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University of the West of Scotland

Aircraft Engineering

UCAS Code: H410

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Including Maths and Physics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4

Including Maths and Physics.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

Including Maths and Physics or SQA Highers at BBBC including Maths at Grade B plus Nat5 Physics at Grade B.

UCAS Tariff

102
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Engineering design

This programme will provide you with skills appropriate to aircraft design, manufacturing, aerodynamic and structural design and repair and overhaul sectors.

Designed in partnership with aerospace industry employers, the programme offers visits to organisations such as Spirit AeroSystems and British Airways whilst a number of final year Honours projects are undertaken in collaboration with industry. Guest speakers will deepen your understanding of the subject.

Career prospects
A shortage of aircraft engineers ensures that your skills will be in demand by aerospace companies locally, nationally and internationally, allowing you to take on roles in design, manufacture or maintenance. Career opportunities include junior management roles, technicians, structural aircraft design and maintenance.

Placement/Work-based learning
The local aerospace industry has frequently recruited graduates from this programme and these employers also help to continually inform the strategic direction of the programme, ensuring it is fit for local, national and international aerospace employment. Site visits to large aerospace employers such as Spirit AeroSystems and British Airways are offered to students on this programme whilst a number of final year honours projects are undertaken in collaboration with local industry ensuring that students nearing graduation are offered genuine aircraft industry exposure enhancing their employment readiness. A few unpaid short term summer internships are available in local aerospace companies further enhancing the practical experience and employability skills of graduates from this programme. Laboratories and practical software sessions are integrated into all levels of study ensuring active learning is prevalent in the programme.

Modules

Course content
The programme features a number of specialist modules utilising industry standard software such as CATIA v5 design and ANSYS Fluent, Computational Fluid Mechanics (CFD). Topics include aerodynamics and aircraft performance, composite materials and the design of aerospace structures and systems and these are complemented by traditional engineering topics including project management and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Another area of study of particular interest to the aerospace industry is composite materials. These are increasingly utilised in modern aircraft structures and you will explore design, manufacturing and testing of these advanced materials

Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Representatives from Assystem and Spirit AeroSystems have delivered lectures recently on advanced composite materials and the design of aircraft composite structures.

Year 1
Applied statics and dynamics, materials and mathematics provide a foundation to engineering design. Professional and industrial studies are introduced alongside skills development in communications and IT technology.

Year 2
Topics include design of aerospace structures and systems, strength of materials, vibration theory, thermofluids, materials and manufacturing technology. The formal engineering design process and how it relates to aircraft engineering practice is introduced; as well as computer-aided design and information technology related techniques.

Year 3
Skills in design and applied mechanics are enhanced. Aerodynamics and aircraft performance; intelligent systems and control technologies; aircraft design and modelling; advanced computer-based analysis and simulation techniques are introduced, along with project management skills.

Year 4 (Honours)
Aerodynamic understanding is enhanced whilst design, analysis and testing of composite structures is introduced. Computer-aided engineering design is explored further through finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics is introduced. Aircraft conceptual design and a major individual project complete the learning in Year 4.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

Paisley Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
23%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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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.

£23,808
low
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Engineering professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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