Electric Motorsport

MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Start dates: September 2024

Full time: 12 Months

Part time: 18 Months

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

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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.

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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.

  • Practical Implementation

    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.

  • Formula Student

    Work as part of the Oxford Brookes Racing Team and develop your practical and theoretical skills through developing the Formula Student Electric Race Car.

  • Employability

    Get on the right track to working within the Motorsport sector, within Formula One, Formula E, World Rally Championship and World Endurance Racing teams.

  • Live Projects

    The opportunity to engage with live research projects through the High Voltage Energy Storage Research Group Laboratory activities.

  • Accreditation(s)

    CEng. IMechE and IET accreditation will be sought at a later date

Course details

Course structure

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.

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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’.

Read about how a recent Oxford Brookes graduate was instrumental in an award-winning project with Yasa Motors and Jaguar C-X75 development


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.

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400


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.

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Financial support and scholarships

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Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

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.