Modern vehicles are often taken for granted and yet they represent an incredibly complex and diverse set of disciplines. The automotive electronics engineer has to bring together real-time software, safety critical constraints, sensor electronics, control algorithms, human factors, legislation and ethics into a working package that satisfies multiple stakeholders.
The Ricardo engineering consultancy helped to develop this course, ensuring MSc students come away equipped with industry-relevant skills. Their continued involvement includes offering the use of pioneering industry equipment through the Ricardo Universities IC Engines research facility. They also help to cultivate future engineering talent, both locally and internationally.
On this MSc course you'll explore a range of topics including interconnected communication networks, entertainment systems, safety critical software, diagnostics, alternative fuels and hybrid technologies.
In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), our automotive engineering research group achieved an excellent rating, with 70 per cent of its research rated as internationally excellent or world leading, and 95 per cent deemed to have been internationally recognised.
Our reputation has enabled us to invest more in our facilities.
This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for further learning for registration as a chartered engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng-accredited BEng or BSc(Hons) undergraduate degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
The course starts in September. You will study four modules each term and will take exams after your Christmas and Easter vacations.
For each taught module you will have between three and four hours' contact with the lecturer each week, alongside further self-study tutorial and laboratory exercises requiring study outside of the class contact time.
After all eight taught modules have been completed you will then begin your individual project and masters dissertation stage. This final stage is full-time, but there are no classes during this phase, which ends in early September.
It is possible to study part-time study, by taking the modules at a slower rate. This can be tailored to fit around any personal or professional commitments that you may have. Please note, however, that there is no evening teaching so if you wish to study part-time then you will need to agree on study leave with your employer in order to attend the classes. The final project phase could be conducted at your place of work in some cases.
You will study eight modules and embark on an individual project. This project will form the basis of your dissertation.
Individual projects have included real-time power-train modelling for software in the loop testing, a smart grid system using electric vehicles as an energy storage resource and an experimental investigation of novel fuel injection and ignition systems for a spray-guided gasoline engine.
The Division of Engineering and Product Design’s research and teaching laboratories house a number of engine test cells in which world leading research is carried out. Although these labs centre on cylinders, pistons and valves they are surrounded by complex electronic equipment to control the mechanics and to monitor pressures, temperatures, chemistry and capture high speed events on computer for real-time and post-run analysis.
MSc students often carry out projects in these labs and make their contribution to research or commercial innovation. For details of these state of the art laboratories see Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories.
Professor Stipidis and his team provide valuable state-of-the-art research into automotive communications architectures and also provide infrastructure for some of the laboratory exercises in the Automotive Communications Systems taught module.
This course serves as a training and proving ground for the next generation of researchers. It is ideal for those hoping to be employed as development or research engineers.
The MSc can also serve as the basis for further study at a doctoral level.
The nature of graduate work varies; it could be with OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover; it could be with consultants such as Ricardo, Lotus or AVL; or Tier One suppliers such as Delphi, Infineon or Denso.
Our students have secured roles including:
Potential job roles include:
Created in partnership with companies such as the Ford Motor Company and Jaguar Land Rover, the programme is also aimed at existing or prospective product development engineers and those working in manufacturing, particularly those working alongside product design personnel in the context of cross-functional teams and simultaneous working practice.
Students study three compulsory modules and a further three modules from a choice of five. In addition, full-time students undertake a university-based project and part-time students undertake an industry-based project.
An online study support system provides additional information and materials to facilitate student discussion.
The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (towards Chartered status).
This course is aimed at engineers working in the automotive industry who wish to extend and deepen their skills and understanding of the field, as well as recent graduates who intend to start a career in the industry.
Though primarily aimed at product development engineers, the course offers significant value to those working in the manufacturing side of the industry and those who work alongside colleagues from product design in the context of cross-functional teams. Individual modules of this MSc can be studied as short courses.
The programme is very much one of technical engineering content, sitting in a systems engineering framework.
Students study three compulsory modules, three optional taught modules and carry out an individual project. In total the course comprises 180 modular credits, made up from 6 taught modules valued at 20 credits each, plus the project which is valued at 60 credits.
The course is mostly delivered as a series of block taught modules. An online study support system provides additional information and materials to facilitate learning and discussion. Full time students undertake a University based project and part time students undertake an industry based project.
Assessment: Examination, coursework assignments and project dissertation.
- Incorporates a systems thinking framework, referring to product lifecycle, target setting, requirements capture and cascade, plus elements of business-related drivers for engineering practice.
- Provides clear links between design and manufacture, for example presenting examples where manufacturing capabilities have a large impact on design and system robustness.
- Develops advanced and specialist themes via the optional modules.
- Expertise provided from industry-based specialists.
- Individual modules can be studied as short courses.
- The MSc course was originally developed in partnership with Ford Motor Company, and we continue to work closely with the automotive industry in designing, developing and delivering our courses.
- Manufacturing Systems and Integrated Design
- Vehicle and Powertrain Functional Performance
- Vehicle Systems Analysis
- Body Engineering
- Powertrain Calibration Optimisation
- Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains
- Vehicle Dynamics and Control (for full time programme only)
- Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration
Graduates work primarily in product design and development groups and are sought after by a wide range of automotive companies. Students that wish to pursue other careers are well-equipped to work in a wide range of sectors within the vehicle industry.
Loughborough University offers five merit based competitive scholarships to the value of 10% of the programme tuition fee for international students applying for the MSc in Automotive Systems Engineering. All students applying for the course will be considered for the scholarship.
The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is a specialist centre within one of the UK’s largest engineering universities.
The Department has 37 academic staff and nearly 150 postgraduate students on taught and research programmes. In the Government’s External Subject Review, the Department was awarded an excellent score (23/24) for the quality of its teaching.In the most recent Research Excellence Framework our subject areas featured in the top ten nationally.
The Department has extensive laboratories and facilities including: wind tunnels; anechoic chamber; indoor UAV testing; structures testing facilities; gas-turbine engines; eight purpose-built engine test cells; Hawk aircraft; 6-axis simulator (road and aircraft); chassis dynamometer and numerous instrumented test vehicles.
The Department hosts the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Combustion Aerodynamics and the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre (IRC) in engine systems.
The Department has four major research groups working across the technologies of automotive and aeronautical engineering. Each group works on a variety of research topics, ranging from the development of new low emissions combustion systems for gas turbine engines, through to fundamental investigations into the operation of hydrogen powered fuel cells.
- Career prospects
Over 90% (DLHE, 2016) of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. The Department has particularly close links with BAE Systems, Bentley, British Airways, Ford Motor Company, Group Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, MIRA, Perkins Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and many tier one automotive suppliers
Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aae/postgraduate/apply/
The two-year Master course in Transportation Design is an advanced training programme designed for Italian and foreign professionals. It provides specific analytic, critical and methodological skills for the creation of innovative and stunning vehicles while developing a personal design style. Thanks to an on-going relationship with companies and design centres, it contributes to the creation of very sought-after profiles. The Master course represents a unique training offer, because not only it prepares students in the Transportation Design field, but it also allows to specialise in the Car Interior Design and User Experience and the Exterior Design majors.
Career opportunities – Graduates from the Car Interior Design major can work as Experts in multimedia products for automotive companies, design centres and firms active in the development of user interaction interfaces. At the end of the Car Exterior Design major, students can hold positions as Car Exterior Design Experts able to face design projects from the concept to its prototype creation.
Leading engineers are using cutting-edge computational design techniques to transform our world. The latest simulation software can give accurate insights into how innovative design ideas will work in practice. Effective modelling is vital in many industries including the automotive, aerospace and bioengineering sectors. We offer an exciting postgraduate degree in Computational Engineering Design covering the latest techniques and methods, taught by lecturers who are also active researchers working with industry.
The MSc Computational Engineering Design is a one-year masters degree. The course covers the latest techniques, methods and simulation software to give accurate insights into how innovative design ideas will work in practice and how to work effectively with industry.
Computational modelling is crucial for many industries, from bioengineering to automotive and aerospace. You will learn to use various software tools to assess the feasibility of designs. We also teach you to use advanced numerical methods and apply design search and optimisation principles to solve design problems.
The year will be divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will study core modules as well as choosing specialist modules that interest you, from Aircraft Structural Design to Engineering Design with Management.
The last four months will centre on research. You will have the chance to complete a significant research project under the guidance of our prestigious Computational Engineering and Design Research Groupwho have strong links with academia and industry.
The course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills for a professional career or further research in computational engineering design.
The Master’s programme in Electronics Engineering focuses on the design of integrated circuits and System-on-Chip in advanced semiconductor technologies. This requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills across many fields within engineering and science.
The programme provides a competitive education in digital, analogue and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits (IC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, combined with in-depth knowledge in signal processing, application specific processors, embedded systems design, modern communications systems, and radio transceiver design.
Modern society depends on reliable and efficient electronics. Mobile phones, the Internet, computers and TVs are just a few examples that constantly improve in terms of functionality, performance and cost. In addition, a growing number of concepts and technologies significantly improve areas such as mobile and broadband communication, healthcare, automotive technology, robotics, energy systems management, entertainment, consumer electronics, public safety and security, industrial applications, and much more. This suggests that there will be vast industrial opportunities in the future, and a high demand for skilled engineers with the knowledge and skills required to lead the design of such complex integrated circuits and systems.
The programme is organised by several strong divisions at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Science. These divisions, which include more than 60 researchers and 10 internationally recognised professors, have excellent teaching experience, world-class research activities that cover nearly the entire field of integrated electronic design, state-of-the-art laboratories and design environments, and close research collaboration with many companies worldwide.
The programme starts with courses in digital communication, digital integrated circuits, digital system design, analogue integrated circuits, and an introduction to radio electronics, providing a solid base for the continuation of the studies.
Later on, a large selection of courses enables students to choose between two major tracks:
The programme offers several large design-project courses, giving excellent opportunities for students to improve their design skills by using the state-of-the-art circuit and system design environments and the CAD tools used in industry today. For instance, students who take the course VLSI Design will design real chips using standard CMOS technology that will be sent for fabrication, measured and evaluated in a follow-up course. Only a few universities in the world have the know-how and capability to provide such courses.
This course provides a dynamic opportunity to develop engineering skills for the automotive industry. It aims to provide in-depth understanding of modern developments in vehicle design, vehicle dynamic control systems, vehicle propulsion systems and vehicle structures. You will build, test and analyse the performance of vehicle control systems, dynamic systems and automotive sub-systems. You will have the opportunity to showcase your specialist skills and interests and demonstrate independent learning via an automotive-focused project, assessed through the production and examination of a thesis, which completes the MSc.
The automotive sector offers a unique and exciting career for graduates. The UK automotive sector alone employs 770,000 people and has 13 research and development centres. According to a report published by the Automotive Council UK, ‘up to 5,000 vacancies are unfilled in the automotive industry due to skills shortages’. This is further reflected in announcements from Ford, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover in recent years regarding investment in the UK automotive sector.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
-A unique feature of this programme is the practical application provided by the linking of the project to the automotive industry, from specialist companies such as Bentley to large scale producers such as Ford.
-Engineering facilities are excellent with a dedicated £4m heavy engineering workshop for research and teaching in surface engineering, materials and dynamics, and state-of-the-art kit including rapid prototyping machines and water jet cutters.
-Research in the School of Engineering was rated 'internationally excellent' in the most Research Excellence Framework (2014).
-You will learn from industrial case studies and use the latest, industry standard software.
Our engineering Masters programmes are designed to meet the needs of an industry which looks to employ postgraduates who can learn independently and apply critical thinking to real-world problems. Many of the staff who teach in the School also have experience of working in industry and have well-established links and contacts in their industry sector, ensuring your education and training is relevant to future employment.
You will be assessed through a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.