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MEng (Hons)

Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies (Foundation Entry)

5 years
September 2024

Combine the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of aerospace engineering on our Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies Foundation Entry degree course.

Why study with us

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  • You’ll undertake ‘Private Pilot License (PPL)’ theoretical studies in your 2nd year and ‘Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)’ theoretical studies in your 4th year.
  • During your studies you'll benefit from significant investment in the latest high quality facilities available, including state-of-the-art software tools, flight simulators, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels and a UAV Lab.
  • The university examinations prepare you for sitting CAA ATPL examinations after graduation.
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Take a look at our amazing Engineering Innovation Centre

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Students using wind tunnel
Students using wind tunnel

What you'll do

  • This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry.
  • You’ll access lectures and masterclasses on topics such as the effective use of computer-aided design software, computational fluid dynamics, and finite element analysis.
  • Our flight training school partners cover the practical flying components of the PPL (typically 45 hours), for an additional fee.
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Hear from our students

I completed a foundation year at UCLan because I was very interested in the modules covered. I got to cover the basics of maths and science, but also learned how to use different engineering software like AutoCAD and MATLAB.
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Lisson Boateng
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering Student

Study in our Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

During your studies with us you’ll benefit from our new £35 million EIC building which provides an integrated teaching space in state-of-the-art facilities.

Explore the EIC


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Gain real work experience through industrial placements

You can take a one-year industrial placement during your studies to increase your employability. Most placements are UK-based, but opportunities exist for global placements.

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Meet our experts

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Tony Broad
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Tony teaches across a range of Engineering courses with a Mechanical bias, this includes Aerospace, Mechanical, Motorsport, Energy and Computer Aided Engineering courses. Coming from industry, Tony has a wealth of industrial experience and specialises in Computer Aided Design (C…

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Dr Abdullah Desai
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Abdullah is the Course Leader for Aviation and a Senior Lecturer within the school. He is a Private Pilot License holder and is active in research in Aerospace Engineering. His research focusses on novel design methods across a diverse range of specialities, including conceptual …

Future careers

Aerospace Engineering graduates go on to roles in the aerospace, space, defence, automotive, biotechnology, computing, electronics, energy and manufacturing sectors.  

Start university this September

Clearing officially opens on July 5 2024, but you can sign up for priority Clearing early and we'll help you find a place on a course that's right for you.

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Fees and funding

First year£9,250 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£16,400 for the first year
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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