Aeronautical engineering builds on the science of flight to show how aircraft are designed, constructed and powered, how they are used and how they are controlled for safe operation.
You will study the same courses in the first three years whether you are on the BEng or MEng degree programme. Your selection for BEng or MEng depends on your progress record in your first three years.
In your first year you will take courses in mathematics and study engineering fundamentals including aerospace engineering, dynamics, electronics, materials, statics, thermodynamics and engineering skills.
In your second year you will concentrate on fluid mechanics, dynamics, aeronautical engineering, thermodynamics and mathematics.
In third year you will learn about the design of aircraft. You can begin to analyse and understand the aircraft behaviour, predict its performance, understand its propulsion systems and begin to perform detailed analysis of aircraft structural components.
Years 4 and 5
The main route to becoming a fully chartered engineer is through the MEng degree, which usually takes five years. The BEng degree remains popular and can normally be completed in four years. To become a fully chartered engineer with a BEng degree requires further study after graduation, which can be done part-time from work.
In year 4 you will begin to deal with some of the advanced concepts in aeronautics. These include the study of composite materials, aeroelasticity, high-speed aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, flight dynamics and control theory.
For BEng students individual project work allows you to apply the knowledge you have gained during your studies to a problem in aeronautical engineering. MEng students undertake an interdisciplinary team project instead.
Fifth-year study in MEng will widen your knowledge and involve more in-depth study of aircraft and their systems. You will learn about aircraft handling qualities, aircraft operations, and advanced structural analysis techniques. Half of this year is devoted to project work.
A range of optional courses is available in fourth and fifth years to allow you to develop and follow your own interests.
Laboratories feature in each year of study. You will run a jet engine, test structural components and perform wind tunnel tests. MEng students take a flight-testing course in a Jetstream Aircraft.
Industry involvement comes both from contributions to aircraft design classes by engineers from the industrial sector and, whenever possible, from visits to industrial sites. Most MEng projects are carried out in industry.
The MEng degree programme allows you to take your fifth-year project in one of our partner universities, international companies and organisations in Europe. We also have partner universities in the USA and Australia, where some students take their third year of study.
The School of Engineering is one of three in the UK selected by BAE Systems for 'preferred' status, which can lead to industrial involvement in the programme and employment with the company. Our recent aeronautical engineering graduates have also been employed by organisations including Prospect, Williams F1, Insyen, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the RAF, Fluid Gravity Engineer, Rolls-Royce plc, Rolls-Royce Derby, Thales and the Met Office.
Our degrees are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAA by end of S5 including Mathematics and Physics.
A-levels: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics.
IB: 36 points including Mathematics HL6 and Physics HL6.
Highers: Entry from S5 – AAAA or AAABB including Mathematics and Physics at grades A/B or B/A.
Entry from S6 – applicants who achieved a minimum of ABBB including Mathematics and Physics at grades A/B or B/A in S5, may receive an offer based on them attaining AAAAAB by the end of S6. Applicants receiving these offers will be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects.
A-levels: AAB including Mathematics and Physics.
IB: 34 points including Mathematics HL5 and Physics HL5.
BEng students who perform well may transfer to the MEng programme upon completion of years 1, 2 or 3.
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.