How will I study aeronautics?

Bringing together science and technology, engineering relies on strong theoretical knowledge and creative flair. 

When you study one of our aeronautics degree courses, you will have an immersive learning experience.

lab-based learning

An aeronautics students in the lab

As an aeronautics student, you’re going to spend lots of time in laboratories, so we’ve made sure that you will learn and study in an environment tailor-made for your course.  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.

Practical experiences

Aeronautics students at a flight centre

University life is more than just working hard and getting a degree – it’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people and make great friends for life. On many of our aeronautics courses, we'll get you involved in industry events, competitions and field trips where you can apply the skills you learn throughout your degree, and enhance your practical skills. 

Each year, Aeronautical Engineering students take part in the International General Aviation Design Competition, a student conference/competition organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society, with Salford students winning trophies in 2017 and 2019.

It might be closer to the ground, but the Salford Racing society is just one of many societies where you can apply your engineering skills in a fun and different way. Formula Student is the world’s largest student-led motorsport event connecting students from across the world to compete in building a track grade race car. Our students established a team in 2015, with the aim to compete against other universities at Silverstone. In both 2018 and 2019, we made it to the finals!

Lectures and tutorials

Aeronautics students in the lab

Lectures and tutorials are a key part of building your theoretical knowledge base in your chosen field of engineering. You will experience teaching from our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field and are active researchers in their specialist subjects. 

During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 


Inside Clifford Whitworth library

Successful engineering 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.

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!