Engineering Methodology 1 and 2
Aeronautical Engineering with Foundation Year
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
Aeronautical engineering is the application of scientific and technological methods to research, design, develop, maintain, and performance test both civil and military aircraft. As the race to take flight further escalates, now is an exciting time to consider a career in aeronautics.
Salford is a leading regional UK centre for aeronautics. This Foundation Year entry route is designed to prepare you to study our full BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree. This route aims to build your engineering knowledge, enhance your application of mathematics, and help you to develop skills for successful undergraduate study. On successful completion of the entry grade and requirements, you'll have the opportunity to commence the full undergraduate degree.
The Foundation Year is not endorsed by accrediting bodies for the full BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree.
Our Aeronautical Engineering courses scored 91% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data)
- Develop competence in essential areas of engineering and mathematics
- Build the technical skills and confidence ready to progress to the full aeronautical engineering undergraduate degree
- Gain essential analytical and problem solving skills so you can study engineering
- Develop practical and I.T skills, as you strengthen communication and study skills
- Progress on to explore elements of aircraft design, including aircraft structures, flight systems, navigation, aerodynamics and performance
This is for you if...
You have a real passion for aviation and want to help advance the future of flight
You want to study aeronautical engineering but don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree
You're are seeking a change of direction into engineering, or are a mature student with work experience
All about the course
Aeronautical Engineering with Foundation Year entry provides a broad introduction to mechanical engineering. It is ideal if you’ve not reached the required A levels or BTEC grades, or if you’ve chosen a new direction for your studies. The year aims to build your understanding of engineering situations and solving problems, alongside developing practical and study skills, so you are ready to advance to the full undergraduate degree.
On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you'll have the opportunity to progress to our full BEng(Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree. Across three further years of study, you'll cover topics that include flight systems, dynamics, avionics, aircraft design, navigation and control engineering. You'll also complete experiments and projects, culminating in your final individual project. Prior to your final year, you'll also have the opportunity to complete a flight test course using the Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre. During the flight, the aircraft will conduct specific manoeuvres during which flight data is gathered for you to analyse.
Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections. If you decide to progress to the full BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By successfully completing a placement year, you can also add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.
Studied in both trimester one and trimester two, these modules will provide an introduction to mathematics and its application to engineering. Module content is designed to help you understand and apply mathematics in engineering. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus.
Energy and Power
Module content will introduce the concepts of power and energy within the context of engineering systems and conservation. You’ll learn the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the technologies which can generate energy and power for domestic and commercial consumption.
You’ll be introduced to the basic concept of mechanics. You’ll learn about the principle of stress and strain, solve problems in statistics and build knowledge for problems associated with simple beams.
Study skills are the skills you need to enable you to study and learn efficiently – they are an important set of transferable life skills. This module will help you to develop your own study skill to suit your learning style. In addition, Information technologies are also developed. In this module you will be introduced to some of the elements of information technologies which will provide you with the necessary skills to use in future (including writing reports and presentations).
Module content will provide you with an understanding of the basic units used in engineering and their practical significance. You’ll learn to apply engineering analysis to design experiments and develop skills in producing technical reports. You’ll also build a range of engineering measurement and computational analysis skills.
You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
In this module, you will be given an understanding of the internal combustion engine and the gas turbine and an introduction to refrigeration cycles. You will also expand your knowledge of heat transfer processes, fluid mechanics to viscous flows by examination of the Navier-Stokes equations, and compressible flow analysis to one and two dimensional flows.
Aviation Business Enterprise
This is your introduction to the history of aviation, basic aeronautics and aircraft design. You will study topics such as the: Evolution of human flight from hot air balloons to airships to early heavier-than-aircraft to modern aircraft and possible future developments; Development of technologies relating to improvements in civilian and military aircraft designs and the supporting infrastructure; Design methods and techniques for aircraft using simple theory and standard industry practices, which you’ll put into practice as part of a group design project.
Engineering Materials and Electrical Systems
You will develop an understanding of the basic properties and applications of materials and of the principles of electronic and electrical engineering. This will include learning about the relationship between the micro-structure and mechanical properties of materials, mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection, the principles of electronic and electrical engineering, and the response of electrical elements in circuits to AC or DC supplies.
Engineering Structures and Engineering Dynamics
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain and provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems, and preparing you for subsequent modules.
Product Engineering - Aeronautics Yr 1
This module will give you an insight into the complete process for the design or engineering of products and services. On completion of the module you will have basic marketing techniques and have an understanding of how to present information using both written and oral techniques. You will also be able to read and interpret engineering drawings, with particular reference to BS 308 and be taught skills in basic manufacturing processes and be able to create 2-dimensional orthographic engineering drawings. Your experience and learning are enhanced by the use of 3D CAD models viewed as projected images as well as ‘printed’ physical models.
Engineering Mathematics (year 2)
You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
Navigation Systems and Aircraft Performance
This module introduces the basic concepts of aircraft performance by modelling aerodynamic loads and propulsion system performance, leading to key results in both steady and accelerated flight. You will be taught how to calculate performance in straight and level flight, climb and glide, turns, and on take-off and landing. You will also cover the operating principles and performance analysis of major aircraft navigation systems, with emphasis on inertial navigation systems and the global positioning system.
Aerodynamics (year 2)
In this module you will learn about the fundamentals of lift and drag generation by aerofoils and wings, the theory of low-speed (incompressible) flow, aerofoil aerodynamics and the thin aerofoil theory, wing aerodynamics and the lifting line theory, the fundamentals of boundary layer theory, introduction to high speed (compressible) flow, convergent-divergent nozzles, apparatus and techniques employed in wind tunnel testing as well as the first steps of conducting a numerical flow simulation using computational fluid dynamics.”
On completion of this module you will be able to establish the integrity of typical basic structural aircraft components and explain the process of material selection for the structural items of an aircraft.
Flight Systems (Year 2)
You'll learn the basic principles and theory of statics and dynamics as related to the static and dynamic behaviour of an aircraft and the theory of flight control as related to the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft.
Aircraft Design Enterprise (year 2)
You'll learn about the interactive nature of aircraft design, including business and commercial influences, and to report outcomes effectively. You will also gain an appreciation of market requirements in the design process.
Finite Element Analysis and Aircraft Structures
You'll be introduced to finite element analysis as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. The finite element method is based on the premise that a complex structure can be broken down into finitely many smaller pieces (elements), the behaviour of which is known or can be predicted. These elements can then be assembled to model the behaviour of the full structure.
Industrial Management and Project Preparation
This module has two main components. Industrial management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems; and project preparation which will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information, and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.
Aerodynamics (year 3)
This module deals with the analysis of high speed (super- and hypersonic) flows, and of engines as used in aircraft propulsion, particularly gas turbines. The two halves of the module are combined to examine the workings of intakes and exhaust nozzles as part of the study of the components of a gas turbine engine.
Aircraft Design Enterprise
In this module, you’ll undertake a group design project to do the preliminary design of a specified type of aircraft. You will decide the size and performance of the aircraft based on a survey of the potential market for its type and then work through stages of the design, both internal and external, checking that the aircraft will meet certification requirements and can do the tasks for which it is intended as well as being commercially viable.
Flight Systems (year 3)
Following on from Flight Systems module in your second year, you will develop a deeper understanding of the theory of statics and dynamics and flight control as related to the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft.
Final Year Project
The aim of the Final Year Project is to develop your ability to work with a significant degree of independence on a structured programme of activity. You should demonstrate your competency in analysing and assessing the value of information derived from the programme, be able to communicate effectively (both through written reports and orally) the details of the programme and conclusions that can be drawn together with suggestions of further work.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods in our range of teaching spaces and engineering laboratories:
- Laboratory-based activities
You will be assessed using a combination of formats. These include:
- Laboratory exercises
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You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.
As an aeronautical engineering student, you will have access to the Mechanical Laboratory is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.
The Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments 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.
The Control and Dynamics Laboratory is home to flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions 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.
Our Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator supports the design modules, by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design. Our Elite Flight Training System is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator designed to be qualified in accordance with FNPTII requirements.
What about after uni?
If you successfully complete the Foundation Year and meet the requirements, you can choose to join our BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree programme. By successfully completing this degree programme with Salford, you can open up career opportunities in a wide range of engineering roles.
The booming global aviation industry has plenty of career opportunities for aeronautical engineering graduates. Many choose to find roles with companies involved in the develop, designing and manufacturing major sub-units of aeroplanes and related aerospace vehicles such as engines, structural parts, avionics or environmental control systems. Other possibilities include leadership and business management.
Salford’s aeronautics alumni work throughout the world at leading companies, including: Airbus, BAE Systems, Roll-Royce, Thales, and the Royal Air Force.
This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from aeronautics, engineering and technology fields. The course team has long-standing and professional relationships with the aviation industry in the North West and beyond. Continued collaboration with the professions also ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities and professional memberships.
What you need to know
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page
We are looking for students who have a keen desire to follow a career in aeronautical engineering. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are desirable. You should have a good understanding of linking theory to real life applications and an attention to detail.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Where English is not your first language you must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2021/22 academic year.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
64 UCAS points to include level 3 study of Mathematics
64 UCAS points to include minimum grade E in Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma
MPP for Engineering or science subjects, to include Merits in Mathematics modules
Access to HE
Pass with 64 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering or Science programme
64 UCAS points, to include Mathematics (grade E for Advanced Higher level, grade D for Higher level)
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 UCAS points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include Science, Engineering or Technology
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We positively 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 receive your application, we'll 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.
Please contact Admissions for further information.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2020/21||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
|Full-time home||2021/22||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID H415
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