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Bachelor/Masters of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering

Course Details

Course code:
LM077
Level:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length:
4 Years
CAO points:
487
Course leader:
Ronan O Higgins
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 234942

 

Admissions:

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

 

For Graduate Profiles and extensive Graduate Employment Statistics, visit  Aeronautical Engineering 

About you

If you like science and its application to solving real-world problems, then engineering may be for you. If you are also enticed by the thought of working in the exciting field of aeronautics, then you should almost certainly choose Aeronautical Engineering at UL.

Why Study Aeronautical Engineering At UL?

The Aeronautical Engineering course at UL is your gateway into the hugely exciting aerospace industry. This elite course is one of the most respected in Europe and is supported by outstanding facilities, including wind tunnels and composites manufacturing equipment. Right now, job prospects have never been brighter for Aerospace Engineers, with a major shortage in Europe. More than 70% of our graduates work in the Aerospace industry and 63% live in the Republic of Ireland.

The course is accredited by Engineers Ireland and is the only NFQ Level 8 degree course in Aeronautical Engineering in the Republic of Ireland. In 3rd year, top- performing students can spend a semester at the world-renowned Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, USA, or at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA which is currently ranked in the top 5 US engineering schools.

What You Will Study

The programme is of four years duration and includes an eight-month period of Cooperative Education spent in an appropriate industrial environment. The course provides a broad and practical programme of study, which gives you a good understanding of aircraft design, aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, control, materials, avionics, business and maintenance, and enables you to work in all sectors of the aerospace industry. The programme is fully ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) compliant, allowing student mobility across Europe. In addition, students wishing to transfer from Level 6 or Level 7 Engineering programmes can gain access into the second or third year of the programme.

The first year is identical to the programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, allowing students to transfer between these programmes if desired, depending on the availability of places.

The first two years provide you with a foundation in the fundamental engineering disciplines, and subjects taught include:

  • Avionics
  • Air Transportation Management
  • Mathematics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Production Technology
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design)
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemistry

The eight-month industry placement occurs at the end of year two. The University has links throughout the aviation industry, which has enabled students to be placed in prestigious aerospace companies such as Boeing and Airbus.

During the third and final years, all students study fundamental aeronautical engineering subjects such as:

  • Flight Mechanics
  • Aircraft Design
  • Aircraft Stability and Control
  • Aircraft Propulsion
  • Aircraft Structures

The Flight Mechanics module deserves special mention as the laboratory element of this course is conducted in-flight. A series of flight exercises are carried out over the course of a week, in a twin-engine turboprop aircraft, in which students are provided with individual consoles for monitoring the aircraft's performance.

A highlight of the fourth year is the Aircraft Design module, run over two semesters, in which the students Design, Build and Fly a model aircraft that has to satisfy specifications set annually by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). For videos of previous designs check out YouTube (search for "UL DBF").

The eight-month industry placement occurs at the end of year two. The University has links throughout the aviation industry, which has enabled students to be placed in prestigious aerospace companies such as Boeing and Airbus.

During the third and final years, all students study fundamental aeronautical engineering subjects such as:

  • Flight Mechanics
  • Aircraft Design
  • Aircraft Stability and Control ??? Aircraft Propulsion
  • Aircraft Structures

The Flight Mechanics module deserves special mention as the laboratory element of this course is conducted in-flight. A series of flight exercises are carried out over the course of a week, in a twin-engine turbo-prop aircraft, in which students are provided with individual consoles for monitoring the aircraft's performance.

A highlight of the fourth year is the Aircraft Design module, run over two semesters, in which the students Design, Build and Fly a model aircraft that has to satisfy specifications set annually by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). For videos of previous designs check out YouTube (search for "UL DBF???).

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
MA4001 Engineering Maths 1 MA4002 Engineering Maths 2  
ME4121 Engineering Science 1 ME4111 Engineering Mechanics 1  
CH4701 Chemistry for Engineers ME4412 Fluid Mechanics 1  
EE4011 Engineering Computing PE4112 Introduction to Design for Manufacture  
EE4001 Electrical Engineering 1 MT4002 Materials 1  
ME4001 Introduction to Engineering 1      

 

Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
MA4003 Engineering Maths 3 MA4004 Engineering Maths 4 Cooperative Education
ME4213 Mechanics of Solids 1 MG4604 Air Transport & Management  
ME4523 Thermodynamics 1 ME4113 Applied Mechanics  
ME4424 Aerodynamics 1 ME4104 Aircraft Systems Engineering  
ME4112 Engineering Mechanics 2 ME4114 Engineering Design and Communication  
         

 

Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
  Cooperative Education MA4006 Engineering Maths 5  
    ME4226 Mechanics of Solids 2  
    ME4116 Aircraft Vibrations  
    ME4124 Flight Dynamics Laboratory  
    ME4726 Flight Mechanics  
    ME4134 Aircraft Design  

 

Choose either:

4th Year Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Aeronautical Engineering

Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
ME4807 Aircraft Conceptual Design ME4528 Propulsion Systems  
ME4128 Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Simulation ME4038 Project 2  
ME4227 Aircraft Structures ME4048 Project 3  
ME4027 Project 1   Specialist Elective  
  Specialist Elective   Specialist Elective  

 

OR

4th and 5th Years Masters of Engineering (M.E.) in Aeronautical Engineering

Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
ME4807 Aircraft Conceptual Design ME4528 Propulsion Systems  
ME4128 Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Simulation ME4158 Design, Build, Fly 2  
ME4227 Aircraft Structures   Specialist Elective  
ME6111 Aerodynamics 2   Specialist Elective  
ME4127 Design, Build, Fly 1   Specialist Elective  
         
Year 5 Semester 9   Semester 10 Summer
ME6051 Advanced Technical Communications for Engineers ME6032 Advanced Aircraft Structures  
ME6103 Research Project 1 ME6104 Research Project 2  
  Specialist Elective   Specialist Elective  
  Specialist Elective   Specialist Elective  
  Specialist Elective      

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in any one of the following: Applied Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Technology, Biology, Agricultural Science, Construction Studies.

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Our graduates have reached the highest echelons of the industry and include Boeing Engineer of the Year 2011, Wing Architect for the Airbus A350, the Rolls Royce Customer Fleet Director, Aviation Authority Inspectors, Commercial Pilots, Air Force Pilots, Flight Instructors, Chief Engineers, Aerodynamicist for the Lotus Formula 1 team, Energy Recovery Systems Engineer for Mercedes Formula 1 engines, and many, many more people in highly senior roles. Some of the areas our graduates are currently pursuing careers in are:

  • Aircraft Aerodynamic Design and Analysis
  • Aircraft Structural Design and Analysis
  • Aircraft Engine Design and Analysis
  • Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Aircraft Leasing and Financial Services
  • Aircraft Engine Maintenance
  • Computer-Aided Engineering Software Development
  • Pneumatics and cabin systems
  • Aircraft Flight Testing
  • Flight Simulator Design
  • Industrial Fluid Flow Simulation
  • Automobile Aerodynamic and
  • Structural Analysis

You should also note that a degree in aeronautical engineering does not tie you to the aerospace industry. Some of our graduates have chosen to take up jobs in fields such as biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, and even finance.

Follow On Study

UL's one-year M.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering will enhance students' knowledge and capabilities in key areas of aeronautical technology. Since 2013, education to masters level is a requirement for the attainment of Chartered Engineer Status in Ireland. Research opportunities to masters or doctoral level are also available, and UL has strong, funded research programmes in a number of aerospace disciplines. 

Jonathan Struthers

UL is the only institute in the State which offers a fully accredited degree in Aeronautical Engineering. UL has some of the best facilities in the country for studying Aeronautical Engineering including wind tunnels, composite material processing facilities, a flight simulator, etc.

The course is challenging and thought-provoking. It will enable you to develop a naturally analytical approach to thinking, and will give you the mathematical tools to break down physical processes into some form of rational control. It has provided me with the opportunity to be considered highly employable in both the business and engineering industries.

In the 3rd year of my UL degree, I went on Erasmus to Georgia Institute of Technology in the US. The modules I studied included Jet and Rocket Propulsion and Aerospace Vehicle Performance. This differed from UL in that I gained an insight into the military, space and rotorcraft (Helicopter) sectors of the engineering industry. The experience really cemented my enthusiasm and my skills as a prospecting Engineer and challenged me to new levels.

I undertook my Co-Op with AWAS Aviation Leasing, a Dublin- based aircraft leasing company which provides more than 300 commercial aircraft to over 100 of the largest airlines in the world. Thanks to the UL Co-Op program, the experiences I gained during my time at AWAS have provided me with an excellent beginning to my professional career by allowing me to engage with some of the biggest names in the aviation industry from around the world.