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Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical engineering degrees represent the branch of engineering that deals with the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft. The field also covers investigation into aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft, including behaviors and related factors such as airfoil, control surfaces, lift and drag. In recent years, aeronautical engineering has become one of two major and overlapping branches of aerospace engineering, with astronautical engineering being the second.

You’ll usually find aeronautical engineering degrees referred to as a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) and MEng (Masters in Engineering). Aeronautical engineering degrees at the undergraduate level usually last three or four years, but many institutions allow students to progress directly into a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, extending the course length by an additional year or two.

In such cases, BEng and MEng students take the same courses for the first two or three years, and suitably well-performing students then continue with the BEng for one more year or progress to the more advanced MEng for two years. Some institutions may also allow for this transfer in the first or second year of the BEng degree program while others allow post-secondary candidates to enroll in a MEng straight away. A few institutions also offer associate degree programs, but these usually are reserved for practicing engineering professionals who have already graduated in a related field, and want to change careers into aeronautical engineering.

Teaching is primarily lecture-based, with students also completing coursework and laboratory exercises, attending tutorials and participating in field trips. Group work and group design work may be an element, with independent study expected in all degree programs, and assessment divided between examinations and coursework projects. Depending on your chosen institution’s facilities, you may be able to attend lectures given by experts in the aerospace industry, and even experience rides in a flight simulator.

If you’re fascinated by the history and methodology behind flying machines – from Leonardo Da Vinci’s early conceptual sketches and the Wright brothers’ famous flight of 1903 through to the sophistication and progress of modern jets – aeronautical engineering could be the degree for you.

Aeronautical Engineering Studies in China and Other Major Countries
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Why Study Aeronautical Engineering in China

6 Reasons of Choosing to Study Aeronautical Engineering in China

  • Affordable Tuition and Living Fees in China
  • Safe and Tolerant Social Environment
  • More Opportunities in a Continuing Developing Country
  • Plentiful English-taught Programs of Aeronautical Discipline
  • China's aerospace industry has advanced at an impressive rate over the past decade, partly due to the increasing participation of its aerospace industry in the global commercial aerospace market and the supply chains of the world's leading aerospace firms
  • The government is in the process of recommending a number of China's key universities into world-class centers of education and research. Studying in China, you will gain academic success, grow as an individual and go on to bring great honor to your homeland when you return

Employers and Salaries

​The biggest employers of aerospace engineers were the manufacturers of aerospace products and parts. They contained more than a third of all positions and paid average salaries of $96,740 per year or $46.51 per hour. Scientific research and development services were next, with almost 15 percent of the jobs, with averages at $109,740 per year or $52.76 per hour. The highest-paying careers were in management, scientific and technical consulting services, where average pay reached $115,780 per year or $55.66 per hour. Wholesalers of machinery, equipment and supplies were next, with mean wages of $115,290 per year or $55.43 per hour.

Where to Study Aeronautical Engineering in China

Advantages of Choosing this University


Beihang University

  • the 1st university in China focusing on aeronautical and astronautical education and research
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Science Ranks No.1 in China
  • Having Beijing Mechanics Educational Demonstrating Center, Aeronautic Innovation and Practice Base, Airplanes Display Room, Solid Mechanics Educational Experimental Center, Flying Control and Simulation Lab, Environmental Simulation and Imitation Lab
  • Abundant Scholarship Opportunities
  • Have the only National Aerospace Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Always at the forefront of the domestic universities in the research fields of cutting-edge technology
  • Having national famous aeronautic education and popular science base: Beijing Aeronautic Museum

Advantages of Choosing this University


Northwestern Polytechnical University

  • The research team formed by teachers and alumni plays an irreplaceable role in the research and development of large passenger aircraft C919, large transport aircraft, new-generation fighter aircraft, near-space flight vehicles and other new-concept aircrafts, and consequently, exerted a profound impact on the entire national aeronautical industry.
  • The school is home to one national key laboratory, one national specialized laboratory, and ten other laboratories, institutes and centers that give support to the Aircraft Design, Fluid Dynamics, Solid Mechanics and other disciplines.
  • Department of Aeronautical Structural Engineering Enrolls Post-Doctoral Researchers Per Year
  • Teachers and students have participated in almost all the major aircrafts and spacecrafts development of China

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Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • Aeronautical Engineering Studies Ranks No. 10 in Asia
  • Excellent Links and Collaboration with Universities in USA/UK/EU/Canada/Australia
  • More than 50% Faculty with Western Educational Background
  • A Strong Focus on Graduate Employability
  • Late Application Deadline
  • Research Fields with Characteristics: Helicopter Technology, Airplane Design Technology, Aerodynamics, Vibration Engineering, Structure and Strength of Aircraft, Smart Materials and Structures, Aircraft Environmental Engineering, Precision Driving Pioneered
  • Several Products in China: The first large-scale unmanned airplane, The first unmanned helicopter, The first light airplane in canard layout with full composite materials, The first ultrasonic motor, etc

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Beijing Institute of Technology

  • The Flight Vehicle Design engineering program is acknowledged to be among the top leading programs in aerospace engineering in China.
  • School of Aerospace Engineering has more than 50 Years History
  • The school has strong background in guided flight vehicle, flight vehicle multi-discipline design and optimization, deep space exploration, solid rocket propellant, space launching engineering, dynamics and control in flexible system, analytical mechanics, composite micromechanics, biomechanics, and smart materials and structures.
  • The school receives annual research funding of more than 100 million RMB
  • A Great Number of Excellent Alumni

Advantages of Choosing this University


Shenyang Aerospace University

  • Having cooperation with many companies and institutes including the Shenyang Liming Aero-engine Group Corporation, the AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, and has developed a network of 50 partnerships to provide practical training opportunities both inside and outside the campus
  • Late Application Deadline
  • 30 aircrafts provided for the students to practice with on the campus
  • Around 90% of Graduates being employed soon after graduation
  • Aircraft Maintenance Center, the only one in China approved by the China Civil Aviation Authority to issue licses to maenintain helicopters
  • Having cooperative agreements with 300 universities and companies from around the world

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