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Automotive Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

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.


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
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/

Visit the Automotive Engineering (MSc) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Frederik Botes

3912.jpg While I was doing my undergraduate degree in California, I felt as though I needed another qualification to improve my career opportunities. After some digging through online forums and league tables, it was clear Bath’s Mechanical Engineering Department has the best balance between academic rigor and a practical approach to developing students’ employability. In addition, the ties with industry - particularly in engineering - present many opportunities for learning and employment to students.

I found out that Bath had a Formula Student team in my first week and got involved straight away. It was a great opportunity to develop practical engineering skills in a workplace-like environment. We’ve competed at Silverstone and were the fastest UK team, coming 7th out of 97 worldwide!

The dissertation period has allowed me to work on a project in collaboration with Jaguar/Land Rover, Lotus and a few other research partners. It’s challenged me to work independently on a three-month project developing critical thinking, communication, and writing skills. I’ve learnt a lot during this time, and will take this experience with me when I graduate.


PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

For the academic year 2016/17 we have 30 bursaries of £6,000 each available for new UK Masters students.We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications.In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information



Faculty of Engineering and Design Elite MSc Scholarships - 20+ Awards

- these awards are based on academic excellence

Value of Scholarship(s)



- for full-time study only on any MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering and Design (not distance learning programmes)
- international applicants who have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer for a full-time MSc programme and pay overseas fees are eligible.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information



University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

There are 75 scholarships worth up to £3,000 each in the University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme (UoBISS) See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)



These are for international fee-paying full-time taught post-graduate masters applicants from any country. This scheme includes stand-alone Masters of Research (MRes) programmes.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or strong second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Maths.

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