Aircraft Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code H414
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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
  • Features non-teaching 'design weeks' that run in each term, which involve finding solutions to practical, 'real-life' engineering problems

Entry requirements

  • Three Scottish Highers at BBC or above, including Maths at grade B, plus English and Physics at National 5, Standard grade Credit or equivalent, Or
  • Two A levels at CC or above, including GCSE, or equivalent, Physics grade B and English at grade C or above.
  • Alternatively, Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering (SCQF Level 6) PLUS a Scottish Higher in Maths at grade C or above. 
  • Applicants with other relevant qualification and experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

Direct entry to year 2: 

  • May be possible on successful completion of the HNC Aircraft Engineering with a minimum grade B in the Graded Unit or with Advanced Highers or A levels: BBC including Maths and Physics at grade B.. Plus a period of preparatory tuition which may take the form of a pre-course summer school or run alongside your year two 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

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: Engineering (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Engineering (Fife College)
  • Access to: Engineering (North East College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Edinburgh College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Core maths 1
  • Structural mechanics and dynamics
  • Electrical and electronics 1
  • Design and engineering skills 1
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 1
  • Aircraft engineering systems

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Core maths 2
  • Thermodynamics and fluids 2
  • Design and engineering skills 2
  • Aircraft structural mechanics and materials
  • Aerodynamics and propulsion
  • Electronics 2

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
  • Aircraft and engine performance 2
  • Aircraft design
  • Sustainable aviation
  • Aviation crisis 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 Mode2019-202020-21
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, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 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, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

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 while 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 Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

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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