Established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates, this course has been developed to provide the industry with high calibre engineers that are equipped with the necessary skills to advance vehicle technology to meet the demands of the future.
The MSc in Automotive Engineering is suitable for graduates in engineering, physics or mathematics, and will prepare you for a career in this exciting field, from engine design to hybrid and electric vehicles, chassis and braking operations, and much more.
This course aims to provide graduates with the technical qualities, transferable skills and independent learning ability to make them effective in organisations that design and develop automotive products. Our strategic links with industry ensure that all of the course material is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organisations competing within the automotive sector. This industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable in the world for automotive companies to recruit.
We offer students the opportunity to study in a postgraduate only environment where Masters' graduates can go onto secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research. You will be taught by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners, and work alongside a strong research team at Cranfield University. Industry placements are on offer during research work.
The MSc in Automotive Engineering is directed by an Industrial Advisory Panel comprising senior engineers from the automotive sector. This maintains course relevancy and ensures that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. You will have the opportunity to meet this panel and present your individual research project to them at an annual event held in July. Panel members include:
The MSc is accredited by Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 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.
This course comprises eight compulsory taught modules that are assessed via a combination of written exams and individual coursework assignments, a group project and an individual research project.
You will undertake a substantial group project between October and March, which focuses on designing and optimising a particular vehicle system/assembly. This is designed to prepare you for the project-based working environment within the majority of the automotive industry.
As a group, you will be required to present your findings, market the product and demonstrate technical expertise in the form of a written submission and a presentation to the Industrial Advisory Board, academic staff and fellow students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.
The individual research project is the largest single component of the course taking place between April and August. It allows you to develop specialist skills in an area of your choice by taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical application, usually involving a design feasibility assessment, systems analysis or facility development. Most of the projects are initiated by industrial contacts or associated with current research programmes.
In recent years, some industry sponsors have given students the opportunity to be based on site. Thesis topics will often become the basis of an employment opportunity or PhD research topic.
Taught modules 50%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 40%
Our postgraduate Automotive Engineering course provides you with the necessary skills for a career in the automotive industry. Cranfield’s automotive graduates have an excellent employment record and currently occupy positions of high responsibility in industry, such as managers of research establishments, chief engineers, engine and vehicle programme managers. Some of our graduates decide to continue their education through PhD studies with Cranfield University.
Companies that have recruited graduates of this course include:
We also arrange company visits and career open days with key employers.
This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the needs of the automotive industry in the advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture.
Traditionally, the sector has been associated with high-volume vehicle manufacture, but the past decade has seen the landscape shift towards automotive component manufacturers and specialist design and consultancy house.
This course will prepare you to work in a range of different settings. Core modules will develop your knowledge of key fields such as chassis and driveline engineering, as well as vehicle and product systems design. You’ll then choose from optional modules on topics that suit your own interests and career intentions.
We put particular emphasis on computational methods and software packages in automotive engineering analysis, design and manufacture. Depending on the modules you choose, you could use Matlab, Abaqus finite element code, Fluent CFD, SolidWorks CAE and LabView (DAQ and control).
You’ll benefit from working in world-class specialist facilities for different aspects of automotive engineering. These include a brake test area and measurement lab, as well as the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of systems and materials. ADAMS software is also available for suspension simulation.
High-level CNC and wire EDM facilities are available in the Faculty workshop, and we have cutting-edge tribology facilities to study wear on engine parts. There’s even a ‘stirred bomb’ for characterising fuel ignition and advanced engines with optical access. If you get involved with Formula Student race car, you’ll also use our dedicated car build area including computerised engine test bays.
This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.
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.
The course is aimed at engineering graduates who wish to gain the required academic qualification for registration as a Chartered Engineer, with a view to higher level careers in the off-highway vehicle industry.
It will also appeal to students who studied a physics or maths-based first degree but want to develop a career in this field and – ultimately – achieve Chartered Engineering status to progress their career in this dynamic sector.
The MSc programme will give you the skills to be effective members of engineering design and development teams within the off-highway vehicle industry, taking particular responsibility for analytical or computer simulation roles. The course will focus on three primary areas: engineering science and analysis, vehicle systems and architecture, and multi-domain modelling and simulation.
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/