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Guide to Studying Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

What is Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering?

  • Aeronautical engineering is all about aircraft – about how they get up in the air and stay there. It's about their design, construction and power. In your five year course you'll get a through practical grounding.
  • Manufacturing engineering meanwhile is a discipline of engineering dealing, rather than with one area of construction and maintainance, but with different practices and areas, including engineering research.

Why Study Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering?

  • Knowing how to make very complex machines is not a skill acquired by all – or indeed, hardly anyone. You'll receive a through grounding in everything required, from technology to processing to management.
  • Manufacturing is a competitive global market that rewards those with skill and determination with great starting jobs and excellent chances of promotion.
  • With engineering being a global industries, the best courses might offer a year abroad. The chance to study in India, China, Europe or the US is one few would pass up.
  • Engineering degrees also tend to focus heavily on the business and management element, rather than on simply the practical element of putting stuff together. You'll be well placed to start your own company.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration is very common, so don't fear being shunted into a single area too early. Modules in other engineering disciplines are usually offered.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Assessments are usually carried out by a mixture of coursework and exams, with the latter typically carrying more weight. The first year does not contribute to degree score, the other four years do.
  • Other methods of assessment include practical performance in workshops, presentations either done alone or in a group, and occasionally essays and reports. It will vary module to module.

What degree can I get? 

Degrees in Aeronautical & Manugacturing Engineering include:

  • BEng Aeronautical and Mechanical Manufacturing
  • MEng Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • MEng Aviation Engineering
  • MEng Manufacturing Engineering with a modern foreign language

What Qualifications do I Need?

  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Aeronautical Engineering courses and Manufacturing Engineering courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include MSc Advanced Composites, Diplomas in Industrial Automation, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Plant Engineering, as well as MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems.

Graduate job prospects

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*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering graduates often work for aeronautical companies such as BAE, Rolls Royce and British Airways. There are also jobs to be found in aerospace companies, airlines and in the armed forces as well as franchises such as Coca Cola. 

Among the jobs that are directly related to an Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering degree are:

  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Engineering consultant

Where to get more information 

  • Careers in Aerospace – a careers advisory service and useful resources from the Royal Aeronautical Society and ADS Group (Advancing UK AeroSpace, Defence and Security industries).
  • IHS Jane's: Defense & Security Intelligence & Analysis – includes details of manufacturers and expert assessment of market sectors and market share.