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Automotive Engineering with Electric Vehicles

MSc

Key facts


Start dates

September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accreditation(s)

Institution of Engineering and Technology; Engineering Council

  • Engineering Council
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Overview


Our MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Vehicles prepares you for a career in the automotive industry and the complex and fast developments taking place.

You will be taught in a purpose-designed engineering building, by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields. Our visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspective, preparing you for an exciting career.

Our location is in the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses and the UK motorsport valley. This offers opportunities to collaborate with the automotive industry and their supply chain. And keeps you up to date with developments in:

  • automotive technologies
  • production methods
  • processes
  • management techniques.

You can get involved with our award-winning Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR) team. With students from across the department, the team design, build and race a single-seat Formula Student car.

You should have a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Mini with bonnet up in Brookes garage

How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

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.

OR

An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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.

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.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£6,840

Home/EU part time
£3,490

International full time
£14,850

Home/EU full time
£8,500

Home/EU part time
£4,250

International full time
£15,700

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£6,840

Home/EU part time
£3,490

International full time
£14,850

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£8,500

Home/EU part time
£4,250

International full time
£15,700

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

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 below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


The course is structured around three periods:

  • Semester 1 runs from September to December
  • Semester 2 from January to May
  • the summer period which completes the year until the end of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one optional module and the dissertation.

Computer with diagnostic software

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Advanced Powertrain Engineering

This module 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.

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics

This module 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.

Electric Vehicles

This module develops comprehensive understanding of electric vehicles with the focus on advanced vehicle propulsion technology. The module covers the analysis, modelling, simulation and control of various electric vehicle architectures with the focus on the powertrain and associated electronics.

Engineering Business Management

This module provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.

Noise, Vibration and Harshness

This module looks at the analysis, quantification, characterisation and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.

Optional modules

Crash Impact Modelling

This module 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.

Data Acquisition Systems and Computation Modelling

This module provides an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to data collection and data use, alongside knowledge of advanced modelling techniques and analysis. It covers data acquisition systems, including sensors, conversion, logging, signal processing, data merging, and data analysis, and models are built using programming and Simulink. Furthermore, acquired data is used for modelling and validation of complex systems.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

This 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.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Details of the assessment methods used for this course will be included here soon.

Research


Use content from current ‘Research’ field and throughout the rest of the entry 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.

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.

After you graduate


Career prospects

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. Students are able to make full use of the University careers support system.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.