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BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering

Course Overview

This Aeronautical Engineering BEng (Hons) enables you to develop specialist aeronautical engineering knowledge, supported by a solid foundation of mechanical engineering knowledge and skills.

The five main areas of competence defined in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, UK-SPEC, published by the Engineering Council UK, ECUK, have been used to inform the content and curriculum of the programme. These areas of competence are: 1. Use of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding 2. Application of appropriate theoretical and practical methods 3. Technical and commercial leadership and management 4. Effective interpersonal and communication skills 5. Commitment to professional standards and recognition of obligations to society and environment.

This programme is designed to provide a route to membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology as well as to registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng) and European Engineer (EurIng).

Key information

    Course name

    BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BEng with Honours

    Awarding body

    University of Brighton

    Professional recognition

    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom & Laboratory based

    Duration

    3 years or 4 years with placement year

    Tuition fees

    £13,800 per year

    Intakes

    September

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    Moulsecoomb campus, Brighton

Academic entry requirements

A-levels
BBC including maths and a physical science.

BTEC
DMM

International Baccalaureate
28 points, specified subjects including maths and a physical science at higher level.

Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. Level 3 units in maths and a physical science required. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.

GCSE (minimum grade C)
at least five subjects including English language, maths and a physical science.

Other
Foundation course with maths and a physical science, with an average of at least 55 per cent.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Progression route

Further academic study of MEng, MSc, MPhil, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates will have career opportunities in a range of industries from aerospace to manufacturing.

Modules

Year 1

In year 1, a major design project will familiarise you with the course and your colleagues. Other modules provide a broad introduction to mechanical engineering.

Modules

  • Design and Applications Project (20 credits)
  • Aircraft and Automotive Systems (20 credits)
  • Computer-aided Engineering and Design (20 credits)
  • Materials and Manufacture I (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Engineering Concepts (20 credits)

 

Year 2

In year 2, you will be introduced to subjects including management, aeronautical computer-aided design and modelling. Design modules include hands-on workshop practice and transferable skills training. Industry-standard computer-aided engineering software is used throughout the course.

Modules

  • Fluid Mechanics (10 credits)
  • Thermodynamics (10 credits)
  • Materials (10 credits)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (10 credits)
  • Computer-aided Engineering (10 credits)
  • Dynamics (10 credits)
  • Aeronautical Instrumentation and Testing (20 credits)
  • Mathematics and Control (20 credits)
  • Engineering Design Innovation and Management (20 credits)

 

Placement year

You have the option to spend a year in industry or study abroad for a year.

The placement year will significantly enhance your CV and boost your employability. You will be able to use your newly acquired skills in the workplace on real projects and situations – and you might use this experience to inform your final year project/dissertation. Work experience enables you to build contacts in the industry before you finish studying. Some of our graduates even come back to the university with a job offer for after they graduate. 

Spending a year abroad will broaden your horizons, enabling you to examine aeronautical engineering from a different viewpoint and to experience a different university culture. You may improve your foreign language skills, and widen your studies by exploring complementary subjects. 

 

Year 3

In your final year you will be given more flexibility by picking two of three option modules.

You will also embark on a major individual project which is often supported by industry.

Modules

  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics (10 credits)
  • Aircraft Propulsion Systems (10 credits)
  • Aircraft Design (10 credits)
  • Control Systems (10 credits)
  • Project (40 credits)

 

Options include

  • Radio and Navigation Systems (10 credits)
  • Materials Engineering (10 credits)
  • Engineering Simulation (10 credits)
  • Industrial Placement (20 credits)

 

Assessment methods

Tests, online tests, written examinations, logbooks, presentations, reports, performance test of product, laboratory tests, Dragons Den and viva-voce.

 

Learning facilities available

Throughout the course you will have access to specialist laboratories and custom-built workshops, all equipped with professional-standard equipment and developed in partnership with industry experts. The equipment meets professional engineering standards so that our students are fully prepared to apply their knowledge to the workplace.

Engineering facilities

  • General purpose electronics laboratories
  • Hydraulics laboratory
  • Thermal dynamics and avionics laboratory
  • Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories
  • Hybrid vehicle experimentation laboratory
  • Socata Rallye TB9 flight simulator, with three projections giving aeronautical engineering students an unrestricted view of the landscape and scenery
  • Brighton Product Lab
  • Drawing studio 
  • Woodwork and modelling shop
  • Advanced machine tool facility

 

Main learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • To provide knowledge and competence in Mathematics, Science, Information Technology with practical applications, to the level required for entry to the first year of an honours degree course
  • Apply appropriate scientific principles and mathematical methods to analyse practical problems and develop engineering solutions for these problems
  • Evaluate unfamiliar problems, solve them by selecting and applying appropriate computer based engineering tools, and critically assess the solution with reference to the underlying limitations of the selected tool
  • Integrate knowledge of design principles, codes of practice, safety, engineering materials and components to enable appropriate design solutions within unfamiliar situations
  • Demonstrate understanding of management and business practices within legal, professional and ethical constraints
  • Demonstrate an understanding the processes involved in aircraft design and apply critical judgements to the aerodynamic design of aircraft
  • Evaluate an aircraft’s performance through the synthesis information gathered from the application of theoretical and computational analysis and the use of wind tunnel testing
  • Describe the effects of structure and propulsion on aircraft performance, and their effect on the control and stability of aircraft in subsonic flight
  • Design and conduct laboratory experiments and critically evaluate the outcome in terms of the measurement system employed and underlying scientific principles
  • Design, manufacture and test a functional mechanical product
  • Evaluate technical and business risks within the requirements of commercial and industrial constraints
  • Plan and manage a programme of work
  • Recommend well-justified proposals based on appropriate decision making processes and effectively communicate within a business and social context
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, and independently develop knowledge and skills in related disciplines