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Aviation Engineering MEng

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Mode of study

4-year full-time; 5-year thick-sandwich

UCAS Code

HH41, HH14 with Professional Development

Start date

September

Aviation Engineering MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option

Overview

About the course

This degree programme is aimed at those students who wish to undertake senior engineering roles within the operational side of the aviation industry, but who also retain an interest in flying. The engineering content is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The course runs alongside the Pilot Studies course, replaces flying training with greater design content, making this particularly suitable for anybody aiming for a professional engineering career, but not in a flying role.

Accordingly, the programme integrates basic flight principles and the opportunity to train on a flight simulator with a solid grounding in general engineering and a background in management and operations. The programme will draw on the close proximity of Heathrow and the other London airports and, on completion, graduates will be expected to follow careers within the aviation industry.

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Why Study Aviation Engineering Undergraduate Course at Brunel University?

3rd best UK University for overall student satisfaction in Aerospace and Aviation: 2012 National Student Survey

Top London-based University for overall student satisfaction in Aerospace and Aviation: 2012 National Student Survey

Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

About Mechanical Engineering at Brunel

From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunnelling 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.

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.

We also offer the Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course.

The range of courses reflects several of our research interests:

  • energy and environmental engineering;
  • internal combustion engines and their fuels;
  • structures and materials;
  • fluid mechanics.

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Aims

This course has been developed to allow graduates the widest possible range of career options within the aircraft industry.

The course differs from the Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies programme in that students do not undertake the practical flying training at Level 1; instead, an additional design project is undertaken. The aim here is to allow students to avoid paying the additional fees needed for the Pilot Studies option, but still to follow an engineering degree that is heavily biased towards aviation and which develops skills in flying practice (using the flight simulator) and flight theory. All Aviation Engineering students also take the PPL ground school.

From Level 2 onwards, the Aviation Engineering course is identical to the Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies course and so covers flying basics and the wider aspects of the aviation industry. This includes airport design (BEng), aircraft operations (MEng) and environmental issues. The course aims to prepare graduates for the many career opportunities within the aviation industry.

Enquiries

Admissions and Course Enquiries
Web: Admissions Enquiries Information
Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 266633(College Marketing Office)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
Contact Admissions or Course Enquiries Online

Admissions Tutor: Mr Colin Axon
Email: me-ug-admissions@brunel.ac.uk


Course Content

The four-year MEng route provides an opportunity to add an aerospace engineering flavour to your degree and so more detailed technical aspects are covered, such as advanced computer modelling and advanced aeronautics.

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
  • Analytical Methods and Skills
  • Aircraft Ground Theory and Design Project
  • Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
  • Aerospace Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience.

Level 2

  • Solid Body Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Performance and Control of Aircraft
  • Principles of Aircraft Design
  • Professional Engineering Applications and Practice.

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • FEA, CFD and Numerical Modelling
  • Propulsion Systems, Aircraft Structures and Materials

Level 5

  • Major Group Project
  • Strategic Management, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Current Topics in Aerospace
  • Advanced Aerodynamics, Propulsion Systems and Space Mechanics
  • Design and Analysis of Aircraft and Spacecraft Systems

Choose one optional module from:

  • Advanced Thermofluids
  • Advanced Solid Body Mechanics

(If you choose the placement route, you will take your year-long placement in between Levels 2 and 3)

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • You will have the unique opportunity to train on the College's own flight simulator.
  • You will take the PPL ground school, so if you wish to learn to fly in your own time, you will only need to carry out the flying training.
  • You can enter the course on either the MEng or the BEng route. If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining an average of 60% at that level.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at Iowa University in the US, during your second year.
  • We have very good links with business and industry in the UK and overseas. This means that:
  • degrees are designed to meet the needs of industry and the market place;
  • the latest developments in the commercial world feed into your course;
  • you have greater choice and quality of professional placements;
  • we have more contacts to help you find a job when you graduate.
  • Much of our research is undertaken with collaborators outside the University, including major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms.

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.

 

Accreditation

You will have the opportunity to carry out high-quality professional placements in the UK or overseas. We have very good links with local and international businesses, and furthermore, Brunel is situated only five miles from Heathrow Airport.

Facts and Figures

The School of Engineering and Design has about 1,900 undergraduate students, 800 postgraduates and around 150 teaching and substantial research staff.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

All students study a common set of modules at all levels to ensure that everyone graduates from the course with the same core knowledge and skills.

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. 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 have one-to-one supervision on all Level 3/4 project work. If you go on an industrial placement you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will help you to achieve the training objectives necessary to satisfy the requirements for Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. You will also be visited by a member of the academic staff to monitor the progress of your training.

Assessment

Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this year to continue with the course. Students wishing to transfer from the BEng to the MEng must achieve at least 60% at Level 2.

Several methods of assessment are employed on the course. There are written examinations at the end of each term, but work is also continuously assessed throughout. You will undertake projects, assignments, essays, laboratory work and short tests.

Project work is commonplace and is usually completed in groups to imitate the everyday experience in an engineering firm, where specialists must pool their talents to design a solution to a problem. In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. Group members share the mark gained, so it is up to each individual to get the most out of everyone else.

Employability

Aviation graduates will leave Brunel with highly marketable knowledge and skills, and will be very well placed to go on to commercial flight training.

Careers

Graduates can enter almost any professional aerospace career, for example as an aeronautical engineer, commercial or military pilot, air traffic controller, aeronautical researcher.

Graduates have gone on to work for:

  • The RAF
  • The Ministry of Defence
  • GE Energy
  • Qinetiq Group
  • Caterpillar.

Work Placements

You will have the opportunity to carry out high-quality professional placements in the UK or overseas. We have very good links with local and international businesses, and furthermore, Brunel is situated only five miles from Heathrow Airport.

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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Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,000 final year

International students: £17,500 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

2017/18

The Government has proposed changes to allow tuition fees for UK and EU students to rise by inflation. These changes are currently subject to approval, but if approved, would result in tuition fees of £9,250 per year from 2017/18.

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma not accepted for the MEng entry. BTEC Extended Diploma students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year two of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* in Mechanical Engineering with distinctions in Further Maths for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles, and A-Level Maths at grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D* with A-Levels grade AA in Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 34 points, including 6 in Higher level Maths and 6 in Higher level Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Applicants should apply for the BEng. Those who achieve the progression requirement can transfer to the MEng at the end of Level 2.
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade B, English Language at Grade C, and Double Science (or two separate Science subjects) at Grade C or above. Other acceptable GCSEs: English Literature, Geography, History, Languages, others may be considered on an individual basis.

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.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.