Cranfield University's Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc has been developed in collaboration with leading motorsport companies, in response to the sector's need for postgraduate level engineers. The Cranfield Masters programme will hone your skills and expertise in relation to motorsport and high performance engineering. Motorsport practitioners such as Pat Symonds, Adrian Reynard, Andrew McFarlan, Stefan Strahnz, Mike Pilbeam and Daniele Casanova contribute valuable sessions on the course.
Motorsport is an exacting world that demands total commitment from the designers and engineers who form the backbone of the companies and teams competing in series around the world. Without their skills and expertise drivers and riders don't even get onto the grid.
Cranfield University's Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc has been developed in collaboration with leading motorsport companies, in response to the sector's need for postgraduate level engineers. The Cranfield Masters programme will hone your skills and expertise in relation to motorsport and high performance engineering.
Established in 2000 with support from the motorsport community, this postgraduate programme prepares graduates for a career in motorsport or high performance engineering through the development of a combination of applied research and practical skills, specialist expertise and business management tailored towards a career in motorsport.
Motorsport practitioners such as Pat Symonds, Adrian Reynard, Andrew McFarlan, Stefan Strahnz, Mike Pilbeam and Daniele Casanova contribute valuable sessions on the course.
The MSc course consists of eight one-week assessed modules, a group design project and an individual thesis project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete eight modules and a group design project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules.
A number of external lecturers from the world of motorsport will deliver sessions during modules as well as contributing to the group design project phase. Our official visiting academics include:
- Dr Adrian Reynard, Motorsport Visiting Professor
- Dr Matthew Harrison, Motorsport Visiting Professor
- Mr Ricardo Divila, Motorsport Technical Visiting Fellow
- Mr Joe Saward, Motorsport Business Visiting Fellow
- Mr Karl Ludvigsen, Motorsport History Visiting Fellow.
The MSc course consists of eight one-week assessed modules, a group design project and an individual thesis project.
Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems.
Cranfield Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc thesis projects have been supported by many motorsport companies, some of which we cannot name because of confidentiality. Previous thesis project supporters have included; Williams F1, McLaren Racing, Red Bull Technology, Force India, Cosworth, Pilbeam Racing Designs, Carlin, Wirth Research, ART Grand Prix, Reynard, RML, Silverstone Circuits, Epsilon Euskadi, The FIA, OptimumG, Swindon Racing Engines, Litespeed, Multimatic, ATL, ChassisSim, Xtrac, Alto Performance, Audisport North America, Prodrive, Stack, DAMS and Lola. Thesis projects can form the basis of technical articles in magazines such as Racecar Engineering and Race Tech.
“The day before going to Goodwood, I was at Cranfield University attending the Thesis Project Exhibition Day which included presentations for the Motorsport MSc programme, in other words, the bright young minds that will hopefully be coming into motorsport in the near future. With students from around the world, it really was inspirational talking to many of them and learning from them what they had been researching and their conclusions. As long as the sanctioning bodies embrace new technologies and not be afraid of them and go down the spec series route, then motor racing’s future looks exceptionally bright.”
William Kimberley, Editor, Race Tech Magazine
Group Design Projects are usually sponsored by industry partners and provide students with experience of working on real challenges in the work place along with skills in team working, managing resources and developing reporting and presentation skills. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group design project.
The Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc group design project forms an important element of the education and assessment process for our Masters students. The group design project is an applied, multidisciplinary team-based activity, providing students with the opportunity to apply principles taught during their MSc course. It is an important component of the MSc which is accredited by the IMechE, IET and RAeS. The Presentation Day provides the students with an opportunity to present their work to an audience of industry representatives, academics and their peers.
Our group design projects have proven very successful in developing new conceptual designs which are now implemented in competition vehicles and have even influenced sporting regulations. The nature of the work is very much applied with the students accessing facilities and equipment here at Cranfield together with support from the academic team and motorsport practitioners.
Taught modules MSc 40%, Group project (dissertation for part-time students) MSc 20%, Individual project MSc 40%.
Motorsport is a highly competitive sector. While we cannot guarantee you a job in motorsport, studying at Cranfield will immerse you in a highly focused motorsport engineering programme, providing you with access to motorsport companies and practitioners. You will find Cranfield alumni throughout the international motorsport sector.
Former students are working for companies such as Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, Andretti Formula E, Abt Sportsline, Haas F1 Team, Race Logic, McLaren GT, HWA AG - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team, JLR, Multimatic, Lotus Cars, FORTEC, Scuderia Ferrari, Van Amersfoort Racing, VW WRC, Renault Sport F1, Aston Martin, RML, DS Virgin Racing Formula E, Pirelli Motorsport, Ricardo UK STC., JRM, McLaren Automotive, ORECA, Titan Motorsport and Automotive, Bentley Cars, Honda R & D Europe, Red Bull Racing Australia, Mahle, Manor Racing MRT, Prodrive and Dunlop Motorsport.
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First or Upper Second class UK Honours graduates in engineering, aerospace, materials science and closely related disciplines who wish to gain knowledge of the engineering, management, science and technologies relevant to Motorsport.