Undergraduate study2017

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Ranked 6th for aeronautical and manufacturing engineering in the Times Good University Guide 2017

Why choose Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough?

The courses offered by the Department equip graduates with excellent skills that are highly sought after by industry.

You can expect high quality teaching informed by the latest thinking in the aircraft, aerospace and automotive industries.

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.

Industrial placement year

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, with over 45% more students on year-long placements than any other university (2014/15 HESA UG Student Record).


You could spend one year on an approved Industrial Placement between the second and third, or third and fourth years. Having strong ties with industry, the Department provides considerable assistance with obtaining suitable placements, although the ultimate responsibility for arranging your placement lies with you.

Professional accreditation

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

Research and industry connections

The Department enjoys a close relationship with the Aeronautical and Automotive industries, with academic staff involved in industrial research collaboration. This ensures that our tradition of high quality teaching at undergraduate level is underpinned by an in-depth knowledge and interest in the sector. The active research culture also ensures that teaching is informed by the latest thinking in the field and that project work is challenging and relevant to aircraft and automotive technologies.

Formula Student car

The Department supports a team to design, build and race a Formula Student car. All students have the opportunity to join the Loughborough Formula Student Team, working in their spare time.

If you choose to study the MEng in Automotive Engineering you will participate in a project which involves the research and development of a Formula Student car. Students can also focus on the car within selected further modules.

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.

Career prospects

98% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduating. 

The Department has particularly close links with BAE Systems, Bentley, British Airways, Ford Motor Company, Group Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, MIRA, Perkins Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and many tier one automotive suppliers.

With an average starting salary of £27,000 many of our graduates go on to hold senior positions in major companies.

Our students

Elliot S

“You don't need to be a pro athlete to join the sporting teams and you can always try something new with societies. In the past, I have been part of the gliding club and the University Air Squadron.”

Elly F

“I really enjoy the mixture of theory and practical learning we are taught throughout the course. The quality of teaching is really high and reflects the large amount of research undertaken here.”

James D

“The broad range of modules that are offered throughout the course make the learning experience unique and enjoyable. The access to world-class facilities and the specialist software make the course more interesting and industry relevant.”

Sam M

“Before applying I contacted a lot of UK automotive companies, asking where they like their graduates to come from. Every single one mentioned Loughborough.”

Alex T

“Loughborough was invaluable in helping secure my graduate position at Rolls Royce PLC…”

Ant C

“Loughborough is an amazing place and has helped me to develop both academically and personally. I can't imagine being anywhere else!”

Ashley C

“No other university seemed to offer as much as Loughborough did.”

Elliot S

“You don't need to be a pro athlete to join the sporting teams and you can always try something new with societies. In the past, I have been part of the gliding club and the University Air Squadron.”

Elly F

“I really enjoy the mixture of theory and practical learning we are taught throughout the course. The quality of teaching is really high and reflects the large amount of research undertaken here.”

James D

“The broad range of modules that are offered throughout the course make the learning experience unique and enjoyable. The access to world-class facilities and the specialist software make the course more interesting and industry relevant.”

Sam M

“Before applying I contacted a lot of UK automotive companies, asking where they like their graduates to come from. Every single one mentioned Loughborough.”

Alex T

“Loughborough was invaluable in helping secure my graduate position at Rolls Royce PLC…”

Ant C

“Loughborough is an amazing place and has helped me to develop both academically and personally. I can't imagine being anywhere else!”

Ashley C

“No other university seemed to offer as much as Loughborough did.”