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School of Mechanical Engineering

Automotive Engineering MSc (Eng)

Automotive Engineering - Masters Course


This course caters for industry’s demand for highly skilled graduates in the automotive industry in the advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture. Traditionally this industry has been associated with high-volume vehicle manufacture. However, the nature of the industry has changed over the past decade and it is now dominated by automotive component manufacturers and specialist design and consultancy houses.

During this course, you will acquire the range of skills and knowledge required by these organisations. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of computational methods and software packages in automotive engineering analysis, design and manufacture. Depending on module choice you will use Matlab, Abaqus finite element code, Fluent CFD, SolidWorks CAE and LabView (DAQ and control).

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.



The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. 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 2016, it will provide you with an idea of what you will study.

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
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

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 UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, 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.