Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Aeronautical Engineering

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Attendance

Three year

Four year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

Major airlines are constantly seeking opportunities to fly further, improve fuel-efficiency and improve safety. Get onboard for a successful, lucrative career in a global industry with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

Salford is a leading UK centre for aeronautics. A gateway to professional status, our popular Aeronautical Engineering course is accredited by professional institutions including Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards.

You will:
  • Complete experiments and projects in aeronautical laboratories, using our flight simulators to enter national competitions, which Salford has won twice
  • 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
  • Learn about aircraft design, including detailed refinement of component design and major interactions that have a crucial influence on the overall design effectiveness
  • Assess aircraft performance by modelling aerodynamic loads and propulsion system performance, leading to key results in both steady and accelerated flight
  • Have the opportunity to take a placement year in industry, which will mean you will graduate with 'with professional experience' in your degree title
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a keen interest in aerospace and desire a future career in this field

2.

You enjoy using technology to find solutions to challenges

3.

You enjoyed mathematics or physics at college

4.

You want a degree with professional status

Course details

All about the course

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, essential modules explore engineering in relation to mathematics, electrical systems, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, structures and dynamics.

During year two, the course will progress you to look at elements of aircraft design, including aircraft structures, flight systems, navigation, aerodynamics and performance.

In your final year, you'll cover advanced flight control, the aerodynamics of high speed vehicles, and structural analysis using finite element methods. You'll complete experiments and project work, culminating in your individual final year project.

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.

Industrial placement option

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By competing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your degree award.

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 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 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.

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.
Year Two

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Year 3

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

25%

Lectures

25%

Tutorials

50%

Practical activities

Teaching

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical activities
Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

The School of Computing, Science & Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Facilities

Mechanical Lab – This lab is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions would include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

Aerodynamics Lab – Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments would 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.

Composite Material Lab – This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections. The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.

Control and Dynamics Lab – Contains flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions will 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.

Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator

This simulator supports the engineering design modules involving aerodynamics and control systems, by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design. You'll design and input your own aircraft parameters into the simulator before then assessing the flight characteristics.

The simulator is a fully-enclosed single seat capsule mounted on a moving 2-degree of freedom platform which incorporates cockpit controls, integrated main head-up display and two secondary instrumentation display panels.

An external instructor console accompanies the simulator and is equipped with a comprehensive set of displays, override facilities and a two-way voice link to the pilot.

Elite Flight Training System

The Elite is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator used for flight operations training and is certified by the CAA as a FNPT II-MCC Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment. It has two seats, each with a full set of instrumentation and controls, and European Visuals, so you see a projection of the terrain that you're flying through, based on real geographic models of general terrain and specific airports in Europe.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment

As the course meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, you will enhance your career prospects through professional registration and institution memberships.

Career opportunities exist in the design, manufacture and operation of aerospace vehicles. Opportunities are found in companies involved in designing and manufacturing major sub-units of aeroplanes and related aerospace vehicles such as engines, structural parts, avionics or environmental control systems. Other possibilities exist in technical engineering specialisms or general business management.

Previous aeronautical engineering graduates have gained employment with leading companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Roll-Royce, Thales and the Royal Air Force.

Further Study

We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study paths to help you take your career even further. We even offer a sizeable fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

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

Industry placements can form a key part of your studies and provide a structured link between study and exposure to professional practice, and allow you to see your development in an industrial setting.

The course team has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with the aviation industry in the North West and beyond, ensuring that you will have extensive industry contact throughout your studies.

External validation of the course content recognises that it meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession. Professional registration and Institution membership will enhance your career in the following ways:

  • Access to continuous professional development
  • Careers advice
  • Increased earning potential
  • International recognition of your qualifications, skills and experience
  • Evidence of your motivation, drive and commitment to the profession
  • Networking opportunities
Requirements

What you need to know

This course is awarded accredited status by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and meets the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, and the Chartered Engineer (CEng) requirement in part.

  • Provides access to rewarding professional careers with excellent opportunities.
  • Industrial placement year option.
  • International students can apply.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one component
  • ESOL Skills for Life Level 2/Certificate in Advanced English/Certificate of Proficiency in English

University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)

Applicant Profile

The type of person who would be interested in this course would ideally have studied mathematics or physics based subjects at college and would like to gain a deeper knowledge in these and other related subjects with particular bias towards aeronautical applications. You would ideally already have a keen interest in aerospace related matters and desire a future career in this field.

Standard Entry

GCSE

Maths and English language at grade C/grade 4 or above.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

112 - 120 points

A level

112 - 120 points including maths and numerate science at grade C. A pass in the practical element of science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM must include engineering or science and have Distinction in maths modules

Scottish Highers

112 - 120; advanced higher maths at grade C and numerate science at grade C; higher maths at grade B and numerate science at grade B or design at grade B.

Irish Leaving Certificate

112 points including A2 in higher level maths and numerate science.

International Baccalaureate

31 Grade 5 in higher level numerate science and maths

Access to HE

A minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 60 credits overall. Pass with 112 to 120 UCAS points achieved. Distinctions in numerate modules required.

Alternative Entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We 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 have received your application we will 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.

How Much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,400per year
Part-time 2019 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

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

Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to the generosity of the Mason Family, applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarships. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrolment in September 2019. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
  • Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs; 
  • Live in the North West; 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent. 
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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H410

Institution S03