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Motorsport Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

The Motorsport Engineering MSc course offered by Oxford Brookes provides a unique preparation for work in the motorsport industry, by studying areas such as advanced vehicle dynamics, laptime simulation, racetrack data acquisition and analysis, motorsport sponsorship and engineering management, advanced materials, computational modelling, simulation and data analysis.

Teaching is based in our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/motorsport-engineering-msc/

Why choose this course?

- We are known as a premier institution for Motorsport education - our motorsport legacy is recognised worldwide and many of our graduates progress to work with leading motorsport companies, including all of F1 teams, Formula E and major suppliers to motorsport industry.

- Our programme has been developed with and delivered in collaboration with the motorsport industry: you will be taught by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in the field of motorsport engineering, including winning F1 race car designers and world-leading sustainable vehicle engineering researchers.

- Our close links with the motorsport industry can be seen through research projects and consultancies that enable us to feed the latest developments into our teaching as well as providing opportunities for students to undertake their project with international motorsport companies.

- Laboratories include a four-post test rig, four state-of-the-art engine test cells, analytical & mechanical test equipment and the latest 3D printing technology, in addition to a range of racing cars.

- Students have the opportunity to join our acclaimed Formula Student team (OBR), mentored by our alumni and visiting lecturers from motorsport industry. They put theory into practice by competing with the best universities from around the world.

- Regular visits to F1 teams, Formula E teams and major suppliers to the motorsport industry provide students with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology

- In REF 2014 57% of the department's research was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent with 96% being internationally recognised.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements for full Chartered Engineer status.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars to provide a sound theoretical base, and practical work, designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation. Visiting speakers from business and motorsport industry provide valuable insights.

Approach to assessment

Coursework exercises, essays, presentations and laboratory exercises form the basis for individual and group continuous assessment.

The methods of assessment include examination and coursework, including peer assessment, reflecting the development of academic content from the more practical aspects to the more conceptual.

Specialist facilities

We have purpose built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment and resources required to study and practise motorsport engineering, including a four-post test rig, state-of-the-art engine test cells and latest 3D printing facilities.

Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software.


Department’s employability record is consistently above 90%, which is significantly above sector average. Graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in the motorsport industry. Many of our students go on to work with leading motorsport companies, including directly into F1 teams and their suppliers. Our notable alumni include William Morris, founder of Morris cars (Lord Nuffield) and Adrian Reynard, motorsport driver and entrepreneur whilst honorary graduates include Sir John Surtees, Adrian Newey and Dr Pat Symonds.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The emphasis in our research themes is producing high-quality multi-disciplinary research for the real world. Our applied, industry focused research includes award-winning project with Yasa Motors and BMWi development. Staff have close links with the motorsport industry through research projects and consultancies, including Dallara single-seater electric racer design project.

The results of the REF 2014 exercise showed that 96% of research in the department is internationally recognised, and 57% was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent. More specifically, 50% of the impact case studies returned were judged to be internationally excellent, and 72% of the research outputs were judged to be internationally excellent or world leading.

Visit the Motorsport Engineering (MSc) page on the Oxford Brookes University web site for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree in mechanical, automotive or motorsport engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £5,810, Part-time £2,960; International: Full-time £13,730

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