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Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons)

Master the experimental, computational and analytical skills required for a career in the aeronautical and aerospace industry.

Overview

*Course is subject to validation and change*

 The UK aerospace and aeronautical industry is the largest in Europe and the second-largest in the world (second to the US). The sector has seen consistent growth in recent years and supports a growing number of high-skilled, high-value jobs.

Study a range of topics including Aircraft Structures and Materials, Flight Dynamics and Control and Aircraft Propulsion Systems.

DMU has made significant investment into the dedicated Aeronautical Engineering facilities. Students will be able to develop their skills in the Airfox DISO flight simulator, an instrumented low-speed wind tunnel and by using simulation software

Study either a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or a four-year integrated master’s MEng (Hons). At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng (Hons) or continuing for a further year for a MEng (Hons), subject to meeting the progression requirements

Benefit from the academic expertise of our prominent researchers who have experience of collaborating with international institutions and experts such as the National Aeronautical Laboratories India, Central Aero Hydrodynamic Institute Russia and AMST Systemtechnik GmbH Austria.

Become a member of our DMU Racing or DMU Faster teams and apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies to optimise the aerodynamics of our student-built petrol and electric racing cars.

Broaden your skills by joining our specialist Electronics Club. Members recently captured footage from the edge of space using GPS tracking, environmental monitoring equipment, a camera and data loggers.

Progress into a career in a range of industries such as aeronautical and aerospace, automotive (vehicle aerodynamics), renewable energy (wind turbine design), aviation management, military and defence.

Recent DMU engineering graduates have gone on to work for global companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Ricardo.

  

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

BEng: H410

MEng: H403

Duration: Four years full-time, five years with placement 

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

BEng: H410

MEng: H403

Duration: Four years full-time, five years with placement

Fees and funding: £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras. 

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • Normally 112 UCAS points (120 UCAS points for MEng) from at least two A-levels including Mathematics or Physics at grade C, or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM (DDM for MEng)

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course with at least 15 level 3 credits in the relevant subject at distinction:

  • Access to HE Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Science and Mathematics
  • Physics and Engineering
  • Physics and Mathematics

If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Mathematics or Physics please contact us for more details.

English and Mathematics GCSEs are required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Mathematics or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass


Portfolio Required: No
Interview Required: No

 

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

International students 

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Year one

  • Engineering Mathematics -1
  • Engineering Mathematics -2
  • Mechanical Principles - Statics
  • Mechanical Principles - Dynamics
  • Thermofluids 
  • Aircraft Design Principles
  • CAE and Programming
  • Mechanics of Flight


Year two

  • Aircraft Structures and Materials
  • Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
  • Project Management
  • Engineering Mathematics - 3
  • Introduction to Control Engineering
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Product Design
  • Fluid Mechanics 

Placement Year (Optional)

 

Year three

  • Individual Project
  • Flight Simulation Technology
  • Aircraft Propulsion
  • Human Factors and Flight Safety
  • Computational Aerodynamics-1
  • Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • Management Concepts in Aviation (optional)
  • Navigation and Pilot Studies (optional)

Year four (MEng)

  • Group Project
  • Advanced Flight Dynamics
  • Aircraft Handling Qualities and Control
  • Engineering Business Environment
  • Systems Operations Management (optional)
  • Computational Aerodynamics-2
  • Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamical Systems (optional)
  • Unmanned Aero Vehicle Design (optional)
  • Composite Materials (optional)

 

(Modules are subject to validation)

Aeronautical Engineering is taught by knowledgeable and professionally experienced staff giving you the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the aeronautical engineering fundamentals along with the personal skills that will enable you to study successfully and embark on a rewarding career.

A combination of different forms of teaching is used throughout Aeronautical Engineering, with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes.

Student-centred learning takes place through research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical-work-based exercises for the development of required skills and through understanding of delivered material.

You will be exposed to industry-standard computational methods 3D design, CFD and FEA analysis, Matlab/Simulink, C++ programming software and have access to computer and experimental laboratory facilities throughout the course.

 

 

Contact hours

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 30 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Facilities and features

Aeronautical Engineering Facilities

The University has made significant investment to set up this programme, which will includes dedicated Aeronautical Engineering laboratory spaces and equipment. The facilities will contain two major pieces of equipment:

  • A purpose-built subsonic wind tunnel for experimental investigation of aerodynamics considering different simple shapes and aircraft test models
  • An industry-standard flight simulator where you can gain piloting skills flying a number of civil and military aircraft models and also validate flight performance, stability and control of your own aircraft designs.

Library

We have 1,600 study places and more than 700 computer workstations across all library locations on campus. These give access to more than 500,000 print publications, thousands of e-books and e-journals and a huge range of DVDs, plus a host of research databases.

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management.

There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit you, your interests and aspirations. 

Engineering students have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local, national and international companies including BMW AG, Airbus UK and Siemens.

 

After successfully completing this programme graduates are expected to find employment in industries such as; Aeronautical and Aero Space, Automotive (vehicle aerodynamics), renewable energy sector (wind turbine design), aviation management, military and defence industries.

The UK aerospace and aeronautical industry is the largest in Europe and the second-largest in the world (second to the US). The sector has seen consistent growth in recent years and supports a growing number of high-skilled, high-value jobs.

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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons — helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Engineering students who recently visited New York received a guided tour of some of America's finest and most complex military hardware. 

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Graduate careers

After successfully completing this programme graduates are expected to find employment in aeronautical and aerospace industries, civil aviation management, defence sector, aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services, etc.

According to a House of Commons briefing paper the UK aerospace industry is the biggest in Europe and the second biggest in the world with a turnover of £31 billion in 2016. It employs 95,000 people, with the greatest number of jobs in the South West and the East Midlands. The programme team believes the industry will continue to grow in the coming years and this exciting new course will allow us to train the next generation of aerospace professionals.

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Aerospace industry

The UK aerospace industry is the biggest in Europe and the second biggest in the world with a turnover of £31 billion in 2016. It employs 95,000 people, with the greatest number of jobs in the South West and the East Midlands.

"The industry will continue to grow in the coming years and this exciting new course will allow us to train the next generation of aerospace professionals.” 
- Hobina Rajakaruna, programme leader

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