BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering


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Pontypridd (Campus code - A )



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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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Applicants may be required to attend an interview.


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.

All students enrol on combined BEng/MEng study for the first and second years, and those who attain a suitable standard in their second year will be offered progression to the MEng programme. click here to find out what the BEng and MEng qualification means.

The MEng has been developed as a four year undergraduate course that leads to a Masters qualification, offering a full educational base for professional development to become a Chartered Engineer. Both awards comply with the standards and expectations specified for Professional Engineering Competence-2010 (UK-SPEC), and are accredited at the appropriate level by the professional institutions.

This BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree was developed in close consultation with the South Wales aviation industry to meet their requirements, as well as those of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Unlike some universities, there is no need to travel to an external site to use our excellent resources. The latest addition to our teaching facilities is an Aircraft Maintenance Training Centre, which houses a BAe Jetstream 31 aircraft. The Centre complements our other facilities, which include a fully instrumented wind tunnel, educational gas turbine unit, materials testing, instrumentation and control laboratories.

Our state-of-the-art Merlin MP521 engineering flight simulator will allow you to assess the handling quality of your own designed aircraft. We also have extensive industry-standard computational modelling software on air flow over an aircraft body and structural stress analysis, which you will learn how to operate in the final year. Plus, with aerospace study at University of South Wales, all costs are included in your standard course fee.

We have a team of well-qualified and dedicated staff with outstanding teaching facilities to prepare you for a career in this vibrant, research and development-intensive industry. This is reflected in our achievement in the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) where 60% of our Engineering research outputs were considered of ‘international excellence’.

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

Undergraduate Engineering Brochure (PDF, 7MB)

What you will study

Year One
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles 1
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Professional Practice for Engineers
  • Engineering Mechanics 1
  • Thermofluids for Engineers
Year Two
  • 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
  • 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 strong links with the regional aviation industry, which includes GE Aviation, BAMC, Nordam Europe, TES Aviation Group, Storm Aviation and other members within the Aerospace Wales Forum. Our graduates are in demand not only in the UK, but also 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. Based on a survey by the Society of British Aerospace Companies, the average salary in this sector is 44% higher than the UK average and 31% above the manufacturing average (SBAC Annual Survey 2007).


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

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The £1.8m Aerospace Centre is the only one of its kind at a Welsh university. The Centre houses a BAE Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft in an energy-efficient aircraft hangar, providing hands-on experience in a purpose-built environment for the aircraft maintenance engineers of the future. The centre further comprises a Merlin MP521 flight simulator, a fully equipped wind-tunnel and a gasturbine engine.

Subject Societies

Engineering Society

Student Profiles

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