Automotive Engineering

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MSc

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Full-time, with a placement year
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
25 Months
Duration:
22 Months
Start date:
20 September 2021

Design and analysis

Use the latest technology for the automotive industry

Specialist workshops

The latest industry standard software and hardware

Our Automotive Engineering MSc will give you an in-depth insight into the key technological ideas that are driving automotive design and their practical application. 

The course has been designed with industry partners. You’ll learn using the latest computer-based analysis and design techniques in the automotive industry. You’ll gain knowledge of a range of industry standard software and hardware.

Your understanding of the theoretical aspects of automotive engineering will be enhanced by practical application whether by virtual simulation or by working on real vehicles in our advanced automotive workshop.

The course has been designed with industry partners. You’ll learn using the latest computer-based analysis and design techniques in the automotive industry. You’ll gain knowledge of a range of industry standard software and hardware.

Your understanding of the theoretical aspects of automotive engineering will be enhanced by practical application whether by virtual simulation or by working on real vehicles in our advanced automotive workshop.

The course has been designed with industry partners. You’ll learn using the latest computer-based analysis and design techniques in the automotive industry. You’ll gain knowledge of a range of industry standard software and hardware.

Your understanding of the theoretical aspects of automotive engineering will be enhanced by practical application whether by virtual simulation or by working on real vehicles in our advanced automotive workshop.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Automotive Engineering

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Automotive Engineering

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Automotive Engineering

Course content

You’ll take eight taught modules covering aspects of vehicle design, finite element analysis, advanced engine design, vehicle handling and aerodynamics. 

You’ll choose a major personal project for the submission of a written thesis. The subject area can meet your career aspirations and interest. 

You’ll take eight taught modules covering aspects of vehicle design, finite element analysis, advanced engine design, vehicle handling and aerodynamics. 

You’ll choose a major personal project for the submission of a written thesis. The subject area can meet your career aspirations and interest. 

You’ll take eight taught modules covering aspects of vehicle design, finite element analysis, advanced engine design, vehicle handling and aerodynamics. 

You’ll choose a major personal project for the submission of a written thesis. The subject area can meet your career aspirations and interest. 

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Advanced Materials And Quality 15 credits
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics 15 credits
Automotive Propulsion Systems 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
Structural Analysis 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 1 optional module

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Materials And Quality 15 credits
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics 15 credits
Automotive Propulsion Systems 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
Structural Analysis 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline.

If you don’t meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered if you satisfy the University that you can respond to the challenge of postgraduate work.   

If your first language is not English, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’re fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline.

If you don’t meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered if you satisfy the University that you can respond to the challenge of postgraduate work.   

If your first language is not English, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’re fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline.

If you don’t meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered if you satisfy the University that you can respond to the challenge of postgraduate work.   

If your first language is not English, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’re fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required

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Facilities

Engineering Laboratories

Packed with state-of-the-art software and hardware resources reflecting current trends in the development of engineering & technology subjects.

Mechanical Engineering Resources

Mechanical Engineering resources include industry standard hardware and software. Our labs in Stoke are full of exciting equipment for you to use so that you can prepare yourself for the workplace when you graduate.

Reverse Engineering Laboratory

Our Laboratory contains 3 Dimensional scanning capability, Additive Manufacturing machines featuring PolyJet, FDM, 3DP processes, as well as Laser Engraving ability.

Careers

After completing the Automotive Engineering MSc, you’ll be equipped to work in the following areas:

  • Vehicle manufacturing
  • Research and development
  • Design and test laboratories
  • Automotive component suppliers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Fuel and oil companies
  • Motorsports teams
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Maintenance   

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion with a good performance, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.   

For this course, you'll:   

  • Work with others on group work   
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently   

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.   

For this course, you'll:   

  • Work with others on group work   
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently   

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.   

For this course, you'll:   

  • Work with others on group work   
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently   

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios. 

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios. 

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative). Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.  You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios. 

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.   

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.   

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.   

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Independent learning

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books 
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group 
  • Researching in the library 
  • Preparing coursework 
  • Getting ready for exams

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University. 

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books 
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group 
  • Researching in the library 
  • Preparing coursework 
  • Getting ready for exams

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University. 

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:

  • Reading journals, articles and books 
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group 
  • Researching in the library 
  • Preparing coursework 
  • Getting ready for exams

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University. 

Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,360 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Full-time, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,360 per course £14,500 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

Apply

Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MSc Full-time 20 September 2021 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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