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