Overview

Aeronautical Engineering is the study of the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and control of machines or vehicles operating in the Earth’s atmosphere or in outer space.

The design of flight vehicles is a complex process that demands knowledge of many engineering disciplines, including aerodynamics, propulsion systems, structural design, avionics, and stability and control systems. Maintaining and operating a flight vehicle requires an understanding of materials, reliability and structural analysis, along with knowledge of the design process.

You will study engineering practice and design, computational problem-solving, programming, mathematics, physics, engineering materials, aircraft and systems design, cyber security, and applied thermodynamics and propulsion. You will spend at least 60 days gaining practical experience in the workplace and undertake a capstone research project in your final year.

Program Code

4472

UAC Code

450040

Total units of credit (UOC)

192

Campus

UNSW Canberra

Why choose this degree?

An Aeronautical Engineering degree gives you the foundation to design, build and maintain flight vehicles. Your degree will be accredited with Engineers Australia, which means that you will be qualified to begin working as an engineer as soon as you graduate.

Who should choose this degree?

An Aeronautical Engineering degree provides graduates with an opportunity to work in aircraft, defence or space industries on the design and manufacture of light or passenger aircraft, or military jets. They also work in the airline industries on aircraft acquisitions, maintenance and configuration, as well as working in manufacturing companies, process engineering, warehousing and logistics, business and operations modelling, and transport.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Marine engineer
  • Armament engineer
  • Aeronautical engineer in aircraft, defence or space industries
  • Designer/manufacturer of passenger aircraft or military jets
  • Other roles in the airline industry on process engineering, warehousing and logistics, business and operations modelling, and transport

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

Engineers Australia

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics; Physics

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank

ATAR + DFR entry

2019 Guaranteed Entry

N/A

2018 A Levels

A Levels + DFR entry

2018 IB Diploma

IB Diploma + DFR entry

2018 QLD OP

OP + DFR entry

Additional selection criteria

Undergraduate entry to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is open to Australian residents who are members of the Australian Defence Force and selected members of overseas Armed Forces. Trainee Officers are selected by one of the three services (Navy, Army or Airforce) in the Australian Defence Force and must also meet academic entry requirements for UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Applying for ADFA is a dual application process. As selection for the Australian Defence Force is a competitive process, which can take up to 12 months, it is preferable that you apply to Defence Force Recruiting in Year 11. Visit this site for more information on both application processes.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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Fees

The Australian Defence Force covers tuition fees for defence students.

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