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Loughborough University

Aeronautical Engineering

UCAS Code: H403
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Aerospace engineering
Student score
80% MED
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£27k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, with A* in Mathematics or Physics. (AAA may be offered in exceptional circumstances)

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

A A including Mathematics and Physics, plus Highers at A grades

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

38 points with 7 6 6 at HL including HL Mathematics and Physics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

In addition to providing knowledge to underpin engineering fundamentals, mathematical modelling and simulation, a strong theme throughout the degrees is group work and design. The MEng is an extended course that allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge, gain management skills and undertake a substantial individual project. All our Aeronautical Engineering courses cover the basic principles of aerospace technology including aerodynamics, thermodynamics, stress analysis, mechanics, dynamics and control, engineering sciences which underpin avionics, design and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). The application of these subjects to aircraft and aero-engine design and development is common across all years of the course. During Year 1, the course matches theory and application by timetabling lectures and tutorials in the morning, followed by applied studies, such as practical instruction, computing and laboratory experiments in the afternoon. The first two years of the course are common for both MEng and BEng students, allowing BEng students the opportunity to transfer to the MEng at the end of the second year. In the final year of the MEng, you move away from traditional teaching methods and work alongside research groups in the Department or in Industry. Coupled with the project work, which runs throughout the last two years of the Aeronautical Engineering course, this allows you to gain experience of tackling real engineering problems. The course contains an optional language module, together with the possibility of spending part of the final year carrying out project-based work in other European countries.


Year 1: Areas studied include aircraft systems, fluid mechanics, computing, aircraft design, materials and thermodynamics. Year 2 : Areas studied include structural airworthiness, dynamics, aerodynamics, turbo machinery and propulsion. Year 3: Students concentrate on design and management. Students also take additional design modules and choose optional modules. Optional placement/study year Salaried professional placement MEng final year: Students undertake a substantial individual project. They contribute to a group project in aircraft design and a module in business modelling. Students also choose additional optional modules.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
12% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
443 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% MED
Average graduate salary £27k HIGH
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are senior officers in protective services


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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