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Motorsport Engineering

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; Engineering Council

  • Engineering Council
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology

Overview


Our MSc in Motorsport Engineering provides a unique preparation for work in the motorsport industry.

Our location in the heart of the UK motorsport valley, close to most of the Formula 1 teams and their supply chain, gives us unrivalled access to motorsport companies.

Our close links with the industry informs development and delivery of our courses. You will be taught by lecturers with expertise in the field of motorsport engineering. This includes winning F1 race car designers and world-leading sustainable vehicle engineering researchers.

You can undertake industry-based projects, often in conjunction with our high-standing research. These are based around state-of-the-art automotive test equipment in a purpose-designed engineering building.

You can join Oxford Brookes Racing, our acclaimed Formula Student team. While on the team you can use your theoretical knowledge and understand race culture.

Many of our graduates work with leading motorsport companies, including:

  • F1 teams
  • Formula E
  • major suppliers to motorsport industry.
Students working on a motorsport car in 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
£7,270

Home/EU part time
£3,710

International full time
£15,160

Home/EU full time
£8,500

Home/EU part time
£4,250

International full time
£16,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£7,270

Home/EU part time
£3,710

International full time
£15,160

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£8,500

Home/EU part time
£4,250

International full time
£16,000

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 Motorsport Engineering MSc is structured around three time periods:

  • Semester 1 runs from September to December
  • Semester 2 from January to May
  • the summer period 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.

White motorsport car

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Crash Impact Modelling

This module will give you an understanding of materials, components and their structural behaviour when subjected to medium to high impact events. This includes the design, testing and modelling of motorsport components and vehicles with regard to crash worthiness.

Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics

This module focuses on the problem of how to design vehicle shapes and aerodynamic packages that enhance the race vehicle performance.

Laptime Simulation and Race Engineering

This module looks at advanced race vehicle performance subjects, including laptime simulation, data acquisition, instrumentation and telemetry. You will learn to assess the performance of racing cars, develop strategies to race engineer them and determine their ultimate performance using leading professional laptime simulation software.

Engineering Business Management

This module provides you with an understanding of motorsport sponsorship, the management skills and the knowledge relevant to the motorsport engineering industries.

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics

This module will give you a thorough understanding of the relevant theoretical and practical considerations associated with optimising motorsport vehicle performance. You will learn to apply advanced vehicle dynamic analysis techniques such as the derivative method, learn how to optimise suspension using advanced software methods and then verify your solution on our four-post rig.

Optional modules

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.

Electric Vehicles

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

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

The Dissertation is an individual project on a topic from motorsport engineering, offering an opportunity to specialise in a particular area of motorsport. In addition to developing high level of expertise in a particular area of motorsport, 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. Dallara, VUHL, Base Performance, McLaren, AVL), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, industrial 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

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures and seminars to provide a sound theoretical base
  • practical work designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation.

We also invite visiting speakers from business and motorsport industry to provide valuable insights to your learning.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed with individual and group continuous assessment, including:

  • coursework exercises
  • essays
  • presentations
  • laboratory exercises
  • examinations.

Research


The emphasis in our research groups is producing high-quality research for the real world. Our industry focused research includes an award-winning project with Yasa Motors and BMWi development.

Staff have close links with industry through research projects and consultancies. This includes the Dallara single-seater electric racer design project. 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, and 57% was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent. 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

The department’s employability record is consistently above 90%, which is significantly above sector average.

Graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in the motorsport industry. 

Many of our students go on to work with leading motorsport companies, including directly into F1 teams and their suppliers. Our notable alumni include William Morris, founder of Morris cars (Lord Nuffield) and Adrian Reynard, motorsport driver and entrepreneur.

Honorary graduates include: 

  • Sir John Surtees
  • Adrian Newey
  • Dr Pat Symonds.

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

Our Staff


Dr James Balkwill

James teaches in Design, Vehicle Dynamics, and Management.

Read more about James

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.