory space for engineering students. This includes two aircraft hangars with civil and military aircraft, and a MP521 engineering flight simulator.
The Aerospace Centre is home to a Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft, assembled with Honeywell TPE331 Engines and Rockwell-Collins Proline II Avionics, alongside a Jet Provost T-Mk 3 military training jet.
The Centre also includes a gas turbine maintenance workshop, simulated aircraft shell riveting area, hand tools workshops and welding bay, plus clean and dirty composite workshops for specimens and repairs. Dedicated laboratory space for electronic practical tasks, avionics systems, hydraulics and pneumatics also feature providing you with hands-on practical experience.
Our sub-sonic wind tunnels are used for basic aerodynamic instruction, testing and demonstrations on various aerofoil shapes and configurations. Whilst our single-seater, full motion, three axes Merlin MP521 engineering flight simulator can be programmed and simulate any existing aircraft type. It is used extensively in many different aspects of the course, with a particular focus on testing proposed aircraft designs and preparing you for the real flight test exercise.
- Ilias Lappas CEng FRAeS, course leader
- Dr Shee-Meng Thai
- Dr Joao Ramos
- Dr Meinwen Taylor
- Dr Rae Gordon
- Dr CK Tan
- Dr Colin Morgan
- Ewen Constant CEng
- Dr Talal Maksoud
- Matthew Jones CEng
- Dr Mohamed Mohamed
- Dr Vishagen Ramasamy
- Dr Zahid Baig
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. The University has a Contextual Admissions Policy, therefore, whilst most offers we make are at the top of the range, under the Policy we take certain aspects of an application into consideration and eligible UCAS applicants can receive a personalised offer or have results considered individually when you receive them. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement.
Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
Typical A-Level Offer
BCC - CDD to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical IB Offer
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 5 in Mathematics and one other Science subject at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.
Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Maths, Science or Engineering and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
International Entry Requirements
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country-specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country-specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science Travel Bursary
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science offers a travel bursary of £500 which is available to all students undertaking an undergraduate sandwich degree. Find out more.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
International and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
We have links with the regional aviation industry, which includes GE Aviation, BAMC, Nordam Europe, TES Aviation Group, and other members within the Aerospace Wales Forum. Graduates of our Aeronautical Engineering degree are in demand in the UK, and in the civil and defence sectors worldwide. Some of the companies with which our UK graduates work include Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, MBDA, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, BAMC, EasyJet, Emirates, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the UK Ministry of Defence.
Typical job profiles of our graduates are design engineers, certification and airworthiness engineers, project engineers and researchers.
- BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering (Including Foundation Year)
- MSc Aeronautical Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems
- MEng Automotive Engineering
- MEng Aeronautical Engineering
- BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering
- MSc Aviation Engineering and Management
- BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
- BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Including Foundation Year)
- MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering