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Aerospace Systems Engineering BEng (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

H410

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

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 advanced helicopters.

Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and based within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive, this course is 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.

We want you to 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 and industry standard software. This equipment may be just one of the reasons we have such high levels of student satisfaction – 96% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.

Throughout the course you will have the chance to explore the theory of aircraft system design, the complexities of aerospace programme management and the application of industry standard virtual and practical techniques to design safe and reliable aerospace components.

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

Fully accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), this course provides the full academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

What our students say...

“The academics are very focused on ensuring students come out of University as prepared as possible and every student’s individual needs are catered for.”

Payam Nathani, BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering, graduated 2013, now Engineering Manager at ActOn Finishing Ltd

Course information

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.

 

96%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

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.

Modules

  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Mechanical Science

  • Aerospace Electronics

  • Aircraft Structures and Propulsion Systems

  • Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, you will have the chance to increase your aerospace design knowledge by using more advanced simulation techniques. The analysis and design aspects of individual aerospace systems are investigated; you will have the opportunity to study landing gear design, avionics, flight dynamics, fuel systems and flight control systems.

Modules

  • Aerospace Systems Engineering

  • Avionic Systems 1

  • Flight Dynamics, Control and Modelling

  • Mechanics and Thermofluids

  • Engineering Mathematics 2

  • Introduction to Engineering Simulation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, there is an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (subject to application and availability).

Past students have undertaken placements working for Aero Engine Controls, GE Aviation, UTC Actuation Systems, HS Marstons, Bertrandt, Meggitt, Tata Technologies, CFS Aeroproducts, Gripple, Jaguar Land Rover, Gripple, A2B Aero, Nissan, JCB, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Airbus, BMW, Morgan Materials, GKN Aerospace and Arrowsmith in the last two years.

Overview

The final year 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.

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.

Modules

  • Aerospace Systems Design

  • Individual Project Introduction

  • Individual Aerospace Project

  • Avionic Systems 2

  • Propulsion Systems and Aerodynamics

  • Aerospace System Prototyping and Validation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

2nd

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Our Mechanical Engineering courses ranked 7th in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2019).
  • Award winning placement service (National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2015/2016).
  • Accreditation by Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) to Chartered Engineer (partial accreditation to CEng, but full accreditation to IEng)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
96%

student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Your main study themes are:

  • Aerodynamics and aircraft systems: A broad introduction to each of the main aeronautical engineering disciplines. Covering the essentials of aerodynamics, aircraft systems and powerplants, you will develop the skills to plan, perform, record, analyse and evaluate experimentation within an aerospace environment. Legal issues of relevance to the aerospace industry are also covered.

  • Engineering mathematics: Aims to develop your competence in mathematical methods relevant to engineering. You will have the opportunity to learn to analyse problems using appropriate mathematical techniques carrying out the manipulation themselves and also using modern mathematical software.

  • Avionic systems: Presents the concepts of signal acquisition and processing required as part of the study of avionic systems. It covers radio and data communication, electromagnetic propagation, radar, navigation and digital signal processing as applied in aircraft systems.

  • Flight dynamics, control and modelling: Introduces you to control theory, the aircraft's vehicle dynamics and investigates the concepts of aircraft stability.

  • Mechanics and Thermodynamics: Aims to broaden knowledge and understanding of rigid body mechanics, stress analysis and thermofluids. You will have the chance to learn to correctly apply solid mechanics and thermofluids theory to design problems by means of practical examples.  

  • Propulsion System Design: Develop detailed understanding of engine thermodynamics and the operation of engine ancillary systems such as fuel systes, heat exchangers.

  • Aircraft Design and System Verification/Validation: An opportunity to apply what you have learnt, working together as a team to design, develop and test an aircraft from first principles using the university facilities.

This course can be studied full-time over three years and part-time over six years. Intake is usually October, but we do offer a January start as well.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes. We incorporate a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning.

We encourage you to learn through stimulating activity, such as a project, problem, scenario, case study or enquiry in a classroom, laboratory or work setting. This has been proven to engage students and creates challenge, relevance, integration, professional awareness and variety to help you learn technical, personal and professional skills. When considering avionic systems, for example, we study a number of real-life case studies, including the design and development of hands-on Arduino based projects for aircraft data logging and control.

We aim to present Aerospace Systems Engineering knowledge in an integrated way to reflect the multiplicity and interaction between many types of scientific, commercial, manufacturing and managerial skills and knowledge, necessary to produce a successful engineering product or system

You will have the opportunity towork with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. For example, in the past, students have tackled the design, development, manufacture and testing of small scale aircraft to compete in the British Model Flying Association (BFMA) flying competition and the integration of avionic equipment within it.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, group work, presentations, posters, etc.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The function, analysis and design of aerospace systems (adopting a necessary multidisciplinary systems approach to the aerospace study).
  • The key principles of mechanical science, electrical science and engineering mathematics and their application in analysing the performance of engineering products.
  • Aspects of the design process, aerospace design standards, selection of materials and manufacturing processes.
  • The international operation of the aerospace industry.
  • The function of engineering management (including social, economic, ethical, global and environmental concerns).


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Solve engineering problems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical techniques.
  • Analyse engineering systems using appropriate engineering and mathematical analysis techniques.
  • Design system solutions to innovative aerospace related design problems.
  • Search and evaluate information sources to identify information essential to solving engineering problems#.
  • Adopt a holistic approach to aerospace systems in a commercial context.
  • Undertake experimental investigations to validate a proposed hypothesis.
  • Employ appropriate engineering tools to analysis engineering design.
  • Work on aircraft systems safely.
  • Construct and maintain engineering documentation.
  • Use software tools appropriate to communicate, design and analyse engineering problems.

In a typical week you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars every week.
  • Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week.

 

 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study. We will endeavour to support you in finding a placement anywhere in the world and in seeking financing for that experience.

Placements are currently primarily available in Europe, America or Asia. Previous students have been placed in GKN Aerospace (Munich, Germany), Bertrandt (Hamburg, Germany), Airbus (Toulouse, France) and studied Aerospace Engineering (UPM, Spain).

We have traditionally organised a range of foreign fieldtrips and, as part of a new partnership deal with Emirates Aviation University, our students recently had the chance to visit the Emirates Maintenance Centre and explore Dubai, which provided a unique opportunity to experience Middle Eastern culture, the modern architecture of Dubai, the climate, amazing food and interact with other multi-ethnic university students studying in Dubai.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

“The academics are very focused on ensuring students come out of University as prepared as possible and every student’s individual needs are catered for.”

Payam Nathani, BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering, graduated 2013, now Engineering Manager at ActOn Finishing Ltd

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU143
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
AAB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Engineering, Physics, or Design Technology. Excludes General Studies D*DD-DDM in an engineering subject 31 points to include either Physics, Design Technology, IT or Mathematics at Higher level Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English Language at grade C and GCSE Mathematics at grade B, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Portfolio

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. If you don’t have the required level of English then Pre-Sessional English is available if required

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. If you don’t have the required level of English then Pre-Sessional English is available if required

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2018.

What our students say...

“The academics are very focused on ensuring students come out of University as prepared as possible and every student’s individual needs are catered for.”

Payam Nathani, BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering, graduated 2013, now Engineering Manager at ActOn Finishing Ltd

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees TBC
2018/19 fees - £14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

“The academics are very focused on ensuring students come out of University as prepared as possible and every student’s individual needs are catered for.”

Payam Nathani, BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering, graduated 2013, now Engineering Manager at ActOn Finishing Ltd

Career prospects

After the United States, the UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, employing around 230,000 people in over 3,000 companies, including BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce, and a range of international companies with operations in the UK, such as Airbus, Cobham, AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica, Thales, Boeing and Bombardier.

This course aims to produce graduates with the skills to become successful detail-design engineers and engineering managers, both in aerospace and the wider engineering context, in fields such as aircraft and components design and manufacture, maintenance and testing, propulsion systems, flight simulation, aviation, avionics, patent engineering, financial services and many more.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous 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.

£25K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

"The Aerospace Systems Engineering course at Coventry University equipped me with necessary aerospace systems knowledge which enabled me secure my dream job as Graduate Systems Engineer." 

Kuldeep Kaur, BEng Aerospace Systems Engineering, graduated 2017, now Graduate Systems Engineer at General Dynamics
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.