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

Key information


TThis 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 £4,285 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. The Year 1 Pilot Studies modules provides a first insight into this exciting career 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.

In Year Two, you will take modules in Aeroengines; Avionics; Computer Programming; Maths; Dynamics; Structures; Design; Aircraft Performance and Project Management. The pilot studies modules are based on the material required in 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 your preferred technical area of interest.

You will also take modules in Aerodynamics; Flight Dynamics and Control; Aerostructures; Aeroengines; Avionics; Aircraft Design and Management. You can take optional modules in topics such as Spaceflight and Rotorcraft Flight.

Work placement/Year in industry

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience to enhance their employability by applying for a summer internship or a year placement with an approved company/organisation. The School of Engineering MEng and BEng with a year in industry programmes are available to all* students. Whilst the School of Engineering and the University will provide the necessary support and guidance, it is the responsibility of the student to secure an industrial placement. Applicants should note that industrial placements are highly sought after and competition to be accepted into one can be significant. They therefore cannot be guaranteed. Students who fail to secure a suitable placement offer will transfer back to the standard version of the programme without a year in industry.

*Overseas students are applicable, though restrictions may apply.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

267 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 14th (Aerospace) in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2019

Graduate prospects

97% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17) and 100% of Mechanical Engineering MEng students employed after graduation ( 2018).

Why this subject?

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

You’ll benefit from research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, government, research laboratories and academics.

Benefit from learning in outstanding facilities

Our £32 million redevelopment includes the award-winning Active Learning Laboratory, two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), manufacturing robotics, wind tunnels and a water flume.

Shape our flexible programmes around you

Specialise in one discipline or develop a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

Gain professional accreditation

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. An MEng degree in aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering from Liverpool, satisfies all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We have excellent links with the professional engineering institutions and benefit from their support.