Aeronautical Engineering is primarily the application of scientific and technological methods to research, design, development, maintenance and performance testing of both civil and military aircraft including the structural components and on-board systems. Typical areas of specialism include disciplines such as propulsion, computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, materials and structures.
This accredited engineering degree is designed to produce graduates who display technical and commercial leadership with a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
You will be encouraged to use our three flight simulators to enter national competitions. Salford have won such competitions twice.
Aeronautical Engineering can be studied with an optional industrial placement year between levels 5 and 6, which you arrange with our support. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.
The sandwich year can also be pursued in Europe if you have the appropriate language qualifications.
This course has been awarded accredited status by both the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, and the Chartered Engineer (CEng) requirement in part.
It provides external validation of the degree course content which recognises that it meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession.
Professional registration and Institution membership will enhance your career in the following ways:
This accredited degree covers the essential elements of aircraft design, including aircraft structures, flight systems, aerodynamics and design methodology.
You will undertake experimental and project work throughout your studies, culminating in a personal project in the final year. Other highlights of the final year include principles of advanced flight control, the aerodynamics of high speed vehicles, and structural analysis using finite element methods.
There is a flight test course just prior to the final year, which is delivered by Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre using their specially instrumented Jetstream 31 aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft will conduct specific manoeuvres during which flight data is gathered for later analysis by the students. This valuable experience allows you to link practical issues of aircraft behaviour to principles of flight taught in the classroom.
The modules are designed to develop effective interpersonal skills.
This module will introduce you to the history of air transport systems leading to the current state of the aviation business.
You will study topics such as the:
Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.
|GCSE||Maths and English Language at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||280-300 points|
|GCE A level||280-300 points including Maths and Physics at grade C|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM must include Engineering or Science and have Distinction in Maths modules|
|Scottish Highers||280-300; Advanced Higher Mathematics at grade C and Physics at grade C.; Higher Mathematics at grade B and Physics at grade B or Design at grade B.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280 points including A2 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.|
|International Baccalaureate||28 Grade 5 in Higher Level Physics and Maths.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.
Although this course does not require an ATAS if you decide to progress to the MEng or the MSc element of this programme you will be required to obtain an ATAS in order to register for that course.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.
You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.academic-technology-approval.service.gov.uk/
English Language Requirements
University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)
The type of person who would be interested in this course would ideally have studied mathematics or physics based subjects at college and would like to gain a deeper knowledge in these and other related subjects with particular bias towards aeronautical applications. You would ideally already have a keen interest in aerospace related matters and desire a future career in this field.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Dr Philip Atcliffe for further information.
You will be taught in:
Career opportunities exist in the design, manufacture and operation of aerospace vehicles.
Openings may also be found in the many companies involved in designing and manufacturing major sub-units of aeroplanes and related aerospace vehicles such as engines, structural parts, avionics or environmental control systems. Other possibilities exist in technical engineering specialisms or general business management.
You may also consider going on to further study either on a Masters programme or in one of our Research Centres.
Students who have completed this degree have gained employment with several leading companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Roll-Royce, Thales, and Royal Air Force.
Typical jobs profiles have included systems engineer, structures engineer, pilot and market analyst.
Imran M Khawaja - BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
After the customary university visits and some background research, I chose to study for a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Salford. Salford is renowned for its strong industrial links and has an outstanding graduate employment rate. These factors, combined with the support and diligence of the industrial tutor, helped me obtain a year out with subsequent sponsorship from a well known aerospace company. The placement was an invaluable opportunity to experience at first hand the challenges faced in the dynamic aerospace industry. The degree programme was well structured and helped me develop all the essential skills, competencies and knowledge needed to start my career. I graduated with an excellent degree that made me very marketable to recruiters. I am now employed by Airbus as an aircraft structures engineer working on some of the latest and groundbreaking technologies. I am grateful for my time at Salford and to all the experienced academic and technical staff who have contributed to my success in the aerospace industry to date.
Melissa Ahmed - BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
I chose Salford University because it's in a great location, being a campus university in the city. The university has a great reputation for the course and the programme structure, group projects and Aeronautical lab attracted me to the course. The lecturers are friendly and always willing to help. The lectures are interactive and show practical applications of the work taught.
My highlight has to be the Flight test course at Cranfield. My favourite project was designing a jet aircraft in my second year of university. I love going to Piccadilly Gardens in the middle of Manchester as there's so much to do there. Salford Quays is also very picturesque. Both places are a stone’s throw away from university.
I think that my industrial placement has given me a lot of practical experience learning new design packages and being able to apply my engineering knowledge and passion.
Muhammad Faizan - BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
The best part about this course was hands-on experience and working on several projects. Final year project to design and manufacture a wind turbine blade made of carbon fibre has been the best experience and it has given me essential manufacturing and analytical skills necessary to become a successful engineer.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Mechanical Lab – This lab is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions would include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.
Aerodynamics Lab – Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments would include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.
Composite Material Lab – This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections. The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.
Control and Dynamics Lab – Contains flight simulators (see details below) and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions would include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.
This simulator is used to support engineering design modules, such as those involving aerodynamics and control systems, by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design than a traditional theory and laboratory approach. You'll design and input your own aircraft parameters into the simulator before then assessing the flight characteristics.
The simulator is a fully-enclosed single seat capsule mounted on a moving 2-degree of freedom platform which incorporates cockpit controls, integrated main head-up display and two secondary instrumentation display panels.
An external instructor console also accompanies the simulator and is equipped with a comprehensive set of displays, override facilities and a two-way voice link to the pilot.
The Elite is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator used for flight operations training and is certified by the CAA as a FNPT II-MCC Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment. It has two seats, each with a full set of instrumentation and controls, and European Visuals, so you see a projection of the terrain that you're flying through, based on real geographic models of general terrain and specific airports in Europe.