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Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Aeronautical Engineering

UCAS Code: H491

Start Dates(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years with industrial placement year

UK - £9250 per year

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • Combine flying skills with aviation technology
  • Option to follow a structured pilot training programme
  • Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The course is engineering focused towards aircraft performance, aircraft handling qualities and flight systems, together with an aviation management theme which includes a hands-on aviation operations and flight practice dimension.

It aims to produce graduates who can apply theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, construct, commission and maintain engineering products, processes, systems and services within the aviation sector. You will study flight dynamics and control, aircraft propulsion and performance, and avionics.  Aviation management skills are developed through moduleson aviation business enterprise, airline and airport management, airport design and aircraft maintenance.

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 course, at additional cost, with the twin aims of enabling you to fly solo by the end of year 1 and obtain a Private Pilot Licence by the end of year 2. Lessons are at an additional total cost of £7,608 (correct at time of printing), with flexible  payment options.

You are encouraged to join the Manchester Branch of the RAeS which is based at the University. We also encourage you to take a placement year either in Europe or the UK, which you arrange with our support. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience'  to your degree title.

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 96-104 points
GCE A level 96-104 points Mathematics at grade C and Physics at grade C
BTEC National Diploma MMM to include Engineering - must include Merits in Maths modules
Scottish Highers 96-104 points; Advanced Higher Mathematics at grade C and Physics at grade C; Higher Mathematics at grade B or Physics at grade B or Design at grade B.
Irish Leaving Certificate 96-104 points including Higher Level Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 28 Grade 5 or above in Higher Level Maths and Physics

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

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.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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.
You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at 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 If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Applicant profile

Fees and Funding


Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £14,400

Additional costs

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.


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Video presentations
  • Laboratory work
  • Group work
  • Demonstrations


  • Exams
  • Group work
  • Reports
  • Case Study
  • Laboratory


Career pathways will be in to the design, manufacture and operation of aircraft and their related systems.

A wide range of opportunities will exist with main aircraft producers, sub-assembly manufacturers and airport operations. Many of our 'sandwich year' graduates go on to work for the companies they worked with during their year in industry.

Students who have completed this degree have gained employment with several leading companies such as Aviance UK, Flybe, and Oxford Aviation. Typical jobs titles have included Flight Dispatch Officer and Pilot.

Career Prospects

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.

Further Study


  • 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.
  • 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.