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Aerospace Systems Engineering BEng (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

The Airbus A380, the Boeing Dreamliner and the Eurofighter Typhoon each had key mechanical and electrical systems designed and developed in the UK. This course is designed to provide you with the skills required to join the teams of engineers designing and developing systems for the next generation of aircraft.


The aerospace industry provides one of the most challenging environments for the development and testing of new technologies. This course aims to develop a broad range of systems engineering skills and is taught with a focus on developing problem-solving skills.

You will learn to apply your knowledge to various aspects of aerospace systems. The course aims to give you skills in designing aircraft components. Projects are based upon the systems utilised in the latest military, civil, helicopter and space vehicles. We have invested in aerospace facilities to ensure this course provides excellent facilities for you to learn on actual aircraft products.

 If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • Accreditation from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), meeting in part the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, and the requirements for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration in full;
  • the opportunity to work on a flight simulation equipment suite;
  • teaching staff with industrial and research experience in a variety of disciplines such as aerodynamics, flight dynamics and avionics and experience of working for Bombardier, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Westland Helicopters;
  • strong international links. For example, one of our major international partners is the Emirates Aviation University located in Dubai;
  • collaborative links with many universities around the world.


Royal Aeronautical Society

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)


Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


Your first year builds on your established skills to provide a foundation of key engineering subjects. You will get an introduction to aerospace topics including aerodynamics, power plants, aircraft systems and structures.

In the second year your aerospace design knowledge is increased using simulation techniques. You will study landing gear design, avionics, flight dynamics, fuel systems and flight control systems.

Your final year includes propulsion systems design, supersonic aerodynamics, an individual project and group design work. In the group work, students compete as part of a team to produce a demanding system design. Previous group projects include the design of an aircraft landing system and the design and construction of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. This means that you develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


Our Mechanical Engineering courses are ranked 2nd by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 30%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 25%;
  • practical or project work 25%;
  • group work etc.15%;
  • presentations, posters etc., other e.g. placements etc. 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5 hours of tutorials each week

Medium group teaching: 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: AAB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Engineering, Physics, or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD-DDM in an engineering subject

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include either Physics, Design Technology, IT or Mathematics at Higher level

Find out more about acceptable qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This course aims to prepare you to enter the aerospace engineering industry. Our Aerospace Systems Engineering students have gone on to careers in the military as pilots and engineers. They have become systems design engineers with companies including Marshall Aerospace, Meggitt, Goodrich, Moog, HS Marstons and many more. We have graduates who have worked overseas at Airbus in France and Berntrandt in Germany.

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.

The Faculty's Employability and Placement team, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. 


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Initial set of safety clothing

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+

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

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

Click here for further details.


To increase your employment prospects after graduation we encourage you to study abroad as part of your degree. 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 (through the Erasmus scheme), America or Asia.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid 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 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

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.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say - Payam Nathani

The academics are very focused on ensuring students come out of university as prepared as possible and every student’s individual needs are catered for.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Professionally Accredited Programmes

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152