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Motorsport Engineering/Motorsport Engineering (Motorcycle) BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time H337 2016 and 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year H338 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?

Motorsport engineering is an exciting branch of automotive engineering. The two pathways of this programme have been developed to meet the specific demands of the motorsport industry and will give you the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the relevant technologies and innovations.

What you will study

The programme 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.

You can opt to take either the Motorsport Engineering pathway or the Motorcycle Engineering pathway.

Year 1 is common across many of our engineering BSc degrees, providing the underpinning skills and knowledge you will need to study specialist motorsport engineering topics later in the course. It comprises analytical subjects such as mathematics, engineering science, structural mechanics and dynamics, to provide necessary theoretical background; engineering design and applications, to provide necessary skills; and an introduction to the profession of engineering.

Year 2 introduces more-specialist studies in motorsport engineering. You will look at all aspects of motorsport systems, including different engine types, transmission, brake, steering, suspension and chassis systems. Alongside studying an advanced area of motorsport engineering within a simulated industrial environment, you will have the opportunity to extend your mathematics, design (CAD/CAM), mechanical science and project management skills.

Year 3 comprises core engineering subjects, specialist advanced motorsport modules and two project modules. The specialist modules cover performance optimisation, aerodynamics, systems integration and whole vehicle design, as well as computer-aided design/analysis and aspects related to safety. 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 project.

Accreditation for this course

IET logoThe course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and satisfies the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Engineering Council logoThis degree has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation 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.
     
  • The core module introduces and expands the understanding of basic operating principles related to performance engines and their associated systems and CAN systems dealing with operation and configuration.

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

    • Understand how to setup CAN protocols.
    • Identify and have a detailed understanding of major engine types and components.
    • Perform basis thermodynamic calculations related to engine cycles.
    • Explain in detail how cooling and lubrication systems work.
    • Have detailed knowledge of fuel injection, electronic ignition, engine management and force induction systems applicable to motorsport vehicles.
    • Have a detailed understanding of motorsport steering, suspension and braking systems and of both manual and automatic gearboxes.
     
  • This module deals with key major assemblies of performance vehicles and introduces the principles of motorcycle systems including engines, transmission and drive systems, suspension, braking and steering systems.  The module will develop workshop and engineering techniques to analyse the design and construction of a motorcycle and develop an understanding of general motorcycle systems.

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

    • Describe, analyse and classify motorcycle types.
    • Identify and have a detailed understanding of major engine types and ancillary systems including related thermodynamic calculations.
    • Describe and discuss the function of electronic systems within motorcycles.
    • Select suitable materials and methods for processing various motorcycle components.
    • Have a detailed understanding steering, suspension and braking systems.
    • Analyse the performance and operation of motorcycle transmission systems.
     

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 develops in more detail the design of major assemblies associated with performance vehicles, as well as cover specialised areas such as aerodynamics. An introduction to the design of major vehicle systems including chassis, suspension and braking systems, both in theory and using appropriate CAD software. Analysis and optimization of the key major subsystems and to provide an understanding of racecar aerodynamics and extend the knowledge of airflow visualisation techniques and wind tunnel testing.

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

    • Develop and optimise fuel and ignition maps and verify performance gains using engine test cell data logging equipment.
    • Have an in-depth understanding of whole vehicle setup and appropriate test equipment.
    • Develop detailed solid models of motorsport vehicle components using an appropriate CAD package.
    • Analyse and discuss the pragmatic compromises between design and production and use appropriate techniques to aid selection of optimum motorsport vehicle designs.
    • Analyse major mechanical components of motorsport vehicles.
     
  • This module introduces the design of major motorcycle systems, including chassis, suspension and braking systems, both in theory and using appropriate CAD software. In addition, the module includes engine mapping in theory and practice along with an introduction to data acquisition systems, including sensors, calibration and loggers.

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

    • Develop and optimise fuel and ignition maps and verify performance gains using engine test cell data logging equipment.
    • Have an in-depth understanding of motorcycle setup and appropriate test equipment.
    • Develop detailed solid models of motorcycle components using an appropriate CAD package.
    • Analyse and discuss the pragmatic compromises between design and production and use appropriate techniques to aid selection of optimum motorcycle designs.
    • Analyse major mechanical components of a motorcycle.
    • Understand the concepts of a CAN network.
     

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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