Aircraft Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H414

What is special about this course?

The BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering course is an exciting degree that will equip you with an in-depth engineering knowledge across a broad range of modern aeronautical technologies.

If you have decided on an exhilarating career as an aircraft engineer, this course will provide the knowledge and skills you need to analyse complex aircraft engineering situations and solve aeronautical engineering problems.

The degree is currently going through a re-accreditation process with the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Special features

  • The degree is highly relevant to modern aircraft industries and we have good links with the aviation industry
  • Designed to include a high proportion of practical activities relevant to the topics studied
  • Features non-teaching 'design weeks' that run in each term, which involve finding solutions to practical, 'real-life' engineering problems

Entry requirements

For September 2019, entry to this course is not available into year one. Entry to year two is available with the following:

  • Successful completion of the HNC Aircraft Engineering with a minimum grade B in the Graded Unit, or a related discipline at an appropriate level OR
  • Advanced Highers or A levels: BBC including Maths and Physics at grade B
  • You will also undertake a period of preparatory tuition which may take the form of a pre-course summer school or run alongside your year 2 studies

Direct entry to year 3:

  • Successful completion of the HND Aircraft Engineering (with a grade B in the Graded Unit 2), OR
  • An HND/DipHE award in another engineering discipline; OR
  • Applicants who are currently (or very recently) working within the aircraft maintenance industry, with a minimum of two years' experience as a certifying Licenced Aircraft Engineer, may be considered for level 9 entry on a case by case basis.

Direct entry to year 4:

  • In certain circumstances, entry to the honours year may be possible with a BEng/BSc in an engineering-related discipline. This will be subject to normal university regulations for Recognition of Prior Learning and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Access routes


    Year 1 - CertHE

    Core modules are:

    • Core maths 1
    • Statics and dynamics 1
    • Electrical and electronics 1
    • Engineering skills 1
    • Thermodynamics and fluids 1
    • Aircraft engineering systems

    Year 2 - DipHE

    Core modules are:

    • Aircraft systems: materials and structures
    • Aircraft systems: electrical and avionics
    • Aviation systems: propulsion and power transfer
    • Engineering mathematics 2
    • Engineering computing and laboratory skills
    • Applied aerodynamics

    Year 3 - BEng

    Core modules are:

    • Group project
    • Aircraft and engine performance 1
    • Aircraft maintenance and reliability
    • Airline operations and quality management
    • Avionics

    Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

    Core modules are:

    • Engineering project and project management
    • Avionics and aircraft computer systems 2
    • Aircraft and propulsion systems 2
    • Quality systems and airworthiness management
    • Air transport operations and management

    How will I study my course?

    • Full-time
    • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, laboratory and simulation exercises, practical workshops, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
    • You will also undertake case studies and individual assignments, group work, project work and directed study

    How long will my course last?

    • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week

    Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

    Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

    Start date

    • September


    For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Study Mode2019-20
    Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
    Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
    Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    YearLevel2019-20 Full-time
    Year 1 CertHE £9,000
    Year 2 DipHE £9,000
    Year 3 Degree £9,000
    Year 4 Honours free**

    **4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

    Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

    Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

    There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Study Mode2019-20
    Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800
    Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,420
    Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,140

    **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

    Further information on international course fees.

    A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


    External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Once you have successfully completed your BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering course, you might like to consider careers:

    • in Engineering Management
    • as an Aircraft Design Engineer
    • as an Aircraft Stress Engineer
    • as a Performance Engineer
    • in Engineering Procurement and Asset Management
    • as a Technical Services or Support Engineer
    • as a Reliability and Planning Engineer
    • as a Propulsion Engineer
    • as a Quality and Safety Engineer
    • as an Aircraft Systems Engineer
    • as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
    • in Aircraft and Equipment Sales
    • as an Operations and Logistics Manager

    Can I progress into further study?

    On successful completion of the BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering you may progress to the MBA Aviation.

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    I chose Perth College UHI above other universities because of the teaching facilities and the size of the classes. I want to work as an aircraft maintenance engineer and the employability centre is helping with my applications by working with me on my CV and covering letters. As well as being a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ambassador while studying, I also reached the finals of The Telegraph STEM awards 2017 for the Power systems challenge sponsored by Rolls-Royce. I was one of five shortlisted finalists for the Rolls-Royce category.

    Qasim Alhaji came to Scotland from Oman specifically to study, starting on the Air Service Training programme before moving on to the BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering. He is now in his fourth year of the degree at Perth College UHI.

    I was top of the class, with the highest grade point average, and was also presented with both the UHI Student Research of the Year, and the Aircraft Engineering Best Operational Research Project awards. In May 2016, I was offered the Carnegie Trust Postgraduate Scholarship and I'm now undertaking my MSc in Air Transport Operations and Management while working at Glasgow Airport as a flight dispatcher and gate coordinator. I am an ambassador for women in aviation and STEM, and have given numerous careers' events presentations and talks, promoting aviation, further education, and women in engineering.

    Rebekah Watson, graduated with a first class honours in Aircraft Engineering from Perth College UHI. She is now studying on the university's MSc in Air Transport Operations and Management.

    The Aircraft Engineering degree allows you to study a broad range of subjects and gain an understanding of specialist topics. Anyone with an interest in aircraft engineering should seriously consider this course at Perth College UHI - it's an excellent place to study your degree.

    Jennifer Insley, 2017 BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering graduate, Perth College UHI campus.

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