BEng (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering


Program Description

What is special about this course?

The BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering course is an exciting degree that will equip you with an in-depth engineering knowledge across a broad range of modern aeronautical technologies.

If you have decided on an exhilarating career as an aircraft engineer, this course will provide the knowledge and skills you need to analyse complex aircraft engineering situations and solve aeronautical engineering problems.

The degree is currently going through a re-accreditation process with the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Special features

  • The degree is highly relevant to modern aircraft industries and we have good links with the aviation industry
  • Designed to include a high proportion of practical activities relevant to the topics studied
  • Features non-teaching 'design weeks' that run in each term, which involve finding solutions to practical, 'real-life' engineering problems

Entry requirements

Entry to year 1:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, B grade or above required in Mathematics OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above, including Mathematics
  • Plus Physics at Standard grade credit level, National 5 or GCSE at grade B, or equivalent AND
  • English at Standard grade credit level, National 5 or GCSE at grade C, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, completion of Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering PLUS a Scottish Higher in Maths at grade C or above
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year 2 may be possible with the following:

  • Successful completion of the HNC Aircraft Engineering with a minimum grade B in the Graded Unit, or a related discipline at an appropriate level OR
  • Advanced Highers or A levels: BBC including Maths and Physics at grade B
  • You will also undertake a period of preparatory tuition which may take the form of a pre-course summer school or run alongside your year 2 studies

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses. Students should achieve an average of 70% for the programme and 70% or above for the SCQF level 6 units unless they are taking the Access to Engineering programme where a pass is required.

  • Access to: Engineering (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Engineering (Fife College)
  • Access to: Engineering (North East College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Edinburgh College)


Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Core maths 1
  • Statics and dynamics 1
  • Electrical and electronics 1
  • Engineering skills 1
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 1
  • Aircraft engineering systems
Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Aircraft systems: materials and structures
  • Aircraft systems: electrical and avionics
  • Aviation systems: propulsion and power transfer
  • Engineering mathematics 2
  • Engineering computing and laboratory skills
  • Applied aerodynamics
Year 3 - BEng

Core modules are:

  • Group project
  • Aircraft and engine performance 1
  • Aircraft maintenance and reliability
  • Airline operations and quality management
  • Avionics
Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Engineering project and project management
  • Avionics and aircraft computer systems 2
  • Aircraft and propulsion systems 2
  • Quality systems and airworthiness management
  • Air transport operations and management

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering course, you might like to consider careers:

  • in Engineering Management
  • as an Aircraft Design Engineer
  • as an Aircraft Stress Engineer
  • as a Performance Engineer
  • in Engineering Procurement and Asset Management
  • as a Technical Services or Support Engineer
  • as a Reliability and Planning Engineer
  • as a Propulsion Engineer
  • as a Quality and Safety Engineer
  • as an Aircraft Systems Engineer
  • as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
  • in Aircraft and Equipment Sales
  • as an Operations and Logistics Manager

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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