Aerospace Technology BEng (Hons)

Study level: Undergraduate
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Giving you the chance to acquire the vital technical and management skills required to join and support engineering teams, as they solve the multi-disciplinary problems in the aerospace industry.

Course option

Year of entry

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

UCAS codes

H402

Start date

September 2025


Course overview

This course gives you the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the principles of mechanical, electrical and aerospace engineering, and how this knowledge is applied in the development of projects for aerospace systems and their management.

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Why you should study this course

  • This course offers a variety of learning opportunities, industry insight and a range of technical facilities4.
  • This course aims to enable you to develop and critically analyse engineering technologies, components and processes utilised in the aerospace industry.
  • You can expect to learn how to apply your engineering knowledge to address the rapid development of technology and the requirement for cost-effective carbon-reduction solutions, in the global aerospace sector.
  • This course aims to meet the demand for skilled engineers and upon successful completion, graduate career prospects could be wide-ranging and possibly include design, manufacturing, MRO engineering and management.
  • The highly practical and technical focus of the programme concentrates on engineering mathematics, aircraft systems, control systems, aerodynamics, aircraft structures and manufacturing, mechanical engineering and engineering management - all of which aim to give you the opportunity to build a strong base from which to start professional work in aerospace design, using the latest software tools4.
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This course is currently accredited1 by the Royal Aeronautical Society for the intake years 2022-2026.

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Royal Aeronautical Society

Aerospace Technology BEng (Hons) is accredited1 by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) , as fully meeting the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration and partially satisfying the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.



What you'll study

This course has a common first year.

The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn.  

If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).   

Common first-year courses 

  • Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Aerospace Engineering MEng

In the first year, the curriculum is shared across related courses allowing you to gain a broad grounding in the discipline before going on, in the second and third years, to specialist modules in your chosen field.  

Modules

  • This covers the essentials of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics and an introduction to MATLAB programming to enable solving of simple engineering problems.

    Compulsory

  • This module teaches you the fundamental principles behind mechanics and thermodynamics which underpin many engineering disciplines.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop competence in mathematical methods relevant to engineering whilst at the same time, emphasising the fundamental concepts you'll need to understand in order to produce a mathematical formulation of a problem.

    Compulsory

  • Covers the basic concepts and principles used in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, focusing on steady-state DC circuit analysis and AC circuit analysis.

    Compulsory

  • This module covers the creation and development of a viable product, process or system to meet a defined need through a structured approach to the design process, design management, and creative problem-solving.

    Compulsory

  • This multi-disciplinary module builds upon and reinforces the technical content across the first year of the aerospace cluster courses. It develops engineering practice, software and programming skills that are crucial attributes expected of a professional engineer.

    Compulsory

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. 

Modules

  • This module introduces you to the basic theories of aircraft maintenance engineering and maintenance programme management.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to develop a broad understanding of aerospace structures and the application of technology implemented in the aerospace industry. This module will present a multi-disciplinary view of aerospace structures to provide you with a wider outlook on the topic.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to present the concepts of signal acquisition and processing required as part of the study of avionic systems. It covers data communication and signal conditioning, as applied in aircraft systems.

    Compulsory

  • By studying aircraft systems and power plants, you'll further develop your understanding of the technology associated with the aerospace industry and its application.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop a broad understanding of human factors and safety implications within the aerospace industrial environments.

    Compulsory

  • Develop a broad understanding of the technology and the application of technology associated with aerodynamics in the aerospace industry.

    Compulsory

There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or participating institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.

Modules

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.

    Optional

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.

    Optional

This final year aims to prepare you for the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from your first and second years. You could also work on a large final project in an area of your interest, with the support of a mentor.

Modules

  • The module provides a framework which enables you to integrate your skills and knowledge developed throughout the course, to undertake a substantial research project.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to research, design, implement and critically evaluate a functional or simulated system, object or concept, and to acquire deeper knowledge of a specialist technical area.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to take you through a concept design and to build the foundations of the project planning and management phases of the entire group project. An emphasis on strategy management practices and philosophies will be covered to broaden your engineering design and management skills.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to enhance your awareness of technical and professional activities. Your vocational, numerical and IT (enterprise) capabilities are refined and the application of these capabilities to complex problems and the development of personal and inter-personal capabilities, are achieved through group project work.

    Compulsory

  • Further develop your understanding of the impact that design and evolving technologies have on the performance of different types of aerospace vehicles. Enhance your awareness of the theories governing the operation of aerospace vehicles and their testing. Review current and future trends in aircraft sustainability.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to develop a broad understanding of the basic principles and techniques of control engineering and to provide you with a practical understanding of real-time aerospace relevant control applications, using industry-standard software (MATLAB/SIMULINK)4.

    Compulsory

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.


How you'll learn

Your course will incorporate a range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning.

We encourage you to learn through stimulating activities, such as a projects, problems, scenarios, case studies or enquiries in a classroom, laboratory or work setting.

We aim to present 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.

The course aims to give you the opportunity to work 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 the professional skills at the same time as learning the technical content of your degree.


Teaching contact hours

As a full-time undergraduate student, you will study modules totalling 120 credits each academic year. A typical 20 credit module requires a total of 200 hours study. This is made up of teaching contact hours, guided and independent study.

Teaching hours:

Teaching hours vary each semester, year of study and due to module selection. During your first year you can expect 15-18 teaching hours each week. You will also have the option to attend optional sessions including time with a progress coach or to meet with staff for advice and feedback. As you progress through your studies, teaching hours may reduce.

Guided and Independent study:

Throughout your studies, you will be expected to spend time in guided and independent study to make up the required study hours per module. You'll be digging deeper into topics, review what you've learnt and complete assignments. This can be completed around your personal commitments. As you progress through your studies, you'll spend more time in independent study.

Online learning:

As an innovative university, we use different teaching methods including online tools and emerging technologies. So, some of your teaching hours and assessments may be delivered online.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods may include:

  • formal examinations
  • phase tests
  • essays
  • group work
  • presentations
  • reports
  • projects
  • coursework
  • exams
  • individual assignments.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International experience opportunities

Most work placements have been within the UK, but previous students have been placed in GKN Aerospace (Munich, Germany), Bertrandt (Hamburg, Germany) and Airbus (Toulouse, France). The majority of study abroad students have studied at high education institutions within Europe, including Aerospace Engineering at UPM, Spain.

Previous students on the programme have had the opportunity to gain experience of the industry first-hand through our exciting industry-focused field trips, which have previously included the Emirates Aviation University and Emirates Engine Test Centre in Dubai, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in the US and Airbus (Toulouse), Airbus (Marseille) and Finmeccanica in Europe.

Please note that all international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability, and meeting applicable visa and travel requirements, and are therefore not guaranteed2.


Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements:

Requirement What we're looking for
UCAS points 112
A Level BBC to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Biology, Further Maths, Electronics, Engineering or BTec Certificate in Engineering. Excludes General Studies.
BTEC DMM BTec in Engineering or Aerospace Engineering or similar, to include a Distinction in the 'Further Engineering Mathematics' unit 28 or 8 Or Calculus To Solve Engineering Problems Unit 7. Does not include BTecs with maintenance or technology in the title,
or,
DM in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering plus Grade B from one A levels from Mathematics and Physics
IB Diploma Overall pass in IB including at least 14 points from three HL subjects one of which must be Maths with a minimum of 4 points
GCSE requirement 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics
Access to HE The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit and 15 Level 3 credits at Pass all to be in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

Other qualifications and experience

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, each with a unique story. We recognise a breadth of qualifications. If your qualifications differ from the above, contact our Admissions Team who will be happy to discuss your qualifications and routes into your chosen course.

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Contextual offers and Fair Access Scheme

If you meet the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme, you could automatically receive a contextual offer that may be up to 24 UCAS points lower than our standard entry requirements. View the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Engineering will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

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.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Not got the required grades? We offer this degree with an integrated foundation year.


Fees and funding

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man 2025/26 fees TBC
2024/25 fees - £9,250 per year
Not available
EU 2025/26 fees TBC
2024/25 fees - £9,250 per year with EU support bursary**
2025/26 fees TBC
2024/25 fees - £19,850 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International 2025/26 fees TBC
2024/25 fees - £19,850 per year
Not available

If you choose to study this course with a professional placement2 or study abroad year, you will need to pay a tuition fee3 of £1,250 to cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our undergraduate Finance page and see the university’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

The university will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The university will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permits 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 is expected to be in line with inflation.

For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the university reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

Find out what's included in your tuition costs.

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


Facilities

All students both on and off-site have access to, and receive training on, commercial engineering software, including 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multibody Dynamic Systems for design, simulation and analysis4.

Our excellent practical facilities include a full-size Harrier Jet (used for teaching), six full-scale flight simulators, wind tunnels, UAV workshop, flow and heat transfer labs, composites lab, metrology lab, electrical/electronics lab, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a range of CNC machinery, banks of 3D printers and a laser workshop4.

Flight Simulators

Flight Simulators

Our simulators create an exciting way to learn, with 61 channels of flight data which can be analysed to assess the accuracy of a student's own design. The simulators are incorporated into an air traffic control environment.

Harrier Jet

Harrier Jet

Our Harrier T4 allows students to gain hands-on experience with the parts, tools and mechanical aspects of a real aircraft. It is used by many engineering disciplines to learn how an aircraft works and how to maintain it.

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Lanchester Library

You will have full reading rights in Coventry University's Lanchester Library. The library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has many study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers touchdown computers and free-to-loan laptops.


Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion of the course you should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific and mathematical principles to solve application problems in the aerospace industry
  • use quantitative and computational methods, interpret the results of analysis and modelling of an aerospace application problem to recommend an appropriate action using the relevant technology
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of design, design processes and limitations, and life cycle management in developing solutions
  • clearly and appropriately communicate complete solutions using both written and oral formats
  • understand the need for professional and ethical conduct in a commercial, economic and social context, by appraising the sustainable development and the regulations governing engineering activities in order to critique the risk, legal and contractual issues and intellectual property
  • demonstrate knowledge of a range of aerospace products, processes, materials and standards, including an awareness of quality issues and their application to continuous improvement
  • evaluate uncertain and incomplete technical data/information and perform practical laboratory work in order to identify the impact on design
  • develop independent learning and problem-solving skills appropriate to your study level and future employment
  • apply management techniques by contributing to a team with the necessary planning, monitoring, adaptability, drive and leadership to achieve the required objectives of an aerospace-related project.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have obtained jobs as systems design engineers for large aircraft and propulsion manufacturers, e.g. Airbus, BAE Systems, GE Aviation and Rolls Royce, as well as systems suppliers to the aviation industry including Meggitt, Goodrich, Moog and Collins Aerospace. 

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the Aerospace Engineering MSc. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.


How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.

    1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) 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 is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    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 current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website for information purposes however the 2025/2026 contract will apply for the 2025/2026 intake. 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.


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