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University & Flying

In this article, we will take a look at some of the degrees offered by UK universities that incorporate flying into the course.

A question we often hear asked is whether a university degree is required to become a commercial pilot? Well, the simple short answer is no it is not. However, in the aviation industry, there is no such thing as being over-qualified. For some of you, you may also want to gain a degree as a lifetime goal, or to have a plan B if for any reason your plan A doesn’t quite work out.

Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies MEng 

Brunel University London
Provided by: Brunel University London
About the University: “Our Aviation courses are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Brunel is the closest university to London’s Heathrow Airport, providing opportunities for site visits and placement and career options. Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).”
About the course: “Becoming a pilot is one of the most exciting and rewarding of career choices. This specialist degree provides an ideal starting point for you to train to become a professional pilot after graduation. It incorporates fundamental practice and theory, but also presents the opportunity to obtain a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and to undertake training in a flight simulator.
For UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year
For International Students: £117,500 per year
Entry Requirements: A Level Grades AAA including Maths & Physics
Flying Included? Yes – 15 hours towards a NPPL then £3,075 to complete the license
Course Duration: 4 years (5 year sandwich course option)


Aviation Studies for Commercial Pilot Training Foundation Degree FdEng and BSc (Hons)

Kingston University London
Provided by: Kingston University London
About the University: Kingston University is based on the border between London and Surrey. The university is based across four campuses which are linked by a free bus service. Kingston upon Thames is 30 minutes by train from central London and close to major road links across the South of England. The university is also closely located to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, ideal for international students.
About the course: “This degree is designed for those with an ambition to become commercial airline pilots and who want to achieve an aviation degree in the process. Experience has shown that airlines desire pilots who have a wide knowledge of the industry so that they can appreciate future challenges facing the industry. This degree programme provides the additional knowledge that will set students apart at the interview stage.”
For UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year
For International Students: £13,400 per year
Entry Requirements: 80 UCAS Points/2 A Levels
Flying Included? 20 hours towards a PPL
Course Duration: 3 years (4 year sandwich course option)


Aviation Engineering (Private Pilot Instruction) BEng

The University Of Sheffield
Provided By: The University of Sheffield
About the university:Sheffield’s central location means that it is within easy reach of many parts of the UK. The city is well served by national road and rail networks and has excellent local transport. The University campus is on the western edge of the city centre and is easy to get to by car, bus and tram. The university is apart of the Russell Group of Universities and is currently ranked 82nd in the world in the QS world rankings.
About the course:“Modules cover aero propulsion, aerodynamic design, aircraft dynamics and control, computational aerodynamics and project management. You’ll also take ground training for flight and five hours of flight training. Your study includes some experience of flight instrumentation and an individual investigative project of your choice.”
For UK/EU Students: £9,000 per year
For International Students: Not published
Entry Requirements: A Level grades of AAB including Maths & Physics
Flying included? Yes, by individual arrangement
Course duration: 3 years


Aerospace Systems Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

University of Hertfordshire

Provided by: University of Hertfordshire
About the university:
About the course: “You will study principles of flight and an introduction to aircraft systems and computer packages commonly used in the aerospace industry; you learn more about the design process and will have the opportunity for flying lessons at a local flying school; you will have the option to work for a company on placement; and you can increase your flying experience to satisfy the requirements for a NPPL as part of the Pilot Studies module as well as studying advanced aircraft systems normally used by commercial pilots.”
For UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year
For International Students: £11,850 per year
Entry Requirements: 104 UCAS Points / A Level Maths and either Physics or a Technology subject.
Flying Included? Yes – “The compulsory flying experience is mainly in the Fourth Year, provided locally by a nationally recognised flight centre either in the UK or the USA. There are additional fees for this, but with an attractively discounted rate compared to other flight centres. There are also opportunities to do some flying in the First and Second Years as an extracurricular activity, including use of various flight simulators.”
Course duration: 3 or 4 years


Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies BSc

University Of Leeds
Provided by: University of Leeds
About the university: The University, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. We are renowned globally for the quality of our teaching and research.” 
The university is ranked inside the top 10 universities by The Times and named University of the Year 2017. The University of Leeds is another member of the Russell Group and is twice a winner of the Queens Anniversary Prize.
About the course: “You’ll benefit from the training facilities and expertise of a professional flying school as you undertake ten hours of flight training, achieve the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ground exam requirements for the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and develop the knowledge you need for commercial pilot ground exams. At the same time, you’ll gain a strong science and engineering base with modules on topics like aviation engineering materials. You’ll also put this knowledge into the context of the aviation industry today and in the future.”
For UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year
For International Students: £21,500 per year
Entry Requirements: A Level Grades of AAA including Maths & Physics
Flying Included? At least 10 hours towards a PPL with the option of completing the full license
Course duration: 3 years


Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

University Of Liverpool 
Provided by: University of Liverpool
About the university: UoL is based in the centre of the city of Liverpool with campuses as far a field as China and Singapore and as a close to home as the Wirral. UoL is part of the Russell Group. Some facts about the universities student population include:
  • Over 22,000 students on campus
  • Over 7,700 international students
  • Over 10,000 online students from more than 160 countries
About the course: “Pilot Studies lab The School of Engineering has a fantastic facility for undergraduate and postgraduate aerospace students to use.The interactive Pilot studies lab enables students to experience all aspects of flight from programming, aircraft design, navigation and system management to simulation flying in one of the three flight simulators; a Jet Stream 41, Piper PA38 and generic fast jet.”
For UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year
For International Students: £17,900 per year
Entry Requirements: A level grades of AAB including Maths and a Science subject
Flying Included? “An additional fee of approximately £3,400 is required to cover the costs of the mandatory 20 hours pilot training.”
Course duration: 3 years


Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons)

University Of Salford Manchester 
Provided by: University of Salford Manchester
About the university:
About the course: “This course lets you combine the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of aircraft engineering. The University has excellent facilities including three flight simulators, allowing you to benefit from the practical application of theories taught in the classroom.”
For UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year
For International Students: £14,000 per year
Entry Requirements: 112-120 UCAS / A level grades of C and above including Maths and Physics
Flying Included? “A total of 45 flying hours are offered within the training programme, at additional cost, with the twin aims of enabling you to fly solo by the end of level 1 and obtain a Private Pilot Licence by the end of level 2. Lessons are at an additional total cost of £7,608 (correct at time of printing), with flexible payment options”
Course duration: 3 years


Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng (Hons) or MEng

University Of West England
Provided by: University of West England
About the University:
“UWE Bristol is one of Britain’s most popular universities with over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff. Our 14 different departments are spread across three campuses in and around Bristol. We have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed – with £300m being spent on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation as part of our 2020 Strategy to enhance our offer even further.”

About the course: “An aerospace engineering degree involves turning ideas into reality by applying the principles of science and technology to the research, design, manufacture and certification of current and future aerospace vehicles. If you’re fascinated by the history, technology and progress of aircraft and spacecraft into the 21st century, then aerospace engineering could be the degree for you.”


For UK/EU Students: £9,250 per year

For International Students: £12,750 per year

Entry Requirements: A level grades B and above includes Maths and a Science subject

Flying Included? Yes but no information

Course duration: 4 years (5 years with sandwich option)

Further information can be found by visiting the University of the West of England

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