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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

The MSc in Racing Engine Systems is the only programme of its kind in the world - it has been developed with the needs and requirements of the race engine manufacturers in mind. The programme is designed to produce highly-skilled graduates who are ready to undertake advanced design roles with major engine manufacturers and their supply chain.

The UK is a world leader in motorsport and high performance engines industry - many of the world's most advanced high-performance engines are designed not far from our location in the UK motorsport valley. The department’s unrivalled access to motorsport industry informs and directs development and delivery of the programme.

In addition to the strong theory-based modules, graduates gain a comprehensive understanding of how winning engines are created. Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Why choose this course?

  • We are known as a premier institution for Motorsport education - our motorsport legacy is recognised worldwide and many of our graduates progress to work for most advanced high-performance engine manufacturers, such as Ferrari and Mercedes HPP, all F1 teams and major suppliers to motorsport industry, such as Riccardo, Xtrac, Prodrive, and Hewland.
  • Our programme has been developed with and delivered in collaboration with the automotive and motorsport industry: you will be taught by staff with many years of racing engine experience, from performance road cars, Rally, IRL, Kart and F3 right up to F1 and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, that include four engine test cells, analytical and mechanical test equipment and the latest 3D printing technology, in addition to a range of racing cars. Industrial aspect of delivery is enhanced by our visiting speakers from business and industry, providing professional perspectives, preparing you for an exciting career, for more information see our industrial lecture series schedule.
  • Our close industry links can also be seen through research projects and consultancies that enable us to feed the latest technology and developments into our teaching as well as providing opportunities for students to undertake projects with neighbouring companies, also based in the UK Motorsport Valley, whilst our well-funded research programmes in areas of current concern such as vehicle end-of-life issues, modern composite materials and electric vehicles offer. In the most recent REF (2014) 57% of the department's research was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent with 96% being internationally recognised. Our research incorporates the latest developments within the sector with high profile visiting speakers contributing to our invited research lectures.
  • You will have the opportunity to join our acclaimed Formula Student team (OBR), mentored by our alumni and visiting lecturers from motorsport industry. You can put theory into practice by competing with the best universities from around the world. Find out more about Formula Student at Brookes by visiting the Oxford Brookes Racing website. You will have an opportunity to work on our novel V-twin engine design and also select this as your dissertation topic, which may lead to the possibility of furthering their studies towards a PhD research degree.
  • Regular visits to F1 teams, Formula E teams and major suppliers to the motorsport industry provide students with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology -- to get a flavour of the activities within our department see our departmental news.

This course in detail

The course is structured around three time periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one optional module and the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Powertrain Engineering 
  • Engineering Business Management 
  • Advanced Strength of Components 
  • Racing Engine Systems 
  • The Dissertation

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management
  • Data Acquisition Systems and Computational Modelling 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars to provide a sound theoretical base, and practical work to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide valuable insights.

Approach to assessment

Coursework exercises, essays, presentations and laboratory exercises form the basis for continuous assessment.

Assessment methods include examination and coursework reflecting the development of academic content from the more practical aspects to the more conceptual.

Specialist facilities

We have purpose built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment and resources required to study and practise motorsport engineering, including a four-post test rig, state-of-the-art engine test cells, analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology. 

The department also makes use of Computational Fluid Dynamics techniques for in-cylinder combustion modelling. Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software - find out more here.

Visit the MSc Racing Engine Systems page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!






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