About the course
Motorsport is one of the world's most dynamic, competitive industries - and engineers that master their craft have almost unlimited career opportunities.
This MSc in Automotive Motorsport Engineering at Brunel equips graduates with the qualities and transferable skills they need to flourish at a senior level in an exacting industry.
The comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of specialist skills sought within the industry – including core modules in:
Research methods and sustainable engineering
Racing team management and vehicle testing
Advanced vehicle dynamics, IC engines, materials and manufacturing
You’ll gain practical experience through a team project, and complete a dissertation of your choice, typically covering a design, experimental, computing or analysis subject.
The speed of change in motorsport is relentless -and engineers need to inovate to succeed. From F1 pit lane mechanics to testing specialists, engine and aerodynamics maestros to team managers and financial controllers, graduates from this course have a host of exciting and varied career options open to them.
The MSc programme at Brunel University helps you develop imagination and creativity to follow a successful engineering career with a mix of modules covering automotive and motorsport engineering topics, which delivers an integrating layer on top of subject specific first degree or professional skills.
Its primary focus is to create Master's degree graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in a multi discipline subject area, typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry.
The course will allow students the option of specialising in automotive engineering or motorsport engineering, both in the optional modules and the dissertation.
Every student also produces a group project, usually carried out with four or five other students. The group project involves the design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of a single seater racing vehicle, that will take part in the annual Formula Student competition in July with over 70 teams competing in the event.
Research Methods and Sustainable Engineering
Racing Team Management and Vehicle Testing
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Materials and Manufacturing
Major Group Project
Students choose two of the four modules below:
Advanced Modelling and Design
Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship
Racing Vehicle Design and Performance
We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.
Brunel Automotive Lecture Series
Brunel’s Automotive Lecture Series is a special feature of the taught programmes in the areas of automotive and motorsport engineering. The Series consists of talks on technology and careers by industry leaders, alumni and expert technologists appropriate not only for late stage undergraduate and postgraduate students but also for researchers in the these areas. Topics include themes from the broader automotive and motorsport industry and its technologies including advanced powertrains, vehicle testing and advanced components.
Women in Engineering and Computing Programme
Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.
The Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MSc at Brunel University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.
Modules are taught over eight months (from October to May) and are assessed by a balanced combination of examination and assignment. For the final four months (June to September), students will conduct an individual project and prepare a dissertation, allowing the opportunity to undertake original research relating to the automotive and motorsport engineering fields.
The group project is conducted throughout the year and is assessed by means of project logbooks, oral presentations and final project reports.