Aircraft Engineering and Air Transport Operations MEng

UCAS code H411
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This five-year integrated Masters programme has been designed to satisfy the increasing need for multi-skilled engineering professionals for the aerospace industry, with a particular focus on the knowledge and skills required of an engineer working within the air transport operations sector of the industry.

You will receive a thorough grounding in core aeronautical principles, practices and technologies which are complemented with the development of a wide range of transferable skills, such as project management.

On successful completion of this degree you will be a highly motivated, innovative and creative graduate, with the technical abilities and managerial potential necessary to compete for employment in a wide range of careers within this exciting industry.

Special features

  • Focus on operations and maintenance making this course ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in this sector
  • Strong learning themes in aerodynamics, avionics, aircraft structures, engineering materials, and airframe and propulsion systems, together with airworthiness and safety-related themes.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 4 Scottish Highers at grade BBCC or above, B grade or above required in Mathematics and Physics OR
  • 3 A levels at grade C or above, including Mathematics and Physics 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

Advanced entry to year two may be possible for applicants with the following:

  • 3 Scottish Advanced Highers at ABB or above OR
  • 3 A levels at ABB or above
  • Mathematics is required at A, Physics at B or above, AND
  • English at Standard grade credit level, National 5 or GCSE at grade C, or equivalent
  • 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 two studies.


Core modules are:

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


Core modules are:

  • Aircraft Systems: Electrical and Avionic
  • Aircraft Systems: Materials and Structures
  • Aircraft Systems: Propulsion and Power Transfer
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Engineering Computing and Laboratory Skills
  • Applied Aerodynamics


Core modules are:

  • Aircraft Structural Mechanics and Aerothermodynamics
  • Avionics and Aircraft Computer Systems 1
  • Airframe and Propulsion 1
  • Aviation Business and Management
  • Aircraft Engineering Reliability and Maintenance Management
  • Airworthiness Requirements

BEng (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Avionics and Aircraft Computer Systems 2
  • Airframe and Propulsion 2
  • Quality Systems and Airworthiness Management
  • Air Transport Operations and Management
  • Engineering Project and Project Management


Core modules are:

  • Engineering Reliability, Maintainability and Availability
  • Practical Management of Safety and Risk
  • Global Business Environment
  • Aviation Crisis and Active Safety Management
  • Engineering Group Project

How will I study my course?


You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, practical work in engineering and computing laboratories and workshops, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 5 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

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:

  2016-17 2017-18*
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

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £9,000* £9,000*
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £4,500 £4,500
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £1,500 £1,500

*For student studying full-time the maximum fee over 5 years is £36,000.

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:

2016-17 2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,000 £11,550
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,520 £5,775
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,840 £1,925

**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.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the MEng Aircraft Engineering you might like to consider the following careers:

  • Incorporated engineer with supervisory or management responsibilities
  • Technical and Airworthiness Support Engineer
  • Reliability and Planning Engineer
  • Quality and Safety Engineer
  • Operations Manager
  • Stress and Structures Engineer
  • Aerodynamicist
  • Systems Engineer
  • Avionics Manager
  • Propulsion Engineer
  • Logistics Engineer
  • Sales Engineer

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the MEng you may progress to the MBA Aviation

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Aircraft Engineering and Air Transport Operations MEng

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

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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