Aviation Business Enterprise
Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
In a nutshell
As long-haul travel becomes increasingly accessible and affordable, air transport is in high demand. Join this fast-moving industry, and gain the skills to design and manage next generation aircrafts, with an Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies degree.
The MEng pathway is designed to build advanced technical knowledge and skills. By focusing on the underlying principles of aircraft engineering, you can develop the skills to recognise and alleviate risk, create a safe and efficient operating environment, and assess vital information.
With a focus on your future, you will also build transferable skills and learn about the decision-making methods used by industry. There is also the option to include an industry placement year, where you can gain additional workplace skills and boost your employability once you graduate.
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Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies, explore our facilities and meet the course team
- Build in-depth knowledge of avionic systems, including communication, flight instruments, flight management and passenger systems
- Explore business economics in route planning, learning the techniques and methodologies used for aircraft navigation
- Complete a flight test course using Cranfield University's National Flying Laboratory Centre's aircraft
- Choose to take an optional structured pilot training programme delivered by external partners that could lead to a Private Pilot Licence
This is for you if...
You're interested in exploring how advanced technology is revolutionising flight
You're excited by aircrafts and flight and desire a future career in this field
You're a keen problem-solver who enjoyed mathematics or physics at school/college
All about the course
Delivered over four years - or five with a placement year, you’ll study modules that embed theoretical knowledge with creative application to help you become a world-class engineer.
In year one, you’ll follow a range of modules designed to enhance your core engineering knowledge, as you progress into year two, you’ll explore specialist aviation modules. By your final year, you’ll cover advanced modules, complete experiments, project work and take your studies to postgraduate level.
Learn more about the current course modules below.
Collaboration is core to our values, so we strive to embed this throughout your studies. You will experience group projects that will build your confidence and capabilities in team working, problem-solving and communication - all desirable skills for real-world aircraft engineering careers. You’ll also participate in competitions to enhance your professional and personal skills.
We are committed to providing the highest professional standards of teaching to our students, so our course is designed to meet the requirements of the Engineering Council’s Accreditation of Higher Education Programme. The course team has long-standing connections with the aviation industry, both in the North-West and beyond. You will benefit from a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, project and placement opportunities, and engagement with professional networks.
At Salford, you’ll be surrounded by interactive learning environments and laboratories. Using the Cranfield National Flying Laboratory Centre, you can gather real-time flight data. You can also choose to take an optional structured pilot training programme to gain a Private Pilot Licence. These training programmes are delivered by external partners at an additional cost. Details will be available once you join the course.
On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you in finding a role, and monitor your progress throughout.
Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections. We often find that placement students achieve higher final year grades.
This is your introduction 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.
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.
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
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.
Project Management Aerofluid Mechanics
This module will introduce you to project management techniques, particularly in the areas of project planning, organisation and control. You will develop an understanding of project timings and resource allocation and a broad understanding of quantitative methods used for decision-making in industry. You will gain an understanding of the basic engineering principles that underpin the design of propulsion systems for the aerospace industry and have an introduction to the principles of gas turbine theory and jet engines. The module also covers the principles of aerodynamics for a range of flight conditions and consolidates a good understanding of flight manoeuvres and design aspects with case studies.
Principles of Air Navigation and Meteorology for Aviation
In this module you will gain proficiency and knowledge in the planning of multiple leg flight plans and build awareness and experience of aviation meteorology. On completion you should have developed skills including practical knowledge of operational procedures; requirements for safe and adequate flight planning; understanding requirements for time planning; the principles of aviation meteorology; and be able to make rational assessments for flight safety by interpreting synoptic weather forecasts.
Engineering Mathematics (Year Two)
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
Safety Assessment in Aviation and Human Factors and Crew Resource Management
The aims of this module is for you to, develop an in depth knowledge of aviation safety issues, use and evaluate analysis so you can anticipate and alleviate safety risks in aviation and to develop an understanding of Human Factors and CRM to optimise capability to operate in a safe and efficient aviation environment.
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.
Route Planning and Navigation Systems
This module will introduce the theory of business economics in route planning. You will learn the techniques and methodologies used for navigating an aircraft using modern navigation aids.
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.
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.”
Aircraft Systems Design
In this module you will learn about aircraft design, including detailed refinement of component design and major interactions that have a crucial influence on the overall effectiveness of the design. You will study the interactive nature of aircraft design, including business and commercial influences, and be able to report outcomes effectively. On completion you should also have an appreciation of market requirements in the design process.
This module will give you an in depth knowledge of avionic systems currently fitted to modern aircraft, including communication, flight instruments, flight management, automatic flight, warning and recording and passenger systems.
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.
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.
Final Year Project
A vital part of your career preparation, whether in industry or research, is to complete an individual project. Your final project will be based on an engineering theme of industrial relevance.
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.
Aerospace System Design
In this module you will develop an in-depth knowledge of aerospace systems and subsystem integration. As a case study which is representative of larger aircraft, an in-depth knowledge of design to market requirements of unmanned aerial vehicles and their associated systems is a cornerstone of the module. You will design and implement system requirements relevant to integrated aerospace systems.
A key focus of this module is ‘design for manufacture’ and hence the design has to be built and tested at the end of the module. You will develop a core competency of the design, build, integrate and test procedures of aerospace systems for future requirements.
On successful completion, you will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the operating principles of aerospace system design and prepare system specifications and integration plans. Ground testing, documentation and flight operations manuals are produced in line with CAA guidelines and requirements. You will also develop a critical understanding of aerospace system developments for future system requirements.
This module provides a systematic understanding of knowledge on computational methods as a tool for the solution of practical engineering problems. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the development of appropriate computational models of physical systems, and how to interpret the results of the analysis. The module also covers advanced aspects of finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) including harmonic vibration analysis and will give practical instruction in the use of an industry-standard analysis program
This module introduces you to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods for the numerical prediction of aerodynamic flows. You will study finite-difference and finite-volume techniques, the vortex-lattice method, the modern CFD method for the prediction of transonic aerofoil flows and be given an introduction to the requirements for turbulence modelling and review classes of turbulence models.
Plus one optional module:
This module will expose you to real engineering problems in an industrial or aerospace environment. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes associated with the assembly of very large aircraft structures, including the techniques of forming, joining and fixturing, and an awareness of the regulatory and design standards that have to be met, and the processes that must be used to ensure conformity with those standards.
Flight Dynamics and Control
This module provides a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the analysis of flight dynamics and the design of flight control systems.
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?
As an aircraft engineering student, you will spend a lot of time in our professional laboratories, developing your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:
- Practical activities
You will be assessed through a combination of formats:
- Lab exercises
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.
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Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders.
Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.
As an aeronautical engineering student, you will be based in our aeronautical and engineering laboratories that keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge innovation and discovery.
The Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels that help you to determine the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.
Our Control and Dynamics Laboratory includes flight simulators and programmable control equipment to studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration, and the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.
Our Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator provides you with practical experience of aircraft design. Our Elite Flight Training System is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator designed in accordance with FNPTII requirements.
What about after uni?
An Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies degree can lead to a fascinating and rewarding career. On successful course completion, you’ll be closer to working in the aerospace and aviation industry, one the the world's largest employment fields.
With high-demand for air travel, career opportunities are expected to increase. Course graduates secure roles that range from supporting air traffic control to aircraft maintenance and engineering. The course also provides a route into aviation business management.
Today, you will find Salford’s aircraft engineering alumni working throughout the world at leading companies and aviation-specific organisations, including the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), CTC Aviation, Ryanair, Leonardo, and Goodrich.
You might find you want to learn more about automation, engineering and robotics. Building on our engineering expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a generous fees discount.
Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design (MSc)
Some graduates choose to further their subject interest through postgraduate research. The Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC) is home to our engineering research hub, leading projects associated with the design and performance analysis of aircraft and other aerospace vehicles.
Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available at Salford through our Doctoral School.
What you need to know
We're looking for applicants with a strong background in mathematics and/or numerate skills. Ideally, you'll have a keen interest in aeronautics and aviation, with aspirations for an engineering-focused career. You may also be interested in becoming a pilot, but want the security of an academic engineering qualification.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications.
If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS)
International students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin their studies. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK 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 with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter. If you cannot find it please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a query relating to ATAS, please contact: Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk
English language and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or above
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
128 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics and a numerate science.
128 points with grade B in Mathematics and a numerate Science-based subject (Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Design Technology or Computer Science). Grade B in A/S Level Physics is also acceptable.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM from Engineering or Science subjects, must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules.
Access to HE
Pass with 128 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering course; including 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and Distinctions in numerate modules.
128 UCAS points to include Advanced Higher level Mathematics and Physics at grade B.
Irish Leaving Certificate
128 UCAS points to include A1 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering.
31 points to include grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.
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||2023/24||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2023/24||£16,380per year|
|Part-time||2023/24||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
|Full-time home||2024/25||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2024/25||£17,040per year|
|Part-time||2024/25||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
International student scholarships
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
Learn more about our latest international scholarships.
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