Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This course is suitable for those aiming for a professional engineering career but not in a flying role. You’ll still learn flight theory and develop skills in flying practice using the flight simulator. You’ll also complete the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) ground school. The engineering content is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

At Brunel we offer Aviation Engineering with or without Pilot Studies for a simple reason: if you are passionate about the wider world of flight without necessarily wanting to fly, you can gain a fantastic higher education that opens up a range of career opportunities without the additional fees needed for a pilot qualification. Brunel is the closest university to London’s Heathrow Airport, providing opportunities for site visits and placement and career options.

You’ll be taught in different ways as we bring the aspects of aviation engineering to life. These include lectures, laboratory sessions, design studio work and one'toone supervision. You’ll be assessed on assignments, project work, laboratory reports, presentations, tests and written examinations and will use industry'standard specialist software for engineering design (available 24 hours a day).

You will have the unique opportunity to train on the College's own six'axis engineering flight simulator. You’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your projects at our graduate showcase, Brunel Engineers, as well as other industry sponsored competitions.

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors. All students receive support from the University and benefit from our links with industry for career development.

Our courses provide the starting point for a wide range of options within the aircraft industry and its operating environment. Our graduates are ready to enter just about any professional aviation career including aeronautical engineers, commercial or military pilots and air traffic controllers. Brunel graduates working in the aviation industry include a first officer at British Airways and a flight operations engineer at Virgin Atlantic.

This exciting programme also offers opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at the University of Iowa.

Course Modules

Typical modules in year 1 Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics, Fundamentals of Thermofluids, Analytical Methods and Skills, Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines, Aircraft Ground Theory and Design Project, Aerospace Laboratories, technical drawing and workshop experience. All students take the PPL ground school. Typical modules in year 2 Solid Body Mechanics, Thermofluids, Performance and Control of Aircraft, Professional Engineering Applications & Practice, Principles of Aircraft Design. Typical modules in year 3 Major Individual Project, Propulsion Systems, Aircraft Structures and Materials, Professional Engineering Practice, Flight Testing and Airport Environment & Design. You may transfer from the BEng route to MEng at the end of Year 2 providing you meet the predetermined progression requirements. Visit our website to find out full list of modules.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £18,000 Overseas Fees