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BEng (Hons)

Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Are you fascinated by aircraft? This course combines the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of Aerospace Engineering.

Benefit from the practical application of what you learn in the classroom in our full motion simulator.

You’ll undertake Private Pilot License (PPL) theoretical studies in Year 2. Successful completion of this is determined by passing the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Private Pilot’s Licence Examinations.

CAA examinations are an essential component of a PPL. This degree doesn’t include the practical flying components of the PPL (typically 45 hours) but we partner with a flight training school who will offer those for an additional fee.

Why study with us

  • You will undertake ‘Private Pilot Licence (PPL)’ theoretical studies in your 2nd year.
  • There’s an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry for full-time students between Year 2 and Year 3.
  • 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.

Sub and Supersonic Wind Tunnel Facilities

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What you'll do

  • You’ll graduate with a rounded education in aerospace engineering which can lead to a wide range of career options.
  • Our Engineering Innovation Centre enables you to work on real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Fine tune your practical skills using the University’s excellent flight simulators and UAV lab.

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.

Find out more

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


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.

View the course facilities

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 and a UAV Lab.

You’ll take to the skies in our immersive flight simulators, including the Redbird FMX, which will help reinforce your understanding of flight dynamics.

Academic expertise

Future Careers

Studying Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies leads to careers in the aerospace, space, defence, automotive, biotechnology, computing, electronics, energy and manufacturing sectors. 

Progression to MEng course

After completing three years of full-time study you’ll have the option to graduate with a BEng (Hons) degree (it will take four years to reach this stage if you choose to go on a 48-week industrial placement in-between Years 2 and 3). You can then choose to undertake an additional year of advanced study and graduate with an MEng (Hons) degree instead (this normally takes four years to complete in all, or five years with an industrial placement).

The MEng option is ideal if you aspire to become a commercial pilot. It introduces Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) theoretical studies in Year 4. These are university examinations designed to prepare you for sitting CAA ATPL examinations after you’ve graduated. You’ll be able to 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. This is a great way to gain the theoretical training required to obtain a pilot’s license while simultaneously gaining an engineering degree.

Visit us on a university Open Day

Come and discover why our campus is the perfect place for you. You can ask current students about their experiences and immerse yourself in campus and accommodation tours.

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Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Engineering located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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