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Automotive Engineering MEng/BEng(Hons)

Course Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
Automotive Engineering MEng 4 years full time H311 2017
Automotive Engineering MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H310 2017
Automotive Engineering BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H313 2017
Automotive Engineering BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H312 2017

Please note this course is subject to validation.

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need an ATAS certificate if you wish to apply for the Automotive Engineering MEng course. Read further information.

Why choose this course?

These courses can prepare you for a career within the automotive and related industries. The BEng(Hons) degree is ideal if you are looking for roles that require the application of contemporary technologies. It can lead to promotion at high levels of management. The MEng degree suits those seeking leadership positions in major projects related to developing new technologies and the designing future of vehicles.

What you will study

Automotive engineers design, test and develop vehicles and/or components from concept to production, and are involved in improving vehicles in response to customer feedback. Exploring their design and manufacture processes, you will gain a strong base in technical, management and personal skills.

Year 1 is common across our engineering MEng/BEng(Hons) degrees, provides underpinning skills and knowledge, and introduces the profession of engineering. Analytical subjects (eg mathematics, engineering science, structural mechanics and dynamics) provide theoretical background; engineering design and applications provide necessary skills.

Year 2 introduces specialist studies in automotive engineering, such as engine types, braking systems, gear boxes and chassis systems for commercial vehicles. You can also extend your maths, design, mechanical science and project management abilities.

Year 3 comprises core engineering and specialist advanced automotive modules. Your individual project will further your knowledge in a chosen specialist area. You will gain an understanding of the business world. MEng students will deepen their knowledge in areas such as computer-aided engineering (CAE) and mathematics.

Year 4 of the MEng course deepens and broadens your expertise in control, aerodynamics and structural analysis of vehicles, featuring independent learning and an industrial-focused group project.

You can choose to take an optional sandwich year between Years 2 and 3 (MEng and BEng(Hons)) or between Years 3 and 4 (MEng only).

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module deals with taking a concept through to reality which will involve project planning, health and safety, professional practice and fundamental workshop skills. Workshop practice consists of fabrication and basic machining skills; laboratory practices consisting of materials and metrology. The theoretical content focuses on managing a project from start to finish and an introduction to what is expected of a professional engineer.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to plan a project from start to finish, being aware of the interaction between elements and resources.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic measuring, machining and fabrication processes and perform fundamental materials testing.
    • Carry out introductory laboratory activities relevant to your chosen engineering discipline.
    • Comprehend and apply the basic principles of safety within the workshop and laboratory environment.
    • Develop skills to support good academic and professional development, building evidence of the progression and reflective practice needed to eventually attain the status of Professional Engineer.
    • Outline issues relating to sustainability and one-world living.
  • This module introduces the fundamentals of thermofluids (thermodynamics and fluid mechanics) and solid mechanics (statics and dynamics). The thermofluids section covers the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main thermodynamics laws with special reference to their engineering applications. An introduction to main equations of fluid mechanics and dynamics, dimensional analysis, properties of fluids and their measurement methodology and units.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the fundamental properties of a fluid, use correct unit, property tables and charts. State and apply the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics to engineering problems.
    • State the basic equations of fluid mechanics, explain the concepts of pressure, temperature and measurements methods.
    • Describe laminar and turbulent flows and apply continuity, momentum and energy equations to fluid flow.
    • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out one-dimensional stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
    • Carry out kinematics and kinetics analysis of dynamic systems with constant and variable accelerations.
    • Apply Newton's laws and energy method to engineering components in motion modelled as particles and rigid bodies.
  • This module introduces the basic concepts from electrical and electronic engineering, using analytical methods. The module embeds a solid foundation in engineering mathematics which is then conceptualised to find solutions to engineering problems. An introduction to basic programming skills applied to engineering problems is also included.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    • Describe characteristics of electrical systems, electronic devices and electronic instruments including key concepts such as amplification.
    • Apply basic programming skills to simple engineering problems and demonstrate appreciation of importance of programming in engineering.
    • Perform calculations using matrix algebra, trigonometry and complex numbers.
    • Use calculus to solve engineering problems.
    • Use statistical methods, including probability to an engineering problem.
  • This module aims to develop competence in the application of the fundamentals of engineering design to a given specification including the manufacture and testing of that design. The module provides an understanding of the structure and synthesis of a broad range of engineering materials, their test methods, structure, implications for manufacture and the control of these structures to produce optimum performance in service. The design part of the module will develop skills in engineering drawings and computer aided design (CAD) and solid modelling together with an introduction to the fundamentals of material science.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Produce and interpret engineering drawings in accordance with international standards.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of solid modelling technologies in the design and development of products.
    • Describe and apply the engineering design process from specification through to design optimisation.
    • Apply a knowledge of molecular structure, crystalline structure and phase transformation to identify different types of materials and to describe their range of properties and applications.
    • Describe the characteristics of a range of common engineering materials including the various failure modes and provide simple analysis using appropriate analytical tools such as the concept of fracture mechanics.
    • Identify and describe common engineering manufacturing processes.

Year 2

  • This module deals with advanced electronic systems and concepts from classical control, including feedback control systems and analysis of their response and the effects of the feedback loop. A range of engineering programming tools are used to model and analyse the performance of engineering systems, enabling learning of the functionality of control analysis and design software.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse a range of electronic systems including operational amplifiers based circuits and digital signal processing systems.
    • Design a modern digital system.
    • Construct models of engineering systems and design appropriate controllers and use formal methods to determine system performance (including step and frequency response analysis).
    • Employ computational methods in modelling and simulation of engineering control systems.
    • Design computing algorithms, implement and verify for accuracy and efficiency, using a high level computing language and use structural techniques that aid the understanding of given programming implementations.
    • Apply appropriate analytical techniques and methods to solve classical electronic and control problems.
  • This module includes principles and commercial practices for the management of engineering projects and related wider business operations. The nature of project engineering and business management is considered in the context of quality, time, risk and sustainability aspects.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply project and business management techniques to simple projects, including the use of appropriate software, in the context of wider business operations, sustainability and ethics.
    • Use quality management techniques, including the application of statistical techniques.
    • Describe basic legal and risk principles applicable to mechanical and automotive related situations, including health and safety.
    • Describe theory and practice underpinning the management of human resources and business.
  • This module deepens the knowledge of the mechanical engineers in design communication to British Standard BS8888, from reading engineering drawing to product design specification and optimisation and validation; supported by the CAD/CAE software in analysing and solving engineering design problems. 3D digital modelling techniques are used.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Produce alternative design concepts to solve a given problem, with analysis validation and carry out detail design to comply with current British Standards.
    • Specify and select appropriate engineering materials for a particular design application.
    • Use appropriate CAD/CAE tools for the design to create an effective mechanical model and system and simulation and analysis
    • Apply DFMA, Bale Engineering and value analysis techniques to optimise design cost.
    • Use appropriate CAM tools to simulate the parts machining time optimisation.
    • Appraise design solutions from the perspectives of cost function, quality and manufacturability.
  • This module introduces all automotive systems including: Internal Combustion (IC) engines, transmissions, braking, steering, suspension, body design and chassis design. In addition, electronic systems within vehicles including charging, starting, fuel injection systems, fuel mapping, telemetry systems and on-board safety systems are also introduced. Current trends and state-of-the-art technologies of vehicle manufacturing are reviewed.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the structure and operation principle of different types of IC engines.
    • Describe the structure and operation principle of different types of vehicle control systems, both mechanical and electrical.
    • Describe the structure and operation principle of vehicle brake systems and its design, transmission systems, steering and suspension systems.
    • Interpret the output from a data logger/telemetry system fitted to a vehicle.
    • Interpret the output data from vehicle rolling road testing and engine dynamometer.

Optional sandwich year: MEng and BEng(Hons)

Year 3/4

  • This module is designed to develop, refine and apply the ideas and skills introduced in the second year that involve mechanics, electronics, control and computing. Identifying and developing skills in resolving solutions to problems relating to electromechanical design in mechatronic products. In addition, the module facilitates the ability to interpret dynamics behaviour of structures and systems with the introduction to embedded microprocessors.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply detailed knowledge of sensors and actuators, and their signal conditioning and driving circuits for appropriate selection for a mechatronic product.
    • Develop an appropriate computer interface and the necessary software to control a mechatronic system.
    • Derive and solve the mathematical models of multi-degree of freedom systems such as vibratory systems.
    • Apply tools for performance analysis and design of control systems.
    • Use analytical and software tools to solve multi degree of freedom systems and apply control strategies.
  • This module is a core module in the MEng and BEng Mechanical Engineering programmes and forms a capstone experience for the course. This major project is undertaken throughout the final year of the BEng programme and Stage three of the MEng programme, allowing you to research and study in depth a topic in mechanical engineering which is of personal interest. The module will involve analysis and evaluation and for the student to demonstrate organisational capability and communication.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Propose and plan an individual research, design or experimental project setting realistic project goals and milestones thus illustrating an understanding of a range of issues pertinent to the task.
    • Critically review current literature.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and defend the planning, methodology and outcome of an individual project through graphical and oral methods including a poster presentation and a short oral presentation of the work demonstrating command of grammar, vocabulary and style appropriate for a professional audience.
    • Structure a report to convey complex information in clear English providing a description of work undertaken, a synthesis of the data collected and present a logical discussion of the processes, results and conclusions, demonstrating throughout a command of grammar and style. Referencing different sources accurately and in line with standard conventions illustrating the links between information, data and the outlined task.
    • Work independently in a professional manner adhering to the University's codes and regulations. You will be able to identify, justify and use methods of analysis, enquiry and production which are appropriate to the project.
  • This module provides an in-depth understanding of business and management concepts required by professional engineers and gain a set of skills large which national and international companies demand. Additionally it develops your enterprising skills and attributes as well as their appreciation of an engineering profession in a global context. A major aspect of the module is introduction of quality systems with an emphasis on statistical approach to quality enhancement in engineering, including reliability, design of experiments and benchmarking.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse the business environment and identify the driving forces that affect growth of businesses within an ethical framework.
    • Discuss the concept of strategic marketing, and demonstrate how success is measured and performance compared.
    • Calculate profit and loss, cash flows and balance sheets; and explain the need for and use of budgets.
    • Describe how the enterprise process can be managed from idea generation through to the presentation of a justified market opportunity and define the responsibility of engineers in a global context.
    • Outline the historical development of 'quality' and assess application of quality tools and techniques in engineering.
    • Discuss product liability, product liability prevention programmes, quality management systems, and plan for their implementation in industry.
  • This module is aimed at providing a short practical introduction to two of the standard analysis techniques available in the industry for the solution of complex engineering problems. These are finite element analysis (FEA), and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).  he module will give the opportunity to develop skills and competence in using the FEA and CFD software codes SolidWorks Simulation and SolidWorks Flow Simulation both of which are integrated within SolidWorks. Such skills are readily transferable to more advanced stand-alone packages which may be used at a later stage in studies or in careers as professional engineers.

    This module also provides advanced mathematical knowledge in real analysis, complex analysis, numerical analysis, vector analysis, special functions and statistics

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Formulate FEA/CFD solutions to simple structural and fluid dynamic problems.
    • Simplify FEA/CFD models to facilitate their solution and understand the effects of such techniques on the validity and accuracy of the results.
    • Appraise and validate the results produced by FEA/CFD software.
    • Calculate side limits of a given function and understand the continuity and differentiability of a function at a point and in interval. Test sequence and series for convergent, divergent by various tests, and calculate the Fourier series for a given periodic function with its application.
    • Solve non-linear system of equations numerically using various methods, and understand the geometrical application of vector analysis in engineering.
  • This module deals with the design and analysis of major automotive systems, including the chassis, the suspension, the steering system, the braking system and the power transmission. The module develops fundamental knowledge on the use of CAE software for the analysis of major structural components, CFD software for the analysis of external-flow dynamics and optimisation software for the optimal design of components. Also, experimental measurements for the performance of an IC engine will be taken using a full-scale engine test cell.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Develop detailed solid models of vehicle components using an appropriate CAD package.
    • Analyse and discuss the pragmatic compromises between design and production and to aid selection of the optimum designs.
    • Apply analysis techniques to understand vehicle aerodynamics and describe the effect on vehicle economy, performance and road holding.
    • Have an in-depth understanding of how CFD/CAE can be used as a tool for analysing dynamics/kinematics and aerodynamics of vehicle assemblies.
    • Analyse and optimise the design of major vehicle mechanical component.
    • Develop and optimise fuel and ignition maps and verify performance gains using engine test cell data logging equipment.

Optional sandwich year: MEng

Year 4/5

  • This core module undertaken throughout the final year of the course provides an opportunity to work as a team on a major engineering design problem which closely parallels a real-world project. The project incorporates engineering disciplines, providing simulated experience of the difficulties and needs for team work within an engineering environment. Organisational and interpersonal skills will be developed working in a project management environment; defining goals and milestones.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Generate an industrially relevant design from initial specification through the detailed design stage, to the optimised solution.
    • Manage and participate in the design process, devising an effective plan of approach with appropriate time scheduling.
    • Participate in meetings as a team member, secretary or chairperson, produce minutes and keep a properly maintained log book.
    • Effectively defend a technical design via a presentation to an academic audience and produce a final technical report to a professional standard.
  • The 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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