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Guide to studying Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering is the study of inner-workings of aircrafts, with everything from design to construction.

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  1. What's Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering?

  2. Why study Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering?

  3. What jobs can you get as an Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering graduate?

  4. What do graduates do and earn?
  5. What qualifications do you need?

  6. What degrees can you study?

  7. How will you be assessed?

  8. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering?

Aeronautical engineering is all about aircraft – what gets them off the ground, what keeps them there, what allows them to turn and accelerate, what causes them to gain and lose altitude, and so on. In this five-year course, you’ll learn all about the design, construction and power.

Manufacturing engineering is a discipline of engineering dealing. This means that, instead of relating to one area of construction and maintenance, it’s about different practices and areas, including engineering research.

Similar courses for Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering include: 

  • Aerospace Engineering 

Why study Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering?

With engineering being a global industry, many Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering courses include the option of a study year abroad. The chance to study in India, China, Europe or the US is one few would pass up.

Read our five reasons to study Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering page for more information on studying this course.

What jobs can you get as an Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering graduate?

Graduates often work for aeronautical companies such as BAE, Rolls Royce and British Airways. There are also jobs in aerospace companies, airlines and in the armed forces as well as franchises such as Coca Cola.

Some examples of jobs that are directly related to an Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering degree include aeronautical engineer, manufacturing engineer and engineering consultant.

What do graduates do and earn?

In the infographic below, the first table shows what graduates of Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering have gone on to do in the months after their graduation.

The second table shows the average salaries of undergraduate Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering students entering employment. The three skill levels – high, medium and low – reflect the UK's Standard Occupational Classification's major groups 1–3, 4–6 and 7–9 respectively.

Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

What qualifications do you need? 

Universities often ask for A Levels (or equivalent) in Maths and Physics.

Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you're interested in, as it varies between each institution.

What degrees can you study?

Degrees in Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering include:

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

How will you be assessed?

Assessments are usually carried out by a mixture of coursework and exams, with the latter typically carrying more weight. Other methods of assessment include observed practical performance in workshops, presentations either done alone or in a group and occasional essays and reports. It will vary from module to module.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include MSc Advanced Composites; diplomas in Industrial Automation, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Plant Engineering; and MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems.

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