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School of Mechanical Engineering

Automotive Engineering MSc

Automotive Engineering - Masters Course


This course was introduced to cater for industry's demand for highly skilled graduates in advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture in the automotive industry. Although traditionally this industry has been associated with high volume vehicle manufacture, the nature of the industry has changed over the last decade and is now dominated by automotive component manufacturers and specialist design and consultancy houses. This course provides the range of skills and knowledge required by these organisations.

It is designed to appeal to graduate engineers wishing to upgrade their Bachelors degree to UK Masters level and so gaining specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the automotive industry and for professional engineers already working in the industry to enable future career enhancement by deepening their knowledge and expertise.

Course duration: 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time)
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
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.



The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project/dissertation is worth 75 credits. You are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory module Credits
Professional Project 75
Optional modules (study 105 credits)  
Vehicle Design and Analysis 20
Mechatronics and Robotics Applications 15
Automotive Chassis Engineering 15
Automotive Driveline Engineering 15
Combustion in Engines 15
Surface Engineering 15
Computational and Experimental Methods 15
Introduction to Tribology 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
Career prospects are excellent and with this qualification you should expect to find employment in the automotive and motor sport industries or you may choose to work in the general engineering industry, undertake a PhD study or move into a completely different field such as finance or teaching.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2:1), or higher, 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: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

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.