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Design and operate the aircraft of tomorrow

Prepare for a career in the space and aviation industries and comprehend how aircraft operate within Earth's atmosphere and space

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Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) develops a comprehensive understanding of the design process and operation of aircraft within the Earth's atmosphere and in space. By combining practical learning and industry experience, this program will equip you for the aerospace industry's next evolution.
 

As an aeronautical engineering student, you will be taught by leading professionals within the aerospace industry through hands-on learning throughout your degree. You will develop a complex understanding of flight vehicle design, including knowledge of aerodynamics, propulsion systems, structural design, materials, avionics, and stability and control systems.

During your degree you will participate in construction of a light aircraft, developing a multifaceted knowledge of design, operations and aeronautical regulations. Through this process you will also learn that maintaining and operating a flight vehicle requires a deep understanding of materials, reliability and maintenance. This knowledge will equip you to structurally analyse and assess aircraft for repairs.

In your third year you will conduct hands-on experiments with wind-tunnel tests, gain elementary flying experience and design your own industry-style test projects. You will complete a final-year honours thesis that enables you to specialise in a particular aerospace field, such as helicopter design, structural optimisation or experimental aerodynamics.

As part of your degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.

The majors that best align with this degree are Space Engineering, Engineering Design and Computational Design.

Subject areas

All majors below are optional. This course offers the Space Engineering major to high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 99 or above. Additional study will be required if an optional major is selected. Certain majors may have limited capacity.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Closing dates:

Refer to the UAC website. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

View detailed course structures for this course: Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical)

There are over 20 engineering majors to choose from. The majors that best align with this degree and their detailed course structures are:

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

Work component

This course has a mandatory work component totalling 200 hours that must be completed as part of the award requirements for the degree. The work compoment is undertaken as part of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP).

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Engineering Computing Integrated Engineering 1 Mathematics
  2 Engineering Mechanics Materials 1 Mathematics Introduction to Aircraft Construction and Design
2 1 Instrumentation Fluid Mechanics 1 Aeronautical specialist elective Engineering Dynamics
  2 Aircraft Performance and Operations Thermal Engineering 1 Mechanics of Solids 1 Mechanical Design 1
Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
3 1 System Dynamics and Control Aerospace Design 1 Propulsion Aerospace Structures 1
Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
  2 Flight Mechanics 1 Aerodynamics 1 Aeronautical specialist elective Aeronautical specialist elective
4 1 Thesis Aerospace Design 3 Aeronautical advanced specialist elective Aeronautical specialist elective
Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
  2 Thesis Aeronautical specialist elective Aeronautical specialist elective or free elective  

More detail is available on the Course and Unit Study Portal.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

Honours

This course has an embedded Honours program, with all students undertaking a research thesis in the final year. Honours will be awarded to students who achieve a sufficient standard of merit.

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America. 

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical Engineering) includes the opportunity to undertake practical flying training. Specialisation in areas like helicopter design, structural optimisation and experimental aerodynamics may be part of a thesis in the final year of the course. You will complete work placements and practical simulation using wind tunnel technology and flight simulators, and work on actual aircraft and aircraft components to measure structural and aerodynamic characteristics.

Combined courses

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Career Pathways

  • Aerospace/aircraft design
  • Aircraft manufacturing 
  • Modify, repair and general engineering for aircrafts
  • Aircraft certification
  • Engineering management
  • Consultancy
  • Aerospace technologies
  • Navigation systems
  • Low-speed aerodynamics
  • Automotive design
  • Structural analysis
  • Engineering design
  • Computer operation
  • Software engineering
  • Communications
Further study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Domestic students

International students

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