Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems SE729

  • NFQ Level 7
  • SE729
  • 327
  • 3 Years
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  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
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What is the Course about?

Aerospace Engineering covers the design and development of all types of aircraft including: airplanes, helicopters, satellites and spacecraft. Aerospace engineers bring concepts to reality by applying the principles of engineering to the design, manufacture and operation of highly-sophisticated technologies for use in aviation and space exploration. Aircraft Systems refer to the ‘sub systems’ required to maintain the airworthiness of an aircraft, including flight controls, landing gear, electrical systems, hydraulics, avionics, navigation, communications and instrumentation. 

Course Structure

This course provides graduates with real-life problem-solving skills. SETU Carlow is the only third-level institute in Ireland to have its own on-campus aerospace centre, comprising a range of aircraft, a wind tunnel and an avionics/UAV laboratory. These unique facilities ensure students have the very best learning environment, combining theory with practical hands-on experience. Students use industry standard design tools such as CATIA, ANSYS and MATLAB to design, analyse and simulate flights of aerial vehicles (AVs). The courses provide students with skill sets in the areas of aerodynamics, propulsion, aircraft networks, flight dynamics, control systems, aircraft leasing, embedded systems and project design. 

Is this course for you?

If you are someone who is interested in aircraft design, aerodynamics, flight control, then this is the course for you. 

Special Features:

  • Access to the Institute’s Centre for Aerospace Engineering on campus grounds with facilities including a fleet of aircraft and an avionics workshop.
  • Exit Award - Higher Certificate in Aircraft Systems (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2, Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering (CW568), Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Electronic Systems or Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering course at SETU Carlow, subject to availability of places and specialism chosen in Year 3 of the BEng in Aircraft Systems.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Many aircraft systems engineers work directly within the aerospace industry in roles with leading aircraft manufacturers and airline companies as well as government agencies. The role of an aircraft systems engineer can vary hugely, from aircraft design to research, design and development, field service, marketing and software development. 

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 5O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7


For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Gerard Gibbs