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Automotive Engineering BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time H330 2016 and 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year H394 2016 and 2017
4 years full time including foundation year H308 2016 and 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2016 and 2017

Why choose this course?

Automotive engineers design, test and develop vehicles and/or components from concept through to production, and are involved in improving the vehicle in response to customer feedback. This course is ideal if you would like a career within the automotive industry and to develop a comprehensive range of related skills.

What you will study 

This degree offers a broad coverage of automotive systems engineering and related subjects. A comprehensive range of practical and experimental activities are incorporated, making use of our extensive facilities.

Year 1 is common across many of our engineering BSc degrees and provides the underpinning skills and knowledge you will need to study specialist automotive engineering topics later in the course. Analytical subjects such as mathematics, engineering science, structural mechanics and dynamics provide the necessary theoretical background. Engineering design and applications provide the necessary skills. You will also be introduced to the profession of engineering.

Year 2 will introduce you to specialist studies in automotive engineering. You will take an in-depth look at aspects of automotive systems, such as engine types, braking systems, gear boxes and chassis systems. As well as studying an advanced area of automotive engineering within a simulated industrial environment, you will also be able to extend your maths, design, mechanical science and project management abilities.

Year 3 comprises core engineering subjects and specialist advanced automotive modules, plus two project modules. The Individual Project will further your knowledge in a chosen specialist area, while the Industrial Group Project will enable you to work as part of a team, tackling an industrially focused design project.

Accreditation for this course

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The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council, and satisfies the academic requirements for incorporated engineer (IEng) status.

Engineering Council logoAccreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Download the engineering degree accreditation leaflet (PDF) to find out more about the benefits of studying a degree accredited by the Engineering Council.

Please check the Engineering Council website for more information.

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 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.
  • This core introduces the fundamentals of thermodynamics to include fluid and solid mechanics which involves statics and dynamics. The module deals with the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main laws of thermodynamics (Zeroth, first and second laws) with special reference to their engineering applications.

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

    • State the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and describe the effects of their associated equations.
    • Describe the fundamental properties and characteristics of a fluid and state the basic equations of fluid statics and fluid dynamics.
    • Apply the basic principles of thermodynamics and the mechanics of fluids to simple engineering situations.
    • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out simple stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
    • Describe and apply the basic concepts of kinematics and kinetics to simple bodies in motion with constant acceleration.
    • Describe the behaviour of simple systems subjected to free vibrations and apply energy methods to bodies in motion.
  • This module covers the fundamental mathematical skills essential to support the application of core engineering principles in solving typical engineering problems. The module deals with arithmetic, algebraic and simple statistical skills and techniques, trigonometry, vector algebra and calculus. Application of simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits and the use of propriety software such as MATLAB.

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

    • Apply arithmetic, algebraic and simple statistical skills and techniques in solving typical problems in an engineering context.
    • Solve engineering problems analytically and numerically using trigonometry, vector algebra and calculus.
    • Apply simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    • Describe characteristics of electrical systems, electronic devices and electronic instruments and appreciate key concepts such as feedback and amplication.
    • Use propriety software, such as MATLAb, to solve simple engineering problems.
    • Use typical applications such as spreadsheets to carry out a variety of typical engineering calcuations, 'what if' decisions and data representations.

Year 2

  • 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 builds upon the first year's modules, extending mathematics and electronics concepts to more complex devices and methods of analysis. The module also introduces concepts from classical control, using the engineering programming tools to model and analyse 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 performance of a range of analogue and digital electronic systems.
    • Analyse performance of classical control systems.
    • Employ computational methods in modelling and simulation of engineering control systems.
    • Apply further methods in differential and integral calculus in an engineering context.
    • Use further vector analysis techniques to engineering problems.
    • Apply ordinary differential equations and numerical methods to problems in an engineering context.
  • This module is designed to further develop knowledge and skills in materials, manufacturing processing and engineering design. To provide further knowledge  on the relationship between microstructure, mechanical properties and manufacturing processes for a range of engineering materials, thus enabling optimal utilisation of materials for specific engineering applications and select best manufacturing process.

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

    • Explain the hardening mechanism of alloys and how to control their mechanical properties.
    • Predict fatigue life and creep deformation of materials and for engineering design.
    • Select and design manufacturing process using plastics, alloy and ceramics.
    • Use traditional design methods and CAD software to undertake engineering design tasks.
    • Apply a logical and creative approach to solve commercial design problems.
  • This module introduces all automotive systems and covers the design of all automotive dynamics and control systems. The module deals with the main control systems within vehicles to include: engines, transmissions, braking, steering, suspension, body 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 included. Current trends and state-of-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 internal combustion 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.
    • Use CAE packages to analyse and optimise automotive component parts. Select suitable materials and methods for processing various automotive components.

Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • 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 a core module in all the BSc programmes offered by the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering and forms the 'capstone' experience for the course. The module involves a major project undertaken throughout the final year of the programme and allows students to research and study in depth a topic in their particular engineering discipline which is of personal interest. The module will involve analysis, evaluation and the ability to demonstrate organisational capability and communication.

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

    • Evaluate the viability of a project and set realistic goals and milestones.
    • Arrange and conduct regular meetings with the project supervisor to review progress and to discuss and appraise ideas and data.
    • Set out and defend augments and conclusions both orally in a presentation and visually in the form of a poster-style display.
    • Write a well-structured report 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.
    • Produce project work commensurate to a BSc standard, being aware of personal and professional responsibilities.
  • This major-based project is undertaken throughout the final year of the programme and allows you to experience working in an industrial team, researching and studying in-depth an industrially relevant design task. The module provides a simulated experience of complexities found working within an engineering team environment. The module allows you to develop project management skills as well as organisational and interpersonal skills.

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

    • Generate an industrially relevant design and 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 industrial audience and produce a final technical report to a professional standard.
  • This module deals with the design of advanced automotive systems, including: brake, suspension and chassis systems using Solidiwork software. The module develops fundamental knowledge of how to use CFD software to analyse internal-flow dynamics. Optimisation of advanced automotive system designs, including brake, suspension and chassis systems using Cosmos software is also covered. An introduction to fundamental knowledge of how to use CFD software to analyse the external flow dynamics, as well as the future development of automotive systems and technologies will be considered.

    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.
    • Analyse and optimise major mechanical component designs of a vehicle.
    • Have an in-depth understanding of how CFD/CAE can be used as a tool for analysing Dynamics/kinematics of vehicle assemblies.
    • Develop and optimise fuel and ignition maps and verify performance gains using engine test cell data logging equipment.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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