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Aerospace Technology BEng (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

H402

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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Overview

Did you know that the Airbus A380, Boeing Dreamliner and Eurofighter Typhoon each had key mechanical and electrical systems designed and developed here in this country? The UK is also one of few countries in the world with the resources to design and manufacture advanced helicopters.

Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and based within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive, this course is designed to provide the vital skills required to work as a knowledgeable and skilled engineer in the Aerospace industry.

You should develop practical system design skills with hands-on access to our remarkable equipment, which includes a Harrier Jump Jet, flight simulation suite and the Mercedes Petronas Wind Tunnel and industry standard software. Such equipment contributes to the reason we have such high levels of student satisfaction – 97% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to explore the intricacies of aircraft systems design, the complexities of aerospace programme management, the various types of system failure and how they can be prevented through improved aircraft design.

Our suite of ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Fully accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), this course provides the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration and partial requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

What our students say...

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry University. The staff are very supportive and friendly. Aerospace facilities are spectacular with the chance to work practically on real aircraft.

Grace Sanders

Course information

Designed to support the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), this course aims to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of systems engineering and aerospace management. Primarily based upon mechanical systems for aerospace vehicles, you will also have the opportunity to gain a good practical knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering.

 

97%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year builds on your established skills to provide a foundation of key engineering subjects and an essential grounding in the key aeronautical principles and management skills. We’ll give you an introduction to aerospace topics including aerodynamics, power plants, aircraft systems & structures and professional skills. This is reinforced with the use of practical laboratory sessions using our full-sized aircraft, wind tunnel and flight simulator hardware.

Throughout your studies, you should develop a broad range of transferrable core skills, such as problem-solving, creativity and innovation, leadership, team working, business acumen and ensuring quality.

Modules

  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems

  • Engineering Mathematics

  • Aerospace Professional skills

  • Aerospace Electronics

  • Aircraft Structures and Propulsion Systems

  • Mechanical Science Fundamentals

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, we aim to increase your technical and practical aerospace design knowledge. The analysis and design aspects of individual aerospace systems are investigated; you will have the opportunity to study landing gear design, avionics, aircraft structure alongside aviation management and human factors theory.

Modules

  • Aircraft Management

  • Aerospace Structural analysis

  • Avionics and Instrumentation

  • Aircraft Systems

  • Human Factors in Aerospace

  • Aircraft Aerodynamics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (subject to successful application and availability).

Past students have undertaken placements working for Aero Engine Controls, GE Aviation, UTC Actuation Systems, HS Marstons, Bertrandt, Meggitt, Tata Technologies, CFS Aeroproducts, Gripple, Jaguar LandRover, Gripple, A2B Aero, Nissan, JCB, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, BMW, Morgan Materials, GKN Aerospace and Arrowsmith in the last two years.

Modules

  • Professional Placement or Study Abroad

Overview

The final year covers control theory, helicopter design and supersonic aerodynamics alongside aerospace and aviation management, your individual project and a variety of group design work. In this group work, designed to mimic a real-life industrial project, you work under commercial pressure as a team to design system (previously this has been a complete landing gear design) and produce a prototype demonstrator using the rapid prototyping facilities.

The course culminates with your individual research project. Past students have worked with our industrial partners to design landing gear for the latest generation of light aircraft and develop low drag wing design using our wind-tunnel.

Modules

  • Introduction to Control and Real Time Applications

  • Aerospace Applications

  • Individual Project Introduction

  • Individual Project Realisation

  • Aerospace Technology

  • Aerospace Industry Studies

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

7th

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Award winning placement service (National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2015/2016).
  • Our ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses are ranked 7th in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2019).
  • Accreditation by Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • Expert guest lectures, which previously have covered topics such as green landing systems, airship developments, aircraft design and training, and non-destructive testing in aircraft braking systems.
  • On and off site access to commercial engineering software, including 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multibody Systems for design and simulation, as well as training in industry standard Catia, HyperWorks, STAR-CCM+, SIMPACK and Matlab/Simulink software.
  • Cutting-edge facilities including a full-size Harrier Jet (used for teaching), 3 full scale flight simulators, wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, environmental test lab, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.
97%

student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2016).

Your main study themes are:

  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems: A broad introduction to each of the main aeronautical engineering disciplines. Covering the essentials of aerodynamics, aircraft systems and powerplants, you will have the opportunity to develop the skills to plan, perform, record, analyse and evaluate experimentation within an aerospace environment. Legal issues of relevance to the aerospace industry are also covered
  • Aerospace Technology: Enhancing your awareness of the design of typical aerospace systems through the study of the relevant aerodynamic theory and aircraft systems.
  • Aerospace Applications: Presents the concepts of signal acquisition and processing required as part of the study of avionic systems, including data communication and signal conditioning as applied in aircraft systems.
  • Industry and professional skills: To develop your aerospace management skills providing exposure to the specific regulatory environment associated with aerospace projects.
  • Human factors in aerospace technology: To develop a broad understanding of the human factors and their impact within the aerospace industrial environment, such as error, reliability, manufacturing, maintenance, methods and performance shaping factors.

This course can be studied full-time over three years and part-time over six year. Intake is usually October, but we do offer a January start as well.

We incorporate a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning taking advantage of our excellent hands-on facilities. We motivate you to learn through stimulating activities, such as disassembling and inspecting the Harrier jet, building models and prototypes in our workshops and investigating a project, problem, scenario, case study or enquiry in a classroom, laboratory or work setting. This engages students and creates a challenge, relevance, integration, professional awareness and variety to help you learn technical, personal and professional skills.

When considering the effect of human factors within the aerospace industry, such as error, we study a number of real-life case studies, including air-accident investigations. You’ll also have to opportunity to participate in a number of fieldtrips, both at home and abroad, previously visiting aerospace companies such as Airbus, Emirates airlines and aviation museums (additional costs may apply).

The full range of teaching methods include: lectures with associated practice, laboratory, workshop exercises and tutorials; problem-based learning in groups with tutor or industrial mentor support; group learning; formative modelling exercises; and independent research.

You will have the opportunity to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. For example, in the past, students have tackled the design of landing gear, steering and wing aerodynamics for a light aircraft industrial partner.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and simulation models.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations
  • Coursework, tests, essays
  • Practical or project work
  • Group work
  • Presentations, posters etc

25% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Aerospace systems.
  • Mechanical and electrical science.
  • Materials and design.
  • Operation of the aerospace industry.
  • Management of engineering (including social, economic, ethical and environmental concerns).


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Solve engineering problems.
  • Analyse engineering systems.
  • Design system solutions.
  • Search and evaluate information sources. 
  • Adopt a holistic approach to aerospace systems in a commercial context.
  • Undertake experimental investigations.
  • Employ appropriate engineering tools.  
  • Work on aircraft systems. 
  • Construct and maintain engineering documentation. 
  • Use software tools.

In a typical week you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-2 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6-9 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars every week.
  • Large group teaching: 10-12 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study. We will endeavour to support you in finding a placement anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience.

Placements are currently primarily available in Europe, America or Asia. Previous students have been placed in GKN Aerospace (Munich, Germany), Bertrandt (Hamburg, Germany), Airbus (Toulouse, France) and studied Aerospace Engineering (UPM, Spain).

We have traditionally organised a range of foreign fieldtrips and, as part of a new partnership deal with Emirates Aviation University, our students recently had the chance to visit the Emirates Maintenance Centre and explore Dubai, which provided a unique opportunity to experience Middle Eastern culture, the modern architecture of Dubai, the climate, amazing food and interact with other multi-ethnic university students studying in Dubai (additional costs may apply).

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry University. The staff are very supportive and friendly. Aerospace facilities are spectacular with the chance to work practically on real aircraft.

Grace Sanders

What our students say...

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry University. The staff are very supportive and friendly. Aerospace facilities are spectacular with the chance to work practically on real aircraft.

Grace Sanders

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.


Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Optional personal computer and software: £500+
  • Optional flying lessons and private pilot’s licence: £7000+

What our students say...

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry University. The staff are very supportive and friendly. Aerospace facilities are spectacular with the chance to work practically on real aircraft.

Grace Sanders

Career prospects

After the United States, the UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, employing around 230,000 people in over 3,000 companies, including BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce, and a range of international companies with operations in the UK, such as Airbus, Cobham, AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica, Thales, Boeing and Bombardier.

This course aims to produce graduates with the skills to become successful design engineers and engineering managers, both in aerospace and the wider engineering context, in fields such as aircraft and components design and manufacture, maintenance and testing, propulsion systems, flight simulation, aviation, avionics, patent engineering, financial services and many more.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also have the opportunity to receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Previous graduates have obtained jobs in the military as pilots and engineers, as systems design engineers for Marshalls of Cambridge and Rolls Royce in Derby, and engineers in various aspects of the aerospace industry, with companies such as Meggitt, Goodrich, Moog and HS Marstons.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

85%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gone on to become aircraft engineering officers (both military and civil), design engineers, quality engineers and engineering managers for a wide variety of companies. Our students have also become pilots and worked in the whole spectrum of aerospace careers.

£25K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry University. The staff are very supportive and friendly. Aerospace facilities are spectacular with the chance to work practically on real aircraft.

Grace Sanders
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.