The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the end of September.
To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, another three modules and the dissertation.
- Advanced Vehicle Dynamics will give you a thorough understanding of the relevant theoretical and practical considerations associated with optimising vehicle performance. You will learn to apply advanced vehicle dynamic analysis techniques such as the derivative method and learn how to optimise suspension on our four-post rig.
- Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.
- Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics focuses on the problem of how to design vehicle shapes and aerodynamic packages that enhance the vehicle performance.
- The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from automotive engineering, offering an opportunity to develop a high level of expertise in a particular area of automotive engineering, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. MAN (Germany), VUHL (Mexico), McLaren (UK), AVL (Austria), Arctic Truck (Iceland) etc.), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, or commercial organisation.
Alternative-compulsory modules (choose a minimum of two):
- Noise, Vibration and Harshness looks at the analysis, quantification, characterisation and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.
- Crash Impact Modelling will give you an understanding of material, component and structural behaviour when subjected to medium-to-high-impact events. This includes the design, testing and modelling of motorsport and automotive vehicles with regard to crash worthiness.
- Advanced Powertrain Engineering provides an understanding of areas such as powertrain system requirements, energy flow in the driveline, engine and powertrain modelling concepts for evaluating the performance of Powertrain systems.
Optional modules (choose a maximum of one):
- Computation and Modelling presents finite element modelling of structures containing composite materials, advanced simulation techniques using ADAMS, and an introduction to MATLAB.
- Engineering Reliability and Risk Management covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.
- Advanced CAD/CAM is a master's level module that develops skills in using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing software.
- Sustainable Engineering Technology presents the concepts of sustainability and applies them to issues facing vehicle engineering and transport, such as the manufacturing processes, carbon foot-printing, materials of construction and choice of powertrain.
- Data Acquisition Systems will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to the acquisition and analysis of data.
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.
Teaching and learning
Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.
We have purpose built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment, including a four-post test rig, state-of-the-art engine test cells, analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology. Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software - find out more here.
Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £6,450 2018/19: £6,580
Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £3,290 2018/19: £3,360
International - full time: 2017/18: £14,000 2018/19: £14,280
Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 2% each year.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.
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Funding and scholarships
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You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree in mechanical, automotive or motorsport engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.
Please also see the university's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English you will require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in all components.
An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.
Please also see the university's standard English language requirements
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Preparation courses for International and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.
- Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
- If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.
If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.
How to apply
You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.
Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in their chosen industry. Many of our students go on to work with leading automotive or motorsport companies in the UK and worldwide - click here for more details. Students are also able to make full use of the University Careers support system.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.