Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Aeronautical Engineering with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2019

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Introduction

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.

This Foundation Year entry route will prepare your skillset, so you're ready to study our full BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree. This entry route aims to develop your engineering knowledge, enhance your application of mathematics, and help you to build the skills for successful undergraduate study. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you'll progress on to the full degree course.

A gateway to professional status, our full mechanical engineering course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards. This course will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills required so you're on course to become a Chartered Engineer.

You will:
  • Develop competence in essential areas of engineering and mathematics
  • Build the technical skills and confidence ready to progress to the aeronautical engineering undergraduate degree
  • Gain essential analytical and problem solving skills so you can study engineering
  • Develop practical and I.T skills, as you strengthen communication and study skills
Placement

options available

Course accreditations
Institute of Mechanical Engineers logo
Royal Aeronautical Society Logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a real passion for aviation and want to help advance the future of flight

2.

You want to study aeronautical engineering but don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree

3.

You're are seeking a change of direction into engineering, or are a mature student with work experience

Course details

All about the course

Aeronautical Engineering with Foundation Year entry provides a broad introduction to mechanical engineering. It is ideal if you’ve not reached the required A levels or BTEC grades, or if you’ve chosen a new direction for your studies. The year aims to build your understanding of engineering situations and solving problems, alongside developing practical and study skills, so you are ready to advance to the full undergraduate degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you'll progress to the full BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree. Across three further years of study, you'll cover topics that include flight systems, dynamics, avionics, aircraft design, navigation and control engineering. You'll also complete experiments and projects, culminating in your final individual project.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

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.

Foundation year

Engineering Methodology 1 and 2

Studied in both trimester one and trimester two, these modules will provide an introduction to mathematics and its application to engineering. Module content is designed to help you understand and apply mathematics in engineering. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus.

Energy and Power

Module content will introduce the concepts of power and energy within the context of engineering systems and conservation. You’ll learn the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the technologies which can generate energy and power for domestic and commercial consumption.

Mechanical Systems

You’ll be introduced to the basic concept of mechanics. You’ll learn about the principle of stress and strain, solve problems in statistics and build knowledge for problems associated with simple beams. 

Study Skills

Study skills are the skills you need to enable you to study and learn efficiently – they are an important set of transferable life skills. This module will help you to develop your own study skill to suit your learning style. In addition, Information technologies are also developed. In this module you will be introduced to some of the elements of information technologies which will  provide you with the necessary skills to use in future (including writing reports and presentations).

Experimental Methods

Module content will provide you with an understanding of the basic units used in engineering and their practical significance.  You’ll learn to apply engineering analysis to design experiments and develop skills in producing technical reports.  You’ll also build a range of engineering measurement and computational analysis skills.

Year one

Engineering Mathematics

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 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.

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

Engineering Materials and Electrical Systems

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 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.

Product Engineering - Aeronautics Yr 1

This module will give you an insight into the complete process for the design or engineering of products and services. On completion of the module you will have basic marketing techniques and have an understanding of how to present information using both written and oral techniques. You will also be able to read and interpret engineering drawings, with particular reference to BS 308 and be taught skills in basic manufacturing processes and be able to create 2-dimensional orthographic engineering drawings. Your experience and learning are enhanced by the use of 3D CAD models viewed as projected images as well as ‘printed’ physical models.

Year two

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.

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 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.

Aircraft Structures

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.

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.

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.

Year three

Finite Element Analysis and Aircraft Structures

You'll be introduced to finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. The finite element method is based on the premise that a complex structure can be broken down into finitely many smaller pieces (elements), the behaviour of which is known or can be predicted. These elements can then be assembled to model the behaviour of the full structure.

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.

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.

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.

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?

TEACHING 

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory-based activities

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable future. Our research expertise includes the built environment, cancer, data security, dementia, marine conservation, robotics, and sustainability.

We place our students at the heart of everything we do. With over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative members of staff we offer a robust support system for our student community. Our expanding suite of multidisciplinary programmes cover acoustics, architecture, biology, biomedicine, chemical sciences, computing, construction, engineering, environment (built and natural), geography, mathematics, physics, property, robotics, surveying and wildlife.

If you're looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.

Facilities

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.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

On successful completion of the full BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering 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.

FURTHER STUDY

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.

A taste of what you could become

A systems engineer

A structures engineer

An aviation consultant

A pilot

A market analyst

And more...

Career Links

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.

Requirements

What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in aeronautical engineering. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications and an attention to detail.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Where English is not your first language you must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics 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

64 UCAS points to include level 3 study of Mathematics

A level

64 UCAS points to include minimum grade E in Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma

MPP for Engineering or science subjects, to include Merits in Mathematics modules

Access to HE

Pass with 64 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering or Science programme

Scottish Highers

64 UCAS points, to include Mathematics (grade E for Advanced Higher level, grade D for Higher level)

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 UCAS points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include Science, Engineering or Technology

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H415

Institution S03