Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Engineer with aircraft motor
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021


Whether it's planes that take us to far-off destinations or rockets that launch satellites into orbit, aeronautical engineers are responsible for many of the technical feats that positively contribute to our society.

If you've got an interest in the science of flight and want to learn the skills that allow you to work in one of the most exciting branches of engineering, this BEng Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering degree course is the ideal choice.

In years 1 and 2 you'll learn how to design, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems. You'll apply your skills using the same technology as the professionals in our Thermofluids and Future Technologies Labs, and develop your analytical and mathematical skills in lectures and tutorials.

In your final year, you'll specialise in sustainable aeronautical engineering, studying topics including aircraft design, propulsion and aerodynamics.

To enhance your career prospects further, you'll have the opportunity to complete a year-long sandwich placement in industry between years 2 and 3.

The world relies on aeronautical engineering, so qualified mechanical and aeronautical engineers are in high demand. When you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need for a career designing, manufacturing and maintaining aeronautical and mechanical systems. You could also undertake further specialised study in the engineering field.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from Mathematics plus a relevant subject.

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English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

What you'll experience

On this Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering degree course, you'll:

  • Explore and build expertise in topics such as mechanical design, fluid mechanics, propulsion, and aircraft stability and control
  • Develop transferable analytical, numerical, presentation and report writing skills, which you can use in all areas of your life and career
  • Deepen your knowledge of conventional and advanced engineering materials and manufacturing processes in our materials and manufacturing lab
  • Learn about fluid flow and power systems in our thermofluids lab
  • Use our stress analysis lab, energy systems lab, metrology, 3D scanning microscopy facilities, CAD and rapid prototyping suites
  • Put your knowledge into action by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops

You can also:

  • Apply for free membership to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Get valuable professional experience by spending a year working in industry between years 2 and 3

Careers and opportunities

When you finish this Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering degree course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous mechanical engineering students have gone on to work in the mechanical and aerospace sector, in areas such as:

  • Research and development
  • Stress analysis
  • Engineering design
  • Project management

Roles you could take on include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Applications engineer
  • Design engineer

You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level or even set up a business with help and support from the University.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the mechanical and aeronautical engineering industry.

Previous mechanical engineering students have worked in companies such as:

  • Pall Europe (helicopter filter design)
  • BAE
  • Eaton Aerospace
  • Airbus

On your placement year, you can work in roles such as:

  • Design engineer
  • Stress engineer
  • Quality engineer

We'll help you identify work placement opportunities that fit your aspirations. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Work experience and career planning

We can help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.


Core modules:

  • Introduction to Design
  • Mathematical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Core modules:

  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Design
  • Control Engineering
  • Aerospace Structures & Aerodynamics

Optional modules:

Core modules:

  • Individual Project (BEng)
  • Aircraft Stability, Control and Design
  • Aerospace Numerical Techniques
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management
  • Propulsion & High Speed Aerodynamics

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • Exams
  • Coursework
  • Presentations

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 40 hours a week studying for your BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 16 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do lab work, and independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. Optional fieldtrips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to June (with some courses starting in October rather than September in 2020/21 only). There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Extra learning support

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • Master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • Understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • Solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • Develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • Understand and use assignment feedback

Laboratory support

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs

Tuition fees

These fees are based on courses starting in 2020. We'll confirm 2021 fees here in autumn 2020.

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,400 a year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You may have to contribute £50 towards occasional fieldtrips.


How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H3H4
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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