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Automotive Engineering (MSc)


Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Automotive Engineering has been established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates. The automotive industry is global and similarly the reputation of this course is attracting students from all parts of the world to share in the learning experience. The MSc in Automotive Engineering offers students the opportunity to study in a postgraduate only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research. You will be taught by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners, and work alongside a strong research team at Cranfield University. Industry placements are on offer during research work.

Overview

Automotive Engineering is the application of engineering principles to the design and analysis of the automobile in order to satisfy a performance specification. It covers a wide range of engineering disciplines based on mechanical engineering technology, and puts these in the context of modern motor vehicle developments including environmental and safety issues.

The MSc in Automotive Engineering has been established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates. The automotive industry is global and similarly the reputation of this course is attracting students from all parts of the world to share in the learning experience.

Structure

The MSc in Automotive Engineering is made up of ten compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project.

In addition to management, communication, presentation, evaluation 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 a range of thermodynamic and combustion calculations, supported by detailed 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.
- Model the dynamic behaviour of a road vehicle using MATLAB Simulink.
- Evaluate modern control systems used in engine management, powertrain, brake, suspension systems and CAN BUS.
- Apply knowledge of vehicle refinement and critically assess the technologies relating to the reduction of CO2.

Modules

The taught programme for the automotive engineering masters is generally delivered from October to September and is comprised of ten compulsory modules including five specialist modules.

Core:
- Automotive Control and Simulation
- Introduction to Integral Vehicle Structures
- Powertrain Systems
- Vehicle Concepts and Performance
- Vehicle Dynamics, Ride and Handling
- Vehicle Dynamics and Suspension Design
- Automotive Instrumentation and Testing’
- Engine Simulation and Performance
- Automotive Instrumentation and Testing
- Vehicle Structures and Crashworthiness

Elective:
- Vehicle Concepts and Performance

Individual Project

The individual research project is the largest single component of the course taking place between April and August. It allows you to develop specialist skills in an area of your choice by taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical application, usually involving a design feasibility assessment, systems analysis or facility development. Most of the projects are initiated by industrial contacts or associated with current research programmes.

In recent years, some industry sponsors have given students the opportunity to be based on site. Thesis topics will often become the basis of an employment opportunity or PhD research topic.

Group Project

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

As a group, you will be required to present your findings, market the product and demonstrate technical expertise in the form of a written submission and a presentation to the Industrial Advisory Board, academic staff and fellow students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

Assessment

Taught Modules (25%); Group Project (35%); Individual Research Project (40%). The modules are assessed by an examination, assignment, thesis and oral presentation.

Career opportunities

Our postgraduate Automotive Engineering course provides you with the necessary skills for a career in the automotive industry. Cranfield’s automotive graduates have an excellent employment record and currently occupy positions of high responsibility in industry, such as managers of research establishments, chief engineers, engine and vehicle programme managers. Some of our graduates decide to continue their education through PhD studies with Cranfield University.

Companies that have recently recruited graduates of this course include:
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Nissan Technical Centre Europe
- Bentley Motors
- Rational Motion GmbH
- Renault Sport F1
- Caterpillar Inc.

Graduate roles include:
- Control Systems Engineer
- R&D Engineer
- Calibration Engineer.

For further information

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

Visit the Automotive 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

A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in engineering, mathematics or an applied science and demonstrable motivation for a career in automotive. 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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