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Prepare for a career in automotive engineering with a combination of theory and practical, hands-on experience. Our ecosystem of automotive labs doubles as your research and learning space. You’ll have access to facilities including our High Voltage Energy Storage lab, driving simulator, the Joining Technology Research Centre, and #OxfordMetaverse, our virtual reality space.
During your time studying Automotive Engineering with Electric Vehicles, you can engage with activities and research groups through your dissertation and extra-curricular activities.
Visiting speakers from the industry help you get a fresh perspective on what’s going on in the profession of automotive engineering. They’ll share their expertise and experiences in technology, production methods, processes, and management techniques. This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Oxford has one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of high-tech engineering businesses, and we have excellent links with many of them.
You’ll have the opportunity to be at the forefront of performance and be able to gain practical industry experience in electrical automobile engineering.
Brand new facilities
All Engineering and Motorsport courses are moving from the Wheatley Campus to brand new, custom designed buildings at our main Headington site. These buildings are expected to open in September 2024, but as with any large-scale building project those timescales could change. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including a VR cave and material science labs, composite lab, autodynamics workshop and wind tunnel, as well as social learning spaces, teaching rooms and cafe space.
Taught by experts
The course is taught by current and former industry professionals, so everything you learn is up to date.
Hear from employers
You can see what your career options are in our Industrial Lecture Series, and attend our careers fair where employers and alumni visit Oxford Brookes.
Modules cover specialist automotive subjects, including Advanced Powertrain Engineering and Electric Vehicles. You’ll learn to analyse and fully diagnose components and assemblies, discover the management techniques crucial for engineering, and design, test and model vehicles in crash scenarios.
Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to study an area of automotive engineering that you’re passionate about at an in-depth level. And you’ll develop research, planning and project management skills along the way.
Industry-sponsored projects are available from national and international companies, including McLaren, MAN, and Artic Truck. Or you can undertake your own project and work closely with a research or commercial organisation of your choice.
Learning and teaching
You will be taught by staff from the department of mechanical engineering and mathematical sciences. You'll receive further input from visiting speakers from business and industry.
Details of the assessment methods used for this course will be included here soon.
The emphasis in our research groups is producing high-quality research for the real world. Staff have close links with industry through research projects and consultancies.
Our engineering research is organised into three cross-cutting, interdisciplinary themes. Research in this area is supported by the UK Research Councils and the European Commission, industry and charitable foundations.
- Sustainable Engineering and Innovation
- Low Carbon Vehicles
- Simulation, Modelling and Systems Integration.
The results of the most recent REF (2014) exercise showed that 96% of research in the department is internationally recognised, and 57% was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent, compared with 45% in 2008. More specifically, 50% of the impact case studies returned were judged to be internationally excellent, and 72% of the research outputs were judged to be internationally excellent or world leading.
Many of our engineering students have found success in their fields, in the UK and abroad. Graduates work with Mercedes HPP supporting development of Mercedes Formula E team and Williams Advanced engineering, supporting Jaguar Formula E team. Recent graduates are working for companies including:
- Jaguar Land Rover,
- Aston Martin Lagonda,
- McLaren Automotive,
- Tata Technologies,
- Koenigsegg Automotive,
And if you need support with your career, you’ll have access to our careers support system.
Specific 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.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Personal protective equipment for engineering labs.||£25-40|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Travel and associated costs if relevant when undertaking work placements.||£30-700 per year|
If you are considering bringing your own computer, most of the software we use is on Windows machines though there is some use of Linux. We do not use Apple MacOS and their use is not required but some students do choose to bring MacOS machines so a Mac can be a viable choice if you so wish.
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.