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The global market for aerial, ground, and marine Autonomous Vehicles has grown rapidly due to the advent of drones and driverless cars. Read more

The global market for aerial, ground, and marine Autonomous Vehicles has grown rapidly due to the advent of drones and driverless cars. Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, and Marine Industries seek graduates conversant in key aspects of Autonomy including: dynamics & control, guidance & navigation, decision making, sensor fusion, data & information fusion, communication & and networking. These durable and transferrable skills are the bedrock of this unique MSc course whose content has been based on advice from the Industrial Advisory Board, comprising the relevant Industrial representatives from Big Primes to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

Who is it for?

The Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control MSc is a unique course for graduates in engineering, physics, or mathematics wishing to acquire durable and transferrable skills in Autonomous Vehicles to pursue career opportunities in Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, and Marine Industries.

Why this course?

We are unique in that we offer a combination of subjects much sought after in the Autonomous Vehicle Industry and not covered in a single MSc course anywhere else. Successful graduates of our MSc course become conversant in key aspects of Autonomy which advantageously differentiates them in today's competitive employment market

The Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control MSc course begins with the fundamentals of autonomous vehicle dynamics and control, and progresses to the core subjects of guidance & navigation, decision making, sensor fusion, data & information fusion, communication & and networking. A choice of optional modules allows individual tailoring of these subjects to specialise in appropriate subject areas.

The taught part of the course is followed by Individual Research Projects (IRPs) and the topic of each of the IRPs is provided by one of the member of the Industrial Advisory Board. The real-world relevance of the IRP topics is another unique feature of our MSc course and can be another effective differentiator in the job market.

This course is also available on a part-time basis enabling you to combine studying with full-time employment. This is enhanced by a three-stage programme from a Postgraduate Certificate, to a Postgraduate Diploma through to an MSc.

Informed by Industry

The relevant, competent and pro-active Industrial Advisory Board includes:

  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Thales UK
  • Leonardo
  • Raytheon UK
  • Lockheed Martin UK
  • Boeing UK (Phantom Works)
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • QinetiQ
  • Spirent Communications
  • Tekever
  • MASS Consultants
  • Plextek
  • Stirling Dynamics
  • RaceLogic

who not only continuously advise on updating the course content but also provide topics for Individual Research Projects (IRPs). After the final oral exams in early September, all students present posters summarising their IRPs to the whole Industrial Advisory Board thus exposing their work to seasoned professionals and potential employers. The IRPs benefit from our own lab where real autonomous vehicles can be designed and tested.

Accreditation

Accreditation is being sought for the MSc in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control from the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering & 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.

Course details

The taught course element consists of lectures in three areas: dynamics, control systems, and autonomous systems and technology. The MSc consists of two equally weighted components, taught modules and an individual research project.

Individual project

Our industry partners sponsor individual research projects allowing you to choose a topic that is commercially relevant and current. Topics are chosen during the first teaching period in October and you begin work during the second half of the MSc course (May - August). The project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest, taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical experience.

Projects encompass various aspects of operations, not only concerned with design but including payloads, civil applications, system, sensors and other feasibility studies industry wishes to explore.

For the duration of the project, each student is assigned both a university and industry supervisor. In recent years, students have been based at sponsor companies for sections of their research and have been given access to company software/facilities.

During the thesis project all students give regular presentations to the course team and class, which provides an opportunity to improve your presentation skills and learn more about the broad range of industry sponsored projects.

Previous projects have included:

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%. Please note: Modules for this course are under review, to incorporate the latest advice from the Industrial Advisory Board.

Your career

The industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable all over the world for recruitment by companies competing in the autonomous vehicle market including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • MBDA
  • Other companies from our Industrial Advisory Board.

Graduates from this course will be equipped with the advanced skills which could be applied to the security, defence, marine, environmental and aerospace industries. This approach offers you a wide range of career choices as an autonomous systems engineer, design engineer or in an operations role, at graduation and in the future. Others decide to continue their education through PhD studies available within Cranfield University or elsewhere.



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This course provides both fundamental and applied knowledge to understand airflows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling. Read more

This course provides both fundamental and applied knowledge to understand airflows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling. It will provide you with practical experience in the measurement, analysis, modelling and simulation of airflows and aerial vehicles.

You have the choice of two specialist options which you chose once you commence your studies: Flight Dynamics or Aerodynamics. 

Who is it for?

Suitable if you have an interest in aerodynamic design, flow control, flow measurement, flight dynamics and flight control. Choose your specialist option once you commence your studies.

  • Flight Dynamics option: if you want to develop a career in flight physics and aircraft stability and control, more specifically in the fields of flight control system design, flight simulation and flight testing.
  • Aerodynamics option: if you want to develop a career in flight physics and specifically in the fields of flow simulation, flow measurement and flow control.

Why this course?

The aerospace industry in the UK is the largest in the world, outside of the USA. Aerodynamics and flight dynamics will remain a key element in the development of future aircraft and in reducing civil transport environmental issues, making significant contributions to the next generation of aircraft configurations. 

In the military arena, aerodynamic modelling and flight dynamics play an important role in the design and development of combat aircraft and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The continuing search for aerodynamic refinement and performance optimisation for the next generation of aircraft and surface vehicles creates the need for specialist knowledge of fluid flow behaviour.

Cranfield University has been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics stems from the programme in Aerodynamics which was one of the first masters' courses offered by Cranfield and is an important part of our heritage. The integration of aerodynamics with flight dynamics reflects the long-term link with the aircraft flight test activity established by Cranfield. 

Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which holds a number of networking and social events throughout the year.

Informed by Industry

The Industrial Advisory Panel, comprising senior industry professionals, provides input into the curriculum in order to improve the employment prospects of our graduates. Panel members include:

  • Adrian Gaylord, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)
  • Trevor Birch, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • Chris Fielding, BAE Systems
  • Anastassios Kokkalis, Voith
  • Stephen Rolson, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS)
  • Clyde Warsop, BAE Systems

Accreditation

The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) 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.

Course details

This course consists of optional taught modules, an individual research project and a group flight test project.

The group flight test project consists of two compulsory modules that offer an initial introduction to aerospace dynamics and provide grounding for the group flight test. Choice is a key feature of this course, with specialist options in either aerodynamics or flight dynamics. Choose your option once you have commenced your studies.

Group project

All students undertake the Group Flight Test Report during October to December. This involves a series of flight tests in the The National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) Jetstream which are undertaken, reported and presented as a group exercise. This is an important part of the course as it enables candidates to experience the application of specialist skills within a real plane to a collaborative report/presentation.

Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. It is very common for industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research project topics. The project is carried out under the guidance of an academic staff member who acts as your supervisor. The individual research project component takes place between April and August.

If agreed with the course director, part-time students have the opportunity to undertake projects in collaboration with their place of work, which would be supported by academic supervision.

Previous Individual Research Projects covered:

Aerodynamics option

  • Spiked body instabilities at supersonic speeds
  • Aerodynamic loads on a race car wing in a vortex wake
  • Lateral/directional stability of a tailless aircraft.
  • Aerodynamic drag penalties due to runback ice
  • Automotive flow control using fluidic sheets
  • Aerodynamic design and optimisation of a blended wing body aircraft.

Flight Dynamics option

  • Flight dynamic modelling of large amplitude rotorcraft dynamics
  • Decision making for autonomous flight in icing conditions
  • Comparative assessment of trajectory planning methods for UAVs
  • Machine vision and scientific imaging for autonomous rotorcraft
  • Linear parameter varying control of a quadrotor vehicle
  • Gust load alleviation system for large flexible civil transport.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%

Your career

Industry driven research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment in a wide range of career paths within the aerospace and military sector. A successful graduate should be able to integrate immediately into an industrial or research environment and make an immediate contribution to the group without further training. Increasingly, these skills are in demand in other areas including automotive, environmental, energy and medicine. Recent graduates have found positions in the aerospace, automotive and related sectors. 

Employers include:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • Onera
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
  • Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • QinetiQ
  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • Snecma
  • Thales
  • Selex ES
  • MBDA
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Tata
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Triumph Motorcycles.

A significant number of graduates go on to do research and higher degrees.



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Motorsport is one of the world's most dynamic, competitive industries - and engineers that master their craft have almost unlimited career opportunities. Read more

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.

Aims

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.

Course Content

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.

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods and Sustainable Engineering
Racing Team Management and Vehicle Testing
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Materials and Manufacturing
Major Group Project
Dissertation

Optional Modules
Students choose two of the four modules below:

Advanced Modelling and Design
Advanced Thermofluids
Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship
Racing Vehicle Design and Performance

Special Features

Excellent facilities
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.

Accreditation

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.

Assessment

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.

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This course aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport. Read more

This course aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport. The focus is on the “mechatronics” aspect of the discipline, which is the engineering of advanced control systems, multi-domain computer modelling, in-vehicle communication networks, electromechanical and embedded systems, hardware-in-the-loop validation and systems integration. 

Who is it for?

This course aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport. A combination of mechanics, electronics and computer systems, this postgraduate programme prepares graduates for a career in motorsport or high performance engineering.

Why this course?

This course aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport, and their implementation within a high performance technology context.

Students will cover design, testing and operation of competition vehicles, and related aspects of control engineering, computer modelling, embedded systems, alongside vehicle dynamics, vehicle systems, and management techniques related to motorsport.

You will be taught the skills required for the planning, execution and reporting of motorsport projects and to prepare them for a variety of roles in motorsport.

Cranfield University has undertaken research, consultancy and testing for the motorsport sector since the 1970s. The University is home to the FIA approved Cranfield Impact Centre and Cranfield Motorsport Simulation which work with F1 and leading motorsport companies. We have an international reputation for our expertise in aerodynamics, CFD, materials technology, including composites, safety of motorsport vehicle structures, power-train development, vehicle dynamics, simulation, data acquisition and electronics, tyre characterisation and modelling. This track record ensures the course is highly respected by the motorsport industry.

  • Practical sessions using Cranfield's facilities and equipment
  • Engagement with motorsport practitioners
  • Motorsport related project work.

Informed by Industry

The Industrial Advisory Board or Steering Committee includes representation from key individuals and leading organisations in global motorsport.

The board supports the development and delivery of the MSc Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics, ensuring its relevance to motorsport. It also assists students where careers are concerned, supports teaching and group design and individual thesis projects.

Accreditation

Accreditation is being sought for  MSc in Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the 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. 

Course details

The MSc course consists of nine one-week taught modules, a motorsport mechatronics group design project and an individual thesis project.

Group project

Our motorsport related group design projects have proven very successful in generating new conceptual designs, which subsequently have been implemented in competition vehicles; they have even influenced the formulation of technical and sporting regulations.

Group design projects are usually supported by industry partners and provide students with skills in team working, managing resources and developing their reporting and presentation skills. You will review your peers and they will appraise your contribution to the project.

The Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics MSc group design project is an applied, multidisciplinary team-based activity, providing students with the opportunity to apply principles taught during their Master’s course.

Your group will present its work to a practitioner audience.

Individual project

Individual thesis projects allow the students to deepen their understanding through research work related to motorsport mechatronics. Students self-manage their thesis projects with support from their academic supervisor and industry contact, if part of their project. The conclusion of their research work is a concisely written thesis report and the presentation of a poster outlining their project.

On occasion, Cranfield theses have formed the basis of technical articles published in journals such as Racecar Engineering. Below is an example of a fully autonomous small-scale vehicle developed by one of our students in collaboration with a local motorsport company.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project 20%, Individual project 40%

Your career

Motorsport is a highly competitive sector. Studying at Cranfield will immerse you in a highly focused motorsport engineering learning experience, providing you with access to motorsport companies and practitioners. Securing employment is ultimately down to the student who completes the job applications and attends the interviews. Successful students go on to be part of a network of engineers. You will find Cranfield alumni working across motorsport and the high performance engineering sector. 



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Our September 2018 course is full. We are currently accepting applications for September 2019. Motorsport is an exacting world that requires total commitment from its engineers. Read more

Our September 2018 course is full. We are currently accepting applications for September 2019.

Motorsport is an exacting world that requires total commitment from its engineers. Without their skills and expertise, teams don’t even get to race. This MSc will hone your skills and expertise in relation to motorsport and high performance engineering through a rigorous combination of teaching and motorsport related project work.

Who is it for?

Developed in collaboration with leading motorsport companies, this postgraduate programme prepares graduates for a career in motorsport or high performance engineering.

Why this course?

This course aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport, and their implementation within a high performance technology context.

You will cover design, construction and operation of competition vehicles, and related aspects of materials science, aerodynamics, structural analysis, vehicle systems, and management techniques related to motorsport.

You will be taught the skills required for the planning, execution and reporting of motorsport projects and to prepare them for a variety of roles in motorsport.

Cranfield University has undertaken research, consultancy and testing for the motorsport sector since the 1970s. The University is home to the FIA approved Cranfield Impact Centre and Cranfield Motorsport Simulation which work with F1 and leading motorsport companies. We have an international reputation for our expertise in aerodynamics, CFD, materials technology, including composites, safety of motorsport vehicle structures, power-train development, vehicle dynamics, simulation, data acquisition and electronics, tyre characterisation and modelling. This track record ensures the course is highly respected by the motorsport industry.

  • Practical sessions using Cranfield's facilities and equipment
  • Engagement with motorsport practitioners
  • Motorsport related project work.

Informed by Industry

The Industrial Advisory Board or Steering Committee is a very important factor in the success of the Cranfield Motorsport MSc programme. It includes representation from key individuals and leading organisations in global motorsport.

The board supports the development and delivery of the MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering, ensuring its relevance to motorsport. It also assists students where careers are concerned, supports teaching and group design and individual thesis projects.

Accreditation

 MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Re-accreditation for the MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering is currently being sought from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) 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. 

Course details

The MSc course consists of nine one-week assessed modules, of which eight are assessed, which take place during October to February, a group design project and an individual thesis project.

Students who excel on the Masters' course have their performance recognised through prizes from our partners and associates presented either on the day of the Motorsport Group Design Presentations or at the Motorsport MSc 'Parc Ferme' Graduation event in the June of the following year.

Group project

Group design projects are usually sponsored by industry partners and provide students with experience of working on real challenges in the work place along with skills in team working, managing resources and developing reporting and presentation skills. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Projects run from February to May.

The group design project forms an important element of the education and assessment process for our Masters' students. The group design project is an applied, multidisciplinary team-based activity, providing students with the opportunity to apply principles taught during their MSc course. The Presentation Day provides the students with an opportunity to present their work to an audience of industry representatives, academics and their peers.

Our group design projects have proven very successful in developing new conceptual designs which are now implemented in competition vehicles and have even influenced sporting regulations. The nature of the work is very much applied with the students accessing facilities and equipment here at Cranfield together with support from the academic team and motorsport practitioners.

2015-2016

  • Land Speed Record (LSR) motorcycle concept designs

Four student teams developed their concepts for the 500cc streamliner class. Within each team students specialised in disciplines such as CFD, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, powertrain, materials and structures. They created a wind tunnel model that was tested in the Cranfield facility. In addition to the technical aspects, students engaged in individual competency evaluation, peer review and personal reflection.

View our previous Group projects

Individual project

Each year we have a number of thesis projects with motorsport companies that are subject to Non-Disclosure Agreements. This reflects the competitive and confidential nature of motorsport. However, a number of thesis projects are in the public domain and reflect the opportunity students have to deepen their technical understanding.

The individual thesis project runs until early September. Thesis projects allow the students to deepen their understanding through research work related to motorsport.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project 20%, Individual project 40%

Your career

Motorsport is a highly competitive sector. Studying at Cranfield will immerse you in a highly focused motorsport engineering learning experience, providing you with access to motorsport companies and practitioners. Securing employment is ultimately down to the student who completes the job applications and attends the interviews. Successful students go on to be part of a network of engineers. You will find Cranfield alumni working across motorsport and the high performance engineering sector. 



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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. Read more

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.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/aero-auto/automotive-systems-engineering/

Course structure and teaching

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.

Course features

- 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.

Compulsory modules

- Manufacturing Systems and Integrated Design

- Vehicle and Powertrain Functional Performance

- Vehicle Systems Analysis

- Project

Optional modules (select three)

- Body Engineering

- Powertrain Calibration Optimisation

- Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains

- Vehicle Dynamics and Control (for full time programme only)

- Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration

Careers and further Study

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.

Scholarships

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.

Why choose aeronautical and automotive engineering at Loughborough?

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.

- Facilities

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.

- Research

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/



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Automotive Mechatronics is a life-cycle activity that involves the multidisciplinary integration of automotive mechanical and electronic systems. Read more

Automotive Mechatronics is a life-cycle activity that involves the multidisciplinary integration of automotive mechanical and electronic systems. You will gain skills across automotive-specific mechanics, electronics, communication, advanced control and modelling.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Automotive Mechatronics is a recently established course, developed to respond to the clear demand in the sector for graduates with advanced skills and education in the specialised field. The significant increase in the application of mechatronics has created an industry need for this Masters degree. This course is designed for students with a solid engineering, mathematics or applied science undergraduate degree who want to strive for a skill set which combines electrical, mechanical, digital control systems and physical system modelling.

Why this course?

We have extensive strategic links with the automotive industry and key players in the forefront of automotive research and development. This high level of engagement with industry through short courses, consultancy and research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the UK and abroad for companies to recruit.

We are well located for visiting students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies.

Informed by Industry

The MSc in Automotive Mechantronics 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.

Accreditation

This MSc degree is accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Insitution of Engineering & 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.

Course details

This course is made up of ten taught compulsory modules, which are generally delivered from October to March. During the first term you will take modules in core automotive subjects, such as vehicle dynamics, design, vehicle performance, powertrain technology and vehicle structures.

In the second term, you will undertake a bespoke programme of study geared towards a greater understanding of physical systems, advanced control system design and rapid prototyping.

Group 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.

Presentations are arranged to the Industrial Advisory Panel members (consisting of practising automotive engineers and managers), academic staff and fellow students, to market the product and demonstrate technical expertise. These presentations give you the opportunity to develop your presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

The Automotive Mechatronics MSc Group Design Project presentations will be held on 8th March 2018. If you would like to attend please contact  

View our Automotive programme 2017

Individual project

After having gained an excellent understanding of methods and applications, you will work full-time (May to September) on an individual research project. This research project will allow you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest, taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical experience. A list of suggested topics is provided, and includes projects proposed by staff and industry sponsors, associated with current research projects. 

It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation and written report will be required from all students, and the research findings presented to the academic staff as well as the Industrial Advisory Panel members.

Assessment

Taught component (50%), Group project (10%), Individual research project (40%)

Your career

This course will take you on to an excellent career as a qualified engineer of the highest standard in the field of Automotive Mechatronics, capable of contributing significantly to the increased demand for experts in the field of vehicle electrification. The broad application of automotive mechatronics opens a wide range of career opportunities within the automotive sector. 

Expected careers paths for graduates who have successfully completed the MSc in Automotive Mechatronics include further research or employment within internationally leading vehicle manufacturers and engineering consultancies and tier 1 suppliers to the automotive industry.



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In the modern world of vehicle design and manufacture, companies require engineers who are highly qualified and possess specialised skills. Read more
In the modern world of vehicle design and manufacture, companies require engineers who are highly qualified and possess specialised skills.

The course proposed here not only addresses the overall design of a vehicle but will also introduce participants to various specialised areas of Automotive Engineering.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-We have expertise in adopting an integrated multidisciplinary approach to engineering projects
-Take part in real engineering projects in conjunction with industry
-Achieve a better understanding of system design methodologies

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The course has the following modules:
-Masters Project (Industry or Academic based)
-Engineering Project Management
-Computer Aided Engineering
-Noise Vibration and Harshness
-Engineering Analysis and Simulation
-Ground Vehicle Dynamics
-Powertrain and Engine Dynamics
-Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Alternative Propulsion Systems

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

We prepare participants for productive careers as Automotive Engineering specialists in a wide range of engineering, manufacturing, and services organisations.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This course is aimed at engineering graduates who wish to work in the automotive industry, with particular focus on the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems. Read more
This course is aimed at engineering graduates who wish to work in the automotive industry, with particular focus on the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems.

Our graduates have the technical and managerial skills and expertise that are highly sought after by the automotive industry.

Our course will not only help prepare you for an exciting career in the industry, but it will also help prepare you to continue your studies onto a Doctor of Philosophy research programme.

Many distinction-level graduates from this programme stay on for a PhD, often funded in part by the University of Bath.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/taught-programmes/automotive/index.html

Learning outcomes

By studying our MSc in Automotive Engineering you will:

- Understand the vehicle design process and the operation and performance of important sub-systems
- Analyse current and projected future environmental legislation and the impact this has on the design, operation and performance of automotive powertrain systems
- Analyse in detail the operation and performance indicators of transmission systems, internal combustion engines and after treatment devices.

Collaborative working

The programme includes traditionally taught subject-specific units and business and group-orientated modular work. These offer you the chance to gain experience in design, project management and creativity, while working with students from other subjects.

- Group project work
In semester 2 you undertake a cross-disciplinary group activity for your professional development, simulating a typical industrial work situation.

- Individual project work
In the final semester, you undertake an individual research project directly related to key current research at the University, often commissioned by industry.

Structure

See programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/me/me-proglist-pg.html#B) for more detail on individual units.

Semester 1 (October-January):
The first semester of our course allows students to choose from a range of fundamental and more advanced lecture courses covering the analysis methods and modelling techniques that are used in the simulation, design and manufacture of modern vehicles and powertrains.

- Five taught units
- Includes coursework involving laboratory or small project sessions
- Typically each unit consists of 22 hours of lectures, may involve a number of hours of tutorials/exercises and laboratory activity and approximately 70 hours of private study (report writing, laboratory results processing and revision for examinations)

Semester 2 (February-May):
In Semester 2 you will study both technical specialist units and project-based units. You will develop your professional understanding of engineering in a research and design context. You will gain analytical and team working skills to enable you to deal with the open-ended tasks that typically arise in practice in present-day engineering.

- The semester aims to develop your professional understanding of engineering in a business environment and is taught by academic staff with extensive experience in industry
- Group projects in which students work in a multi-disciplinary team to solve a conceptual structural engineering design problem, just as an industrial design team would operate
- Individual project preliminary work and engineering project management units

Summer/Dissertation Period (June-September):
The full time summer project gives students the opportunity to develop their understanding of aspects of the automotive material covered in the first semester, through a detailed study related to the research interests and specialisations of a member of the academic staff. The students will often be working as part of a larger group of researchers including postgraduates, research officers and undergraduates and as such have access to the state of the art automotive test facilities within the department.

- Individual project leading to MSc dissertation
- Depending on the chosen area of interest, the individual project may involve theoretical and/or experimental activities; for both such activities students can use the department computer suites and well-equipped and newly refurbished laboratories for experimental work. The individual projects are generally carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. A number of industrially-based projects are available to students

Subjects covered

- Heat transfer
- Engineering systems simulation
- Engine & powertrain technologies
- Professional skills for engineering practice
- Vehicle engineering
- Vehicle dynamics & aerodynamics

Career Options

Our MSc graduates now work all over the world in various industries, while a number of them pursue their Doctorates in universities worldwide. Recent graduates have secured jobs as:

- Calibration Engineer, Ford Motor Company Ltd
- Product Engineer, Renault
- Engineering Consultant, D'Appolonia

Companies which have hired our recent graduates include:

British Aerospace
Airbus UK
Intel
Ricardo
Cambstion
Panama Canal Authority
Moog Controls Ltd

About the department

Bath has a strong tradition of achievement in mechanical engineering research and education.

We are proud of our research record: 89% of our research was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, placing us 10th in the UK for our submission to the Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering.

We offer taught MSc students the chance to carry out projects within outstanding research groupings.

Our research impact is wide and we are dedicated to working with industry to find innovative solutions to problems that affect all areas of society.

We are consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 mechanical engineering departments in the annual league tables.

We believe in producing leaders, not just engineers.

We will give you the edge over your competitors by teaching you how technology fits into commercial settings. You will not only have access to cutting edge science and technology, we will also provide you with the skills you need to manage a workforce in demanding business environments.

For further information visit our departmental website (http://www.bath.ac.uk/mech-eng/pgt/).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/

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The MSc in Motorsport Engineering course provides a unique preparation for work in the motorsport industry. Read more
The MSc in Motorsport Engineering course provides a unique preparation for work in the motorsport industry. Our location in the heart of UK motorsport valley with close proximity of the majority of Formula 1 teams and their supply chain gives our Department unrivalled access to motorsport companies.This informs and directs development and delivery of the programmes, benefiting from contribution by a range of experts with noteworthy track record in the motorsport industry. It also offers students opportunities to undertake industry-based projects, often in conjunction with our high-standing research based around state-of-the-art automotive test equipment in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Our students also have an opportunity to implement their theoretical knowledge by joining Oxford Brookes Racing, our acclaimed Formula Student team to gain an understanding of racing culture and an environment where winning race cars are built.

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 in laboratories that include a four-post test rig, four state-of-the-art engine test cells, analytical and mechanical test equipment and the latest 3D printing technology, in addition to a range of racing cars. Our staff have exceptional expertise in the field of motorsport engineering and include winning F1 race car designers and world-leading sustainable vehicle engineering researchers.

Visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspectives, preparing you for an exciting career, for more information see our invited research lectures. You will 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. Find out more about Formula Student at Brookes by visiting the Oxford Brookes Racing website. 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 - to get the flavour of activities at our department see 2015 highlights.

Professional accreditation

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

This course in detail

The Motorsport Engineering MSc is structured around three time periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the end of September.

To qualify for a master degree you must pass the compulsory modules, two optional modules and the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:
-Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
-Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Laptime Simulation and Race Engineering
-Advanced Engineering Management

Optional modules (choose two):
-Vehicle Crash Engineering
-Computation and Modelling
-CAD/CAM
-Advanced Strength of Components
-Advanced Materials Engineering and Joining Technology
-Data Acquisition Systems
-Engineering Reliability and Risk Management

You also take:
The Dissertation is an individual project on a topic from motorsport engineering, offering an opportunity to specialise in a particular area of motorsport. In addition to developing high level of expertise in a particular area of motorsport, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. Dallara, VUHL, Base Performance, McLaren, AVL), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

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.

Careers and professional development

The 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.

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Automotive industry design is undergoing a very swift and radical change and this course prepares automotive engineers to deal with this complex and fast development. Read more
Automotive industry design is undergoing a very swift and radical change and this course prepares automotive engineers to deal with this complex and fast development. Our applied approach to design, manufacture and testing of automotive products ensures that our graduates are ready for automotive industry, with excellent employability prospects. In addition, our location is in the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses and the UK motorsport valley. This offers unrivalled opportunities for students to collaborate with automotive industry and their supply chain. It keeps students abreast with the current developments in automotive technologies, production methods, processes and management techniques. Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Why choose this course?

You will be taught in a purpose-designed engineering building, by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields. Lecturers include world-leaders in research on sustainable vehicle engineering, and those with experience of designing and working with major automotive manufacturers such as TATA, MAN and BMW. Our visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspective, preparing you for an exciting career; for more information see our industrial lecture series schedule. We have close links with industry including the BMW MINI plant in Oxford, Porsche, Ford, MAN, MIRA and other national and international partners. Our research incorporates the latest developments within the sector with high profile visiting speakers contributing to our invited research lectures.

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. Regular visits to automotive industry and their supply chain provide students with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology - to get a flavour of the activities within our department see 2015 highlights. You will have the opportunity to join our acclaimed Formula Student team (OBR), mentored by our alumni and visiting lecturers from automotive and motorsport industry. You will put theory into practice by competing with the best universities from around the world. Find out more about Formula Student at Brookes by visiting the Oxford Brookes Racing website: https://obr.brookes.ac.uk/

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institute of Engineering and Technology meeting the academic requirements for full Chartered Engineer status.

This course in detail

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one of two alternative-compulsory modules and one optional module, along with the dissertation.

Compulsory modules
-Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
-Sustainable Engineering Technology.
-Advanced Engineering Management

Alternative-compulsory modules (you must pass at least one of these):
-Noise, Vibration and Harshness
-Vehicle Crash Engineering

Optional modules (you take one of these, unless you take both alternative-compulsory modules above):
-Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Engineering Reliability and Risk Management
-CAD/CAM
-Advanced Powertrain Engineering

The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from automotive engineering, offering an opportunity to develop a high level of expertise in a particular area of automotive engineering, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. MAN (Germany), VUHL (Mexico), McLaren (UK), AVL (Austria), Arctic Truck (Iceland) etc.), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, or commercial organisation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.

Careers and professional development

Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in their chosen industry. Many of our students go on to work with leading automotive or motorsport companies in the UK and worldwide.

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The aim of the programme is to equip non-engineering graduates with a STEM background to meet the stringent demands of today’s highly competitive industrial environment. On completion of these courses students acquire a broad understanding of Engineering with a focus on aerospace engineering.

The University has been running automotive degree courses for almost forty years and is very well-established within the automotive industry. We have some 250 undergraduate and postgraduate students reading automotive engineering so are one of the largest providers of automotive engineering degree courses in the UK. We have excellent facilities in automotive engineering technology including an automotive centre with engine test facilities.

The development of skills and advancement of knowledge focus on:
-The selection of materials, process and techniques for the structural analysis and the design and construction of automotive components such as body and chassis, in relation to vibration and vehicle dynamics
-Understanding of alternative power train and fuel technologies, their impact on vehicle performance and environment
-The construction of CAE models and to assess implications of the results, the limitations of present techniques and the potential future direction of developments in the CAE field
-Appreciation of the need for process and product development relevant to the introduction of products in a cost effective and timely manner
-Critical review of the present knowledge base, its applicability, usage and relevance to enhance product and enterprise performance

Why choose this course?

This pioneering programme consists of a number of “specialist” Masters awards with an expectation that students will have studied a STEM related discipline to a Bachelor’s level or equivalent, as opposed to a “traditional” masters philosophy aimed at students from an engineering background. The programme offers options with separate entry routes for candidates transitioning from ‘Near STEM’ and ‘Far STEM’ disciplines:The Far STEM route is for first degrees where statistical analysis was a dominant feature of their analytical studies. Students will spend one to two semesters studying appropriate Level 4/5 modules in the first year then joining the Near STEM cohort (e.g., chemistry or biology). The Far STEM route is for first degrees where statistical analysis was a dominant feature of their analytical studies. Students will spend one to two semesters studying appropriate Level 4/5 modules in the first year then joining the Near STEM cohort (e.g., chemistry or biology).

Careers

The successful postgraduates of the programme will acquire the knowledge and understanding, intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for the analysis and synthesis of problems in engineering through a combination of experimental, simulation, research methods and case studies. They can expect to gain work in a range of disciplines within a variety of industries from specialist technical roles to positions of management responsibility.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility.
The online StudyNet is accessible 24/7 and allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School also operate an open access laboratory, and computer policy, that will help students complete coursework and assignments, at a scheduled pace and on time.

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Automotive Materials & Manufacture
-CFD Techniques
-Computing for Business and Technology
-Dynamics
-Engineering Application of Mathematics
-Engineering Fundamentals
-Mechanical Experimental Engineering
-Mechanical Science
-Operations Management

Year 2
Core Modules
-Advanced Engines & Power Systems
-Automotive Chassis & Powertrain Technology
-Automotive Dynamics & Safety
-Automotive Electrical Systems
-Integrated Product Engineering
-Operations Research

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The aim of the programme is to equip non-engineering graduates with a STEM background to meet the stringent demands of today’s highly competitive industrial environment. Read more
The aim of the programme is to equip non-engineering graduates with a STEM background to meet the stringent demands of today’s highly competitive industrial environment. On completion of these courses students acquire a broad understanding of Engineering with a focus on aerospace engineering.

The University has been running automotive degree courses for almost forty years and is very well-established within the automotive industry. We have some 250 undergraduate and postgraduate students reading automotive engineering so are one of the largest providers of automotive engineering degree courses in the UK. We have excellent facilities in automotive engineering technology including an automotive centre with engine test facilities.

The development of skills and advancement of knowledge focus on:
-The selection of materials, process and techniques for the structural analysis and the design and construction of automotive components such as body and chassis, in relation to vibration and vehicle dynamics
-Understanding of alternative power train and fuel technologies, their impact on vehicle performance and environment
-The construction of CAE models and to assess implications of the results, the limitations of present techniques and the potential future direction of developments in the CAE field
-Appreciation of the need for process and product development relevant to the introduction of products in a cost effective and timely manner
-Critical review of the present knowledge base, its applicability, usage and relevance to enhance product and enterprise performance

Why choose this course?

This pioneering programme consists of a number of “specialist” Masters awards with an expectation that students will have studied a STEM related discipline to a Bachelor’s level or equivalent, as opposed to a “traditional” masters philosophy aimed at students from an engineering background. The programme offers options with separate entry routes for candidates transitioning from ‘Near STEM’ and ‘Far STEM’ disciplines:The Far STEM route is for first degrees where statistical analysis was a dominant feature of their analytical studies. Students will spend one to two semesters studying appropriate Level 4/5 modules in the first year then joining the Near STEM cohort (e.g., chemistry or biology). The Near STEM route is for admission of relevant first degree candidates and whose programme would have made extensive use of applied mathematics to design and explain engineering and/or scientific concepts (e.g., physics or maths).

Careers

The successful postgraduates of the programme will acquire the knowledge and understanding, intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for the analysis and synthesis of problems in engineering through a combination of experimental, simulation, research methods and case studies. They can expect to gain work in a range of disciplines within a variety of industries from specialist technical roles to positions of management responsibility.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility.
The online StudyNet is accessible 24/7 and allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School also operate an open access laboratory, and computer policy, that will help students complete coursework and assignments, at a scheduled pace and on time.

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Advanced Engines & Power Systems
-Automotive Chassis & Powertrain Technology
-Automotive Dynamics & Safety
-Automotive Materials & Manufacture
-CFD Techniques
-Dynamics
-Operations Management
-Operations Research

Year 2
Core Modules
-Individual Masters Project

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The Joint Master Degree in Sustainable Automotive Engineering (JMDSAE) provides courses in the field of Low Carbon Automotive Engineering and more largely in Electromobility. Read more

The Joint Master Degree in Sustainable Automotive Engineering (JMDSAE) provides courses in the field of Low Carbon Automotive Engineering and more largely in Electromobility. The partner institutions have the shared aim of promoting strong cooperation in order to implement the JMDSAE. In particular the objectives are:

  • Providing students with a broad scientific background and in-depth knowledge of the automotive related fields in order to become independent learners, capable of solving engineering problems in a multidisciplinary way.
  • Preparing graduates for the industry or for further research by equipping them with adequate knowledge and skills related to modern automotive systems.
  • Equipping graduates with the ability to critically evaluate their own work relative to other work in the field in order to establish best global practices.
  • Strengthening scientific, teaching and research collaborations within the European Union and other countries.
  • Developing a network of experts in the automotive field with leading academic and industrial partners.

Program structure

The JMDSAE consists of four semesters including an internship and a Master thesis.

Semester 1 & 2

University of Antwerp Term 1: September to December

AUTOMOTION AND ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES

  • Engine technologies and green fuels (6 ECTS)
  • Vehicle dynamics (3 ECTS)
  • Electric power subsystem in EV and HEV (6 ECTS)
  • Communication & Entrepreneurship (6 ECTS)

Loughborough University Term 2: January to March

POWERTRAIN

  • Powertrain calibration and optimization (10,5 ECTS)
  • Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains (10,5 ECTS)

University of Bordeaux Term 3: April to June

ELECTROMOBILITY

  • Design of EV/HEV powertrain (6 ECTS)
  • Analysis and modelling technical systems (6 ECTS)
  • Electro-mobility (6 ECTS)

Or:

University of Deusto Term 3: April to June

FUTURE VEHICLES

  • In-vehicle intelligent transportation (6 ECTS)
  • Vibro-acoustic comfort in electric powered (6 ECTS)
  • Lightweight structures (6 ECTS)

Semester 3: September to January

  • Compulsory internship in the industry, preferably with associated industrial partners (30ECTS).

Semester 4: February to June

  • Research thesis to be supervized by one of the partner institutions (30ECTS).

Strengths of this Master program

  • This innovative program covers different aspects of the electric/hybrid electric vehicle sector, thus responding to the ever changing energy needs of the automobile industry and the criteria of pollution reduction.
  • Courses cover the latest technological trends and knowledge in the topics of Automotion and Engine Technologies, Powertrain, Electromobility and Future Vehicles.
  • All classes are taught in English and language classes in each country are available.
  • Classes and internships take place within four different universities / countries, thus providing a rich multicultural background which develops students’ ability to adapt and work in different international environments.
  • Associated partners are leading actors within the automotive field thus providing innovative internship and networking possibilities for students.

After this Master program?

The European Commission estimates 12 million jobs within the European automotive industry. The industry also has strong economic connections to many other developing industrial sectors. There is therefore already a strong and growing need for a qualified workforce in this domain in Europe and throughout the world.

Graduates are expertly qualified to work in R&D departments that focus on the development of hybrid/electrical vehicles as well as parts of these vehicles as powertrains.



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NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?. If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Automotive Engineering. Read more
NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?

If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Automotive Engineering. It includes an extra semester of preliminary study to prepare you for postgraduate learning in the UK. We strongly recommend that all international students take this option as it is proven to improve your chances of success. Take a look at this alternative course here.

The Automotive courses are based around the use of industry standard engineering software and hardware provided by our partners. The student will gain an in depth understanding of Pro Engineer Wildfire, Alias Auto Studio, Cambridge Engineering Selector, ANSYS FEA, Cham Phoenics CFD, Boothroyd Dewhurst DFMA software and will gain hands on experience of related hardware such as Minolta Vi910 laser scanner, TESA coordinate measuring machine, ZCorporation and Startasys rapid prototyping, KRYLE 3 Axis Machining Centre and Beavor Turning Centre, Lister Petter Diesel engine dyno, Race Technology real time data acquisition.

This virtual design and analysis approach is backed up by experimental analysis on real vehicles which will be supported by partners such as James Watt Automotive who have a wealth of experience in developing and running vehicles for motorsport.

Course content

The course consists of 8 taught modules plus a major personal project leading to a written thesis. The taught modules cover the broad range of activities involved in vehicle design. You will study topics such as solid and surface modelling, rapid prototyping, Finite Element Analysis, advanced engine design and aerodynamics. The subject area of your final thesis can be selected to suit your own aspirations and interests. You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely to develop an academically challenging portfolio of work. The focus of this project will determine whether you will opt for the title of MSc Automotive or MSc Autosport.

Core modules are:
-Research Methods & Project Management
-Design Technologies for Master
-Structural Integrity
-Advanced Engine Design
-Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
-Control Systems
-Project

Option Modules are:
-Applied Structural Integrity
-Sustainable Design & Manufacture
-Advanced Engineering Materials
-Industrial Placement MSc Engineering Handbook

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