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Aerospace Technology

Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
3 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 aircraft and advanced helicopters.

The Aerospace Technology course concentrates on engineering mathematics, aircraft systems, control systems, aerodynamics, aircraft structures and manufacturing, mechanical engineering and engineering management. Gaining knowledge in these subject areas upon successful completion, will provide successful graduates with a strong base from which to start professional work in aerospace design using the latest software tools.

Previous graduates have gone on to become aircraft engineering officers (both military and civil), design engineers, quality engineers and engineering managers for a wide variety of companies. Our previous students have also become pilots and worked in the whole spectrum of aerospace careers.

The course aims to deliver teaching material in an integrated way to reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of the aerospace industry. The variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies are designed to develop graduates who have the ability to work effectively, efficiently and collaboratively within an aerospace engineering company.

You will have the opportunity to develop practical system design skills with hands-on access to our modern equipment, which includes a Harrier Jump Jet, flight simulation suite, Mercedes Petronas Wind Tunnel and industry standard software.

Our suite of ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses are ranked 3rd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Designed to support the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), this course aims to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of systems engineering and aerospace management. Primarily based upon mechanical systems for aerospace vehicles, you will have the opportunity to gain good practical knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering.

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Program Benefits

  • Our ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses are ranked 3rd in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2020).
  • Currently accredited by Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for the 2021-22 intake, as fully meeting the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration and partially satisfying the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration. If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
  • Expert free to attend guest lectures (subject to availability), which have previously covered topics such as green landing systems, airship developments, aircraft design and training, and non-destructive testing in aircraft braking systems.
  • 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.
  • A range of facilities including 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.


The first year aims to build on your already established skills to provide a foundation of key engineering subjects and an essential grounding in key aeronautical principles, upon successful completion. 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 in order to explore the flying characteristic of the aircraft and design. You may also develop and manufacture crashworthy landing gears for quadcopters using 3D printers.

Throughout your studies, we aim for you to develop a broad range of transferrable core skills, such as problem-solving, creativity and innovation, leadership, team working, business acumen and ensuring quality.

The second year builds on the foundations of the first year to enhance your specialist knowledge of the analysis and design aspects of individual aerospace systems, along with aircraft maintenance management, aerodynamics and structures. The majority of the modules include teaching of industry standard specialist computer aided analysis tools to support your studies and future employability.

The final year covers control theory, helicopter design and supersonic aerodynamics alongside aerospace project management, your individual project and a variety of group design work. In this group work, designed to mimic a real-life industrial project, you will work as a team to design a system (previously this has been a complete landing gear design) and produce a prototype demonstrator using the rapid prototyping facilities.

The course culminates with your individual research project. Past students have worked with our industrial partners to design landing gear for the latest generation of light aircraft and develop low drag wing design using our wind-tunnel.



Year 1

Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics

Introduction to CAD and Professional Skills

Engineering Mathematics 1

Introduction to Aerospace Electronics

Thermodynamics, Propulsion and Aircraft Systems

Solid Mechanics and Aircraft Structures

Year 2

Aerospace Maintenance Management

Aerospace Structural Analysis

Avionics and Instrumentation

Aircraft Systems

Human Factors in Aerospace

Aircraft Aerodynamics

Year 3

Introduction to Control and Real Time Applications

Aerospace Project Management - Concept and Prototyping

Aerospace Project Management - Test, Operations and Realisation

Individual Project Introduction

Individual Aerospace Project

Aerospace Technology


Previous graduates have gone on to become:

  • aircraft engineering officers (both military and civil)
  • design engineers
  • quality engineers
  • engineering managers for a wide variety of companies

Our previous students have also become pilots and worked in the whole spectrum of aerospace careers.


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