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MSc Electric Motorsport Engineering focuses on the application of electrical engineering within the Electric Motorsport sector, setting you on the track to follow previous students working within Formula One, Formula E, World Rally Championship and World Endurance Racing teams as well as Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains.
You’ll develop practical applications through the laboratory activities and Formula Student whilst also developing your problem-solving, communication and critical thinking abilities, as well as your creativity, technical skills and the use of industry-relevant software. Working on the Oxford Brookes Racing Formula Student car development will help you to put the theory and practical work into action to construct and deliver a fully functioning Electric Racing Car, developing highly sought-after skills and experience.
Applicants with a proven track record in the Engineering sector are welcome to apply and start the course or you can raise your entry status to an acceptable level by taking appropriate undergraduate modules as associate students.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
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.
Develop your understanding of control in relation to the delivery and regeneration of electrical power and you will be challenged to apply this to real-world scenarios.
Work as part of the Oxford Brookes Racing Team and develop your practical and theoretical skills through developing the Formula Student Electric Race Car.
Get on the right track to working within the Motorsport sector, within Formula One, Formula E, World Rally Championship and World Endurance Racing teams.
The opportunity to engage with live research projects through the High Voltage Energy Storage Research Group Laboratory activities.
You’ll study specialist electric motorsport engineering subjects, including Electric Power Systems, Real time Embedded Robotics Systems and Object-Oriented Programming. Also, you’ll gain and build knowledge of business management as you progress your own enterprise. For your dissertation, you’ll get to study an area of electric motorsport engineering that fascinates you at a deep level. And you’ll develop research, planning and project management skills in doing so.
You will benefit from developing the skill sets required for working with Electric Vehicles at the same time as focusing on Electric Powertrain systems, with assessments being aligned with future FIA Motorsport regulations.
Learning and teaching
Teaching methods include:
- lectures and seminars
- a sound theoretical base practical work designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation.
Most of our teaching staff are from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. However, we invite visiting speakers from business and industry to provide further input to your learning.
Hours of teaching for each module: 48hrs per module contact time using a mix of Lectures and practical and computing laboratories.
- Electrical/Propulsion systems - % taught content (excluding project)
- Three core modules - Electric power systems, Electric vehicles, Control Systems Engineering (new) (60 credits - 50%)
- Core Modules - 6 x 20 credits (66%)
- Dissertation - 60 (33%).
Our research groups produce high-quality research for the real world. Staff have close links with industry through research projects and consultancies. You can find out more on our department research pages.
The results of the most recent REF (2014) exercise showed that 96% of research in the department is internationally recognised. 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’.
The programme has a strong emphasis on employability and considers aspects of electrical power and drive systems in addition to the control of vehicles through the implementation of autonomous systems.
There is increasing demand for Engineers with relevant electrical skill sets for working within the Automotive/Motorsport sectors.
Roles identified within the sector include:
- Electrical Test Engineer
- Fast Development Inverter Mechanical Engineer
- Inverter Simulation Engineer
- Lead Mechatronic Test Systems Engineer
- HIL Engineer
- Power Electronic Design Engineer
- LV and HV Power System Engineer
- Technical Specialist - Electric Drive Unit Efficiency
- Red Bull Technologies: Electronics Engineer.
For careers advice and support, you can use our careers support system.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Where appropriate, suitable English as a Foreign Language qualifications will be required. 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.
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
How to apply
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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.