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Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2017

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years
Programme leader:
Dr Budi Chandra
Key fact:
Study in the UK’s aerospace hub on a course that has been developed alongside aerospace partners and is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society. Learn how to fly on an intensive flying course in the US.

Page last updated 17 August 2017


Why MEng Aerospace Engineering?

Increasing activity in civilian space flight, unmanned aerial vehicles, and the civil aviation sector has led to rising demand for qualified aerospace engineers.

Why study our course?

Aerospace Engineering at UWE Bristol has been designed alongside regional aerospace partners and is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society. This means you will be equipped with industry knowledge, as well as an in-depth understanding of the aeronautical design and build process.

Alongside the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, you will study materials and manufacturing processes, stress and dynamics, aerospace design, thermodynamics and fluids.Throughout the course, you will obtain practical experience in developing and testing your prototypes in our well-equipped laboratories.

Real world experience

To reinforce your Aerospace Engineering degree, you will have the opportunity to gain a real insight into the aviation industry through flight training. During this training, you will focus on areas such as navigation, aviation safety, aircraft instrument systems and regulations at a practical level (additional costs apply).

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be set for a career in the aerospace industry. Job opportunities range from working on the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, to working with helicopters and jet engines.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Aeronautics.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Pilot Studies and Aerodynamics*
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Project Management
  • Aero-Structures.

Plus one of the following three pathways:


  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Stress Analysis.


  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Mechatronics.


  • Aircraft Systems, Avionics and Control
  • Mechatronics.

*You must pass this module in order to continue on the MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies award.

Optional placement year

Students wishing to undertake a placement year will complete the module Industrial Placement, which forms part of the credit for the following year.

Year three

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Aero-Propulsion
  • MEng Individual Project Part A.

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement (for those who complete a placement year)
  • Engineering and Society.

You will also continue with the specialist pathway selected in Year two:


  • Systems Engineering
  • Structural Design and Inspection.

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.


  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Managing Advanced Manufacturing
  • Machine Vision.


  • Systems Engineering
  • Avionics and Control 3.

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.

You can exit after Year three with BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies or alternatively continue to Year four to complete an MEng.

Final year (MEng)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • MEng Group project
  • MEng Individual Project Part B.

You will also continue with your chosen specialist pathway:


  • Aerodynamics C
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Aeroacoustics.


  • Electromechanical Systems Integration
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Lean Engineering and Decision Support Tools for Continuous Improvement
  • Advanced Manufacturing.


  • Electromechanical Systems Integration
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Lean Principles of Engineering.

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Flight Test and Airworthiness
  • Avionic Systems
  • Safety Critical Embedded Systems
  • Industrial Applications of Vision and Automation.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.



Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

We work in partnership with employers including Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation and Agusta Westland and have strong relationships with smaller companies across the UK. These provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities. There are also other companies who provide placements for our students. Past students have worked with Airbus, Smith Industries, E-Stress, GE Aircraft and Marshal Aerospace.

Read Lara's story to see how a placement at Rolls Royce led to her joining their international Graduate Scheme.

Read about placements our students have done with our partner employers including Airbus and Agusta Westland.


Throughout the course, you will see aerospace engineering in action at a range of facilities. This includes visits to organisations ranging from Airbus, GKN and the National Composites Centre, to museums such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil.

On your first year trip to Cotswold Airport, you can look around aircraft and go into the flight control tower. In your second year, you will design and build a model glider aircraft's wings for Wings Week. Then you will get to 'race' it against the competition.

Study facilities

Apply what you've learnt and develop vital professional skills in our state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Design and draw new concepts using CAD, simulation and planning software on our extensive PC network.
  • Test aerodynamics in our subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels.
  • Develop and test materials using our composite manufacturing facilities, and stress and materials laboratories.
  • Test designs using our state-of-the-art flight simulator, which you can update with model data to test the flight mechanics and aerodynamics of design concepts.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Pilot studies programme

To reinforce your aerospace engineering degree you will have the opportunity to get a real insight into the aviation industry through flight training. During this training you will focus on areas such as navigation, aviation safety, aircraft instrument systems and regulations at a practical level.  UWE has excellent links with flight schools in the UK (Bristol Aero and Kemble Flying Clubs, Cotswold Airport) and the USA (NMC Aviation, Michigan).  If you meet the flight training requirements (e.g. medical and security checks) you will be eligible to graduate with an Aerospace Engineering (pilot studies) degree. This option is an additional cost.  For more details on the pilot studies programme please email Dr Pritesh Narayan.

Showcase your work

Final year Aerospace Engineering students showcase their work to employers, students and the public at UWE Bristol's annual Environment and Technology Degree Show.


Careers / Further study

The course will prepare you for employment in leading aerospace companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Agusta Westland. Previous graduates have gone into careers in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: GCSE Maths Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading. One of the following BTEC Diplomas: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical / Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in another science or technology subject. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 6 in higher level Mathematics and a pass at higher level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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