Studying Aeronautics at Salford


Thank you for choosing aeronautical or aircraft engineering at Salford as a study choice. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make your decision.

To help you make your choice, we’ve got some more information about studying at Salford, including a look ahead to your first year of study.

Remember, if you have any questions about your application, you can email our friendly team at or call us on 0161 295 4545.

First year snapshots

Get a glimpse of first year life as a aeronautics and aircraft student.

Explore the modules you will take, how your weekly timetable might look, plus more about what it's like to study at Salford.

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What facilities will I have access to?

Aeronautical students have access to specialist laboratories which support the teaching and practical development of their skills. The Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels, the Control and Dynamics Laboratory is home to flight simulators and programmable control experiments, such as the Merlin MP520-T Engineering Flight Simulator, and the Mechanical Laboratory has a tensile test machine for static loading experiments.

Hear from BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering Student Alex, and BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student Corin about the facilities they have access to. 

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How will I benefit from studying an accredited course?

Each of our courses in Aeronautics are accredited by both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, so you will be educated to the highest of industry standards. The accreditation also means that by completing the course, you will achieve Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status, working towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status if you choose to continue your study. 

Achieving IEng or CEng status has a number of potential benefits for your career, including: improved career prospects and employability, higher earning potential, international recognition of your skill and competence, while also demonstrating a professional attitude at the very start of your career which is valued by employers. 

Will the university help me to find work experience and industry placements?

Whilst students are responsible for securing their own work experience and industry placements, our tutors will guide and support you through the process. Industry experience not only enables you to apply your knowledge in real-world situations but allows you to form those vital connections early on in your career. We have links with a range of leading organisations and, where possible, will assist students in securing placements.

Where have students done their placements in the past?

With a huge number of relevant work placements available, students across our aeronautics courses have secured placements with a variety of organisations including Airbus, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Thales, the Royal Air Force, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), CTC Aviation and Goodrich. 

What additional experience can I get during my course?

As well as the opportunity to complete an industry placement, across our Aeronautics courses, you will be able to experience a practical flight test project at the National Flying Laboratory at Cranfield University. And, if you study on our BEng/MEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies course, you will also have the option to complete a structured pilot training course, with the opportunity to gain a private pilot license. 

How many Maths units are there in the course?

You will have Engineering Math modules at Level 4 and Level 5 (first and second year). You will also have a lot of Math in all engineering modules, such as Aircraft Structures, Aerodynamics, etc. We have MathScope, which is free of charge extra tutorials, so if you need help with Math or just want to do some extra Math, you can stop by at any time and ask questions.

Will there be group work as part of the course?

The programme has a mixture of both syndicate and group work as well as individual assessments. BEng Aeronautical Engineering also has a mixture of both group work and individual assessments. Group work is required by Royal Aeronautical Society for the programme to be accredited.

Are there any costs associated with the pilot studies aspect?

The cost of the programme is the same as other engineering programmes. The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is extra, and it's non-compulsory. 

Will there be opportunities for individual support if I find need it from time to time?

As well as the usual support you would expect from the lecturers on your course, we also offer extra help if you are stuck solving a particular maths problem. This is a drop-in session called MathScope where you can turn up without an appointment.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, just contact our friendly team at, or by phone on +44 (0)161 295 4545.

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