Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2018 entry

Why choose this course

The University of Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for aerospace engineering, with our programmes ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in aerospace engineering in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 and 10th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

As a student on our Aerospace Engineering programmes you will have access to some of the most advanced flow facilities in Europe, and be taught by world-leading experts in the field of aerospace engineering. You will also benefit from our close links with major companies such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus and QinetiQ.

What you will study

Our aerospace engineering programmes encompass advanced materials, design, aerodynamics, space systems, thermodynamics and the latest in computational and simulation tools. Using our extensive facilities for aerodynamics and materials testing, our demonstrator jet engine and flight simulator, you will put the theory you learn into practice through challenging project work.

Our teaching is strongly informed by our research, and you will be guided by specialists in areas such as computational fluid dynamics, prediction of flows in gas-turbine engines (with links to our Thermo-Fluid Systems University Technology Centre), adhesive bonding, and the development of new materials for airframes and engine components.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BEng (Hons) 36 months H400 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 48 months H401 View KIS data set
MEng 48 months H409 View KIS data set
MEng 60 months H402 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Aerospace Engineering placements

A crucial part of all our programmes, Professional Training placements provide you with further practical experience and enhance your understanding of the subject. As well as enabling you to apply the skills you are learning, the Professional Training placement also gives you a deeper understanding of your studies and provides you with a head-start as you enter the job market.

Companies that participate in the scheme include:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • Gama Aviation
  • GE Aviation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Rolls Royce
  • Surrey Satellite Technology.

The enhanced interpersonal and management skills that you learn during the Professional Training placement are highly valued by employers. This optional year also provides an opportunity to earn a salary whilst on your placement. However, despite being paid by your employer you still remain a member of the University.

Many students are offered subsequent employment by the firms with which they spend their placement year.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

BEng (Hons) - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our graduate employment record is truly outstanding. This is due to the professional focus of our degrees, with accreditation by professional institutions (RAeS and IMechE), and the quality of our professional placements leading to high-quality graduate employment.

Most of our graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession. Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • GE90 Strategic Propulsion Engineer, GE Aviation
  • Graduate Engineer, Rolls Royce
  • Graduate Engineer, Siemens Rail Automation
  • Graduate Flight Physics Engineer, Qinetiq
  • Mission Systems Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Quality Engineer, Thales UK
  • Telecoms Satellite Designer, Airbus.

As well as enjoying an outstanding choice of routes to professional recognition in their own disciplines, our graduates also find that their highly developed computer skills and analytical and managerial abilities are valued in many other fields, in addition to those specifically related to aerospace engineering.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree. Currently, for students on the aerospace engineering programme, this is possible in your second year at one of the partner institutions in:

  • US (Texas Tech, North Carolina State or Central Florida)
  • Australia (Monash University in Melbourne)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University).

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country, without paying additional tuition fees to the partner. In doing so you will broaden your horizons, meet other students from around the world, and experience student life in one of the world's most prestigious universities.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training placement working in another country. Previous students have worked at companies such as Airbus in France, Rolls-Royce in Norway and TE Connectivity in Germany.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.

Facilities

Specialised facilities include:

  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre
  • SAVAG, Surrey’s Advanced Vehicle Analysis Group
  • Flight simulator
  • Six wind tunnels, including an environmental wind tunnel, unique within the UK, and high-quality instrumentation
  • A dedicated engine test cell with a jet engine
  • £500,000 investment in fluid dynamics computer modelling to complement existing facilities
Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Professional Training Year (PTY)

Year 4

Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7

Choose 0 or 1 module from the options in Semester 1 and 2 or 1 module from the options in Semester 2 to give 30 credits total optional modules.

Year 4 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 4 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose 0 or 1 module from the options in Semester 1 and 2 or 1 module from the options in Semester 2 to give 30 credits total optional modules.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Our programmes operate on a modular basis, with teaching delivered through a variety of methods. These range from lectures and seminars, through group tutorials, to working in small groups in laboratories, including our flight simulator.

You are also able to take advantage of our electronic online teaching resources.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Programme leader

BIRCH DM Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall:

BEng (Hons): AAB.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall:

BEng (Hons): DDD. BTEC Extended Diploma and A-level Mathematics at Grade A.

MEng: D*DD BTEC Extended Diploma and A-level Mathematics at Grade A.

Required subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall:

BEng (Hons): 34.

MEng: 34.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): HL6/SL7 and HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and Physics.

MEng: HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall:

BEng (Hons): 82%.

MEng: 85%.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): Grades 8.5 and 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics.

MEng: Mathematics and Physics grade 8.5.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

This qualification is not currently accepted for this programme.

Scottish Highers

Overall:

BEng (Hons): AAABB.

MEng: AAAAB.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BEng (Hons) 36 months £9,250 £20,500 Not applicable
BEng (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £20,500 £1,850
MEng 48 months £9,250 £20,500 Not applicable
MEng 60 months £9,250 £20,500 £1,850

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory book purchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 - PPE equipment
  • UK-based activity: £50 - Contribution towards Cranfield Flight Test course

Grand total: £75-80

There are associated costs with this MEng (Hons) programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory book purchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 - PPE equipment
  • UK-based activity: £50 - Contribution towards Cranfield Flight Test course

Grand total: £75-80

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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