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Advanced Motorsport Engineering (MSc)


Course Description

Course Description

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.

Overview

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.

Course Overview

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.

Modules

The MSc course consists of eight one-week assessed modules, a group design project and an individual thesis project.

Individual 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 Project

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.

Assessment

Taught modules MSc 40%, Group project (dissertation for part-time students) MSc 20%, Individual project MSc 40%.

Career opportunities

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.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Advanced-Motorsport-Engineering

Visit the Advanced Motorsport Engineering (MSc) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Audrey Moyal

Why did you choose the motorsport course at Cranfield?
Since I was 10 years old I have wanted to work in motorsport and I thought Cranfield was the most adapted course to learn motorsport engineering. Cranfield has a very good reputation in the industry and its geographic situation is in the middle of 'Motorsport Valley’.

Did postgraduate study meet your expectations?
Yes, because I learnt about many parts of motorsport engineering: data acquisition, vehicle dynamics, composites, which I use now in my job. Moreover, with this course I had many good contacts in motorsport and I was able to find a very interesting internship at Renault Sport.

What was your group project about? Was it sponsored?
My group project was to model and design a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) for a LMP1 car. The project was sponsored by Williams Hybrid Power. My group had a partnership with the Spanish team Epsilon Euskadi. This project was very interesting because the KERS is a new technology which is more and more used in motorsport (Le Mans, Formula 1), I could learn about electronics and also race simulation, as we had to simulate what amount of fuel could be saved in a 24 hour race. It was also a very good opportunity to have a partnership with Epsilon Euskadi. We visited their factory and they supported us in the project by giving us information we needed about a LMP1 car. We were the only group to have a partnership with a racing team. It helped us and gave us contacts. We won the prize for the best group project awarded by the MSA (Motor Sports Association).

Would you recommend your course and why?
Yes because you can learn a lot about motorsport and you have very good contacts with the industry. The group project has good interaction with the industry and the subject is one which can interest the industry and help you in your future job. The name of Cranfield also helps in the CV as the reputation of this course is very good in motorsport.

What are you doing now?
I am working at Michelin in the motorsport division. Michelin is one of the leading tyre suppliers so it is an honour to work for the competition department. I develop tyres which is an important responsibility. After my course at Cranfield, I did a six month internship at Renault Sport and then before being offer the job at Michelin.


(Scholarship)

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/loan?utm_campaign=commscpls&utm_source=fam&utm_medium=onlineprofile&utm_content=courselistingfunding



Entry Requirements

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.

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