The Motorsport Engineering MSc is structured around three time periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and 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.
- Crash Impact Modelling 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 focuses on the problem of how to design vehicle shapes and aerodynamic packages that enhance the race vehicle performance.
- Laptime Simulation and Race Engineering 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 provides you with an understanding of motorsport sponsorship, the management skills and the knowledge relevant to the motorsport engineering industries.
- Advanced Vehicle Dynamics 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.
- 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.
Optional modules (choose one):
- Data Acquisition Systems and Computation Modelling 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 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.
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars to provide a sound theoretical base, and practical work, designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation. Visiting speakers from business and motorsport industry provide valuable insights.
Approach to assessment
Coursework exercises, essays, presentations and laboratory exercises form the basis for individual and group continuous assessment.
The methods of assessment include examination and coursework, including peer assessment, reflecting the development of academic content from the more practical aspects to the more conceptual.
We have purpose built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment and resources required to study and practise motorsport engineering, including a four-post test rig, state-of-the-art engine test cells, analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology and latest 3D printing technology.
Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software - find out more here.
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