The course 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 beginning of September.
To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, two optional modules and the dissertation.
Racing Engine Design will give you a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical considerations associated with the design and functioning of a racing engine. You will learn to perform advanced design analysis on each area, such as the block, valve-train, head design and thermal management. Practical analyses will be carried out using advanced analysis tools such as GT-Power, ANSYS, and ADAMsEngine.
Advanced Materials and Strength of Components develops knowledge and skills in fatigue and fracture analysis which are used to predict the conditions for fatigue failure and fracture and the life of mechanical components.
Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.
- The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from race engineering, offering an opportunity to specialise in a particular area related to high performance engines. In addition to developing your expertise in a highly specialised field, 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. McLaren, AVL, VUHL etc.), 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 a maximum of two):
Advanced Powertrain Engineering 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.
Computation and Modelling presents finite element modelling of structures containing composite materials, advanced simulation techniques using ADAMS and an introduction to MATLAB.
Crash Impact Modelling 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 automotives vechicles with regard to crash worthiness.
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 Reliability and Risk Management covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.
Data Acquisition Systems will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to the acquisition and analysis of data.
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include lectures and seminars to provide a sound theoretical base, and practical work to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide valuable insights.
Approach to assessment
Coursework exercises, essays, presentations and laboratory exercises form the basis for continuous assessment.
Assessment methods include examination and coursework 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.
The department also makes use of Computational Fluid Dynamics techniques for in-cylinder combustion modelling. Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software - find out more here.
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