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MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies

Entry year
Course code
School of Engineering
Tariff points
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Nadia Algosaibi

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Page last updated 10 July 2024


This course was designed with input from regional aerospace partners to give you the industry relevant skills needed to become a technical specialist.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study Aerospace Engineering with Pilot studies?

MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies offers an Aerospace Engineering degree with aviation industry-focused insight and skills development, allowing graduates to become more informed engineers or pilots depending on their future career interest and training. 

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

Why UWE Bristol?

Our new inclusive, problem-based curriculum will broaden our engineering audience, enabling students from a wider range of backgrounds to pursue a career in engineering. To date, we're the first university in the UK to transform our curriculum alongside constructing a new engineering building.

You'll explore aerospace engineering alongside the competencies required of a Private Pilot Licence. The Pilot Study modules are based on real-world pilot training material (but not approved/certified training assessments) with a focus on providing knowledge in areas such as navigation, aviation safety, aircraft instrument systems and regulations at a practical level. The Aerospace Engineering modules provide skills and capabilities in disciplines such as materials and structures; aerodynamics, propulsion and manufacturing. Additional modules provide tutoring towards professional practice, such as project work, communication, and presentation skills.

This course will give you a good grounding towards a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) but completion of the degree does not lead to a full PPL and does not assure being granted a flying licence of any sort.

See the Structure section below for more details.

The course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Our MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies has been designed with input from regional aerospace partners. You'll gain the skills needed to become future technical specialists and leaders within the aerospace industry.

Where can it take me?

As a student engineer, you'll start your professional journey towards becoming an incorporated or chartered engineer from day one. You'll learn by doing, applying and revisiting your early skills through embedded project weeks and development of digital and physical prototypes, as you would in practice.

As a graduate, you'll be set for a career in the aerospace industry. You'll have exciting career prospects, working on the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, to working with helicopters and jet engines.

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

Year one

You'll study:

  • Aerospace Thermofluids
  • Dynamics Modelling and Simulation
  • Engineering Practice 1
  • Introduction to Pilot Studies
  • Solid Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing.

Year two

You'll study:

  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Engineering Research
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Fundamental Aerodynamics
  • Flight
  • Aerospace Systems Design
  • Fundamental Aero-Propulsion.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year sandwich course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Year three (final year for BEng)

You'll study:

  • Engineering Project
  • Aerospace Group Design Project
  • Pilot and Airline Operations
  • Professionalism for Engineers.

Plus, two optional modules from:

  • Aero Structures
  • Avionics
  • Composite Engineering
  • Control Engineering
  • Further Aero-Propulsion
  • Further Aerodynamics
  • Spaceflight
  • Space Engineering
  • Digital Manufacturing in Aerospace
  • Integrated Electro-Mechanical Systems.

Year four (final year for MEng)

You'll study:

  • Masters Group Capstone Project.

Plus, four optional modules from:

  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • Aeroelasticity and Flight Loads
  • Structural Integrity in Design
  • Principles of Flight Test
  • Space Systems Design
  • Aero-acoustics
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Principles of Lean Engineering.

To achieve the award of either BEng(Hons) or MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies you must complete (and evidence by logbook) a minimum of 20 hours flying training in a powered aircraft with a licenced trainer to combine practical experience with the theoretical knowledge. This practical flying training will incur an additional cost on top of the course tuition fees. These additional costs will vary depending on the number of hours in training and the location of the training.

We'll facilitate finding the best training options for the practical flying required to achieve the programme's learning outcomes. Two recommended options for flight training are through our current partnerships:

An aerospace engineer who holds a pilot license usually presents a broader understanding of the practical aspects of flight and aircraft performance. Whilst we encourage students to build on their learning as part of the course to gain their full licence, there is a need to complete training in your own time at your own expense that is not included as part of the course or the tuition fee.

If you don't complete the required minimum of 20 hours flying training you'll not be able to graduate with the award of BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies. You'll be eligible to transfer to and graduate with the award of BEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering, provided you achieve all the requirements of that award.

For more details on this course, please contact the programme leader.

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'll 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 Umnanned 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

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


You can expect to be assessed through a mix of assignments, exams, continuous assessment and group work depending on the module. In your final year, a project report and presentation will form part of the assessment.

We encourage you to exhibit your final year work at our annual degree show, where you can discuss your work and celebrate your achievements with family, friends and potential employers.

Learn more about assessments.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

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


Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society on behalf of the Engineering Council.


If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two. The placement year provides an opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in an industry setting and to start to build a professional network as part of your degree.

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 both 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.

It's your responsibility to find and secure a placement. You can get help to find your placement and support throughout from the staff within the School and our award-winning careers service.


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 engineering building is designed to inspire the engineers of the future. 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.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

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Careers / Further study

Our MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies course will equip you with industry knowledge, as well as an in-depth understanding of the aerospace design and build process.

Study materials and manufacturing, stress and dynamics, energy and thermodynamics and Engineering mathematics and Introduction to Aeronautics to gain a solid grounding in aerospace engineering principles.

Graduate ready to take up your place within the exciting, fast-paced aerospace industry. You'll develop core skills that you'll take with you through your career, such as innovation, teamwork and creativity.

There's an increasing demand for qualified aerospace engineers in the industry, so you'll have strong employability prospects. Past graduates have gone into careers in the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.

By the end of the course, you'll be prepared for employment in leading aerospace companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo, MBDA, Boeing and GE Systems.

You'll have the chance to specialise in your second year through the Systems, Design and Manufacturing pathways, allowing you to follow your career aspirations.

You'll benefit from a range of professional opportunities too. Get an inside track on the industry through regular factory tours and professional briefings from leading aerospace organisations. Work on placements in areas such as design, systems and manufacturing and build up valuable experience and skills.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help 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.


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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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

This refers to 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.

For this course, the cost of the required 20 hours flying training will be an additional cost and is not covered by the tuition fee.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in English Language requirements.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C 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.

    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.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics and 15 credits at Pass in another Science or Technology subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 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.
  • Irish Highers: H2 in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Engineering; Physics; Technology.
  • T Levels: Grade C in A-Level Mathematics, in addition to your T Level qualification. If you have or are looking to partially complete your T-Level, you are still required to have the equivalent to 2 full A-Levels as part of our minimum entry requirements. As a result, if you are applying with only the core or occupational specialism, this may be insufficient as a stand-alone qualification.

Entry requirements

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

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