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Aerospace Systems Engineering (BEng) (with Placement Year)

Coventry University
Coventry, Great Britain
 1110 Points
4 Years

Program Description

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 aircrafts and advanced helicopters.

The BEng (Hons) Aerospace Systems Engineering programme has run successfully for a number of years and is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). The BEng and MEng programmes are designed to provide you the opportunity to learn the vital skills required to join the teams of aerospace systems 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. Offering a range of exciting careers, there is a growing demand for aerospace engineers with a systems focus and who are able to embrace the multidisciplinary aspects of problem solving to help design the next generation of aircraft systems.

Previous BEng 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. We have graduates currently working overseas at Airbus in France and Berntrandt in Germany.

We aim to develop a thorough, integrated understanding of mechanical, electrical and systems engineering and how this knowledge is applied in the aerospace industry. You will develop in-depth detailed 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 as well as industry standard software.

Coventry University is ranked 3rd in the UK for mechanical engineering courses by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Designed to support the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), the course is centred upon systems for aerospace vehicles and the requirement to design total system solutions including practical and virtual design skills.

The BEng course is currently accredited by RAeS for the 2021/22 intake. If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
IB Diploma
English Level
A levels

Information about requirements:

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

More requirements:

  • Academic transcripts

Other accepted qualifications:

  • BTEC: D*DD-DDM in an Engineering subject, to include Merits in 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' and 'Further Engineering Mathematics' units

Other accepted English qualifications and information:

  • SELT
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Program Benefits

  • Our Mechanical Engineering courses ranked 3rd in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2020).
  • The BEng (Hons) Aerospace Systems Engineering degree is currently accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) as partially satisfying the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.
  • 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 (.subject to availability).
  • 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. (Limitations to off-site access may apply)
  • Our excellent facilities include 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.
  • Free student membership of WES, the Women’s Engineering Society, which is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity society open to all regardless of gender identity.
  • This course is currently accredited by RAeS for the [2021/22] intake. If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


The first year aims to build on your established skills to provide a foundation of key engineering subjects and an essential grounding in the key aeronautical principles. You will be provided with an introduction to aerospace topics including aerodynamics, power plants, aircraft systems and structures.

This is reinforced with the use of practical laboratory sessions using our full-sized aircraft, wind tunnel and flight simulator hardware. For example, you will have the opportunity to remove, inspect, overhaul and reinstate critical aircraft components like the aircraft braking system, aileron or rudder.

You will also have the chance to perform a series of aircraft manoeuvres in the Merlin flight simulator to collect data to analyse the flying characteristic of the aircraft and design, develop and manufacture crashworthy landing gears for quadcopter using 3D printers.

The second year builds on the foundations of Year 1 to enhance your specialist knowledge and analysis in the key aerospace systems themes of the programme. The majority of the modules include teaching of industry standard specialist computer aided analysis tools to support your study and enhance your employability.

Following your second year, there is an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad* in a partner institution.

Past students have undertaken placements working for Aero Engine Controls, GE Aviation, UTC Actuation Systems, HS Marston, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus Bertrandt, Meggitt, Tata Technologies, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, JCB, BMW, Morgan Materials, GKN Aerospace and Arrowsmith.

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between levels 5 and 6 of your course. You are normally able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year, however we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.

Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module and therefore no additional tuition fees apply. While the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of a marked activities reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of the activities, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.

The final year of the BEng programme covers propulsion systems design, supersonic aerodynamics, your individual project and a variety of group design work. In this group work, you will have the chance to compete as part of a team to produce a demanding system design, which has previously included the design of an aircraft landing system and the design then construction of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone. In 2019, the Coventry University aircraft was best UK entrant in the BFMA heavy lift challenge.

The course culminates with your individual research project. Past students have examined flight data analysis for Red Bull Air Racing, aerodynamic noise reduction of van roof racks, diesel engine duty cycle optimisation and heat exchanger optimisation for local companies. Other projects include real-time control of Segway type rig, winglet design and testing.

MEng students will study this same programme but are streamed in their group projects (Aerospace Systems Design and Aerospace System Prototype and Validation) to ensure that their built aircraft provides the platform for the systems integration module of their final MEng year.



Year 1

Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics

Introduction to CAD and Professional Skills

Engineering Mathematics 1

Introduction to Aerospace Electronics

Thermodynamics, Propulsion and Aircraft Systemss

Solid Mechanics and Aircraft Structures

Year 2

Aerospace Systems Engineering

Engineering Mathematics II

Avionics Systems I

Flight Dynamics, Control and Modelling

Mechanics and Thermofluids

Introduction to Engineering Simulation

Placement Year

Placement Year

Year 4

Aerospace System Design

Propulsion Systems and Aerodynamics

Individual Project Preparation

Aerospace System Validation and Verification

Avionics Systems II

Individual Project Realisation


Previous graduates have obtained jobs in the military as:

  • pilots and engineers
  • systems design engineers for Marshalls of Cambridge and Rolls Royce in Derby
  • engineers in various aspects of the aerospace industry, with companies such as Meggitt, Goodrich, Moog and HS Marstons

We have graduates currently working overseas at Airbus in France and Berntrandt in Germany.


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