Aeronautical engineers apply their knowledge and skills to every aspect of air vehicles; from design, development, manufacture, flight testing and certification, to preserving airworthiness and sustainable aircraft operations.
This BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering degree was developed in close consultation with industry professional bodies, including the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to boost your employability.
You’ll study the engineering principles needed for a career in the aerospace industry, and you’ll gain practical experience on campus in our Aerospace Centre. Weather permitting, you’ll also take to the skies with flight test lessons in your final year.
Work placements and experience are strongly endorsed to complement your studies, along with visits to sites such as GE Aviation Wales, Airbus Filton, and British Airways Maintenance Cardiﬀ (BAMC).
Year One: Aeronautical Engineering degree
Year one of this engineering programme provides essential scientific principles and practices associated with aeronautical engineering. This includes an introduction to using design tools and general manufacturing/workshop techniques. You will also learn how to use industry-standard CAD packages and programming language
- Mathematics for Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers – 20 credits
- Design and Manufacture – 20 credits
- Engineering Computing Applications – 20 credits
- Engineering Mechanics 1 – 20 credits
- Electrical Science – 20 credits
- Thermofluids 1 – 20 credits
Year Two: Aeronautical Engineering degree
In your second year, you’ll explore key areas such as thermofluids, basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance and aircraft systems engineering. Year two culminates with the development of a conceptual aircraft design in a team environment, which is tested on our engineering flight simulator.
- Further Engineering Mathematics – 20 credits
- Control and Instrumentation – 20 credits
- Thermofluids 2 – 20 credits
- Engineering Materials – 20 credits
- Aircraft Systems Integration and Performance – 20 credits
- Aeronautical Design – 20 credits
Year Three: Aeronautical Engineering degree
Year three modules include aerodynamics, propulsion and aircraft structures. You’ll learn about advanced computational tools and modelling techniques, and produce a dissertation. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in real aircraft flight testing as part of our Flight Dynamics and Control module.
- Individual Project (BEng) – 40 credits
- Engineering Computational Analysis – 20 credits
- Aircraft Structure – 20 credits
- Aerodynamics and Propulsion – 20 credits
- Flight Dynamics and Control – 20 credits
- Supervised Work Experience (SWE) – 120 credits (optional)
The BEng Aeronautical Engineering degree is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and seminars. You will also need to devote time to self-study, such as conducting research and preparing for your assessments and lectures.
You will also have the opportunity to visit sites such as Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and Airbus, and learn from guest lectures delivered by senior industrialists and academics from the Ministry of Defence, BAMC, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and various aerospace industry companies, on current technological advancements in the field.
In the final year, subject to weather conditions, you will fly inside a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft static and dynamic behaviour and control principles.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of exams, coursework, simulation and problem-based exercises. Speaking in front of your colleagues also forms part of your assessment in group design and project modules, which will develop your presentation and communication skills.
In the final year, you will fly a real aircraft to consolidate your understanding of aircraft behaviour and control principles.