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University of Sheffield

Aerospace Engineering (Private Pilot Instruction)

UCAS Code: H490
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Aerospace engineering
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£26.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAA including Maths and Physics. *If you are not taking Physics A level but are passionate about studying MEng Aerospace Engineering, contact us to discuss our pre-sessional Faculty of Engineering Physics Pathway programme. We would still require AAA from your A levels which must include Maths. Completing the Physics Pathway programme would prepare you for the degree, and involves attendance at the University for 4 weeks prior to the first year of your degree course beginning. The Physics Pathway programme is free, and scholarships for accommodation are also available for some applicants. For further details please contact: aerospace-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk, Tel: 0114 2227837

Scottish Highers

Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

BTEC Diploma

Aerospace Engineering, Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Aerospace Engineering, Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering required.

International Baccalaureate

6 points each from Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 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

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description


Year 1: Analogue circuits for aerospace; control; electrical circuits for aerospace engineers; engineering mechanics; fundamental engineering mechanics; ground training for flight; introduction to aerospace engineering 1; mathematics a 1, a 2, b 1 and b 2 (electrical/control/aerospace); microstructure and mechanical properties; thermofluids. Year 2: aerostructures and performance; avionic systems; basic Java programming and problem-solving; communication systems; control system design; design of structures, machines and systems; dynamics of structures and machines; electronic devices in circuits; flight training; fluids engineering; fracture mechanics and corrosion; materials design, selection and performance; mathematics 3 (control); modelling, simulation and control; object oriented design and programming with Java; thermodynamic cycles and heat transfer. Year 3: advanced fluid mechanics; advanced mechanics of solids; aero propulsion; aerodynamic design; aircraft design project; aircraft dynamics and control; antennas, radar and navigation; applied noise and vibration; composite micromechanics and strong reinforcing fibres; computer architecture; concurrent systems; data structures and algorithms; database technology; deformation of materials; digital signal processing; distributed real-time control systems; electric and magnetic fields; electromechanical energy conversion; embedded control systems; embedded systems; engineering management; experiments and modelling; finite element techniques; flow and power; functional materials 3; human computer interaction and graphical interfaces; integrity of materials and components; manufacturing systems; mathematics 4 (electrical); principles of communications; reciprocating engines; renewable energy; space systems engineering; state-space control design; surface degradation and protection. Year 4: advanced computer architectures; advanced fluid mechanics; advanced materials and manufacturing; advanced software engineering seminars; aerodynamic design; aerospace computing; aerospace individual investigative project; aerospace materials case studies; aerospace systems and structures; antennas and propagation; antennas, radar and navigation; composites in service; composites manufacturing; computer modelling and validation; concurrent systems; control of structural vibrations; controller design: advanced methods; electromagnetic compatibility; engineering composite materials; flight dynamics and control; flow and power; high temperature materials for aerospace; motion control and servo drive systems; motion control and servo drive systems; neural networks; non-linear systems; optimisation and search; power electronics; robust and multivariable control; software measurement and testing; structural vibration: analysis and practice; technology strategy and business planning; tribology of machine elements.

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

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How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

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What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 83%
Student score 77% 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


Received sufficient advice and support



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
25% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
10% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
415 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £26.5k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Only a few hundred students study the subject every year. But with very few dedicated employers, unevenly spread around the country, there's often competition for graduates looking for their first job. Sponsorship and work experience can be key if you're after the most sought-after roles in the industry - the relatively high early unemployment rate shows that it isn’t always easy for graduates who are not prepared. Starting salaries are usually good, especially if you get a job overseas, 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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