Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: H410, H411 (with a placement year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This course is ideal if you want to become a pilot, or work as an engineer or manager in the airline industry.

On our Aeronautical Technology degree we place special emphasis on flight deck design, particularly the relationship between pilot and modern fly-by-wire computer interfaces. You will learn about propulsion systems, which covers gas turbine engines, rocket engines and internal combustion engines.

Get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs, which include a flight simulator that can simulate Boeing and Airbus aircraft as well as helicopters, and a new computerised wind tunnel.

The computer-aided design (CAD) techniques you’ll learn are the ones used by professional practitioners in the sector, including Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Many of these subjects are taught in group-based projects so you can apply your skills and knowledge to a real aircraft engineering design brief.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Aeronautical Technology

Professional body accreditation

Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

Year 1 will introduce you to the fundamentals of technology, mathematics and propulsion systems. Even at this early stage, you will get the chance to be airborne as our Practical Aviation Studies module gives you the chance to learn how to fly a glider.

Year 2 will expand your knowledge into areas of aircraft aerodynamics and crash investigation. Between the second and third years, we encourage you to apply for an industrial placement year. These are paid, give you real-world engineering experience, and have been at companies ranging from Airbus Helicopters to GE Engines.

Other specialist modules include flight technology - involving the study of aircraft flight control systems - subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics, crash investigation, flight deck controls, instruments and displays, navigation systems, material properties and selection, and computer-based design, analysis and simulation.

In Year 3 you will study advanced aerodynamics and flight technology, which will prepare you for your final project. Your studies culminate with the GradEX graduate exhibition, where you will be able to exhibit your work to industry, VIPs and the public.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Design Technologies Compulsory
Engineering Applications Compulsory
Applied Mathematics Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Design Technologies Compulsory
Instrumentation and Measurement Compulsory
Practical Aviation Studies Compulsory
Transport Propulsion Systems Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Mechanics and Materials Compulsory
Flight Technology Compulsory
Advanced Design Technologies Compulsory
Vehicle Aerodynamics 1 Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Mechanics and Materials Compulsory
Flight Technology Compulsory
Advanced Design Technologies Compulsory
Crash Investigation and Measurement Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Technologist Compulsory
Aerodynamics 2 Compulsory
Advanced Flight Technology Compulsory
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
BSc (Hons) Applied Technology Project Compulsory
Advanced Flight Technology Compulsory
Design Analysis Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.