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School of Mechanical Engineering

Automotive Engineering MSc (Eng)

Automotive Engineering - Masters Course


This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the needs of the automotive industry in the advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture.

Traditionally, the sector has been associated with high-volume vehicle manufacture, but the past decade has seen the landscape shift towards automotive component manufacturers and specialist design and consultancy house.

This course will prepare you to work in a range of different settings. Core modules will develop your knowledge of key fields such as chassis and driveline engineering, as well as vehicle and product systems design. You’ll then choose from optional modules on topics that suit your own interests and career intentions.

We put particular emphasis on computational methods and software packages in automotive engineering analysis, design and manufacture. Depending on the modules you choose, you could use Matlab, Abaqus finite element code, Fluent CFD, SolidWorks CAE and LabView (DAQ and control).

Specialist facilities
You’ll benefit from working in world-class specialist facilities for different aspects of automotive engineering. These include a brake test area and measurement lab, as well as the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of systems and materials. ADAMS software is also available for suspension simulation.

High-level CNC and wire EDM facilities are available in the Faculty workshop, and we have cutting-edge tribology facilities to study wear on engine parts. There’s even a ‘stirred bomb’ for characterising fuel ignition and advanced engines with optical access. If you get involved with Formula Student race car, you’ll also use our dedicated car build area including computerised engine test bays.

Find out about our MSc programme managers on our staff profiles page.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,500
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.



Core modules will give you a solid knowledge base in key areas of automotive engineering. You’ll build your understanding of how vehicle and product systems are designed and developed, as well as automotive driveline and chassis engineering.

This foundation will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas that particularly interest you when you choose from our range of optional modules. You could focus on topics such as computational methods, tribology, combustion in engines or applications of mechatronics among many others.

Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months. You could even get involved with the Formula Student race car through your project.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll extend your studies over a longer period so you can take fewer modules in each year.

Course Structure
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take four compulsory modules and select another four options

Compulsory module Credits
Professional Project 75
Automotive Chassis Engineering 15
Automotive Driveline Engineering 15
Vehicle and Product Systems Design 15
Optional modules (study 60 credits)  
Vehicle Design and Analysis 20
Mechatronics and Robotics Applications 15
Combustion in Engines 15
Surface Engineering 15
Computational and Experimental Methods 15
Introduction to Tribology 15
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15


Career prospects are excellent and with this qualification you should expect to find employment in the automotive and motor sport industries.

Graduates from this programme are working for employers such as Bentley Motors, BMW UK, Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Nissan Motor Company, Renault F1 (Lotus Renault GP), Red Bull Racing and Ricardo UK.

Alternatively, you may choose to work in the general engineering industry, undertake PhD study or move into a completely different field such as finance or teaching.

Careers Support
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UKs leading employers


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a relevant engineering discipline. Successful applicants will have previous studies covering advanced mathematics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, strength of materials and dynamics.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2149.