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Automotive Engineering Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Delivered in one-week blocks January 2017
September 2017
Part time 2 years Delivered in one-week blocks January 2017
September 2017

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK you will also need an ATAS certificate for this course.

Choose Kingston's Automotive Engineering MSc

The automotive industry is presently undergoing a very swift and radical development, with design decision-making being a multidisciplinary collaborative process – the increased pressures are induced by the complexity of automotive product development processes. Sophisticated electronic devices and software algorithms are controlling every process and function of a modern car, resulting in an ever-growing number of on-board computers, sensors and actuators. The automotive industry therefore requires graduates with a significantly broader range of knowledge and skills than in the past.

The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Key features

  • Academic teaching is complemented by presentations from industry experts, such as National Instruments, and by industrial trips to, for example, Jaguar Land Rover and a range of automotive trade shows.
  • You will enjoy group assignments, supporting each other's learning and have opportunities to develop your ability to work in teams. You will also benefit from an industry-relevant final project. The presentation, which is part of the final project, will prepare you for your job interview. Many previous scientific papers (one is written as a part of the final project) have been published at technical conferences and can give you that crucial first break into research.

What will you study?

The Automotive Engineering MSc course is designed to consolidate and develop new knowledge and skills in the field of automotive engineering and underpinning disciplines. This course takes an applied approach, developing automotive engineers capable of dealing with this complexity, whilst conceiving, designing, prototyping and producing modern cars. It offers opportunities to translate current and emerging automotive technologies into future products. Utilising applied research, you have the opportunity to do your own research within an individual industry-relevant 'capstone' project. This includes preparation of a scientific paper, providing an opportunity for that first breakthrough into publishing your work.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, presentations, industrial or research project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • This module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It also addresses issues related to presentation of technical reports at master level and for the purpose of wider publication in learned media.

    The module further develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. It supports you in producing proposals for enterprise ideas such as new products or services, or innovations in existing processes or organisations. Concepts of total quality management to enhance quality of products and processes in an industrial setting are presented and application of supporting quality tools and techniques are discussed.

    The module content is designed to enhance your employability potential in a variety of national and international industrial organisations, or career opportunities in research and development arena. It also equips you with a set of skills to set up your own business in an engineering innovation area should you wish to do so.

     
  • This module encompasses a range of related fields, such as control and embedded implementation. It introduces classical design and tools for analysis of control systems. Time domain design methods are followed by frequency domain design methods. Although the module mainly deals with continuous-time systems, the discrete-time systems are also discussed. This is followed on by implementation, where sensors and actuators are introduced. A strong feature of this module is the delivery by the academic staff from the Industrial Control Research Group, using industrial state-of-the-art equipment. The learning is supported by practical exercises where students design and implement embedded control systems using computer-aided design tools and embedded microcontroller-based systems including real-time industrial computers. In additional to the theoretical concepts, the focus of this module is on implementation, providing you with a set of skills that will enhance their employability. A range of transferable skills gained in this module is aimed to help with the work on the final project and extra-curricular activities available within the school.

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  • This module gives students an in-depth understanding of vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the use of industry-standard software tools to help with the analysis of whole vehicle dynamic behaviour and aerodynamics. The research and professional practice undertaken by the academic staff involved in the delivery is a strong feature of this module. In additional to the theoretical concepts, the focus of this module is on empirical, hands-on learning, providing you with a set of skills that will enhance your employability. The learning is supported by practical exercises in the wind tunnel where your empirical methods used for quantifying air flows, both internally and externally and the software simulation approach. A range of transferable skills gained in this module is aimed to help with the work on the final project and extra-curricular activities available within the school.

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  • This is a core module for MSc courses in the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, forming a capstone experience for students on these courses. The module allows you to research and study an engineering topic which is of personal interest, thus allowing you to demonstrate the mastery of your subject, and develop your ability to analyse and evaluate specific areas that may not have been previously covered in-depth in the course.

    The vigorous structure of the module provides you with an opportunity to identify an industry-based (or research-focused) project area, establish a feasible hypothesis, find creditable solutions, analyse results and offer recommendations. The module enables you to acquire and appraise new knowledge and apply individual judgement to solve new and often complex engineering problems using cutting-edge technology. It also allows you to demonstrate high levels of responsibility, organisational capability and effective communication with others including the supervisor, wider research community and other stake holders. The module also encourages you to recognise, question and deal with the ethical dilemmas that are likely to occur in engineering professional practice and research.

    The project applications can be individually tailored to support your career plan and prepare you to tackle real industrial problems with maturity and rationality hence enhancing your employability potential.

     

Option modules (choose one)

  • The module covers advanced CAD/CAM techniques in the conceptual design and manufacture and is heavily focussed on the surface modelling and reverse engineering methods prior to manufacture. Also this module will cover rapid manufacturing methods involving mould design and machining tool path optimisation and full machining simulation verification, and machining collision avoidance.

     
  • This module looks at the driving force beyond the hybrid and electric vehicles, ie the powertrain and recent developments of green technologies for automotive industry. The module covers the selection of the appropriate powertrain and the calculations for internal combustion (IC) and electric components, as well as the interaction between them. It deals with condition monitoring, techniques and methods employed in the testing of vehicles and vehicle sub systems to certify compliance. It also develops an awareness of wider regulatory issues, both global and local, relating to vehicles and the automotive industry as a whole including the reduction of waste, product lifecycle and recycling. The research and professional practice undertaken by the academic staff involved in the delivery is a strong feature of this module. A range of transferable skills gained in this module is aimed to help with the work on the final project and extra-curricular activities available within the school.

     
  • This is a specialist module that provides the students an insight in the current design and manufacturing techniques in commercial vehicles industry. It provides an overview of commercial vehicle systems and dynamic, as well as body and structural design.

    The module also investigates and provides solutions for implementation of regulations in design, such as environmental regulations and product end-of-life handling. Teaching materials and case studies are extensively based on enterprise and industrial experience of teaching staff and visiting guest speakers from industry. The research and professional practice undertaken by the academic staff involved in the delivery is a strong feature of this module. This would provide the students with the opportunity to develop a set of skills readily required by commercial vehicle industries hence enhance their employability potentials.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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