Engineering Materials and Electrical Systems
In a nutshell
Aeronautical engineering is the application of scientific and technological methods to research, design, develop, maintain and performance test civil and military aircraft. As the race to take flight further escalates, now is an exciting time to consider a career in aeronautics.
Salford is a leading regional UK centre for aeronautics. Creating a gateway to professional status, our integrated masters Aeronautical Engineering degree course is awarded accredited status by both the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, and the Chartered Engineer (CEng) requirement in part.
Delivered over four or five years with a placement year, you’ll study a suite of modules designed to embed theoretical knowledge and creative application to help you become a world-class engineer. With a focus on real-world problems solving, you'll explore how to improve fuel efficiency, ensure flight safety and apply using technology to take flight even further.
- Learn about aircraft design, including detailed refinement of component design and major interactions that have a crucial influence on the overall design effectiveness
- Specialise in propulsion, computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, materials and structures
- Develop a deeper understanding of the theory of statics and dynamics and flight control as related to the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft
- Assess aircraft performance by modelling aerodynamic loads and propulsion system performance, leading to key results in both steady and accelerated flight
- Choose to take an industry placement year to increase your professional aviation and aeronautics skills
This is for you if...
You're excited about aerospace and aviation and desire a future career in this field
You're a keen problem-solver who enjoyed mathematics or physics at school/college
You're fascinated by the opportunities in engineering and want a degree with professional status
All about the course
Having the ability to apply technical detail is at the heart of engineering, and core to Salford’s values, so we strive to embed this as a core learning objective throughout your studies. Our accredited Aeronautical Engineering degree is designed to equip you with technical and commercial leadership and a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards expected by society, the profession and the environment.
In year one, you’ll follow a range of modules designed to enhance your core engineering knowledge in relation to mathematics, electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, structures and dynamics. As you progress into year two, you'll explore elements of aircraft design, including aircraft structures, flight systems, navigation, aerodynamics and performance.
In year three, you'll cover advanced flight systems, the aerodynamics of high-speed vehicles, and structural analysis using finite element methods. You'll complete experiments and project work, culminating in your individual project. As you advance into your final year and take your studies to postgraduate level, you'll complete modules in aerodynamics, engineering computation and aerospace system design.
Prior to the final year, you'll have the opportunity to experience a flight test course delivered at Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre using specially instrumented Jetstream 31 aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft will conduct specific manoeuvres during which flight data is gathered for you to analyse.
Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections. On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By successfully completing a placement year, you can also add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.
You will develop an understanding of the basic properties and applications of materials and of the principles of electronic and electrical engineering. This will include learning about the relationship between the micro-structure and mechanical properties of materials, mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection, the principles of electronic and electrical engineering, and the response of electrical elements in circuits to AC or DC supplies.
Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
In this module, you will be given an understanding of the internal combustion engine and the gas turbine and an introduction to refrigeration cycles. You will also expand your knowledge of heat transfer processes, fluid mechanics to viscous flows by examination of the Navier-Stokes equations, and compressible flow analysis to one and two dimensional flows.
You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
Engineering Structures and Engineering Dynamics
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain and provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems, and preparing you for subsequent modules.
Project and Risk Management
You'll be introduced to project management techniques, particularly in project planning, organisation and control. You will develop an understanding of project timings and resource allocation and a broad understanding of quantitative methods used for decision making in industry. You will gain experience in the interactive nature of engineering, including business and commercial influences, and effectively communicate the outcome using computer software and presentations.
Aviation Business Enterprise
This is your introduction to the history of air transport systems leading to the current state of the aviation business.
You will study topics such as the:
- Evolution of surface transportation systems – roadways, railways and waterways
- Beginnings of air transport – first generation airships and winged flying machines
- Development of technologies relating to improvements in civilian and military aircraft designs
- Passenger facility enhancements such as in-flight catering, conveniences and entertainment
- Birth of the modern airliner leading to the demise of the airships and the ocean liners.
Aerodynamics (year 2)
Topics and concepts covered in this module include fluid mechanics, boundary layer theory, sources of drag in particular aircraft drag, thin aerofoil theory, lifting line theory as it applies to the aerodynamic analysis of unswept wings in low speed flow. In addition to the apparatus used and techniques employed in wind tunnel testing.
On completion of this module you will be able to establish the integrity of typical basic structural aircraft components and explain the process of material selection for the structural items of an aircraft.
Aircraft Design Enterprise (year 2)
You'll learn about the interactive nature of aircraft design, including business and commercial influences, and to report outcomes effectively. You will also gain an appreciation of market requirements in the design process.
Engineering Mathematics (year 2)
Develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis relevant to engineering applications. Gain the confidence to apply your skills to tackle advanced engineering challenges.
Flight Systems (Year 2)
You'll learn the basic principles and theory of statics and dynamics as related to the static and dynamic behaviour of an aircraft and the theory of flight control as related to the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft.
Navigation Systems and Aircraft Performance
This module introduces the basic concepts of aircraft performance by modelling aerodynamic loads and propulsion system performance, leading to key results in both steady and accelerated flight. You will be taught how to calculate and assimilate performance in cruise, climb and glide, and how to link the predictive methods to design issues. You will also cover the operating principles and performance analysis of major aircraft navigation systems, with emphasis on inertial navigation systems and the Navastar global positioning system.
Aerodynamics (year 3)
This module is concerned with the analysis of gas turbine engines as used in aircraft propulsion and high speed aerodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the aerodynamic and thermodynamic aspects which influence the performance of a given engine design. Wherever possible, data for actual aircraft engines is used to support the analysis.
Aircraft Design Enterprise (year 3)
You'll learn about aircraft design, including detailed refinement of component design and major interactions that have a crucial influence on the overall effectiveness of the design. You will study the interactive nature of aircraft design, including business and commercial influences, and be able to report outcomes effectively. On completion you should also have an appreciation of market requirements in the design process.
Finite Element Analysis and Structural Mechanics
Explore finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will become aware of the principles of finite element analysis, learn how to construct an appropriate finite element model of a physical system, and know how to interpret the results of the analysis.
Flight Systems (year 3)
Following on from Flight Systems module in your second year, you will develop a deeper understanding of the theory of statics and dynamics and flight control as related to the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft.
Industrial Management and Project Preparation
This module has two main components. Industrial management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems; and project preparation which will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information, and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.
Final Year Project
The aim of the Final Year Project is to develop your ability to work with a significant degree of independence on a structured programme of activity. You should demonstrate your competency in analysing and assessing the value of information derived from the programme, be able to communicate effectively (both through written reports and orally) the details of the programme and conclusions that can be drawn together with suggestions of further work.
This module introduces you to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods for the numerical prediction of aerodynamic flows. You will study finite-difference and finite-volume techniques, the vortex-lattice method, the modern CFD method for the prediction of transonic aerofoil flows and be given an introduction to the requirements for turbulence modelling and review classes of turbulence models.
This module provides a systematic understanding of knowledge on finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the development of appropriate finite element models of physical systems, and how to interpret the results of the analysis. The module also covers advanced aspects of finite element analysis including harmonic vibration analysis and will give practical instruction in the use of an industry-standard finite element analysis program.
Aerospace System Design
In this module you will develop an in-depth knowledge of design of unmanned aerial vehicles and their associated systems. You will develop a critical understanding of aerospace system developments for future system requirements.
Plus one option from:
This module looks at the processes associated with the assembly of large aircraft structures, including the techniques of forming, joining and fixturing. You will learn about the relevant regulatory and design standards that must be met and the processes used to ensure conformity with these standards.
Flight Dynamics and Control
This module provides a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the analysis of flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:
- Practical activities
You will be assessed through a combination of formats:
- Lab exercises
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The Mechanical Laboratory is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.
The Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.
The Control and Dynamics Laboratory is home to flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.
Our Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator supports the design modules, by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design. Our Elite Flight Training System is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator certified by the CAA as a FNPT II-MCC Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment.
What about after uni?
On successful completion of the course, you’ll be closer to realising your ambition to work in aeronautics and aviation. As the course meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, you can progress to acquire professional registration and institution memberships.
The booming global aviation industry has plenty of career opportunities for aeronautical engineering graduates. Many choose to find roles with companies involved in the develop, designing and manufacturing major sub-units of aeroplanes and related aerospace vehicles such as engines, structural parts, avionics or environmental control systems. However, other possibilities to consider include aviation leadership and business management.
Salford’s aeronautics alumni work throughout the world at leading companies, including: Airbus, BAE Systems, Roll-Royce, Thales, and the Royal Air Force.
You might find you want to learn more about aeronautics and related technologies, so we offer a range of specialist postgraduate courses to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount.
- MSc Aerospace Engineering
- MSc Aerospace Engineering with Embry-Riddle
- MSc Advanced Control Systems
- MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design
- MSc Robotics and Automation
This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from aeronautics, engineering and technology. The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with the aviation industry in the North West and beyond.
External validation of the course content recognises that it meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession. Continue collaboration with the professions also ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities and professional memberships.
What you need to know
We're looking for applicants who have studied mathematics or physics-based subjects at college and want to gain deeper knowledge in these subjects with a bias towards their application in aeronautics. You will ideally already have a keen interest in aerospace-related matters and desire a future career in this field.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
English Language and Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
128 UCAS points to include Mathematics and a numerate science
128 UCAS points Mathematics at grade B and Numerate Science at grade B. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM from Engineering or Science subjects. Must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules.
Access to HE
Pass with 128 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering course; including 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and Distinctions in numerate modules.
128 UCAS points to include Advanced Higher level Mathematics and Physics at grade B.
Irish Leaving Certificate
128 UCAS points to include A1 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering.
32 points to include grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).
Please contact Admissions for further information.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£15,240per year|
|Part-time||2020/21||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for International students 2020/21
To celebrate the University of Salford's expertise and industry links in Computing and Engineering, high achieving international students may be eligible for our Computing, Science and Engineering International Excellence Scholarship of £3,500.
For more information go to International Scholarships.
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