BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering


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Entry Requirements

280 UCAS tariff points, eg, BBC at A-level. Must include Mathematics and another science-based subject at A-level, eg, Physics, Chemistry.

GCSE: Five at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language.

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This BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree prepares you for an exciting career in the UK’s aircraft and aerospace industry, the second largest in the world.

About BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering

Essential Information

Aeronautical engineers apply a wide range of engineering knowledge and skills to the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and operation of flight vehicles and related products.

The UK’s aircraft and aerospace industry is the second largest in the world and contributes significantly to economic growth and productivity.

This course was developed in close consultation with industry and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to enhance your employability. With a period of further learning, this degree forms an educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Those students studying the MEng will comply with the standards and expectations specified for Professional Engineering Competence-2010 (UK-SPEC) to form an educational base for professional development to Chartered Engineer status.

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This undergraduate engineering brochure provides an overview of information that applicants will find useful when making the decision to apply.

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Progress to an integrated Masters course

You may have the opportunity to progress to the MEng course which combines the undergraduate degree (BEng) with a Masters-level qualification.

The additional year gives you higher technical knowledge, and allows you to apply what you’ve already learned to an individual project. You enrol on the undergraduate degree, and have the opportunity to progress to an MEng if you achieve satisfactory grades in your assessments during your first two years of study.

What you will study

Year One

Year one provides you with basic knowledge of routine mathematical methods,essential scientific principles, and engineering practices. It is your introduction to the use of design tools, manufacturing and workshop techniques, health and safety protocols, project management and professional practice.

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles 1
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Professional Practice for Engineers
  • Engineering Mechanics 1
  • Thermofluids for Engineers
Year Two

In your second year, you will begin to explore key areas such as aerodynamics and flight mechanics, supported by further mathematics and mechanics. You will develop a practical engineering base through group work on aircraft design, and understand regulatory and environmental requirements.

  • Further Mathematics for Engineers*
  • Business and Finance for Engineers*
  • Engineering Mechanics 2
  • Engineering Material Science
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Systems & Performance
  • Design for Aeronautical Engineers
Year Three

Year three modules cover a range of technical subjects including stability and control,propulsion, aircraft materials and structures,and modelling techniques. The modules allow you to evaluate and analyse key challenges in aeronautical engineering and devise costeffective solutions. You will learn about planning, operations, regulations, health and safety, and management, which are important issues within aeronautical engineering. You will also have flying lessons and complete a project in a topic of your choice.

  • Finite Element Analysis*
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics*
  • Aircraft Maintenance Management*
  • Aircraft Materials*
  • Aircraft Structures*
  • Aircraft Stability and Control
  • Propulsion
  • Individual Project (BEng) – 30 credits

*10 credit module

The above information is a sample module description for illustrative purposes. Modules and module content may change from time to time.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering

Learning and Teaching methods

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and seminars. You will also need to devote time to self-study, such as conducting research and preparing for your assessments and lectures.

You will also have the opportunity to visit sites such as Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and Airbus, and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists from the Ministry of Defence, BAMC, Augusta Westland and the RAeS, on current technological advancements in the field. We also encourage our students to take a year out in industry and can help you arrange this through our industrial links.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a mixture of exams, coursework and problem-based exercises. Speaking in front of your colleagues also forms part of your assessment in group design and project modules, which will develop your presentation and communication skills. In the final year, you will fly a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft behaviour and control principles.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering


We have links with the regional aviation industry, which includes GE Aviation, BAMC, Nordam Europe, TES Aviation Group, and other members within the Aerospace Wales Forum.

Our graduates are in demand in the UK, and in the civil and defence sectors worldwide. Some of the UK-based companies with which our students work include GE Aviation, Storm Aviation, Airbus, BAMC, and TES Aviation.


This course is fully accredited to Incorporated Engineer status by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). You can progress to Chartered Engineer status with a period of further learning.

Additional Information for BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering

Further Reading:

For further information about studying aeronautical engineering at the University of South Wales, please visit


The aerospace industry has become increasingly competitive and in recognising this, the University has recently invested £1.8m into its aerospace facilities.

Facilities available to our students have been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and British Airways. With access to an EASA-approved suite of practical training facilities, our students can use a range of industry-standard facilities.

Our Aerospace Centre is home to a Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft, assembled with Honeywell TPE331 Engines and Rockwell-Collins Proline II Avionics. It has a 19-passenger configuration.

The EASA-approved suite contains training and practical workshops and laboratories. Each area contains the tools and equipment required to facilitate the instruction of either mechanical or avionic practical tasks as required by the CAA.

Students use the TQ two-shaft gas turbine rig to investigate the inner workings of a gas turbine engine by collecting real data and subsequently analysing them for engine performance.

Our sub-sonic wind tunnel is used for basic aerodynamic instruction, testing and demonstrations on various aerofoil shapes and configurations.

The single-seater, full motion, three axes Merlin MP521 flight simulator can be programmed for several aircraft types that include the Airbus A320 and the Cessna 150.