BEng Aerospace Engineering (Year in Industry)

Course Overview

BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry)

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.

Scholarships

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.

International Scholarships

Key Features

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.

Flight simulatorSwansea University flight simulator

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Structural Mechanics IIa
EG-233Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)0Placement Preparation: Engineering Industrial Year
EG-243Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Control Systems
EG-260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dynamics 1
EG-261Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Thermodynamics 2
EG-263Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Design 2
EG-264Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer Aided Engineering
EG-268Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Experimental Studies
EG-293Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Aerodynamics
EG-294Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Airframe Structures
EG-296Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Flight Mechanics
EGA220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Aerospace Systems
Optional Modules
Aero Level 2 Space Stream 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Space Stream

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EGA215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Rocket and Space Technology
OR
Aero Level 2 Structural/Computational Stream 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Structural/Computational Stream

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EGA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Aerospace Structural Mechanics and Materials
OR
Aero Level 2 Material/Propulsion Stream 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Material/Propulsion Stream

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mechanical Properties of Materials

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

HE Level 5 Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-E01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Industrial Placement Year (Engineering)

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Gas Dynamics
EG-353Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Research Project
EG-360Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dynamics 2
EG-386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Management
EG-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Propulsion
EGA302ASemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Aerospace Engineering Design 3
EGA320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10High Performance Materials and Selection
Optional Modules
Aero Level 3 Space Stream 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Space Stream. These options MUST be chosen by those on the space stream

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EGA321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Satellite SystemsYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
EGA341Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Space Propulsion and Power Systems
OR
Aero Level 3 Structural/Computational Stream 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Structural/Computational Stream These options MUST be chosen by those on the structural/computational stream

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Method
EG-396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Computational Aerodynamics
OR
Aero Level 3 Materials/Propulsion Stream 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Materials/Propulsion Stream. These options MUST by chosen by those on the materials/propulsion stream

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-381Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fracture and Fatigue
EGA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Composite Materials

Description

As an Aerospace Engineering student, you will study aerodynamics, thermodynamics, computational modelling and aerospace materials, for which we have a worldwide reputation.

We prepare our students for the design, analysis, testing and flight of the full range of aeronautical vehicles.

Entry Requirements

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.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student.

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.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the BEng Aerospace Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng (Hons) Full-time (with a year in Industry) £9,000 £16,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

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.

Additional Costs

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.

Accreditation

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.



Year in Industry

The year in industry can be undertaken in the UK or overseas. The advantages of the placement year are extensive. 

For example, not only will you gain valuable industrial experience, you will also be paid a salary for that year. Currently, the average annual salary is over £15,000.

Support and guidance is provided to help you secure a placement. There are CV writing workshops, presentations from students and companies. Plus advice on job hunting and application tips.

Find out more on our Year in Industry website:

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for Aerospace Engineering Level 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Aerospace Engineering Year 1

What do our students say?

 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."

What are my career options?

We prepare our students for their future careers. The Graduate Prospects of our Aerospace Engineering degrees is ranked 4th in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.

‌Some of our recent Aerospace Engineering graduates and their job roles: 

Jess TrottJess Trott, Graduate Engineering Scheme, Assystem

Daniel WorleyDaniel Worley, Designer, QinetiQ 

Sophie Porter ThomasSophie Porter Thomas, Structural Engineer, Airbus ‌

Osian West Osian West, Design Engineer, Triumph Motorcycles

James Norris James Norris, Graduate Design Engineer, ITP Engineers

Find out about our Aerospace Engineering graduates and their careers.

What skills will I gain?

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.

Examples of final year projects

  • The design of the BLOODHOUND SSC jet intake duct
  • Hypersonic re-entry space vehicles
  • Nano-scale molecular flows as their research projects

Our student societies

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs 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.

Swansea University Race EngineeringAt 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

Our Aerospace Engineering facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Our Aerospace Engineering courses utilise 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 mounted on a six axis hydraulic motion system.

Aerospace Engineering students at Swansea UniversityFlight simulator control room at Swansea University

Find out more about the facilities used by Aerospace Engineering students at Swansea University.

Our research is ranked as Top 10

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.

BLOODHOUND SSC research

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.