Students working on the bodywork of an aeroplane.

BEng(Hons)

Aerospace Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2020/21
Course code:
H403
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Budi Chandra
Key fact:
Study in the UK's aerospace hub on a course developed with some of the biggest names in engineering.

Page last updated 18 September 2019

Introduction

Why study aerospace engineering?

Engineering is where creative thinkers become world changers. An aerospace engineering degree will challenge you to ask questions, take risks and explore new perspectives. You'll turn ideas into reality as you apply the principles of science and technology to the research, design, manufacture and certification of current and future aerospace vehicles.

If you're fascinated by the history, technology and progress of aircraft and spacecraft, we'll take your passion and transform it into career-shaping skill and experience.

Why UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering has been designed in response to an increasing demand for qualified aerospace engineers. Developed with input from regional aerospace partners, it will to give you the industry-relevant skills and attributes you need to become a technical specialist and future leader within the aerospace industry.

This course equips you with industry knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the aerospace design and build process. Study materials and manufacturing, stress and dynamics, energy and thermodynamics to gain a solid grounding in aerospace engineering principles. In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to specialise through the Systems, Design and Manufacturing pathways.

From 2020, you'll be taught in our new multi-million pound Engineering building. Featuring engine test cells, wind tunnels and dedicated learning spaces, it's purpose-built to support a wide range of engineering disciplines.

Get an inside track on the industry through regular factory tours and professional briefings from leading aerospace organisations, and work on placements to build up valuable experience and professional skills.

Graduate ready to take up your place within the exciting, fast-paced aerospace industry.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate, you'll 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.

Read why Jana transferred to UWE Bristol to finish her BEng(Hons) in Aerospace Engineering.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Aerodynamics and Flight
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Project Management
  • Aero-Structures.

You must also choose one of three pathways:

Design:

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

 Systems:

  • Aircraft Systems, Avionics and Control
  • Mechatronics.

Manufacturing:

  • Design, Materials and CAD/CAM
  • Mechatronics.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • BEng Individual Project
  • Aero-Propulsion.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement
  • Engineering and Society.

You will then continue with your chosen pathway.

Design:

  • Structural Design and Inspection
  • Systems Engineering.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.

Manufacturing:

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

Systems:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Avionics and Control 3.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight.

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.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars with a programme of laboratory, practical and project work.

You'll design, develop and optimise a model aircraft in the first year Introduction to Aeronautics module. You'll have the opportunity to undertake a flight test course in a real aircraft in your third year and you'll also work in group projects to such as the ImechE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Challenge.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
129%71%0%
225%75%0%
324%76%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Assessment

Learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars with a programme of laboratory, practical and project work.

You'll design, develop and optimise a model aircraft in the first year Introduction to Aeronautics module. You'll have the opportunity to undertake a flight test course in a real aircraft in your third year and you'll also work in group projects to such as the ImechE Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Challenge.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
164%25%11%
243%56%1%
327%69%4%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

We work in partnership with Bristol employers like Airbus, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters. We also have strong relationships with smaller companies across the UK.

They provide work placements and graduate employment opportunities for our students. Past students have worked with Airbus, GE Aviation, E-Stress, Rolls Royce, Qinetic and Lockeed Martin.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Read more about our partner employers and how students benefit from their placements.

Fieldwork

Throughout the course, you'll see aerospace engineering in action at a range of facilities.

This includes visits to Airbus, GKN and the National Composites Centre and museums such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil.

In First year, you'll design and build a model glider aircraft's wings, then race it against the competition.

Study facilities

Our new engineering building is designed to inspire the engineers of the future. Opening in summer 2020, it'll be built for hands-on investigation, with engine test cells, wind tunnels and collaborative learning spaces. An ideal environment for encouraging you to explore, take risks and discover ways to change the world for the better.

Apply what you've learned and develop vital professional skills in well-equipped facilities.

Design, model and simulate new aerospace concepts using industry-standard computer-aided design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation and planning software on our extensive PC network.

Test vehicle aerodynamics in our subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels. Develop and test materials using our composite manufacturing facilities and stress and materials laboratories.

Try out designs using our industry standard flight simulator, which you can update with your prototype aircraft's model data to validate its handling qualities and performance.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Read how student Kim tests his solar powered aircraft with cutting-edge facilities.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This course will prepare you for employment in leading aerospace companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo, MBDA, Boeing and GE Systems.

Past graduates have gone into careers in the design and Past graduates have gone into careers in the design andmanufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in engineering

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in mechanical engineering

Fees

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1688
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11812
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year165

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) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • A-level subjects: Grade C in Mathematics, plus a Pass in one of the following: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • Relevant subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Mathematics; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You must be studying one of the following: Aeronautical Engineering; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. To include Merit in one of the following units: Further Engineering Mathematics or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics and 15 credits in another science or technology subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and a Pass in one of the following at Higher Level: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies.
  • Irish Highers: H3 in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Engineering; Physics; Technology.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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