Aircraft Engineering and Air Transport Operations or Design 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 offers two pathways which can lead to a career in air transport operations or aircraft design.

Special features

  • The degree is highly relevant to modern aircraft industries and we have good links with the aviation industry
  • The content is closely matched to the knowledge elements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for aircraft engineering staff
  • Facility to take EASA examinations on-site at Perth College UHI
  • Option of an air transport operations or aircraft design route

Entry requirements

Entry to year 1:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, B grade or above required in Mathematics OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above, including Mathematics 
  • Plus Physics at Standard grade credit level, National 5 or GCSE at grade B, or equivalent And
  • English at Standard grade credit level, National 5 or GCSE at grade C, or equivalent
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis 
  • Students successfully achieving Grade A in the graded unit and greater than 70% in Maths and Physics on the UHI HNC Aircraft Engineering may progress to year two of the degree.

Advanced entry to year 2 may be possible with the following:

  • Successful completion of the HNC in Aircraft Engineering or a related discipline at an appropriate level OR
  • With 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

Access routes

Achievement of an average of 70% for a relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and 70% or above for the SCQF level 6 units, with the exception of Access to engineering where a pass is required:

  • Access to biological science (West Lothian College)
  • Access to engineering (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to health and life science (Fife College)
  • Access to life science (Dundee & Angus College; Edinburgh College)
  • Access to physical science (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to science, technology and health-related degrees (Perth College UHI)

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules include:

  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Science: Mechanical
  • Engineering Science: Electrical and Electronics
  • Engineering Materials and Structures
  • Engineering Workshop Practices
  • Aircraft Engineering Systems

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules include:

  • 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

Modules include:

  • Aviation Business and Management
  • Aircraft Structural Mechanics and Aerothermodynamics
  • Avionics and Aircraft Computer Systems 1
  • Airframe and Propulsion Systems 1

Plus, for the Air Transport Operations pathway:

  • Aircraft Engineering Reliability and Maintenance Management
  • Airworthiness Requirements

Or, for the Air Design pathway:

  • Aerostructures Performance 1
  • Aircraft Design 1

Year 4 - BEng (Hons)

Modules include:

  • Engineering Project and Project Management (double credit)
  • Avionics and Aircraft Computer Systems 2
  • Aircraft and Propulsion Systems 2

Plus, for the Air Transport Operations pathway:

  • Quality Systems and Airworthiness Management
  • Air Transport Operations and Management

Or, for the Air Design pathway:

  • Aerostructures Performance 2
  • Aircraft Design 2

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 workshop, 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

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?

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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:

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

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* 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 (2017-18 and 2018-19).

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:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,550 £12,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,775 £6,100
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,925 £2,034

**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 have also managed to reach the finals of The Telegraph STEM awards 2017 for the Power systems challenge sponsored by Rolls-Royce. I was one of the five shortlisted finalists for 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 univeristy's MSc in Air Transport Operations and Management.

Apply for Aircraft Engineering and Air Transport Operations or Design BEng (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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