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About the course
This degree programme is aimed at those students who wish to undertake senior engineering roles within the operational side of the aviation industry, but who also retain an interest in flying. The engineering content is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The course runs alongside the Pilot Studies course, replaces flying training with greater design content, making this particularly suitable for anybody aiming for a professional engineering career, but not in a flying role.
Accordingly, the programme integrates basic flight principles and the opportunity to train on a flight simulator with a solid grounding in general engineering and a background in management and operations. The programme will draw on the close proximity of Heathrow and the other London airports and, on completion, graduates will be expected to follow careers within the aviation industry.
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Why Study Aviation Engineering Undergraduate Course at Brunel University?
3rd best UK University for overall student satisfaction in Aerospace and Aviation: 2012 National Student Survey
Top London-based University for overall student satisfaction in Aerospace and Aviation: 2012 National Student Survey
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
About Mechanical Engineering at Brunel
From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunnelling machines to body-scanners, from technical consultancy to financial services such as insurance, mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are taken for granted in the modern world.
The range and diversity of career choice is consequently tremendous. In response to this diversity, we offer a variety of courses.
Interacting with students from different specialisms and with different interests is an important part of the University experience. To help with this, we have introduced a multidisciplinary project for Level 1 students. This is a design-based competition between teams made up of students from a number of subjects.
We also offer the Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course.
The range of courses reflects several of our research interests:
- energy and environmental engineering;
- internal combustion engines and their fuels;
- structures and materials;
- fluid mechanics.
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This course has been developed to allow graduates the widest possible range of career options within the aircraft industry.
The course differs from the Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies programme in that students do not undertake the practical flying training at Level 1; instead, an additional design project is undertaken. The aim here is to allow students to avoid paying the additional fees needed for the Pilot Studies option, but still to follow an engineering degree that is heavily biased towards aviation and which develops skills in flying practice (using the flight simulator) and flight theory. All Aviation Engineering students also take the PPL ground school.
From Level 2 onwards, the Aviation Engineering course is identical to the Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies course and so covers flying basics and the wider aspects of the aviation industry. This includes airport design (BEng), aircraft operations (MEng) and environmental issues. The course aims to prepare graduates for the many career opportunities within the aviation industry.