How will I study aeronautics?

Aeronautics is the study of engineering focused on flight. Bringing together science and technology, it relies on strong theoretical knowledge and creative flair. If you apply to study one of our aeronautical engineering degree courses, you will have an immersive learning experience.

Hands-on Learning

An aeronautics students in the lab

From running experiments using the wind tunnels and setting up drones to hosting guest lectures, demonstrations and tutorials, our laboratories will be at the heart of your learning experience.

The Aerodynamics Laboratory is the home of our low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments here 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.

Over in our Control and Dynamics Laboratory, you will find flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical sessions here 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.

Ready to take a flight? Our Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator supports the design modules, by giving you a practical experience of aircraft design. Our Elite Flight Training System also includes a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator designed to be qualified in accordance with FNPTII requirements.

Lectures and Tutorials

Aeronautics students in the lab

Practical Experiences

During your aeronautics studies, you will also have the opportunity to gather real-time flight data with practical teaching at 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 later analyse.

Aeronautics students at a flight centre

Self-Directed Study

Successful aeronautics knowledge-building relies on lots of study. Whether you are collaborating with your coursemates on a group project, or working your way through the latest seminar reading list, you'll find you will spend lots of time in our library.

Inside Clifford Whitworth library

Our recently-refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library has physical and virtual resources that will support your aeronautical engineering studies. The modern learning space includes computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to journals, databases, and software.

With an onsite cafe, breakout areas, comfy chairs and 24-hour access, it is also the perfect place for writing up seminar notes and finalising assignments - day or night!