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School of Mechanical Engineering

Automotive Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng, BEng Automotive Engineering


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 need to be able to embrace a wide range of fundamental and more specialist engineering skills, as well as being aware of the commercial
implications that impinge on the design and production processes.

There is also 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.

You will also carry out several major projects on this degree, including the first year design and manufacture project.

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 or 4 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £16,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships and bursaries 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

2015 entry
This course is available for entry in September 2015.
2015 entry requirements: A*AA at A-level including Mathematics and Physics, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. A-level equivalencies tbc.
Fees and scholarships: tbc.


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.

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


Career options

Graduates of this course have benefited from the widespread reputation of the School and are currently working at the highest levels of the industry. Our graduates are recruited by a wide range of prestigious companies within the automotive sector.

Recent graduates have successfully secured positions such as Graduate Engineers, Control Systems Engineers, Brakes Engineers, Development Engineers and Mechanical Engineers within organisations such as such as Ford, BMW, Toyota Manufacturing UK, Rolls Royce, Bentley Motors, Jaguar Cars, and design/consultancy organisations such as Ricardo and Leyland Technical Centre and Formula One teams.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the integrated masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: AAA 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: D*DD overall including distinctions in Maths for Technicians, Further Maths for Technicians and Mechanical Principles & Applications.

IB: 35 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 5 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics.

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

English language requirements: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification.

How to apply

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

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