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The MSc in Racing Engine Design 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 of 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 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 2015 highlights.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (The IET) as meeting the academic requirements for full Chartered Engineer status.

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, two optional modules and the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:
-Racing Engine Design
-Advanced Strength of Components
-Advanced Engineering Management

Optional modules:
-Advanced Powertrain Engineering
-Computation and Modelling
-CAD/CAM
-Data Acquisition Systems

The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from race engineering, offering an opportunity to specialise in a particular area related to high performance engines. In addition to developing your expertise in a highly specialised field, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. McLaren, AVL, VUHL etc.), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. .

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.

Careers and professional development

Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in their chosen industry. Many of our students go on to work with leading motorsport companies, including directly into F1 teams and suppliers.

Visit the Racing Engine Design (IMechE accredited) - MSc page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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