Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Aeronautical Engineering
UCAS Code: H490
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with industrial placement
UK - £9250 per year
International - £14,400
- Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
- Follow a structured pilot training programme
- Aircraft design is brought into sharp focus in parallel with a full treatment of fundamental and advanced aeronautical science
- Overseas study available
- International students can apply
This course lets you combine the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of aircraft engineering. The University has excellent facilities including three flight simulators, allowing you to benefit from the practical application of theories taught in the classroom.
The course aims to produce graduates who can integrate theoretical and practical knowledge of maths, science, computer based methods, design, the economic, social and environmental context and engineering practice to solve complex aircraft engineering problems.
You have the option to follow a structured pilot training programme leading to the opportunity to gain a Private Pilot Licence.
A total of 45 flying hours are offered within the training programme, at additional cost, with the twin aims of enabling you to fly solo by the end of level 1 and obtain a Private Pilot Licence by the end of level 2. Lessons are at an additional total cost of £7,608 (correct at time of printing), with flexible payment options - please visit the CSE home page for more details.
You can elect to take a year's relevant industrial placement as part of your degree, which you arrange with our support. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title. This is greatly encouraged and is an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge that you have gained at the University.
Thanks to the generosity of University of Salford donor and Chairman of Morson Group, Gerry Mason, we were delighted to be able to offer five scholarships specific to students beginning courses in September 2016 across all disciplines of engineering and will have ten more on offer in 16/17 and fifteen in 17/18. Students studying this course will be eligible to apply for this scholarship, please see here for more information.
Salford is renowned for its strong industrial links and has an outstanding graduate employment rate. Imran M Khawaja, BEng (Hons)
This course has been awarded accredited status by both the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for 2010 to 2014 intake cohorts and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for 2009 to 2011 intake cohorts as meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, and the Chartered Engineer (CEng) requirement in part.
Why is accreditation important?
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:
- Access to continuous professional development
- Careers advice and employment opportunities
- Increased earning potential over the length of your career
- International recognition of your qualifications, skills and experience
- Evidence of your motivation, drive and commitment to the profession
- Networking opportunities
You will develop flight assimilation and air navigation skills in specifically designed subject modules and through the use of the School's fixed and moving base flight simulators.
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 the students to link practical issues of aircraft behaviour to principles of flight taught in the classroom.
You will undertake experimental and project work throughout the programme, including a significant personal project in the final year.
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:
- Evolution of surface transportation systems – roadways, railways and waterways
- Beginnings of air transport – first generation airships and winged flying machines
- Development of technologies relating to improvements in civilian and military aircraft designs
- Passenger facility enhancements such as in-flight catering, conveniences and entertainment
- Birth of the modern airliner leading to the demise of the airships and the ocean liners.
- develop an in depth knowledge of aviation safety issues;
- use and evaluate analysis so you can anticipate and alleviate safety risks in aviation;
- develop an understanding of Human Factors and CRM to optimise capability to operate in a safe and efficient aviation environment.
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||English Language and Maths at grade C or above.|
|UCAS tariff points||112 - 120 points|
|GCE A level||112 - 120 points with C in Maths and Physics. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM Engineering or Science - must include Distinctions in Maths modules|
|Scottish Highers||112 - 120 points; Advanced Higher Mathematics at grade C and Physics at grade C; Higher Mathematics at grade B, Physics at grade B or Design at grade B.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 points including A2 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points with grade 5 or above in Higher Level Maths and Physics|
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
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 and Students who are Non EU/EEA/UK Nationals - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
International Students and student who are not EU, EEA or UK nationals 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.
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
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
This course is suited to students that have strong numerate skills, demonstrated by good A Levels in relevant subject areas, who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of aircraft engineering.
You may be keen to become a pilot, but want the academic engineering background as well to help give you a wider range of career options on graduation.
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.
Fees and Funding
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
Students may choose to study for their pilot's licence at a cost of approximately £7,000 (based on £140 per hour for 50 hours). Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As an International student you could be entitled to:
Depending on the module, teaching is delivered by a combination of:
- Traditional lectures
- video materials
- group analysis work
- PowerPoint presentations
- laboratory work
- use of specialised software as applicable
Laboratory work involves Flight Dynamics, Flight Control and the use of Simulink
Some workshop activities will include use of one of our three flight simulators, with case-study material for tutorial support and independent student study.
There will be some aspects of group presentation work which will require students to present the individual aspects of the group work as well as being required to operate as a team.
Students who have completed this degree have gained employment with several leading companies such as National Air Traffic Services (NATS), CTC Aviation and Goodrich.
Typical job titles have included Air Traffic Control Safety Engineer, Airworthiness Engineer, and Pilot.
Daniel Pechev, BEng Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
I came to Salford, mainly, because of its outstanding facilities, its location and the teaching staff. I strongly recommend the software based courses as they give you a taste of the real world, personal chit-chat with lecturers as they are always willing to help and the aero laboratory - it is just brilliant. The highlight from the three years I had so far was my improved skill of tackling new problems. My favourite piece of work was always related to aerodynamics, so any project was a favourite for me.
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.
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 & 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.
- Merlin MP520-T Engineering Simulator
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. As a student, 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.
- Elite Flight Training System
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.