Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (MEng) full-time
UCAS code: H330, H331 (with a placement year), H652 (MEng)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Automotive Engineering degree offers students the chance to work with suppliers, manufacturers, and specialists in the automotive and motorsport sectors.

Our Automotive Engineering degree has always been popular with students. Now, we give you the opportunity to either study to BEng (Hons), or complete our new integrated MEng course.

Both courses focus on mechanical engineering aspects of the automotive field. If you want to work with suppliers, manufacturers and specialist enterprises in the automotive and motorsport sectors - with companies such as Bentley, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and JCB - either course could meet your goals.

Our facilities include computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA) and Ricardo WAVE engine simulation and analysis software. We also have strong work placement links, so you’ll gain valuable experience as part of your study.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering, MEng Automotive Engineering

Professional body accreditation

The BEng is accredited by IET and IMechE.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

Study with us and you’ll apply mechanical engineering principles to automotive applications, developing the skills to analyse complex automotive systems.

You’ll have the chance to use and develop your theoretical knowledge, using computer-based models to design, implement and test your work. You’ll also gain valued transferable skills, such as presenting, writing, discussion and teamwork.

In your final year of undergraduate study, you’ll complete a major project and take specialist modules covering engine design, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA).

The BEng (Hons) degree enables you to develop an understanding of a complex body of knowledge, some of it at the current boundaries of your chosen discipline. It partially satisfies the educational requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Mechanical Fundamental Compulsory
Engineering Applications Compulsory
Introductory Electronics Compulsory
Mathematical Foundations for Engineers Compulsory
Professional Engineering Skills Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Mechanical Fundamental Compulsory
Instrumentation and Measurement Compulsory
Thermodynamics Compulsory
Mathematical Foundations for Engineers Compulsory
Professional Engineering Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Engineered Systems Compulsory
Automotive Studies Compulsory
Engineering with Maths Applications Compulsory
Vehicle Aerodynamics Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Engineered Systems Compulsory
Automotive Studies Compulsory
Engineering with Maths Applications Compulsory
Business Innovation, and Enterprise in Eng Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Engineering Analysis Compulsory
Automotive Applications MEng Only Compulsory
Industrial-based Project MEng Only Compulsory
Advanced Vehicle Design BEng Only Compulsory
Engineering Project BEng Only Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Advanced Engineering Analysis Compulsory
Automotive Applications MEng Only Compulsory
Industrial-based Project MEng Only Compulsory
Advanced Vehicle Design BEng Only Compulsory
Engineering Project BEng Only Compulsory

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Engine Design Meng Only Compulsory
Structural Integrity MEng Only Compulsory
Design Technologies for Masters Compulsory
MEng Group Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Compulsory
Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics Compulsory
Employability and Entrepreneurship Compulsory
MEng Group Project Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.