Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich H402 A*AA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H403 A*AA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H401 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H410 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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Aeronautical Engineering course overview

In addition to providing knowledge to underpin engineering fundamentals, mathematical modelling and simulation, a strong theme throughout the degrees is group work and design. The MEng is an extended course that allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge, gain management skills and undertake a substantial individual project.

All our Aeronautical Engineering courses cover the basic principles of aerospace technology including aerodynamics, thermodynamics, stress analysis, mechanics, dynamics and control, engineering sciences which underpin avionics, design and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). The application of these subjects to aircraft and aero-engine design and development is common across all years of the course.

During Year 1, the course matches theory and application by timetabling lectures and tutorials in the morning, followed by applied studies, such as practical instruction, computing and laboratory experiments in the afternoon.

The first two years of the course are common for both MEng and BEng students, allowing BEng students the opportunity to transfer to the MEng at the end of the second year.

Flight testing

All students on the Aeronautical Engineering courses gain experience of testing and flight procedures during a week long flight test course, involving up to four flights, usually in a Jetstream aircraft.

Professional / industry recognition

The Aeronautical Engineering courses are accredited by The Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

MEng Aeronautical Engineering

This extended Aeronautical Engineering course has been developed to allow you to gain a broad-based knowledge of aeronautical engineering plus the chance to specialise in modern engineering disciplines.

In the final year of the MEng, you move away from traditional teaching methods and work alongside research groups in the Department or in Industry. Coupled with the project work, which runs throughout the last two years of the Aeronautical Engineering course, this allows you to gain experience of tackling real engineering problems. The course contains an optional language module, together with the possibility of spending part of the final year carrying out project-based work in other European countries.

Ant Caren: The course and student life

Ant Caren is an undergraduate from Loughborough University's Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. He's studying for a BEng in Automotive Engineering and gives us an insight into what it's like being a student at Loughborough.

Facilities

We have extensive laboratories and facilities including: wind tunnels; anechoic chamber; indoor UAV testing; structures testing facilities; gas-turbine engines; eight purpose-built automotive engine test cells; Hawk aircraft; 6-axis of motion road and aircraft simulator; chassis dynamometer, high and low temperature fuel cell testing facilities and numerous instrumented test vehicles.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1 (MEng and BEng)

  • Aircraft Systems and Performance 1
  • Computing (in both semesters)
  • Elasticity
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics (in both semesters)
  • Introduction to Aircraft Design (in both semesters)
  • Manufacturing, Technology and Management (in both semesters)
  • Thermodynamics (in both semesters)
  • Risk Analysis (or for MEng only language - Languages offered are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.)

Year 2 (MEng and BEng)

  • Aircraft Structural Loading 
  • Aircraft Systems & Performance 2 
  • Control Engineering 
  • Dynamics and Vibration
  • Electrotechnology
  • Engineering Mathematics 3 
  • High Speed Aerodynamics 
  • Low Speed Aerodynamics 
  • Mechanics of Solids 
  • Structural Design Project (in both semesters)
  • Turbomachinery and Propulsion 
  • Systems Reliability Assessment (or for MEng only language - Languages offered are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.)

BEng final year or MEng Year 3

Final year BEng students undertake an individual project and must include a design module in their choice of options. MEng students concentrate on design studies, management and a range of options in Year 3 and may also continue with a language. Students also participate in a one week flight test course using the Cranfield University Jetstream aircraft. Options include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Design
  • Avionic Systems
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Flight Control Systems
  • Gas Turbine Design 1
  • Gas Turbine Design 2
  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Mechanical Vibration
  • Noise Control
  • Principles of Composite Materials & Structures
  • Rotorcraft Engineering
  • Signal Analysis
  • Sound Radiation from Structures
  • Spacecraft Engineering
  • Stress & Structural Analysis

MEng final year

In the final year MEng students continue with a group project in aircraft design and a module in Business Modelling, with optional modules in Semester 1 and carry out an extensive individual research project in Semester 2 which may be undertaken in industry or overseas. Options include;

  • Advanced Reliability, Availability and Maintainability
  • Aerospace CFD
  • Aircraft Structural Analysis
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Propulsion Design for the Environment
  • Structural Vibration

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessments

Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations. Design-orientated work is assessed by oral presentation, project work and group assignments. The individual project is assessed by oral and poster presentations and a written report.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specifications for BEng and MEng variants.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

H402 Aeronautical Engineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, with A* in Mathematics or Physics
IB
38 (7,6,6 HL) including Physics and Mathematics at HL
BTEC
Not accepted

H403 Aeronautical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, with A* in Mathematics or Physics
IB
38 (7,6,6 HL) including Physics and Mathematics at HL
BTEC
Not accepted

H401 Aeronautical Engineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics and Physics with Grade A in Mathematics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Physics and 6 in HL Mathematics
BTEC
A Level Maths Grade A plus BTEC National Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering DDM overall plus 7 Mandatory units: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8 Optional units 8, 10, 29, 31, 35, 48, 50, 53 all at Distinction

H410 Aeronautical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics and Physics with Grade A in Mathematics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Physics and 6 in HL Mathematics
BTEC
A Level Maths Grade A plus BTEC National Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering DDM overall plus 7 Mandatory units: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8 Optional units 8, 10, 29, 31, 35, 48, 50, 53 all at Distinction

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £20,500

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Specialist sponsorship

Students studying Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering degree courses who intend to take up a career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service, may be eligible for financial support under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.

Graduate destinations

This course equips you for careers in all branches of the aerospace industry, airline operators, Government research establishments and appropriate branches of the armed forces.

Industrial placements

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, with over 30% more students on year-long placements than any other university (2015/16 HESA UG Student Record).

This course provides the option to take a paid year working in industry.  Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Companies providing recent placements include Airbus, AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Marshall Aerospace and Rolls-Royce.

Chetan Kotur: My industrial placement year with Cummins

Chetan Kotur, an undergraduate from Loughborough University's Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with Cummins, along with several Loughborough University engineering graduates who are now employed at Cummins.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H402

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H403

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H401

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H410