Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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

Why choose to study aeronautical and automotive engineering with us?

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.

Since 1919, we’ve been carefully crafting a reputation for excellence

Loughborough University is regarded as one of the best institutions in the UK to study Aeronautical Engineering and Automotive Engineering. Our reputation for pioneering and topical research is built on a rich and successful history, with programmes dating back to 1919. So, by choosing Loughborough as your study destination, you can draw on the wealth of experience and expertise acquired throughout the schools 100 years of excellence.

You will be part of one of the top-ranked Aeronautical Engineering and Automotive Engineering departments in the world

Top 10 in the UK for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
Top 10 in the UK for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (The Complete University Guide 2021)

You'll benefit from quality teaching

In the Government’s external subject review, we were awarded an excellent score for the quality of our teaching (23 out of 24). In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, our subject areas featured in the top 10 nationally. More information about our areas of research can be found on our dedicated research page.

...which is reflected in our degrees

We offer research-based degree options, too

We welcome students who wish to join and contribute to a variety of research areas, covering the spectrum of engineering, technology and science activity essential to the fast paced aeronautical and automotive sectors.

Find out more about studying a research degree with us.

We have lots of great industry links

Our highly-sought after students and researchers work with some of the world's leading motor and aerospace companies on research projects. Through these strategic partnerships, our students gain insight into the latest technologies and business thinking.

Bridging 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 and have become training grounds for current and future engineers.

...which means better career prospects for our students

Over 87% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016-17). We have 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.

We have a strong and expanding research provision

Our research provision is 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.

You’ll have access to excellent industry-relevant facilities

Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help our 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'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.

Facilities include: 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.

Please note that access to certain facilities may be limited in line with COVID-19 safety measures.

There's a variety of extra-curricular activities that you can get involved with

At Loughborough, we are proud to offer a wide range of activities for you to get involved in outside of your studies, such as 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 and Engineering Ambassador. The role involves visiting local schools to encourage young people to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities; it's a rewarding experience.

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has also been growing in strength over recent years with a strong and proactive group driving the opportunities for female students across the engineering departments and school. The society membership has a full inclusion policy for all engineers regardless of gender.