Masters degrees in Automotive Engineering equip postgraduates with the skills to design, develop and manufacture mechanical systems for a range of vehicles.
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as Mechanical Engineering.
Automotives are a part of our day-to-day lives: from the public transport we use to get to work, the vehicles which carry home our shopping, and the craft which delivers our mail.
These courses will train you to design and develop efficient, reliable and sustainable mechanical systems for a range of vehicles including cars, motorcycles, trucks and aviation automobiles.
You will explore techniques in electrical and electronic operation engineering, as well as software and smart systems, and wireless technologies. Consideration is also given to structural design such as aerodynamics, as well as performance, quality, durability and safety.
Careers in this field are highly diverse, ranging from aerospace engineering to maritime vehicle design, as well as manufacturing and even roles within the armed forces.
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.
Core modules will give you a solid knowledge base in key areas of automotive engineering. You’ll build your understanding of how vehicle and product systems are designed and developed, as well as automotive driveline and chassis engineering.
This foundation will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas that particularly interest you when you choose from our range of optional modules. You could focus on topics such as computational methods, tribology, combustion in engines or applications of mechatronics among many others.
Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.
In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months. You could even get involved with the Formula Student race car through your project.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll extend your studies over a longer period so you can take fewer modules in each year.
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Take a look at the Automotive Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Recent projects for MSc Automotive Engineering students have included:
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer. You can also get involved with projects linked to the design, construction and testing of the Formula Student race car.
Career prospects are excellent and with this qualification you should expect to find employment in the automotive and motor sport industries.
Graduates from this programme are working for employers such as Bentley Motors, BMW UK, Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Nissan Motor Company, Renault F1 (Lotus Renault GP), Red Bull Racing and Ricardo UK.
Alternatively, you may choose to work in the general engineering industry, undertake PhD study or move into a completely different field such as finance or teaching.