Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons)

Aeronautical Engineering at De Montfort University (DMU) is a broad-based engineering course providing the experimental, computational and analytical skills required for careers in the aeronautical and aerospace industry. Our academics are active, renowned researchers in these industries and have developed specialist modules exploring aerodynamics and flight simulation.



*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.

Reasons to study Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons) at De Montfort University:

DMU has made a significant investment to establish modern aeronautical laboratories equipped with a low speed wind tunnel and will have a selection of simulation facilities including a professional (AMST Airfox DISO) flight simulator and specialist engineering software.

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF),
    indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU [Office for Students, 2017]
  • Academic Expertise
    Our academics have experience working in international research institutions and the aeronautical industry with established research collaborations worldwide. These include the National Aeronautical Laboratories (NAL) India, Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) Russia and AMST Systemtechnik GmbH Austria. The modules taught in this programme are informed by research and industry experience
  • 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
  • Specialist Facilities
    The university has made significant investment in to our dedicated Aeronautical Engineering facilities, and our students will be able to develop their practical and professional skills in our Airfox DISO flight simulator, our instrumented low-speed wind tunnel and simulation software
  • #DMUworks
    #DMUworks guarantees our undergraduate students a professional work experience opportunity while studying at DMU. Our engineering students have the opportunity to enhance their practical and professional skills via work placements in companies such as Cummings, Network Rail and Caterpillar
  • Graduate Careers
    Graduates are likely to go in careers in relevant sectors such as Aeronautical and Aerospace, Automotive (vehicle aerodynamics), renewable energy sector (wind turbine design), aviation management, military and defence industries. DMU Engineering graduates have gone on to work for global companies such as, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Ricardo
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia, Italy and Poland. Previous DMU engineering students have visited the Lodz University in Poland to attend workshops on the aerodynamics of wind turbines as well as New York to see the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum
  • Find yourself in pole position
    Aeronautical students have the opportunity to become valuable members of  our ‘DMU Racing’ team optimising aerodynamics of our Formula Student racing car. You will be challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car, which is then tested in competition with universities around the world at the famous Silverstone Circuit.


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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

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points (120 UCAS points for MEng) from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics at grade C or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM (DDM for MEng)
  • 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 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

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

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

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

Work experience and placements 



First year modules

Engineering Mathematics -1
Engineering Mathematics -2 
Mechanical Principles- Statics 
Mechanical Principles - Dynamics 
Design and Manufacture 
Aircraft Design Principles 
Mechanics of Flight 

Second year modules

Aircraft Structures and Materials 
Fundamentals of Aerodynamics 
Project Management 
Engineering Mathematics-3 
Instrumentation and Control 
Flight Dynamics and Control
Thermodynamics and heat transfer
Fluid Mechanics


Third year modules 

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

MEng modules

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

Modules are subject to validation and change

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 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.



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.

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.



Technology's dedicated Placement Unit provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.


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.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

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.



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.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



There are opportunities to gain industry experience and understand professional practice by undertaking placements. Our faculty has a dedicated placement unit which will help you to find a placement opportunity.

#DMUworks opportunities include:

  • Professional experiences, placements, internships and volunteering
  • Work-readiness training, coaching and development
  • Business insider visits
  • Enterprise support
  • Research and consultancy opportunities

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