University of Brighton

Aeronautical Engineering

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 4 years

    Part-time: 8 years

    With placement year 5 years

    UCAS code H416

    Professional accreditation

    This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technololgy (IET) as meeting the educational requirements stage for chartered engineer status (CEng).

    About the course

    This course provides you with a broad education in mechanical engineering and the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in aeronautical engineering. Graduates are well placed for a range of interesting careers in the aerospace sector. The MEng route extends your technical understanding whilst developing management expertise and knowledge of business processes.

    Throughout the course you also have the opportunity to take modern European languages including French, German and Spanish.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    AAB including maths and a physical science. General Studies excluded.


    International Baccalaureate:
    36 points, specified subjects including maths and a physical science at Higher level.

    Access to HE Diploma
    not accepted for this course.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least five subjects including English language, mathematics and a physical science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    may enable you to start the course in year 2.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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    Other courses like this:

    Aeronautical Engineering

    Aeronautical Engineering (with integrated foundation year)

    Aeronautical Engineering (top-up degree)

  • Course content

    Course structure

    In year 1, a major design project enables students to familiarise themselves with the course and their colleagues. Other modules provide a broad foundation in mechanical engineering.

    In year 2, subjects including management and aeronautical computer-aided design and modelling are introduced. Design modules include hands-on workshop practice and transferable skills training. Industry-standard computer-aided engineering software is used throughout the course. After the second or third year you may also opt for a year-long industrial placement.

    The final two years include specialist options at BEng final year and masters level, and major individual and team projects which are often supported by industry. These options benefit from the strong industrial links established by many of the staff.


    Year 1
    Design and Applications Project
    Aircraft and Automotive Systems
    Computer-aided Engineering and Design
    Materials and Manufacture
    Engineering Concepts

    Year 2
    Manufacturing Engineering
    Computer-aided Engineering
    Aeronautical Instrumentation and Testing
    Mathematics and Control
    Engineering Design and Management

    Optional placement year or study abroad

    Final two years
    Individual project
    Product Innovation and Management
    Integrating case study
    Aircraft Design
    Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    Aircraft Propulsion Systems
    Interdisciplinary team project
    Operations Management for Logistics
    Computational Fluid Dynamics
    Aircraft Dynamics and Control

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    MEng Aeronautical Engineering  [P1CA008]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    This degree is very popular in industry and consequently our graduates have a good employment record. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including mechanical engineer at McAlpine Helicopters Ltd, logistics administrator for Lucas Aerospace and trainee graduate engineer at MSX International.

    Graduates are also well prepared to go on to further postgraduate study or research within the school or elsewhere.

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Find out more

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