Undergraduate study2016

MEng / BEng

Aeronautical Engineering

Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

All Aeronautical 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.

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  • Industry Accreditation

MEng / BEng

Aeronautical Engineering

Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

All Aeronautical 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.

Course details

Why choose us?

  • Accredited by The Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • A Top Ten ranked department
    (The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014)
  • 100% of students were satisfied overall (UNISTATS)

The application of these subjects to aircraft and aero-engine design and development is common to 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.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H403
MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich H402
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H410
BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich H401
MEng course

This extended 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 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.

Flight testing

All students on the Aeronautical courses carry out a week of flight testing on a Jetstream aircraft. This element of the course is integrated within the module Aircraft Stability and Flight Test, which is a unique feature at Loughborough.

Assessment

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.

Professional / industry recognition

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

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.

Selection

Applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet our entry requirements are invited to an interview which provides an opportunity for you to meet staff, see the Department and the campus.

Graduate destinations

This course equips you for careers in all branches of the aerospace industries (including airline operators), Government research establishments and appropriate branches of the armed forces. Academically gifted students are encouraged to undertake postgraduate studies within the Department.

Course structure

Year 1 (MEng and BEng)
  • Aircraft Systems and Performance
  • Computing
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Aircraft Design
  • Manufacturing, Technology and Management
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Structures and Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Risk Analysis (or for MEng only, language†)
Year 2 (MEng and BEng)
  • Aircraft Loading and Structural Airworthiness
  • Aircraft Systems and Performance
  • Control Engineering
  • Dynamics
  • Electrotechnology
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • High Speed Aerodynamics
  • Low Speed Aerodynamics
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Structural Design Project
  • Turbomachinery and Propulsion
  • Systems Reliability Assessment (or for MEng only, language†)

Students on the BEng course who meet the required standard at the end of Year 2 will be invited to transfer to the MEng course.

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
  • Aircraft Stability and Flight Test
  • Avionic Systems
  • Composite Materials and Structures
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Flight Control Systems
  • Gas Turbine Design
  • Mechanical Vibration
  • Noise Control
  • Signal Analysis
  • Sound Radiation from Structures
  • Spacecraft Design
  • Stress and 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
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Flight Dynamics and Control
  • Propulsion Design for the Environment
  • Structural Vibration

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

† Languages offered are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

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

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: H403 MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
A*AA inc Maths and Physics, with A* in Maths or Physics (AAA may be offered in exceptional circumstances)
SQA AH
AA including Maths and Physics, plus Highers at A grades
IB
38 points including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HND / HNC: Distinction in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods, plus Distinction in five other science related subjects.
Additional

UCAS code: H402 MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
A*AA inc Maths and Physics, with A* in Maths or Physics (AAA may be offered in exceptional circumstances)
SQA AH
AA including Maths and Physics, plus Highers at A grades
IB
38 points including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HND / HNC: Distinction in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods, plus Distinction in five other science related subjects.
Additional

UCAS code: H410 BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAA-AAB including Maths at grade A and Physics
SQA AH
AA including Maths and Physics, plus Highers at majority AB grades
IB
34 points including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HNC/HND: Distinctions in Maths and three other science related subjects
Additional

UCAS code: H401 BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA-AAB including Maths at grade A and Physics
SQA AH
AA including Maths and Physics, plus Highers at majority AB grades
IB
34 points including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HNC/HND: Distinctions in Maths and three other science related subjects
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Placements

Industrial placements

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA 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.  

Placement year with Cummins

Chetan Kotur, an undergraduate from the Department of of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with Cummins

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H403

MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H402

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H410

BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H401

Our students

Elliot Stark

“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 Forbes

“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 Deeb

“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 McKee

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

Meghan O'Neill

"There are some brilliant project opportunities; I’m working on a project designing a spacecraft system to transport people and cargo to the moon."

Ant Caren

"The quality of teaching and support is fantastic and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!"

Elliot Stark

“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 Forbes

“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 Deeb

“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 McKee

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

Meghan O'Neill

"There are some brilliant project opportunities; I’m working on a project designing a spacecraft system to transport people and cargo to the moon."

Ant Caren

"The quality of teaching and support is fantastic and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!"