BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Top-Up)

Top in Wales and 6th in the UK for Aerospace Engineering National Student Survey 2019

Specifically designed for anyone who may have already obtained an appropriate EASA Part-66 certification or a relevant HND, or equivalent qualification, this top-up course allows you to gain a full BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in one calendar year.

Building on your existing knowledge of the aircraft maintenance sector, the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Top-Up) course consists of academic study in our purpose-built Aerospace Centre fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

It has been designed in consultation with industry professionals and is continually reviewed to ensure it meets the current professional demands of the aerospace industry. This course is also available at our Dubai campus.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Dubai Campus 1
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Dubai Campus 1
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year February Dubai Campus 1
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Full-time 1 Year September Dubai Campus 1

You will begin your studies in September and initially, undertake three introductory modules to get you up to speed with course content prior to progressing to the final year of the bachelors degree. The introductory modules are:

Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management 

This module provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the challenges that airline companies face in maintaining and operating aircraft in a very competitive commercial environment. 

Human Factors Analysis (Accredited short course of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors)

Using historical case studies, students will be shown how the research into Human Factors (HF) has influenced and changed the processes and procedures that were once adopted as standard practices. 

Aviation Management Legislation

This module covers the laws surrounding aircraft maintenance, and the expectations and responsibilities of individuals and organisations performing maintenance tasks.

Individual Project

Students will undertake a substantial project requiring them to carry out in-depth research or demonstrate appropriate problem solving skills related to an aircraft maintenance engineering problem. 

Engineering Project Management

Students will gain the knowledge and understanding of managing aircraft maintenance projects using standardised models for project management. 

Emerging Aerospace Technologies 

Students will be given an insight into new and emerging technologies and have the ability to appraise these developments from an engineering perspective.

Aviation Maintenance Resource and Planning Management

During this academic session, students will be able to plan and evaluate maintenance schedules based on available resources in order to ensure safe, efficient and financially viable aircraft maintenance operations.

Advances in Aerospace Propulsion

Students will be introduced to recent and forthcoming advances in aircraft propulsion technologies including the investigation of the driving factors behind these developments.


The dedicated teaching team strive to ensure that you receive the highest standard of teaching and learning possible. You will be immersed in the field of aerospace and supported by staff who are all industry professionals.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, group activities and directed study. You will be required to attend approximately two hours per module each week and you will also be expected to carry out additional independent study.


You will be assessed through written assignments and/or exams.


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.

Our EASA-approved facilities have also been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Entry to the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Top-Up will be from applicants who have completed a Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering or equivalent.

Applications from EASA qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineers with relevant industrial experience will also be considered on an individual basis.


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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £86305

  • Full-time International:  £86305 

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU 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 students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Many of the skills you will gain are transferable across the engineering industry. You can gain employment throughout the UK and across the world with manufacturing companies, commercial airlines, air-taxi operators, flying schools, the armed forces and commercial long-haul flights. There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and overhaul of military and commercial aircraft, or you may choose sub-contract work.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.