Aerospace Engineering (Private Pilot Instruction) MEng

UCAS Code: H490 | Duration: Four years

Year one

In your first year, you'll study a core range of modules designed to give you a sound understanding of general engineering concepts.

Core study Module credits
Introduction to Systems Analysis and Control 15
Introduction to Electric Circuits 10
Avionic Systems 10
Mathematics (Electrical) 20
Introduction to Mechanical Properties of Structural Materials 20
Engineering Solids, Liquids and Gases 20
Engineering Statics and Dynamics 15
Introduction to Aerospace Design 10

Year two

By year two, you'll have grasped the fundamental principles of engineering and will have begun to work out which areas you're most interested in. Alongside a comprehensive programme of core study, you'll begin to specialise on either our Avionics or Aeromechanics stream.

Core study Module credits
Ground and Flight Training 10
Control Systems Analysis and Design 20
Mathematics for Aerospace Engineers 10
Aerospace Fluids Engineering 10
Aerostructures 10

Avionics stream Module credits
Signals, Systems and Communications 20
Electrical Energy Management and Conversion 20
Introduction to Systems Engineering and Software 20

Aeromechanics stream Module credits
Applied Aerospace Thermodynamics 10
Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics 10
Selection and Processing of Aerospace Materials 10
Dynamics of Aerospace Structures and Machines 10
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving 10
Introduction to Electronic Circuits 10

Year three

Your third year is all about consolidating your knowledge and beginning to develop a deeper understanding of your chosen field of study. Whichever stream you're on, you'll now get to specialise further:

Avionics stream

  • Aircraft Power and Actuation Systems
  • Flight Control Systems

Aeromechanics stream

  • Aerodynamics and Propulsion
  • Aerospace Materials, Structures and Manufacturing

Highlights of this year include having the opportunity to work as part of a team to build and fly your own aircraft on the Aircraft Group Design Project, and experiencing a flight test on board a Jetstream aircraft at Cranfield University as part of the Aircraft Dynamics and Control module.

Core study Module credits
Aircraft Design 10
Aerodynamic Design 10
Aircraft Dynamics and Control featuring the Cranfield Flying Day 10
Aero Propulsion 10
Finance and Law for Engineers 10
Managing Engineering Projects and Teams 10
Aircraft Group Design Project 20

Avionics: Aircraft Power and Actuation Systems stream Module credits
Space Systems Engineering 10
Communications Electronics 20
Antennas, Radar and Navigation OR Digital Signal Processing 10

Avionics: Flight Control Systems Module credits
State Space Control Design 10
Digital Signal Processing 10
Space Systems Engineering 10
Hardware-in-the-Loop and Rapid Control Prototyping 10

Aeromechanics: Aerospace Materials, Structures and Manufacturing stream Module credits
Aerospace Metals 10
Finite Element Techniques 10
Composite Micromechanics and Strong Reinforcing Fibres 10
Structural Vibrations 10

Aeromechanics: Aerodynamics and Propulsion stream Module credits
Structural Vibrations 10
Computational Fluid Dynamics 10
Aerospace Metals 10
Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles OR Space Systems Engineering 10

Year four

You'll take your learning to the next level on the final year of the MEng, gaining the in-depth knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to excel in the jobs market. One of the highlights of the year is the Industrial Training Programme module where you'll work on real-life challenges set by major industry.

Core study Module credits
Aerospace Individual Investigative Project 45

Avionics: Aircraft Power and Actuation Systems stream Module credits
Real-time Embedded Systems 15
Motion Control and Servo Drives 15
Electronic Communication Technologies 15
Energy Storage Management 15
Choose one of:
Principles of Communications 15
Data Coding Techniques for Communication and Storage 15

Avionics: Flight Control Systems Module credits
Real-time Embedded Systems 15
Advanced Space Systems and Space Weather 15
Testing & Verification in Safety Critical Systems 15
Industrial Training Programme: Avionics 15
Choose one from:

Multisensor & Decision Systems

Advanced Industrial Control

Robotics & Autonomous Systems




Aeromechanics: Aerospace Materials, Structures and Manufacturing stream Module credits
Industrial Training Programme Project: Aerospace Materials 20
Aviation Safety and Aeroelasticity 15

Choose two from:

Advanced Dynamics

Industrial Applications of Finite Element Analysis

Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology




Choose one from:

Advanced Manufacturing Part 1

Design and Manufacture of Composites



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