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Autosport Engineering (Extended International) MSc

Course Description

The MSc course in Autosport Engineering covers the latest state of-the-art computer based analysis and design techniques used in the automotive industry. The course has been developed in conjunction with the Automotive Industry and will provide the graduate with an indepth insight into the key technological areas that are driving automotive engineering design.

On the Engineering Extended MSc you will spend your first semester studying modules that have been written to provide you with the academic, professional and technical skills that you will need to succeed on your chosen award. All engineering students on the Extended MSc study the same modules for one semester and then study specialist modules depending on their chosen discipline. This means that whether you have chosen the Aeronautical, Automotive, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Telecommunication route, you will study the following modules in your first semester:

Academic English: This module will help you to develop your English Language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and will introduce you to the conventions of academic writing.

Study skills & Employability: This module will help you to develop the skills and knowledge required to support study at Masters level. It will also help you to develop skills that will aid you in the job market and will look at things such as writing a C.V. and creating a personal development plan.

Engineering Principles: In this module you will undertake a variety of practical, laboratory based exercises giving you a flavour of your future studies and underpinning your future learning. You will be given experience of software tools that might include product design using solid modelling, CFD analysis for aerodynamics and Finite Element Analysis for structural analysis. This will be complemented by time spent in our new and wellequipped automotive, aeronautical and mechanical laboratories.

Mathematical Applications: As an engineering graduate you should already have a strong mathematical knowledge. This module will revise your existing knowledge and introduce you to some of the more advanced mathematical concepts deployed in the field of professional engineering. Where appropriate you will utilise software to support and enhance the problem solving and analysis techniques met in this module, allowing you to hone an essential skill for the modern industry based working environment

After successfully completing the first semester, you will concentrate on your chosen core engineering discipline. You will study a total of 8 core and option modules as set out in your award structure. For information about the structure of your award and the modules you will study after the first semester, please see the award handbooks.
-Further information on the Extended International Masters Programme
-MSc Extended International Engineering Handbook

Course content

The MSc Autosport Engineering course covers the latest state-of-the-art computer based analysis and design techniques used in the automotive industry. The courses have been developed in conjunction with industry and will provide the graduate with an indepth insight into the key technological areas that are driving automotive engineering design. Students gain a deep understanding of the engineering principles that affect all aspects of vehicle performance including engine, suspension and aerodynamics. The course is based around the use of industry standard engineering software and hardware provided by our partners. The student will gain an in depth understanding of PTC CREO, Cambridge Engineering Selector, ANSYS FEA, Cham Phoenics CFD, Boothroyd Dewhurst DFMA software and will gain hands on experience of related hardware such as Minolta Vi910 laser scanner, TESA coordinate measuring machine, ZCorporation and Startasys rapid prototyping, KRYLE 3 Axis Machining Centre and Beavor Turning Centre, Lister Petter Diesel engine dyno, Race Technology real time data acquisition. Good laboratory support including a design studio with over 70 Design Workstations, Manufacturing facilities including CNC machining and rapid prototyping systems, and fully equipped automotive workshop.

A placement opportunity of up to 12 months is designed as an option within the course.. Unfortunately applicants who require a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK are not able to apply for the Sandwich degree in the first instance due to visa regulations. We encourage International students, once enrolled, to apply for a placement and if successful apply to extend their visa and transfer to the sandwich award.

The course consists of 8 taught modules plus a major personal project leading to a written thesis. The taught modules cover the broad range of activities involved in vehicle design. You will study topics such as solid and surface modelling, rapid prototyping, Finite Element Analysis, advanced engine design and aerodynamics. The subject area of your final thesis can be selected to suit your own aspirations and interests. You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely to develop an academically challenging portfolio of work. The focus of this project will determine whether you will opt for the title of MSc Automotive or MSc Autosport.

Core modules are:
-Research Methods & Project Management
-Design Technologies for Master
-Structural Integrity
-Advanced Engine Design
-Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
-Control Systems

Option Modules are:
-Applied Structural Integrity
-Advanced Engineering Materials
-Sustainable Design & Manufacture
-Industrial Placement

Employment opportunities

Upon graduation you will be ideally placed to work in an automotive engineering company at a senior level working towards Chartered (CEng) status. If you prefer the course also gives a good grounding in research techniques which could allow you to continue your personal research interests to PhD level.

Visit the Autosport Engineering (Extended International) MSc page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related Engineering discipline. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

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