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Coventry University

Aerospace Systems Engineering

UCAS Code: H410

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

to include Mathematics and one from Engineering, Physics, or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit all to be in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

to inlcude Mathematics and one from Physics, Design Technology or IT at Higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD-DDM

in an Engineering subject, to include Merits in 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' and 'Further Engineering Mathematics' units.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

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87%
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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Aerospace engineering

Coventry University’s Aerospace degree course offers innovative curriculum and learning opportunities, strong industry links and excellent technical facilities.

The Aerospace industry provides one of the most challenging environments for the development and testing of new technologies. Offering a range of exciting careers, there is a growing demand for aerospace engineers with a systems focus and who are able to embrace the multidisciplinary aspects of problem solving to help design the next generation of aircraft systems.

We aim to develop a thorough, integrated understanding of mechanical, electrical and systems engineering and how this knowledge is applied in the aerospace industry. This course, which has been well established for over 20 years, is taught with a focus on developing problem solving skills particularly in the area of design and optimisation. You will have the opportunity to learn to apply your knowledge using industry standard tools and practices.

You can also gain experience of the industry first-hand through our exciting industry-focused fieldtrips, which have previously included the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in the US and Airbus (Toulouse), Airbus (Marseille) and Finmeccanica in Europe (application and additional costs may apply).

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching, outstanding student experience and exciting research. We work closely with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and our strong industry links, with companies such as Emirates, Jaguar Land Rover, GE Aviation, Meggitt, UTC Aerospace Systems, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Unipart and Birmingham International Airport, can lead to placement opportunities and collaborative projects.

You will be taught by staff with industrial experience, having worked for Bombardier, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Marston Aerospace and the Ministry of Defence. Their research expertise ranges from aerodynamics, flight dynamics, aircraft structural analysis, crashworthiness modelling and avionics to human factors in aviation; it is utilised both within the research informed teaching on the course and in the final year project.

The combined theoretical and practical focus of the programme concentrates on engineering mathematics, mechanical, electrical and thermodynamic design, system simulation and modelling, control systems, aerodynamics, aircraft structures and manufacturing; all of which give our graduates a strong base from which to start professional work in aerospace design using the latest software tools. Previous students have obtained jobs as design engineers working on the latest projects in the aerospace industry.

**Key Course Benefits**

* Accreditation by Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to Chartered Engineer (partial accreditation to CEng, but full accreditation to IEng).

* Expert guest lectures, which previously have covered topics such as green landing systems, airship developments, aircraft design and training, and non-destructive testing in aircraft braking systems.

* On and off site access to commercial engineering software, including 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multibody Systems for design and simulation, as well as training in industry standard Catia, HyperWorks, STAR-CCM+, SIMPACK and Matlab/Simulink software.

* Our excellent facilities include a full-size Harrier Jet (used for teaching), 3 full scale flight simulators, wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, environmental test lab, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Modules

Our main study themes are:

* **Aerodynamics and aircraft systems:** A broad introduction to each of the main aeronautical engineering disciplines. Covering the essentials of aerodynamics, aircraft systems and powerplants, you will develop the skills to plan, perform, record, analyse and evaluate experimentation within an aerospace environment. Legal issues of relevance to the aerospace industry are also covered.

* **Engineering mathematics:** Aims to develop your competence in mathematical methods relevant to engineering. You will have the opportunity to learn to analyse problems using appropriate mathematical techniques carrying out the manipulation themselves and also using modern mathematical software.

* **Avionic systems:** Presents the concepts of signal acquisition and processing required as part of the study of avionic systems. It covers radio and data communication, electromagnetic propagation, radar, navigation and digital signal processing as applied in aircraft systems.

* **Flight dynamics, control and modelling:** Introduces you to control theory, the aircraft's vehicle dynamics and investigates the concepts of aircraft stability.

* **Mechanics and Thermodynamics:** Aims to broaden knowledge and understanding of rigid body mechanics, stress analysis and thermofluids. You will have the chance to learn to correctly apply solid mechanics and thermofluids theory to design problems by means of practical examples.

* **Propulsion System Design:** Develop detailed understanding of engine thermodynamics and the operation of engine ancillary systems such as fuel systes, heat exchangers.

* **Aircraft Design and System Verification/Validation:** An opportunity to apply what you have learnt, working together as a team to design, develop and test an aircraft from first principles using the university facilities.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
high
Aerospace engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Aeronautical and aerospace engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Engineering professionals
16%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Managers and directors in transport and logistics
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over a thousand UK graduates got a degree in aerospace engineering in 2015. There are a few dedicated employers, unevenly spread around the country, and so there's often competition for graduates looking for their first job - which leads to a relatively high (although improving) early unemployment rate, and a good grade is particularly important for graduates. Sponsorship and work experience can be key if you're after the most sought-after roles in the industry. Starting salaries are usually good and graduates commonly go into the aerospace (yes, this does include manufacture of equipment for satellites and space operations) and defence industries. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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