Aerospace Engineering BEng, 3-4 years

Start date:

2019

We’ve come a long way since the Wright Brothers. But in an area as innovative as aerospace engineering, the sky truly is the limit. From flight dynamics to aero-engine design, you’ll learn what it takes to make your mark in this exciting field.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS codes
H400, H403, H404
Department
Engineering
Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
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Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2871
engineeringug@le.ac.uk

Department of Engineering website

Course description

Course description

Whether you study for the BEng or the MEng, your Aerospace Engineering degree starts by providing a broad engineering foundation, which includes mechanical, electrical, communication and software engineering subjects. You will then develop further specific knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering with a focus on aerospace engineering.

Engineers are innovators who bring about change through their ingenuity, experience and curiosity to improve the quality of life for people throughout the world. Their work is central to thriving economies and competitive industries. It is equally important in developing countries where engineers provide appropriate technologies during difficult times of change.

Professional engineers have a high degree of specialist knowledge but increasingly they use a broad approach to problem solving across a range of engineering disciplines. This is coupled with an awareness of environmental, social, legal, economic and regulatory aspects of the problem at hand.

Specialised lectures on topics such as flight dynamics, aircraft navigation, aero-engine design, aerospace materials and aircraft performance may be given by visiting lecturers from aerospace industry companies. You will have the opportunity to attend a practical flight test course or to use a flight simulator to enhance your knowledge and skills in aerospace engineering.

Successful engineers must be able to analyse and solve complex problems in the industrial context, communicate ideas to others and work effectively in teams and exercise leadership skills. This is why all our Engineering degrees include a selection of management content or specialised modules throughout. Topics covered include business finance, project planning and management, intellectual property, health and safety, motivation theory, marketing, total quality management, ethics and professionalism.

What's the difference?

We offer four different Engineering subjects, each of which is available in six forms:

  • BEng (3 years); BEng with Industry (4 years), BEng with Year Abroad (4 years)
  • MEng (4 years); MEng with Industry (5 years), MEng with Year Abroad (5 years)

Each MEng is the three years of the relevant BEng with an extra year of study on the end. An MEng places greater emphasis on industrially related project work, advanced technical content and leadership, and is the academic foundation for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB including Maths and a Physical Science. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths and a Physical Science at grade B.
  • GCSEs: Grade C/4 in English Language.
  • BTEC Nationals: DDD in Engineering.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points with a minimum of 16 points at HL, including 5 in Maths and Physics at HL Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.   
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Engineering diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which are at Distinction. To include all level 3 Maths modules at Distinction.

Please note: If you do not have Grade B at Maths A-level, you will need to take an additional Maths assessment test.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Interview and maths assessment test may be required. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £20,590 per year
  • Year Abroad: £5,147.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £3,088.50, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

All our Aerospace Engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Measurement and Control. The BEng is "accredited in partial fulfilment of the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status" which means that you can become a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by undertaking extra study later in your career.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

All our engineering degrees are influenced by the needs of industry. Visiting engineers from industry deliver teaching in lectures, seminars and the laboratory. You will learn how to conceive, design and implement solutions, working in teams and presenting your ideas to professors from engineering industries. Our excellent links with industry means your project work may include visits from industrial partners and working with engineers in these companies.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

All engineers require an excellent knowledge of basic engineering principles, which is why 75% of our first year is common for all our subjects.

Three of our Engineering subjects (Aerospace, General and Mechanical) share the exact same first year. This means that you can switch between any of these degrees during your first year (but not to Electronic and Electrical which is more specialised).

Modules

This is the same as the first year of the MEng.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will begin to specialise in the field of aerospace engineering while continuing to develop fundamental engineering principles. You will also take an integrated design project in which you will work in a team with students from other engineering disciplines – vital experience for the modern world of engineering.

Modules

This is the same as the second year of the MEng.

If you achieve at least 55% in your second year (equivalent to a 2:1) you can, if you wish, transfer to the MEng.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Spend a year abroad

The Department of Engineering at Leicester has links with the Universität Stuttgart, Germany, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

While studying in the USA or Australia, you will have a personal tutor there and also a tutor back at Leicester to look after you and answer queries. You will be expected to maintain a good academic performance whilst at the partner institution and will take their exams.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or are self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our Global Opportunities team

Spend a year working

If you choose a 'With Industry’ degree you will spend a year on an industrial placement with a sponsoring company between your second and third years at Leicester. You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. Recent placements have included: Rolls-Royce, Force India F1 Team, Ford Motors, Intel UK, Network Rail, Porsche Engineering Services, Aero Engine Controls, Babcock International, Auto Electrical Services and Jaguar Land Rover.

A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company. During the year you will return to Leicester to present details of your placement to other students studying for 'With industry' degrees.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in an engineering-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your third year (or fourth year if you take a year out) you have the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of aerospace engineering through a number of optional modules. Your individual project is a significant part of this year, giving you the opportunity to investigate a specific aerospace engineering concept or challenge.

Modules

Plus two option modules from:

Plus your Individual Project

This is the same as the third year of the MEng.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Our degrees feature guest lectures by leading engineers from local/national companies, such as Rolls-Royce.

The Engineering Society organises trips, social events and sporting activities. Our student motor-racing society, Leicester Racing, competes in Formula Student events.

The University of Leicester hosts ASDEC, the UK’s first laser vibration scanning measurement and modal-analysis centre, serving the automotive, aerospace and space sectors.

Engineering at Leicester

Seeking practical engineering experience, Oishi spent a ‘Year in Industry’ working at Rolls-Royce.

Teaching and learning

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand throughout your course to offer advice and support on personal matters, provide guidance on course choices and help you appraise your own work.

For the practical aspects of the course you will work, with a partner or as part of a small team, in our well-equipped engineering labs. On your third year project you will work individually under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

Continuous assessment of your experimentation, computing, design and project work will contribute about 30-50% of your overall mark, with the rest based on your performance in exams for each module. You will also be expected to give presentations about your work.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Course Aerospace Engineering Qualification BEng Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code H400 Availability Apply Now
Course Aerospace Engineering with Year Abroad Qualification BEng Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code H403 Availability Apply Now
Course Aerospace Engineering with Year in Industry Qualification BEng Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code H404 Availability Apply Now