Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This course integrates basic flying training with the technical subjects needed to become an aeronautical engineer, including an understanding of the aviation industry and how it works. It’s the ideal starting point to train as a professional pilot and acquire your National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL).

The current additional fee for Pilot Studies is £3,075. This covers the first 15 hours of flight training with a qualified flying instructor. After you have completed these, it will be your responsibility to liaise with the flying school to obtain your licence. You’ll need to carry out 32 hours of flight training to acquire your NPPL by the end of the first year

As well as covering flying basics, the degree programme examines wider aspects of the aviation industry, for example airport design (BEng), aircraft operations (MEng) and environmental issues. This aims to prepare graduates for the many career opportunities within the aviation industry, as well as for becoming a commercial pilot.

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.

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.

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

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 programme offers the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at University of Iowa in the US, during your second year.

Course Modules

Typical modules in year 1 Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics, Fundamentals of Thermofluids, Analytical Methods and Skills, Engineering Materials, Manufacturing & Electrical Machines, Aircraft Ground Theory & Flying Practice, Aerospace Laboratories, technical drawing & workshop experience. All students take the PPL ground school. Typical modules year 2 Solid Body Mechanics, Thermofluids, Performance & 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 & Airport Environment and 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