Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)

Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three Years or Four Years with Industrial Placement

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    A798; Short form: BEng/Ae

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you’re fascinated by aircraft, spacecraft and related technologies then this course is for you. You’ll learn about aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, systems, flight dynamics, mechanical engineering and computer-aided design. And you’ll apply this to analyse and design flying vehicles.

In Year 3 you will complete a research project which will allow you to work creatively on an aerospace-related subject. And in Year 4 a group design project will give you valuable experience in team working and development processes.

You’ll work with a range of vehicles and use different types for design, analysis, simulation and test. You’ll get involved with unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for civil applications.

You’ll graduate with a rounded education in aerospace engineering, be prepared for a wide range of career options, taking ideas from concept through to flight.




Entry Requirements

120 points at A2 including Maths at B & Physics at B; General Studies Accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit including Maths units
Pass Access To HE with 122 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: 30P
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English grade C or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Aerospace Vehicles (including Flight Challenge)
  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Maths
  • Drawing and CAD
  • Manufacturing

Year 2

  • Aircraft Design and Manufacture
  • Aerospace Systems and Computing
  • Structures and FEA
  • Thermofluids and CFD
  • CAD and Manufacture
  • Operations Management A

Year 3

  • Flight Dynamics and Control (including Flight Test)
  • Aerospace Propulsion
  • Aerodynamics
  • Advanced CAD
  • Operations Management B
  • Individual Project

Further Information

Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever. Many career options are available to you because of the broad and diverse nature of Aerospace Engineering. These include the aerospace, space, defence, automotive, biotechnology, computing, electronics, energy and manufacturing sectors. If you’re interested in the scientific and mathematical aspects of the discipline, you can carry on into a career in research and teaching, including postgraduate aerospace research degrees at UCLan.

You will be entering a diverse and exciting area of technology where you will benefit from UCLan’s investment in the Engineering Innovation Centre which is due to open in 2018/19. UCLan’s Aerospace Society organises invited lectures, events, visits and competitions and during your studies you will be encouraged to join the Royal Aeronautical Society and to participate in local branch events.

You’ll have the chance to undertake a year-long industrial placement before your final year. We will support you through the application process in order to help you to secure a placement that is related to aerospace engineering. This is a great opportunity for you to broaden your horizons and to consolidate your learning. And the experience will be invaluable when you return to UCLan, as well as giving you a significant advantage in your employability and early career development.

You can either apply for MEng Aerospace Engineering (UCAS Code 6L13) or MEng Aerospace Engineering with Industrial Placement (UCAS Code 4Q67). You would have the option to transfer from one course to the other, depending on you are successful in gaining a placement. Note that the academic content of both courses is identical.


There is a serious shortage of engineers in the UK. Our aerospace industry is a world-leader, but unless we create a new generation of engineers we’ll struggle to keep ahead of the competition.

Vince Cable
Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have established links with many aerospace companies and you will have opportunities for guest lectures, field trips and industrial placements.

Professional Accreditation

This course has been designed to comply with the educational requirements published by the UK Engineering Council. We are in discussion with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in order to ensure that we meet their requirements and expectations throughout the course. This will pave the way to full accreditation after graduation in 2018.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Our course is delivered via a mix of lectures, practicals and projects. Lectures are provided to guide and inform and your knowledge, understanding and skills are developed through application. Assessments will be divided between unseen examinations and a variety of regular assignments and challenges. Practical competence is important to the engineering philosophy at UCLan and this will be reflected in the design and weighting of assessments.

High quality facilities will be available to you, including state-of-the-art software tools, desktop flight simulators and a UAV Lab. The student workshop will provide a focus for design and manufacture. This has CNC lathe and milling machines, a five axis laser cutter and a wide variety of machine shop equipment. The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of F3 hovercraft. It is intended to use this also for airframe manufacture.

Invited lectures and masterclasses will be provided on a range of topics, including the effective use of software packages for computer-aided design, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis and so on.