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Automotive and Motorsport Engineering - MSc

Course Description

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.

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

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.


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.

Visit the Automotive and Motorsport Engineering - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Saurabh Ambre

103.jpg I am an ardent Formula one aficionado, but specializing merely in Motorsport engineering would restrict my learning capabilities. Brunel University is the only institute to offer a Masters course in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, a course with modules from both streams. Brunel has a practical approach towards education as students are given an opportunity to work together in teams to build a single seat race car for Formula Student competition. The course enables students to spend time at the race track during several motorsport events. The exposure received and the interaction with automotive companies also benefits ones' career. Brunel University was amongst the first few UK Universities to enter the Formula Student competition and has won awards every year since 1999. The competition is run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and it aims to inspire young Engineers by challenging them to design, manufacture and test a race car. The teams are scrutinized on their vehicle design and business strategy.

At Brunel, I led a team of 20 postgraduate Engineers from 8 different countries in developing a single seat race car for the Formula Student UK competition in 2012. Strong leadership tact and managerial skills are characteristics that I have both inherited and developed while studying for this course. During my role as team principal of Brunel Master Motorsport (BMM-8), I was able to recognise my strengths and weaknesses and showcase my talents but more importantly learn from my mistakes. Due to the valuable inputs and efforts from all members, the team accomplished 3rd place in the competition.

I would recommend every international student to definitely apply for the Brunel international scholarship award; it is worth your effort and time. I was awarded the Scholarship in 2010/2011.

My principal goal is to work towards academic excellence and broaden my horizon as a keen learner and lover of technology. I want to pursue my career in the world of Automotive / Motorsport and would like to dedicate my work towards efficient technologies without compromising performance. I would like to dedicate my engineering skills in developing innovative products / concepts for future development in the automotive industry.
I am currently training on automated CNC machines required for manufacturing processes in the automotive industry. I have a few job offers from International companies based in India, but have still yet to decide.


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering or technology discipline.Other subjects in a related discipline, including but not limited to physics and mathematics will be considered and assessed on an individual basis. For international or EU entry requirements please see website View Website

Last Updated

02 June 2017

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