MEng Aeronautical Engineering
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The Master of Engineering (MEng) Aeronautical Engineering course combines our BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree with Masters-level material. It allows you to distinguish yourself with an advanced set of professional and technical skills and removes the need to source further funding to study a Masters qualification.
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. 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 Aerospace Centre.
Weather permitting, you’ll also take to the skies with flight test lessons in your third year. Work placements and experience will complement your studies, along with visits to sites such as GE Aviation Wales, Airbus Filton and British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC).
For the first three years, you will study alongside those on the BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering course. The aim of the fourth year is to further develop your skills in leadership and team management. You will also gain a more detailed and in-depth understanding of technical subjects and have the opportunity to apply what you’ve already learned on a substantial group based project.
Year One: Aeronautical Engineering degree
Year one 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)
Year Four: Aeronautical Engineering degree
- Integrative MEng Group Project - 40 credits
- Advanced Materials and Manufacture - 10 credits
- Further Finite Element Analysis - 10 credits
- Further Computational Fluid Dynamics - 10 credits
- Aeroelasticity - 10 credits (optional)
- Advanced Propulsion - 20 credits (optional)
- Strategic Leadership and Management for Engineers - 20 credits
The aeronautical engineering programme 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.
You will also have the opportunity to visit sites such as Airbus-Filton, GE Aviation, and British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists, on current technological advancements in the field.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of exams, coursework 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.
You will also have the opportunity in your third year to fly a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft behaviour and control principles.
The MEng Aeronautical Engineering programme is ideal if you want to become a registered Chartered Engineer as it meets the Engineering Council’s educational requirements to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status – the highest standard within the industry.
We encourage all students on the Aeronautical Engineering degree 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.
You 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, 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. The flight test exercise is currently being executed at the premises of Egnatia Aviation Approved Training Organization at Kavala International Airport, Greece.
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 reflect our standard entry requirements for the course for September 2023. However, all applications received by the University are reviewed holistically and individually. Entry criteria for September 2024 is changing and will be published on ucas.com from 8th May 2023. Entry criteria for September 2024 will be updated on our website from the end of October 2023.
We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.
Other qualifications and experience
We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.
To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.
If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here
Typical A-Level Offer
BBC to include Mathematics and one other Science subject
Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Grade C and BB at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject
Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules.
Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Maths, Science or Engineering and obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C 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 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: £9000
Full-time International: £15260
August 2025 - July 2026 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
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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.
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.
This MEng Aeronautical Engineering course has been developed in collaboration with industry, ensuring quality and relevance to the modern working environment. The course meets the educational requirements to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from either the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), or the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
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. Some of the UK-based companies with which our students work include Rolls Royce, Sogeclair Aerospace, GE Aviation, MBDA, Zodiac, Easy Jet, Flybe, Airbus, BAMC, Gatwick Airport and TES Aviation.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW MEng Aeronautical Engineering 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.