Universities in the UK offer a range of aviation courses for students wishing to study everything from pilot training to aerospace engineering.Back to Articles
Here’s a round-up of the top university courses in the UK featured by Air Charter Service, which can lead to a promising career in the aviation industry.
Kingston University London
Kingston’s Aviation Operations with Commercial Pilot Training course is a full degree designed to prepare students for becoming airline pilots. The course involves 15 months of integrated flight training at Bournemouth Commercial Flight Training Operator in Hurn Airport, so students can get their frozen ATPL. Other course modules include technical theory, airline management and aircraft systems. There are regular industry guest lecturers, as well as the option to extend the course for a year to get some practical work experience.
University of Sheffield
The Aerospace Engineering three-year degree is ideal for students who want a career in engineering and have an interest in flying. The course areas include structural materials, aerodynamics, project management and flight instrumentation, allowing students to specialize in their areas of interest. The course includes flying instruction and the university has good contacts with Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron, which can provide further flight training opportunities.
University of Leeds
The University of Leeds offers a three-year Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies degree. The course gives students the chance to gain their Private Pilot’s Licence, with 10 hours of flight training, CAA ground exams and the opportunity to take additional lessons. As well as flight training, there’s a focus on aircraft design which examines current materials, propulsion, industrial management and environmental issues in the aviation industry.
University of Salford
Salford’s Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies undergraduate course lasts three years, with the option to spend a fourth year gaining industry work experience. The course focus is on solving complex aircraft engineering tasks using programing and design, math and science. Students also receive 45 hours of flying instruction, mainly using flight simulators, and the chance to gain a Private Pilot’s Licence.
University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering, ideal for those looking to become aviation engineers. The course boasts lectures by experts from global aerospace companies and the university is renowned for its stellar facilities and laboratories. Modules focus on aerospace manufacturing, electric aircraft and propulsion systems.
University of the West of England
Set in Bristol, the University of the West of England has four-year undergraduate and post-graduate Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies courses. This option is intended for students who want to become technical specialists in the field of aerospace. Modules focus on the underlying theory of aerospace engineering, including the manufacturing processes, materials and thermodynamics. Students get the chance to create and test their own aircraft prototypes in state-of-the-art laboratories and take a sandwich year to complete work placements.
University of Liverpool
Students can study Aerospace Engineering up to PhD level at the University of Liverpool. Areas of study include aerostructures, flight dynamics, communications, avionics, aerodynamics and aircraft materials. The University has state-of-the-art laboratory equipment for programing and design work. There’s also a two-day flight course in a Jetstream aircraft, while the third year is dominated by an individual project in the student’s area of interest.
University of Hertfordshire
The University of Hertfordshire runs a three-year Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies course. The main focus is on computer-aided engineering, which involves 3D modeling, simulation and computer-aided analysis and manufacture. During the second half of the course, students develop flight skills using the university’s flight simulators and at a flight center. The student with the best flying performance is offered a scholarship to continue their pilot training after graduation.
Staffordshire University’s Aeronautical Engineering degree is perfect for those who want to work as an engineer, pilot or aviation manager. The course has an emphasis on flight deck design with computer-aided software, contemporary fly-by-wire computer systems and propulsion systems. Students also receive practical light training, with the chance to fly a glider in the first year, as well as practice in wind tunnels, helicopters and Boeing and Airbus flight simulators. There’s an option to take an extra year of work experience in the student’s field of interest.
Brunel University London
Brunel offers a range of aviation courses, one of the most popular is their Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies MEng. The four-year course covers areas such as advanced computer modeling, aeronautics, principles of aircraft design and thermofluids. Students get to study aircraft ground theory and complete flying practice as well as take a fourth year for work experience. Brunel has strong ties with Heathrow Airport, which allows students to gain experience with private and commercial aircraft.
With student fees in the UK costing nearly $12,000 per year and flight instruction reaching an additional $90,000 on average, it’s a good idea for students to look for bursaries and grants to offset the cost of their aviation course.