Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University is ranked 7th in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016 and is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings). As a student on the BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course, you will be taught by leading experts, using the latest equipment, including a state-of-the-art flight simulator.
Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University is ranked 7th in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.
From the inferno at the heart of a gas turbine to the computer nerve centre of the cockpit, modern aeronautical and aerospace vehicles demand cutting-edge engineering.
Why study Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University?
Our world-leading technology has contributed to many exciting industrial projects, including:
Aerodynamics for the current world land-speed record car, Thrust SSC, and the future land-speed record car BLOODHOUND SSC
Design of the double-decker super-jet Airbus A380
As a student on our BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry) degree, you can expect to receive excellent teaching, driven by world-class aerospace research with the use of state-of-the-art facilities.
What's the difference between Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering?
There is not a discernible difference. We choose to use the term Aerospace to reflect the fact that our degree programme has an optional space stream that focuses on space technology.
The entry requirements for the BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course are:
AAB-BBB at A level (including Mathematics).
Other recommended subjects include: Physics Further Mathematics Chemistry Design Technology IT/Computing Biology
Variable offers made dependent on subjects studied and all applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account.
Or 32 at IB (preferably to include good marks in HL Mathematics).
Students studying for BTEC qualifications require DDD, plus B grade at A level Mathematics. Studying A level Mathematics alongside a BTEC qualification is our strongly recommended entry pathway for those studying BTEC qualifications. Students not studying A level Mathematics, alongside their BTEC qualification, require D*D*D - D*DD with D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’, plus minimum GCSE grades of B in Mathematics and 2 x B grades in Science/Engineering/Manufacturing.
Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have studied access or vocational qualifications, you are advised to apply for the Integrated Foundation Year.
If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, with a high overall score.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.
To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's
scholarships and bursaries page.
Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.
The tuition fees for the BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.
Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.
Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.
The BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry) at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
This degree is accredited as:
1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
James Williams, Engineering Graduate at British Airways, Aerospace Engineering graduate
“The high intensity of the Aerospace Engineering course at Swansea University really helped me to become an Engineering Graduate at British Airways. I can take on board new information and can rise and adapt to any challenges.
I found the lecturers to be a great source of help. The facilities are second to none and helped to enhance the learning experience by providing a practical demonstration of theory learnt in lectures.”
Chris Walton, Flight Test Support Engineer, Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge Aerospace Engineering graduate
"The breadth and flexibility of the course allowed me to rapidly become a key member of many large-scale, multi-disciplinary projects in my subsequent professional career.
The lab work and experiments were particularly useful. Undertaking a diverse range of experiments and producing reports about them has stood me in very good stead for my professional career.
Swansea has a fantastic social side, and it is very likely that the group you graduate with will later become a valuable professional network."
Jatin Patrick, Aerospace Engineering student
"The BLOODHOUND SSC project, the multifaceted research activities, which all make momentous contributions to major aerospace companies, and the accreditation and liaison with engineering institutions, impressed and motivated me to learn about aerospace engineering at the College of Engineering."
Our aim is for Aerospace Engineering graduates to be able to understand, evaluate and interpret data, develop arguments and make judgements based on fundamental and advanced concepts relevant to the application of engineering to the aeronautical and aerospace industries.
The comprehensive theoretical studies are complemented by group design exercises, industrial site visits and hands-on aerospace practicals.
This offers you the chance to work on current industrially related issues, in addition to laboratory work utilising our in-house wind tunnel for aerodynamics and jet engine test stand.
Practical flying experience is gained from the College’s state-of-the-art Merlin MP521X engineering flight simulator and flying lessons at a local airport. You will also cover a flight test course in aircraft performance, stability and control at a flight school in a Jetstream twin turboprop aircraft.
As an Engineering student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other Engineering disciplines through events, socials, and industrial visits. You can find out more about the Society at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.
At Swansea University, you can design and build a single-seater racing car to compete against other universities, as part of our Formula Student team. This on-going competition is highly regarded by the engineering industry since it provides an excellent source of innovative ideas and highly motivated graduates. Find out more at www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/race-engineering
Engineers at Swansea are part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Adventure which aims to take the current land speed record of 763mph to 1,000mph.
The iconic engineering project aims to excite young people about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.
Research pioneered at the College of Engineering, Swansea University harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.