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