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.
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 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.
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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
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.
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.
Recipient: Cranfield University
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