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Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies

Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

UCLan’s Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies programmes combine the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of aerospace engineering. The University has excellent aerospace facilities including four flight simulators and two wind tunnels, allowing you to benefit from the practical application of theories taught in the classroom.

While studying for your Aerospace Engineering BEng degree you will undertake ‘Private Pilot License (PPL)’ theoretical studies in your 2nd year, and successful completion of those subjects, determined by passing the Civil Aviation Authorities Private Pilot’s Licence Examinations. These CAA examinations are an essential component of a PPL. These degree programmes do not include the practical flying components of the PPL (typically 45 hours), but we have arrangements with a flight training school who will offer these to you for an additional fee. You can however, fine tune your practical skills using UCLan’s excellent flight simulators. Practical flying is not an essential component in order to complete these programmes.

You can elect to take a year's relevant industrial placement as part of your degree, which you arrange with our support. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Industrial Placement' to your degree title. This learning experience is greatly encouraged and is an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge that you have gained at the University.

For those students who would like a future career as a commercial pilot, we offer our integrated MEng programme, which introduces ‘Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)’ theoretical studies in year four. These are university examinations that are intended to prepare you for sitting CAA ATPL examinations after you have graduated. Again you can make use of our simulation facilities to further develop your flying skills, and practical flying can be arranged at additional cost with our flight training school partners.

These programmes are an ideal way to gain the theoretical training required to obtain a pilot’s license while simultaneously gaining an engineering degree.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    3 years full time or 6 years part time

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    AE10

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2018/19 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at B.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (including Maths unit).
Pass Access Course: 122 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 122 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent .

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Year 1

  • ER1631  Aerospace Vehicles       
  • ER1020  Engineering Design        
  • ER1030  Engineering Science      
  • ER1010  Engineering Analysis

Year 2

  • EI2040   Aircraft Design, Systems and Manufacture          
  • EI2910   Structures/FEA
  • MP2576 Thermofluids/CFD       
  • SC2153  Adv Mathematics and Simulation            
  • EI2030 Pilot Operations PPL

 

  • EI3999   Industrial Placement

Year 3

  • EI3000   Individual Project          
  • EI3010   Flight Dynamics and Control     
  • EI3030   Aeromechanics
  • EI3040   Aerospace Propulsion  (Option)
  • MP3604  Advanced CAD
  • MP3732  Operations Management B

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.

Engineering / CNC Workshops

Engineering / CNC Workshops

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.

Industry Links

We have established links with many aerospace companies and you will have opportunities for guest lectures, visits 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 in order to ensure that we meet their requirements and expectations throughout the course. This effort will pave the way to full accreditation after graduation in 2022.

Facilities

During your studies with us you will benefit from significant investment in the latest high quality facilities available, including state-of-the-art software tools, flight simulators and a UAV Lab.

Immersive Flight Simulators – Redbird FMX

Immersive Flight Simulators – Redbird FMX

The FMX’s electric motion platform and wrap-around visual offer fantastic realism and as such, it has been approved for commercial training by the EASA aviation authority. UCLan’s FMX can be configured as two different aircraft types,  a Cessna C172, and a Piper Seminole PA44-S and is complete with an instructors station, and an external monitoring and debriefing station.


FMX Cockpit

Desktop flight simulators

This equipment takes the advanced flight training tools found on our large simulators and put them in a multi-screen desktop device. As a student on our aerospace degree courses, you can use these simulators to reinforce your understanding of aircraft flight dynamics and they can be rapidly reconfigured to a wide range of different aircraft types, from civil aircraft, helicopters and even the Space Shuttle!

Composites (GRP bodywork) Workshop

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.

Researchers send graphene into near space

In the first experiment of its kind, researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are exploring the practical applications of exploiting graphene in the UK space industry. This has been achieved through the launch of  specially designed graphene-enhanced carbon fibre material into near space using high altitude balloons.

High street drones could save lives of Cambodia’s armed forces

The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) are to use high street drones for mine clearance and peace keeping operations in Cambodia and during United Nations missions around the world, following training from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

This is the first time that the RCAF has been provided with this technology to help with Cambodia’s significant problems with landmines, which follows decades of war.

World’s first flight of graphene-skinned aircraft to take place at Farnborough Air Show

Test flight signals launch of graphene roadmap for industrial application and commercialisation within the aerospace industry.

A pioneering research collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) will result in the world’s first public flights of an unmanned aircraft (named Prospero) part skinned in graphene.

Lift off for pioneering research collaboration

A pioneering collaboration between two North West universities has resulted in a successful world-first aeronautic flight test.

The research initiative, between the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), and The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute, saw the first flight of a UAV part-constructed with graphene.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Engineering
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.