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Racing Engine Systems


Key facts

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023



Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months


This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. This course is also accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

  • Engineering Council
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Our MSc in Racing Engine Systems is the only programme of its kind in the world. We have developed the course with the needs and requirements of race engine manufacturers in mind.

Our course will prepare you for advanced design roles with major engine manufacturers and their supply chain. You'll study strong theory-based modules. And gain a comprehensive understanding of how winning engines are created.

Many of the world's most advanced high-performance engines are designed in the UK motorsport valley, close to our location. Our unrivalled access to motorsport industry informs and directs development and delivery of the programme.

Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Our course will help you to become a highly-skilled graduate. Many of our graduates find work with high-performance engine manufacturers, such as:

  • Ferrari
  • Mercedes HPP
  • F1 teams
  • Riccardo
  • Xtrac
  • Prodrive
  • Hewland.
White motorsport car

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.


An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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
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Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2022 / 23
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Home (UK) part time

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2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

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.

Financial support and scholarships

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics awards a limited number of scholarships and bursaries for its taught postgraduate programmes, which are awarded on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international postgraduates each year. Please visit this page for more information. 

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

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, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

The course 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 beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass 180 module credits, including the dissertaion. 

Student working on a motorsport car in the Brookes garage

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Advanced Powertrain Engineering (20 credits)

This module 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.

Engineering Business Management (20 credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.

Advanced Materials and Strength of Components (20 credits)

This module 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.

Racing Engine Systems (40 credits)

This module 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.

Electric Powertrain Systems (20 credits)

This module provides an understanding of areas such as electric powertrain system requirements and modelling concepts for evaluating the performance of electric powertrain systems.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Msc Dissertation (60 credits)

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.

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 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 methods used on this course

You will be assessed through the following methods:

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


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. 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

Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in their chosen industry. Many of our students go on to work with leading motorsport companies, including directly into F1 teams and suppliers. 

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

Student profiles

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.