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H422 BEng (Hons) Aeronautics & Astronautics (3 yrs)

This three-year degree covers the core subjects of Aeronautics and Astronautics. It is ideal if you wish to complete your studies in three years. The first two years of the course have identical content to that of the MEng (H401) course.

Introducing your degree

During this degree course in Aeronautics and Astronautics, you will gain a solid foundation in aerospace engineering such as aerodynamics, astronautics and propulsion along with a wider appreciation of the economic, legal and environmental issues associated with aircraft operations and aircraft performance. In your third year, you can choose to specialise through a wide selection of advanced aerospace modules and will also carry out an individual project.

Overview

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The first year will provide you with a solid foundation in engineering science with a focus on aerospace. Core module content also includes the economic, legal and environmental issues associated with aircraft operations and basic aircraft performance.

In your second year, there is increasing focus on aerospace engineering topics such as aerodynamics, astronautics and propulsion. You will also take a practical one-week course in flight testing at Southampton International Airport, where experiments are performed on board a Jetstream aircraft.

In your third year, you can choose to specialise through a wide selection of advanced aerospace modules. You will also carry out an individual project, as well as a group aircraft or spacecraft design project.

View the specification document for this course

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for the BEng degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Accreditation

Engineering CouncilEUR-ACE

Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Key Facts

  • Ranked fifth in the Complete University Guide 2016
  • 92% of our students were in professional jobs or further study six months after graduation (DLHE, 2013/14)
  • This is a BAE Systems preferred course. Southampton are a preferred academic supplier to Airbus and an academic partner of Agusta Westland
Students testing their glider design in a wind tunnel
Students testing their glider design in a wind tunnel

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

A levels: A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics (A* in either). General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Maths not accepted

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate38 points overall (18 at Higher Level to include Mathematics and Physics, Standard Level 5 English) 
GCSE requirements

English Language, at Grade C or above

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Equivalent qualifications

Qualification Entry criteria
Scottish Advanced Highers AAA including Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels Pass in Core, A*A in Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U D2D3D3 including Mathematics and Physics
BTEC
HND
D*DD overall and distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
Access to HE Diploma Not acceptable – refer to Engineering Foundation Year
European Baccalaureate 85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate AAAAA including Mathematics and Physics
French Baccalaureate

15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics

Contextual offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Intake:
Intake 95-100 (total part 1 Aeronautics & Astronautics cohort)
Average applications per place:
8

While the average level entry onto our degree courses is among the highest in the UK, we always look carefully at each individual application. In addition to your examination grades, we also take into account your personal statement and references. These give us an indication of your personal attributes and your enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The course may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

On the BEng degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics you will study a number of core subjects during the first two years. These provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree. You will concentrate on the fundamentals of engineering and gain the skills and understanding required to use information technology in an engineering context.

In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise or retain a broad-based study path through a wide selection of subject modules. You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise, and involves the production of a formal report. A group aircraft (or spacecraft) design exercise is completed in Year 3.

Special Requirements - All Courses

Students are expected to take an exciting one-week practical course in Flight Testing following Semester 2 examinations. The course is usually arranged for candidates in their second year and is held at Southampton International Airport. The fees for this course are covered by the University, in normal circumstances.

Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I and Part II candidates in the summer term. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given by the School.

Candidates are required to attend the Part II course in Library Search Techniques. This is normally held after the Semester 2 examinations. Assignments set in this course will be formally assessed as part of their examination requirements.

Year 1

The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising aerospace aspects. One example is mechanics of flight, involving the performance of an aircraft acted upon by aerodynamic, thrust and gravitational forces.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1

Core
MATH1054
Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
FEEG1004
Electrical and Electronics Systems
FEEG1003
ThermoFluids
FEEG1002
Mechanics, Structures and Materials
FEEG1001
Design and Computing
SESA1015
Aircraft Operations and Flight Mechanics
Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1

Core
MATH1054
Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
FEEG1004
Electrical and Electronics Systems
FEEG1003
ThermoFluids
FEEG1002
Mechanics, Structures and Materials
FEEG1001
Design and Computing
SESA1015
Aircraft Operations and Flight Mechanics

Year 2

The second year covers the main aerospace engineering subjects. Towards the end of this year you will take a short course in flight testing, in which experiments are performed on board a Jetstream aircraft. A total of 120 credits across two semesters.

Semester One

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2

Compulsory
FEEG2001
Systems Design and Computing
FEEG2006
Engineering Management and Law
MATH2048
Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
SESA2022
Aerodynamics
SESA2024
Astronautics
Semester Two

All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2

Compulsory
FEEG2001
Systems Design and Computing
FEEG2006
Engineering Management and Law
FEEG2005
Materials and Structures
SESA2023
Propulsion
SESA2025
Mechanics of Flight

Year 3

In the third (final) year the course includes an individual project, and allows students to undertake some of our specialist modules in aerodynamics, astronautics, materials, etc. It does however offer a more restricted choice of options than the MEng programmes, and does not include a Group Design Project.

Semester One

Students can choose a further 30 credits to be undertaken between Semester 1  and Semester 2 from our wide range of specialist modules. The modules below are typical optional modules. Please refer to the Aeronautics and Astronautics Programme Specifications for a comprehensive list of available modules.

Core
FEEG3003
Individual Project
Compulsory
FEEG3003
Individual Project
SESA3028
Aircraft Design
SESA3029
Aerothermodynamics
SESA3030
Aerospace Control Design
Optional
FEEG3001
Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
FEEG3004
Human Factors in Engineering
LAWS3130
Industrial Law
MANG3048
Management Science for Engineers
MATH3081
Operational Research
MATH3083
Advanced Partial Differential Equations
SESA3025
Spacecraft Systems and Design
SESG3019
UG Ambassador Scheme
SESG3024
Manufacturing and Materials
SESM3031
Automobile Systems
SESM3033
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Semester Two

Students can choose a further 30 credits to be undertaken between Semester 1  and Semester 2 from our wide range of specialist modules. The modules below are typical optional modules. Please refer to the Aeronautics and Astronautics Programme Specifications for a comprehensive list of available modules.

Core
FEEG3003
Individual Project
Compulsory
FEEG3003
Individual Project
SESA3026
Aircraft Structural Design
SESA3028
Aircraft Design
Optional
MANG3049
Accounting & Finance for Engineers
MATH3082
Optimisation
SESA3033
Wing Aerodynamics
SESM3032
Heat Transfer and Applications

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators - Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentDesign equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
EquipmentField equipment and materials: A number of essential items will be provided to you e.g.: field notebook(s); compass-clinometer; geological hammer; steel tape measure; map case; pocket lens (x 10); safety helmet; safety goggles; bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid. However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile. Students are responsible for the printing costs of their poster for the Poster Presentation Day. This may range from approximately £5 - £20.
OtherOptional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

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“Pretty much everything that I learned on my course has come into use in my job. From mechanical principles to understand car suspension, to the aerodynamics and how they affect car balance, to using my computer programming skills to develop analytical tools to help understand data.”

Michael Sansoni - Performance Simulation Engineer, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

98% of students entered graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation (Guardian University Guide, 2016). Our graduates now hold a variety positions - manufacturing engineer, actuarial analyst, assembly supervisor and graduate analyst. Some of the companies our recent graduates work for include Aston Martin, CQS Global Services, Deloitte and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd.

A dedicated Employment Officer will be on hand to help you build your skills profile and point you in the right direction. We also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers and Employability Service.

 

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“People need to know more about the cutting edge research underway at Southampton that is genuinely making a difference in the world.”

Shruti Verma - Students’ Union Vice President Education

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and learning

At Southampton, our students form knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects. You will broaden your formal learning by becoming an active student member of a professional institution and our student Engineering Society, SUES. We will also teach you the transferable skills to present written and oral presentations.

A practical approach

Practical experience is a strong theme on our course. You will attend site visits, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in labs and get involved in real-life project work. Analysis and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets and small group exercises by your module lecturers. Individual feedback is provided on all work submitted.

Ground-breaking research

Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their field. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.

Assessment and examinations

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Student support

Every student on our BEng Aeronautics and Astronautics degree course is assigned a personal tutor from the start of their degree, in addition to a course tutor.

Course Lead

Dr Jae Wook Kim

Study Locations

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Burgess Road, Southampton, S016 7QFFind out more

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