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Automotive Mechatronics (MSc)

Course Description

Course Description

The MSc Automotive Mechatronics is a newly established course, developed to respond to the clear demand in the sector for graduates with advanced skills and education in the specialised field. The significant increase in the application of mechatronics has created an industry need for this masters degree. Cranfield University has extensive strategic links with the automotive industry and key players in the forefront of automotive research and development. This high level of engagement with industry through short courses, consultancy and research make our graduates some of the most desirable in the UK and abroad for companies to recruit.


Automotive Mechatronics is a life-cycle activity that involves the multidisciplinary integration of physical systems (which may include elements of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic) with electronic digital control. It is widely recognised that a significant number of recent advancements and innovations within the automotive sector can be attributed to the specialised domain of mechatronics. The increasing trend for greater levels of vehicle electrification has encompassed every domain of the modern vehicle and this broad application forms the foundation of Cranfield developing the MSc in Automotive Mechatronics.

Cranfield’s extensive strategic links with industry ensures that all of the materials taught on the course are relevant, timely and meet the needs of organisations competing within the automotive mechatronics sector. This makes Cranfield automotive graduates some of the most desirable in the world for companies to recruit.

This course is designed for students with a solid engineering, mathematics or applied science undergraduate degree who want to strive for a skill set which combines electrical, mechanical, digital control systems and physical system modelling.

English Language Requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).


The MSc in Automotive Mechantronics is made up of ten compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project. In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following outcomes from this degree course.

- Systematically use a range of calculation methods to formulate an overall concept and detailed design of components, assemblies and systems for road vehicles, to satisfy ergonomic, safety, structural integrity and performance requirements.

- Critically assess the mechanical design of automotive chassis components using hand calculations, solid body modelling and the finite element method.

- Undertake thermodynamic and combustion calculations, supported by knowledge of fuel properties and the combustion process in spark ignition and diesel engines.

- Analyse the vehicle handling behaviour for driver inputs and the ride response due to road surface irregularities.

- Evaluate modern control systems used in engine management, powertrain, brake and suspension systems.

- Evaluate and construct mechatronics models within the context of practical automotive design concepts, performance and constrains and interpret the simulation results accordingly.

- Design control systems that meet the multi-disciplinary requirements of safety and robustness and critically evaluate different hardware implementation strategies.

- Evaluate energy storage and prime mover technology options for a hybrid or electric vehicle and be able to select between different technologies relative to a given vehicle application and overall system design.


This course is made up of ten taught compulsory modules, which are generally delivered from October to March. During the first term you will take modules in compulsory automotive subjects before moving on to the second term where you will undertake a bespoke programme of study geared towards a greater understanding of physical systems, advanced control system design and rapid prototyping.

- Advanced Control and Optimisation
- Applied Automotive Control
- Automotive Control and Simulation
- Implementation of Automotive Control Systems
- Introduction to Integral Vehicle Structures
- Mechatronics Modelling for Automotive Systems
- Powertrain Systems
- Vehicle Concepts and Performance
- Vehicle Dynamics, Ride and Handling
- Vehicle Electrification and Hybridisation

Individual Project

After having gained an excellent understanding of methods and applications, you will work full-time (May to September) on an individual research project. This research project will allow you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest, taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical experience. A list of suggested topics is provided, and includes projects proposed by staff and industry sponsors, associated with current research projects.

It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation and written report will be required from all students, and the research findings presented to the academic staff as well as the Industrial Advisory Panel members.

Group Project

You will undertake a substantial group project between October and March, which focuses on designing and optimising a particular vehicle system/assembly. This is designed to prepare you for the project-based working environment within the majority of the automotive industry.

Presentations are arranged to the Industrial Advisory Panel members (consisting of practising automotive engineers and managers), academic staff and fellow students, to market the product and demonstrate technical expertise. These presentations give you the opportunity to develop your presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.


Taught component (50%) is assessed by an examination and/or assignment. Group project (10%) is assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations. Individual Research Project (40%) is assessed by a written thesis and oral presentation.

Career opportunities

This course takes you onto an excellent career as a qualified engineer of the highest standard in the field of Automotive Mechatronics, capable of contributing significantly to the increased demand for experts in field of vehicle electrification. The broad application of automotive mechatronics opens a wide range of career opportunities within the automotive sector.

Expected careers paths for graduates who have successfully completed the MSc in Automotive Mechatronics include further research or employment within internationally leading vehicle manufacturers and engineering consultancies and tier 1 suppliers to the automotive industry.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/automotive-mechatronics.html

Visit the Automotive Mechatronics (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.


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


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


Entry Requirements

A first or second class (or equivalent) UK Honours degree in engineering, mathematics or an applied science, with a wish to specialise in the growing field of Automotive Mechatronics. Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

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