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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 3 years

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  • Last Updated

    02 August 2018

Course content

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.

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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.


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

Visit the Automotive Systems Engineering (MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!






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