If you’re looking for a career in aviation, the UK offers some of the world’s best university courses. Whether you want to become a pilot, aerospace engineer or work in airline management, here are ten of the top university courses in the UK according to Air Charter Service.

Ten Top Aviation Courses in the UK

University of Leeds

The three-year Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies degree has a focus on flight training and aircraft design. Modules include looking at current issues in the aviation industry including environmental and industrial management, aircraft design, materials and propulsion. The course also provides students with 10 hours of flight training and Civil Aviation Authority ground exams towards gaining their Private Pilot’s Licence.

University of the West of England

The University of the West of England lies in Bristol and offers four-year undergraduate, as well as post-graduate, courses in Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies. Courses have been designed in line with demand for aerospace engineers and sets students on a path to becoming technical specialists in the field. Modules study the manufacturing processes, thermodynamics and materials involved in aerospace engineering. There’s a chance for students to create and test aircraft prototypes and take a work placement year. 

Staffordshire University

The Aeronautical Engineering course at Staffordshire University is perfect for people who want to work as pilots, engineers or aviation managers. There’s a particular emphasis on flight deck design and students get to use computer-aided software and study fly-by-wire computer and propulsion systems. There’s an option to take an additional year of work experience in the aviation industry. The course also has a practical flight element, with training in a glider, as well as practice in wind tunnels and Boeing and Airbus flight simulators.

Ten Top Aviation Courses in the UK

Brunel University London

Brunel University has a range of courses in aviation, including the four-year Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies MEng. Course areas include aircraft ground theory and flying practice, with a fourth year dedicated to work experience. The University has close ties with nearby Heathrow Airport, which allows students to get experience with commercial and private aircrafts. Modules cover aeronautics, thermofluids and aircraft design including computer modelling.

University of Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire’s three-year Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies course has an emphasis on computer-aided engineering. Students will develop skills in 3D modelling, computer-aided analysis and manufacturing and simulation. There’s also a chance to use the university’s flight simulators and train at a flight centre in the second half of the course. There’s a pilot training scholarship available for the student with the top flying performance after graduation.

Ten Top Aviation Courses in the UK

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has Aerospace Engineering courses for both undergraduates and postgraduates. The university is well-known for its cutting-edge laboratories and attracts guest lecturers from global aerospace companies. This course is a great option for students who want to become aviation engineers, with modules covering electric aircraft, propulsion systems and aerospace manufacturing.

Kingston University London

The Aviation Operations with Commercial Pilot Training degree course at Kingston University is designed for students who want to become airline pilots. The course includes 15 months of integrated flight training at Hurn Airport which allows students to get their frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). The course also covers technical theory and there are regular guest lecturers from the industry, as well as the opportunity to extend the course with a year of work experience.

University of Sheffield

Sheffield University offers a three-year degree in Aerospace Engineering which is ideal for students with an interest in flying who want a career in engineering. Students can specialise in their particular areas of interest, which may include project management, flight instrumentation, structural materials and aerodynamics. The university has contacts with Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron which can offer flight training opportunities in addition to the flying instruction offered on the course.

University of Salford

The Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies undergraduate course at Salford University focuses on solving complex aircraft engineering tasks. Students will learn about engineering programming and design and take modules in maths and science. The course also includes 45 hours of flight training using mainly simulators, with the opportunity to get a Private Pilot’s Licence.

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool has courses in Aerospace Engineering up to PhD level. There’s a two-day flying course in a Jetstream aircraft and the university has cutting-edge laboratories for students to complete design and programming projects. Other modules focus on aircraft materials, avionics, flight dynamics, aerodynamics and aerostructures.

There are grants and bursaries available to offset the price of aviation courses, which cost roughly $12,000 per year for university tuition and flight training which can cost an additional $90,000.

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