Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year) full-time
UCAS code: H391, H390 (with a placement year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019


Our Motorsport Technology degree, with the assistance of the motorsport industry, will get you ready for a career at the cutting edge of motorsport design.

Developed with the assistance of the motorsport industry, our Motorsport Technology degrees will prepare you for a career at the forefront of motorsport design.

With experienced lecturers, and support from race drivers, engineers and team owners, each degree has been designed to ensure your knowledge covers the most up-to-date practices from the sector. At the same time, access to our industry standard rolling road and other technologies will help hone your design and engineering skills.

You’ll be encouraged to compete in the IMechE Formula student competition, as well as other race experiences. If you’re looking to gain hands-on industry experience, our links with organisations such as Slidesports Race Engineering, National Motorsport Academy and Ginetta could provide the opportunity of a placement.

Our IET and IMechE accreditations meet the academic requirements for you to register as an Incorporated Engineer.+

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:  BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology

Professional body accreditation

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Accredited Council

+ Applies to BSc only. FdSc students require extra study.

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

During your studies, you will learn about the complex world of motorsport technology through a carefully created range of core modules – modules you’ll bring to life through hands-on experience of race cars and computer simulations.

As you progress, you’ll develop your skills further and create virtual environments within which your designs and simulations can run. In Year 3, a major individual project will provide the opportunity to showcase your newly acquired abilities in the motorsport field.

Access to our industry standard rolling road, engine-dyno, fully equipped automotive workshop and currently competing race vehicles will bring real-world technologies to your learning.

Throughout the course, you will learn the skills necessary to apply the right technology to different areas of motorsport – skills designed to catch the eye of employers in motorsport, the automotive industry, and second- and third-tier suppliers.

Add the support of experienced lecturers, and this really is a degree for students who are passionate about motorsport.


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
Design Technologies: Solid Modelling Compulsory
Engineering Applications Compulsory
Applied Mathematics Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
The Motorsport Industry and Team Logistics Compulsory
Instrumentation and Measurement Compulsory
Race Car Design and Preparation Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Mechanics and Materials Compulsory
Automotive Studies Compulsory
Motorsport Studies Compulsory
Advanced Design Technologies: Solid Modelling Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Mechanics and Materials Compulsory
Automotive Studies Compulsory
Motorsport Studies Compulsory
Crash and Investigation and Measurement Optional
CAM and Rapid Prototyping Optional
Design Analysis Optional
Spreadsheet Modelling Techniques Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Vehicle Design Compulsory
Professional Technologist Compulsory
Advanced Motorsport Studies Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
BSc (Hons) Applied Technology Project Compulsory
Design for Presentation, Display and Exhibition Optional
CAM and Rapid Prototyping Optional
Work Placement Module Optional
Design Analysis Optional
Advances Motorsport Studies 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.