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School of Mechanical Engineering

Automotive Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng, BEng Automotive Engineering


Applications for 2016 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017 will open in September.

Automotive engineering is concerned with the life-cycle support (including design, manufacture, performance and durability testing) of vehicles: from road and off-road vehicles to race cars, vans and trucks.

A key challenge for automotive engineers today is to design sustainable vehicles that meet ever-increasing safety and performance standards in a cost-effective way. In order to do this, you will need to be able to embrace a wide range of fundamental and more specialist engineering skills, and be aware of the commercial implications that impinge on the design and production processes.

You will also have the opportunity to work on the Formula Student Car which is a big attraction for this course as well as providing you with an excellent chance to put theory into practice.

The Formula Race Team at Silverstone in 2015. This video was
created by and is the property of the Leeds Formula Race Team.
For more details visit their YouTube Channel.

The first two years of our five degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules and in years three and four you will undertake specialist modules according to your chosen degree course. A key benefit of having a common first two years is that you can easily switch between our different degrees.

UCAS Code: H330 (MEng, BEng) or H335 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees (per year): UK/EU: £9,000; International: £19,000
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

IMechE accredited programme

Course Content

In years one and two, you will cover the core mechanical engineering principles that underpin automotive engineering, other branches of mechanical engineering and undertake the first year design and manufacture project. In addition to lectures, labs and projects, during these two years you will also have a weekly small-group tutorial session with your personal tutor, who will be a member of staff with expertise in automotive engineering.

In the third year, you will specialise and build on the first two years to explore in detail vehicle design and analysis, focusing on vehicle modelling, road surface characterisation and tyre-ground forces, the influence of aerodynamically induced forces and moments, powertrain characteristics and acceleration behaviour, braking system characteristics and vehicle handling behaviour.

You will also study further thermofluids, including combustion engine cycles, turbomachinery and compressible flow dynamics, as well as finite element analysis, enabling you to predict the stresses, vibration and buckling of automotive structures. In addition to these compulsory elements, you will be able to choose an option, which will focus on a detailed study of aerodynamics, together with computational fluid dynamics, or the design and manufacture of systems.

Year four (MEng) provides more options, allowing you to study in detail areas such as chassis design and analysis, modern drivetrain technology, combustion in engines, tribology, mechatronics and robotics, and more.

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

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year




Owing to our excellent reputation and links with industry, our graduates are actively recruited by a wide range of prestigious companies in the automotive sector, including manufacturers such as Ford, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover, design/consultancy organisations such as Ricardo and Leyland Technical Centre, and even Formula One teams such as Honda Racing, Renault F1 and Red Bull Racing.

Recent graduate positions include:
• Chassis Engineer, Aston Martin
• Graduate Engineer, BAE
• Graduate Engineer, Bentley Motors
• Corporate Finance Associate, Deloitte
• Specialist Engineer, Stability Control Systems, Jaguar Land Rover
• Design Engineer, Hydratight
• Graduate Engineer, McLaren Automotive Ltd
• Graduate Engineer, Network Rail
• Graduate Engineer, Nissan
• Lubrication Scientist, Shell
• Principal Mechatronics Engineer, Synthotech
• Design Engineer, UV Modular

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every chance to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Engineering Diploma: Grade A* (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics).

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD overall including a distinction in Mechanical Principles & Applications, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.

IB: 36 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Our applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course, including a detailed look at the course contents, student activities, and
teaching approaches. You will take part in a practical engineering activity, which involves working in teams in our design office to solve a fun engineering problem. This is followed by a feedback session and prize-giving.

The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities, such as experiments with wind tunnels, engines, materials and mechatronic systems, and recent project work. You will also view the Formula Student race car construction area, our new thermofluids lab, the dynamics and control lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy/materials lab, and the prototyping and manufacturing lab.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will
also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

MEng only
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