Swansea University

Aerospace Engineering Swansea University Degree level: Undergraduate


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From the inferno at the heart of a gas turbine to the computer nerve centre of the cockpit, aeronautical and aerospace vehicles demand cutting-edge engineering.

Studying an Aerospace Engineering degree gives you expert training in the theory and operation of aeronautical vehicles, from jet-powered and propeller-driven planes to gliders and helicopters.

You will learn about the full engineering journey, from concept on the ground to handling in the sky. Whether your main interest concerns design, analysis, testing or flight, at Swansea we have it covered.

This multi-disciplinary course provides a real world insight into the atmosphere of our planet and the cosmos beyond, as well as the technologies needed to explore them.

As you progress, your developing analytical abilities will combine with hands-on experience of state-of-the-art equipment, establishing skills which are vital to securing employment in the wider aerospace industry.

Why Swansea?

  • Aerospace Engineering is ranked 7th in the UK (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

  • We are 4th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (The Complete University Guide 2020)

  • 94% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE 16/17 Graduates)

  • Average salary is £22,000 for a Swansea University Aerospace Engineering graduate

  • Aerospace students at Swansea will get practical flying experience in our state-of-the-art flight simulator and flying lessons at our local airport. You will also cover a flight test course in aircraft performance, stability and control at a flight school in a Jetstream twin turboprop aircraft

Aerospace Facilities include:

  • 1 Merlin flight simulator capsule MP521;

  • 2 static MP500-2 flight simulators;

  • a custom-built £1.2 million 18-metre wind tunnel;

  • a fully instrumental JetCat P120 engine;

  • and world-leading aerodynamic modelling software (used to design the BLOODHOUND SSC).

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
The degree also provides a foundation for you to aim for the prized Chartered Engineer status and prepares you for postgraduate or doctoral study, or academic research.
Comprehensive theoretical studies are complemented by group design exercises, industrial site visits and hands-on aerospace practicals.

Did you know all of our courses are available with a Year in Industry or Year Abroad?
These placement years increase our students confidence and communication skills as well as help them to gain valuable experiences that will ultimately enhance their employability. To find out more go to www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/undergraduate

We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for 2020 for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.

Course details


Year 1
Areas studied typically include:

  • dynamic systems
  • engineering analysis
  • engineering design
  • engineering mechanics
  • fluid mechanics
  • strength of materials
  • thermodynamics

Year 2
Areas studied typically include:

  • aerodynamics
  • aerospace systems
  • airframe structures
  • computer aided engineering
  • control systems
  • dynamics
  • flight mechanics
  • structural mechanics

Year 3
Areas studied typically include:

  • gas dynamics
  • high performance materials and selection
  • propulsion

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code H400
Institution code S93
Campus name Bay Campus
Campus code B

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If you are an International Student, please visit our International pages for more information about entry requirements:- http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB - ABB Including Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*D - D*D*D* To include B at A Level Mathematics. Must be in relevant subject. If student is not taking A Level Mathematics, they must achieve a minimum D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules of the BTEC. Students are also required to have minimum two A grades at GCSE, to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.
Access to HE Diploma Considered on an individual basis.
Extended Project We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success.

If you are predicted a Grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one
grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points To include 5 at Higher Level or 6 at Standard Level Mathematics or, if following the new Maths Curriculum, 5 at HL (or 6 at SL) “Mathematics: analysis and approaches”, or 5 at HL (or 7 at SL) “Mathematics: applications and interpretation”.

Plus 4 at Higher Level or 5 at Standard Level English Language.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted in lieu of one non-subject specific grade at A Level.

GCSEs: Mathematics C, English Language C.

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