Aerospace Engineering at Brunel is ranked 3rd in London (Complete University Guide 2018).
Brunel is the closest university to London’s Heathrow Airport, providing opportunities for site visits and placement and career options.
About the course
From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunneling machines to body-scanners, from technical consultancy to financial services such as insurance, mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are taken for granted in the modern world.
The range and diversity of career choice is consequently tremendous. In response to this diversity, we offer a variety of courses.This specialist degree provides a rigorous and traditional academic education coupled with a well-developed appreciation of the highly technical nature of the aerospace industry.
The subjects studied include analytical and computational skills, principles and concepts appropriate to the design and operation of aircraft, and professional skills needed to equip graduates in the aerospace industry.
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Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
- Fundamentals of Thermofluids
- Analytical Methods and Skills
- Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Aerospace Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience.
- Solid Body Mechanics
- Principles of Aircraft Design
- Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
- Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation.
- Major Individual Project
- Propulsion Systems, Aircraft Structures and Materials
- FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems
- Professional Engineering Practice
- Flight Testing and Analysis.
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
The four-year thick-sandwich degree programme enables you to gain high-quality, relevant professional experience which is sought by employers. This puts graduates from the course in a strong position when entering the job market. Students have the opportunity to change from the full-time mode of study to the thick-sandwich course up to the end of Level 2.
Aerospace Engineering graduates take up employment in fields such as aircraft and components design and manufacture, maintenance and testing, propulsion systems, flight simulation, aviation, avionics, patent engineering, financial services, and many more.
Recent graduates have gone on to work for
- Rolls-Royce Aero Engines
- British Airways
- GE Energy
- Marshall Aerospace
- BAE Systems
- Qinetiq Group
- Lockheed Martin
- the Ministry of Defence.
Some of our graduates go directly into research, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), whilst others spend several years in industry first.
You can choose to study either a full-time course or the prestigious sandwich course. Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements in aerospace or related industry. The placement in industry is taken between Levels 2 and 3 for at least 44 weeks. This time can count towards becoming an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.
Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre will support you to get the best placement to suit your aspirations. They can help you with advice to compose the best possible applications, and coach you with mock interviews – often with the support of industry visitors.
The organisations that employ the students on placement are checked to ensure they can provide suitable training experiences. Quite often, Brunel graduates within firms mentor current students. The placement is assessed, and students must pass it to graduate with the words ‘with Professional Development’ in their degree title. Each student is allocated both a mentor within the company and an Industrial Tutor from Brunel, who is on hand to help ensure that the placement yields the best possible experience for the student’s personal professional development.
Read about Student Industrial Work Placements.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level BBB, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD, in Mechanical Engineering, with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles modules.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD, in Mechanical Engineering, with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles modules, with A-Level Maths at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D, with A-Levels grades BB in Maths and Physics.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Maths and 5 in Higher Level Physics.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Engineering course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit or higher on all units. All Maths and Physics units must be Distinctions at level 3, plus A-level Maths at Grade B. Access students who are not taking A-level Maths are encouraged to apply for the Foundations of Engineering course.
- Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.
5 GCSEs to include grade B in Maths, C in English Language and 2 Science subjects.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
Our philosophy is to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific principles in aerospace engineering, and to provide them with the transferable skills that are designed to meet the challenges of employment within the engineering sector of the global economy.
How many hours of study are involved?
In Level 1, contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 17 hours per week. This will assist you in adjusting from school/college to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.
How will I be taught?
Lectures – These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas that you need to understand, and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.
Laboratories – Practicals are generally three-hour sessions in which you can practice your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.
Design Studios – In a studio you will work on group projects with guidance from members of staff. In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. You may be required to design and produce an artefact or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.
One-to-one – On registration for the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor whose role is to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will also have one-to-one academic supervision on Level 3 project work.
You will undertake assignments, project work, reports on laboratory practicals, oral presentations and short tests. There are written examinations in May of each year. In Level 3, all students undertake a major individual project. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year. The final degree classification is calculated from a combination of Level 2 and Level 3 grades. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree, but you must pass the year in order to progress.
- Staff teaching on the course carry out much of their research with collaborators outside the University, including oil companies, aircraft manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms. This means that links between the Aerospace Engineering staff and industry are very strong.
- Interacting with students from different specialisms and with different interests is an important part of the University experience. To help with this, we have introduced a multidisciplinary project for Level 1 students. This is a design-based competition between teams made up of students from a number of subjects.
- If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining a pre-set progression standard. If you start on the full-time course, you can transfer to the sandwich course at any time before the end of Level 2.
- Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped. This includes supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels, and a six-axis engineering flight simulator. Industry-standard specialist software for engineering design is available to students 24 hours a day in dedicated computer clusters.
- You have the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at Iowa University in the US.
Women in Engineering and Computing Programme
Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.
The programme is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The BEng degree course fulfils the academic requirement to go forward for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng); it partially fulfils the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.
Facts and Figures
The Aerospace Engineering degree course is hosted by the Mechanical Engineering Subject Area which has about 700 undergraduate students, 300 postgraduates and around 100 research students and assistants. Each year we take in about 160 new students, of which about 30% are studying for a degree in Aerospace Engineering.