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Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies

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The deadline for UK students to apply for this course for entry in 2023 was 25 January 2023.

The deadline for international students is 30 June 2023.

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    Bachelor of Engineering

    A Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) is a bachelor’s degree awarded for an undergraduate programme in engineering.

    Course overview

    If you are interested in becoming either private or professional pilot, this is the programme for you.


    In addition to studying the core aerospace engineering topics outlined below, you will also take the pilot studies modules and develop knowledge, skills and experience of flying. As well as the flight training, pilot studies students also have access to and use of the students pilots lab and can join the Flight Simulation Group (FSG). Study Aerospace Engineering and by the end of your time at Liverpool, you will be able to show that you can now design, build, test and fly an aircraft.

    As an aerospace engineering student, you will experience a wide variety of topics and modes of study, whether it be conducting research, analysing reports or designing and building an aircraft. You will have have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics during your time at Liverpool such as; aerodynamics, aerostructures, flight dynamics and control, propulsion systems, avionics, aerospace materials and aircraft design.

    Aerospace engineers design, analyse, build, test and maintain vehicles, their sub-assemblies and components as well as their associated systems that fly. Flight is not limited to simply within the Earth’s atmosphere, and can also be outside of it.

    Conducting independent research as part of an individual project will provide you with the knowledge to develop innovative concepts in your preferred technical area of interest. All of our Aerospace Engineering degree programmes are accredited, or pending accreditation, by our professional bodies, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and are a recognised qualification on the route to Chartered Engineer status.

    What you'll learn

    • Aircraft design and manufacturing
    • Flight testing
    • Systems engineering
    • How to conduct independent research
    • Aerodynamics
    • Flight dynamics and control
    • How to deal with complex problems that may  require compromise to meet competing requirements
    • Access to and use of pilots lab


    All of our BEng/MEng degree programmes are accredited, or preparing for accreditation, by at least one professional engineering institution, providing you with a solid foundation for your career. We have excellent links with the professional engineering institutions and benefit from their support.

    Accreditations in detail


    All of our BEng/MEng degree programmes are accredited, or preparing for accreditation, by at least one professional engineering institution, providing you with a solid foundation for your career. We have excellent links with the professional engineering institutions and benefit from their support.

    Course content

    Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

    Year one

    You will study the core engineering topics that provide a firm background and understanding of aerospace engineering, in addition you will also study pilot studies modules and develop your knowledge, skills and experience of flying.

    Compulsory modules

    Electrical Circuits for Engineers (ELEC121)

    Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

    ​To provide students with a basic understanding of electronics from first principles covering analogue and electromechanical systems. Basic circuits and theory will be introduced including the use of semiconductor devices such as diodes and transistors. Electromechanics will be developed to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of the principles of DC and AC machines, transformers and linear actuators


    Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

    To provide students with a basic understanding of modelling and simulation techniques. Mathematical modelling and graph theory will be introduced to develop practical skills in the modelling and designing of different types of systems including electromechanical systems.


    Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

    This module introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of elementary statistics and programming. It explains the purposes and advantages of analysing data collected specifically to solve problems in engineering, reviews available software tools and programming languages used to formulate and answer basic engineering questions. It draws on examples from applications across the range of School of Engineering program areas.​


    Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

    ​​​This module introduces students to important mechanical properties of metallic alloys, polymers, ceramics, construction materials and composites used in engineering industry. It also introduces the mechanical testing techniques used to measure such properties, the common mechanisms of materials and component failure in use, and some appreciation of materials processing. The laboratory sessions are designed to familiase students with engineering laboratory methods and procedures, as well as providing an experience of hands-on mechanical testing techniques.


    Credits: 22.5 / Semester: whole session

    MATH198 is a Year 1 mathematics module for students of programmes taught in the School of Engineering, e.g. Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Design Engineering. It is designed to reinforce and build upon A-level mathematics, providing you with the strong background required in your engineering studies and preparing you for the Year 2 mathematics module MATH299 (Mathematics engineering II). In the first semester, the foundations are laid: differential calculus, vector algebra, integration and applications. Semester two covers complex numbers, differential equations, Laplace transformations and functions of two variables


    Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

    The module is designed to provide students, who are contemplating a career as a commercial pilot, with an insight into the practical and intellectual skills required to become a pilot. Classroom lectures covering PPL ground school material are given together with 20 hours of practical flight training at a local flying school.


    Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

    This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and theory of how engineering structures work to sustain loads. It will also show how stress analysis leads to the design of safer structures. It will also provide students with the means to analyse and design basic structural elements as used in modern engineering structures.

    Professional Engineering: a skills toolkit (ENGG111)

    Credits: 30 / Semester: whole session

    Energy Science (ENGG116)

    Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

    Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

    Our curriculum

    The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

    • Digital fluency
    • Confidence
    • Global citizenship

    Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

    • Research-connected teaching
    • Active learning
    • Authentic assessment

    All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

    Course options

    Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

    Global Opportunities

    University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

    What's available on this course?

    Year in China

    Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

    • Learn Chinese
    • Study in a bustling world heritage city
    • Improve employment prospects
    • Study Chinese culture
    • 30 minutes from Shanghai
    • Learn new skills

    Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

    Year in industry

    Year in industry placements give you an in-depth workplace experience where you can develop your skills and apply your learning.

    • Develop key employability skills that graduate employers are looking for
    • Experience and understand workplace culture and disciple
    • Understand the relationship between academic theory and real world application
    • Begin your professional network
    • Gain industry insight and insight into potential career options.

    If you'd like to undertake a year in industry, you can transfer to Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies with a Year in Industry BEng (Hons) during your studies, subject to meeting the academic requirements of your course.

    View Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies with a Year in Industry BEng (Hons)

    To spend a year in industry, you'll need to secure a placement with an organisation. If you're unable to find a placement, you'll continue with the standard version of the course without a year in industry.

    Language study

    Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

    • A dedicated languages degree
    • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
    • Language modules (selected degrees)
    • Language classes alongside your studies

    Read more about studying a language

    Study as a master's degree

    This course is also available as a four year MEng programme.

    View Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies MEng

    Your experience

    The School of Engineering has world-class, modern, engineering teaching and learning facilities. Within the School there are traditional lecture theatres as well as teaching laboratories, PC teaching centres, smaller study rooms and one of the University’s largest PC teaching/study rooms with over 160 high-specification workstations with specialist engineering software installed. The School also houses impressive specialist engineering research laboratories and research facilities that provide the setting for student practical work and many student projects.

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    What students say...

    I've never looked back since picking Liverpool because it's got everything I need in terms of the student lifestyle; the life experience plus the study. The flight simulators really caught my eye and that's something that really appeals to me. The course provides you with a really valuable degree and I know that employers see it as a valuable degree.

    Elliot Carty, MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies 2013

    Careers and employability

    As a student you will have maximum opportunities for career prospects, graduate opportunities, student summer placements specifically during the annual engineering careers fair with 30 blue chip companies attending (including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, Toyota, JCB, British Army, United Utilities, ABB Ltd, Network Rail, BAE Systems and many more).

    4 in 5 of our engineering students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

    Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

    Our research-led teaching ensures that we incorporate the latest advances in cutting edge engineering research. As well as achieving a degree qualification, you will graduate as an industry-ready engineer who has both practical experience and highly desirable skills to the engineering industry.

    Work experience opportunities

    Many students undertake placements during the summer or for a full academic year in leading engineering companies.

    Postgraduate opportunities

    A number of our graduates go on to postgraduate study at MSc or PhD level, either remaining at Liverpool or going to another institution of their choice.

    Qualifying you for life

    Our teaching programmes are highly rated and this is underpinned by an extensive programme of research. All of our programmes are strongly linked with industry, both formally through our industrial advisory boards, and informally through industry contacts and alumni.

    Preparing you for future success

    At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

    • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
    • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
    • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
    • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

    Meet our alumni

    Hear what graduates say about their career progression and life after university.

    Fees and funding

    Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

    Tuition fees

    Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

    UK fees
    Also applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland
    Full-time place, per year £9,250
    Year in industry fee £1,850
    Year abroad fee £1,385
    International fees
    Full-time place, per year £25,750
    Year in industry fee £1,850
    Year abroad fee £12,875
    Fees stated are for the 2023-24 academic year.

    Additional costs

    We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes the cost of flight training, an aircraft checklist, and a study pack. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

    Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

    Additional study costs

    We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes the cost of flight training, an aircraft checklist, and a study pack. All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

    Pilot studies students should expect to cover the following additional costs.

    Safety equipment:

    All safety equipment, other than boots, is provided free of charge by the department.

    Flight training:

    There is a one-off up-front fee of approximately £4,285.00 (inclusive of VAT) for the Tomahawk aircraft and £4,885.00 (inclusive of VAT) for the Warrior aircraft (2021 entry costs, prices are anticipated to rise annually).

    Study pack:

    Students are required to purchase a study pack costing approximately £90 for the smaller pack, or £190 for the larger pack.

    Aircraft checklist: £6 (2021 cost)

    Flight test course:

    This course is required in year two and the cost is covered by the School.

    Find out more about additional study costs.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

    Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

    Entry requirements

    The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

    My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

    Your qualification Requirements

    About our typical entry requirements

    A levels

    AAB including Mathematics and a second science.

    Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is ABB with A in the EPQ.

    You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

    If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to complete a foundation year which would allow you to progress to this course.

    Available foundation years:

    GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
    Subject requirements

    Mathematics and a second science.

    Applicants following the modular Mathematics A Level must be studying A Level Physics or Further Mathematics as the second science (or must be studying at least one Mechanics module in their Mathematics A Level).

    Accepted Science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Electronics, Environmental Science, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Physics and Statistics.

    For applicants from England: For science A levels that include the separately graded practical endorsement, a "Pass" is required.

    BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

    Acceptable at grade Distinction* alongside BB in A Level Mathematics and a second science.

    BTEC Level 3 Diploma

    Distinction* Distinction* in relevant BTEC considered alongside A Level Mathematics grade B. Accepted BTECs include Aeronautical, Aerospace, Construction, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Engineering.

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

    D*DD in acceptable BTEC, plus B in A level Maths (not accepted without B in A level Maths)

    International Baccalaureate

    35 overall including 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics.

    Irish Leaving Certificate H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H3, including H2 in Higher Maths and Higher Second Science. We also require a minimum of H6 in Higher English or O3 in Ordinary English
    Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

    Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAB including Mathematics and second science

    Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Acceptable at grade B alongside AA in A Level Mathematics and a second science
    Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade A M2 in Cambridge Pre U Principal Subject is accepted as equivalent to A-Level grade B Global Perspectives and Short Courses are not accepted.
    Access Considered if taking a relevant subject. Check with Department or Admissions team.
    International qualifications

    Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

    Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

    Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

    Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

    About our entry requirements

    Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

    Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

    We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

    Alternative entry requirements

    Changes to Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

    See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

    7 June 2022: New course pages

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