University of Brighton

Aeronautical Engineering (top-up degree)

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 1 year min

    Part-time: 2 years min

    UCAS code H414

    About the course

    This one-year course offers students the chance to top up their engineering foundation degree or HND with an honours degree qualification and to broaden their range of skills and improve their career prospects. You will be taught how to turn ideas into reality by applying the principles of science and technology to the research, design, manufacture and maintenance of highly sophisticated aircraft. The degree also helps develop transferable skills such as oral and written communication, teamworking, analytical skills and time management, all of which provide a sound basis for employment in the aerospace industry.

    Throughout this practical engineering course, you will also develop the range of specialist skills, knowledge and understanding needed to become an Incorporated Engineer.

    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.

    Foundation degree/HND
    in a relevant subject, with an overall merit grade (60 per cent) profile.

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

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The course is mostly delivered through lectures with specific laboratory and coursework activities built in to give practical insights into the theory. In addition to the time spent at university, 20 hours per week independent study is expected.

    Areas of study

    You will study modelling and simulation, aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion systems, aircraft structures and body design, aircraft maintenance, computer aided engineering, and product innovation and management.


    Control and Simulation
    Aircraft Propulsion Systems
    Aircraft Design
    Aircraft Maintenance
    Pilot Studies
    Computer Aided Engineering
    Product Innovation and Management

  • 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.

    BSc Hons Aeronauical Engineering (top-up)  [P1EG036]
    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

    Graduates will be equipped with the specialist knowledge to start their career in aeronautical design in the commercial and military aircraft sector or technical management of aeronautical infrastructure or systems.

    However, Aeronautical Engineering encompasses many modern and leading edge technologies which are often far in advance of other industries so an honours degree in this area equips graduates with skills that are not only useful for a career in the aviation industry but in many other fields of engineering. Career options include airframe design, engine design and testing, flight testing and wind tunnel testing, aircraft maintenance, design of unmanned aerial vehicles, stress analysis, aerodynamics, and flight simulation.

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