Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: H401
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Not accepted without grade B in A Level Mathematics
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This programme is very similar to that of the Aerospace Engineering degree programmes (H425 and H421) but also introduces elements of pilot studies for students interested in becoming pilots.

In Year One, the Pilot studies module (based on the PPL ground school syllabus) complements the flight training programme of 20 hours which is mandatory. In Year Two, the Pilot studies module is based on the Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) ground school syllabus.

An additional fee of approximately £3,400 is required to cover the costs of the mandatory 20 hours pilot training.

Programme in detail

Year One students study core engineering topics such as structures; fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; materials; maths; electronics and management. Pilot studies provides a first insight into this exciting discipline. This, alongside general engineering skills such as technical drawing and communication is reinforced throughout the year via a design-build-test project where students are required to demonstrate their learning by creating an unmanned glider aircraft for use in a humanitarian mission. The Pilot studies module (based on the PPL ground school syllabus) complements the flight training programme of 20 hours which is mandatory.

In Year Two, you will take modules in Aeroengines; Avionics; Computer programming; Maths; Dynamics; Structures; Design; Aircraft performance and project management. The pilot studies module is based on the Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) ground school syllabus.

In Year Three you will undertake an individual project providing the opportunity to conduct research and develop innovative concepts in their preferred technical area of interest.

You can also take modules in Aerodynamics; Flight dynamics and control; Aerostructures; Aeroengines; Avionics; Aircraft design and management and you can take optional modules in topics such as spaceflight and rotorcraft flight.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

316 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

Ranked 15th (Aerospace) in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017 and General Engineering is ranked 5th in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Graduate prospects

90% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (Unistats 2016)

Why this subject?

Choose a degree that prepares you to be a modern engineer for the future

At Liverpool, your learning environment reflects your future working environment. Our emphasis is on active learning, supported by traditional lectures and tutorials. You will benefit from research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, Government, research laboratories and academics around the world. We have received many accolades from the engineering industry who regard our graduates as among the most employable in the world – the highest validation of our approach.

Benefit from learning in outstanding facilities

We are a Centre of Excellence for engineering research and have a highly respected reputation for world leading experimental facilities. Our £32 million redevelopment includes the award-winning Active Learning Laboratory. This is one of the largest and best-equipped laboratories in Europe and is at the heart of undergraduate learning. The state-of-the-art facilities that you will benefit from include two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), manufacturing robotics, wind turbines, a water flume, additive manufacturing machines and many more.

Put your learning into practice through a year in industry

There is nothing like spending a year working in industry as part of your degree for consolidating your knowledge and giving you a head start in the job market after you graduate. A year in industry can be taken in all our programmes.

Shape our flexible programmes around you

Our programmes provide opportunities for specialisation in one discipline or a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

Gain professional accreditation

All our BEng/MEng degree programmes are accredited, or preparing for accreditation, by at least one professional institution, providing you with a solid foundation for your career. A MEng degree from Liverpool satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).