Postgraduate study

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is a specialist centre within one of the UK’s largest engineering universities. We have 37 academic staff and nearly 150 postgraduate students on taught and research programmes.

Why choose to study Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering?

At Loughborough teaching staff are eager to help, and there are great facilities and equipment at hand to perform experiments which is vital to validate theoretical research.

Michael, PhD student

The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is an engineering specialist centre for teaching and research.

With programmes dating back to 1919, our reputation for teaching and research has been built on nearly 100 years of excellence. Today, we have a thriving community of postgraduate students and research associates from all over the world, who benefit from the expertise of our 37 world-class academic staff.

Leading reputation for teaching and research

In the Government’s External Subject Review, we were awarded an excellent score (23/24) for the quality of its teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, our subject areas featured in the top ten nationally. More information about our areas of research can be found on our dedicated research page.

Strong industry links

Over 87% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. We have particularly close links with Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Bentley, Ford Motor Company, Group Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, MIRA, Perkins Caterpillar and many tier one automotive suppliers.

Strong and expanding research

We have a strong and expanding research provision, centred on four major research groups. These groups cover a broad range of research areas, from the development of new low emissions combustion systems for gas turbine engines through to fundamental investigations into the operation of hydrogen powered fuel cells.

Strategic research partnerships

We have an impressive number of strong strategic partnerships within the sector, which aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry. The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes and the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre in Engine Systems are both situated within the Department. We also have excellent links with a range of other top engineering companies, including Bentley, Lotus Group, BAE Systems, Ford Motor Company, Cenex, Marshall Aerospace, Mercedes, Petronas, Nissan, Red Bull Racing and Jaguar Land Rover.

Extracurricular opportunities

We offer a range of activities that may appeal to your interests for you to get involved with outside of your studies. A popular society is the Engineers Without Borders Society, which is great if you're interested in engineering, international development, technology or if you just want to try something new! We also have a variety of volunteering projects, including a fantastic STEM project where you can become a Science Engineering Ambassador. This role involves visiting local Schools to encourage young people to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities. It is a rewarding experience and will be great if you are interested in a future with science, engineering and teaching.

Our facilities

Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help students throughout their studies and fully-equip them for their future endeavours.

The £14 million state-of-the-art facilities include laboratories, workshops, wind-tunnels, a flight simulator and a technical display area with a recently retired military aircraft. Loughborough University’s outstanding £17 million STEMLab is adjacent to the Department, and offers first-class engineering, science and materials laboratories, forming a truly cutting-edge learning facility for Loughborough students.

We have extensive laboratories and facilities including: wind tunnels; high performance computing; anechoic chamber; indoor UAV testing; structures testing facilities; gas-turbine engines; eight purpose built engine test cells; BAE Systems Hawk aircraft; 6-axis simulator (road and aircraft); chassis dynamometer and numerous instrumented test vehicles.

We also host the Rolls- Royce UTC in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes and the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre (IRC) in engine systems.