Undergraduate courses

The Department runs courses of 4-year duration, leading to the Master of Engineering degree (MEng)

The first two years of the undergraduate courses share an identical syllabus, with the exception that courses in the appropriate language are compulsory for students registered on the H410 course if they wish to spend their year abroad in France or Germany (if not fluent or native speakers). Students registered on the H401 course must take the management option.

These first two years include courses in engineering science, mathematics, computer programming and design, as well as computational and experimental projects.

You can find the module descriptors including course aims, learning outcomes and reading lists on our current students webpages.

What can you expect from your degree?

First year

The First Year consists of fundamental engineering courses, with a strong emphasis on mathematics.

The Department's computing facilities, through which the College and University networks may be accessed, are used for a course on computer programming. There is also a course in Engineering Design and CAD, with a "design, make, and break" applications project, where teams of two compete to produce an aluminium structure to be loaded to destruction in the Department's structures laboratory.

Second year

The second year students continue to study a wide range of subjects, and there is an opportunity to attend a one-week flight testing course at the National Flying Laboratory Centre at Cranfield University.

The applications project is usually aerodynamics related. The manufacturing requires the use of machine tools, for which training is provided. Projects in recent years have included a centrifugal pump, and a cup-anemometer for measuring wind speed.

Third year (H401)

The third year (H401) consists of a number of core and optional subjects. Such courses are more specialist in nature and include subjects like Helicopter Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aircraft Systems Engineering and Systems Analysis.

For H401 students, staying at Imperial College for the third year, a group design project is offered where the class is split into design teams. Each team has to develop a particular design concept to the stage where the feasibility has been fully explored. Projects in recent years have included a "flying wing" passenger aircraft and an advanced tactical stealth fighter, and a non-aeronautical project, an off-shore oil platform.

Third year (H410)

Third year (H410) students must first have attained a sufficient standard in the appropriate language and at least an upper-second class standard in the first two years of their studies overall if they wish to spend their third year in France or Germany.

The third year consists of an agreed programme of study at an approved university in either France, Germany, Singapore or US (California). Exchange agreements exist with the Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule (Aachen, Germany), the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), the Ecole Nationale Superiure d'Ingenieurs de Constructions Aeronautiques and the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace (both in Toulouse, France), the National University of Singapore and finally the University of California.

Fourth year (H401)

The fourth year (H401) sees different core subjects being studied alongside others chosen from the options list. Lectures concentrate on the application of analytical skills to real engineering problems.

Exams take place earlier than in previous years (usually at the start of the Spring Term) after which students embark on a 4-month research project. The project is carried out in industry or a research establishment, under the supervision of both College and industrial supervisors. H401 students, who have studied the appropriate foreign language, have the opportunity to go to European establishments.

Fourth year (H410)

Fourth Year (H410) students return to Imperial College and follow a syllabus similar to their colleagues on the H401 programme, with rather more emphasis on examined courses and a shorter (five-week) project based at Imperial College. Students also take some of the 3rd year options and carry out their individual projects at Imperial College.


Internal student survey

Students in Aeronautics participate in the College's internal Student Online Evaluation (SOLE) survey at the end of the Autumn and the Spring terms. For information on SOLE results, including the outcomes of previous evaluations, please see student viewpoint.

Key information sets (KIS)

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), has recently introduced key information sets (KIS) which are designed to be directly comparable sets of information about all full and part time undergraduate courses in all English Universities. They are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students trying to compare different courses from different Institutions. For more information about these see the College Registry KIS pages.

Links with industry and employers

Imperial College works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels, to design undergraduate courses wich provides graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements.

In Aeronautics all our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and so, together with suitable work experience obtained after graduation, provide a route to the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Graduates also gain the Associateship of the City & Guilds Institute (ACGI), an internationally-recognised qualification unique to Imperial Engineering Graduates.