Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

We are regarded as one of the UK's leading departments to come to study Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. We bring together outstanding facilities, superb teaching and strong links with industry to make sure you are completely ready for your future career.

Why choose Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough?

You will gain the best of both worlds when studying fundamental engineering subjects combined with inspiring aeronautical or automotive engineering specialist areas. Our aeronautical and automotive engineering courses 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.

All of our aeronautical and automotive engineering courses are accredited

Our Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering courses are accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

You'll have the opportunity to go on an industrial placement year

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, with 15% more students on year-long placements than any other university (HESA 2016/17, for Engineering and Technology).

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.

Our graduates have great career prospects

91% of our recent graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017). 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 (DLHE, 2017) many of our graduates go on to hold senior positions in major companies.

You'll have the opportunity to design, build and race a 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 could have the opportunity to 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.

I am part of the Aerodynamics Department in the Loughborough University Formula Student Team. Being a part of the team has allowed me to further develop my CAD and CFD skills as well as being able to gain some practical experience.

Georgia Automotive Engineering

You may be eligible for 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.

You'll have access to a great range of 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.