Automotive Engineering with Electric Vehicles
BEng (Hons) or MEng
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At Oxford Brookes you won’t just learn practical mechanical skills. You’ll develop your design engineering expertise and think about what the vehicles of the future will look like.
Our automotive engineering degree combines theory with hands-on experience, and prepares you for a career in engineering. Looking at the future of the automotive industry, we’ll help you safeguard your own future within it.
You’ll have full access to our automotive labs. These double as your research and learning spaces where you will discover how to design and work with electric vehicles. Facilities include our four post rig, High Voltage Energy Storage Lab and driving simulator.
There are 2 routes you can take on this course: BEng and MEng qualifications that you can easily transfer between right up to your third year. Both lead to professional accreditation and will support your future job prospects.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Be part of a community
Join the UK’s most successful Formula Student team, Oxford Brookes Racing, and design, build and race vehicles with students who share your passion.
A focus on careers
Gain industry experience that will boost your future job prospects, and earn as you learn on an accredited Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) through the IMechE.
Learn from the best
You will be taught by current and former industry professionals with active research and/or consulting experience in the automotive industry.
You can change between engineering courses at the end of year 1 if you decide that another course is a better fit and again at the end of your second year, if you choose Motorsport Engineering.
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.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
In year 1 your 'Integrated Curriculum' means you work in collaboration with other engineering students to draw, assemble and test your own Stirling Engine and then market your product in a global online marketplace.
You will develop your analytical skills even further in year 2, studying modules including Engineering Thermo-Fluids and Mathematics and Modelling. More group design tasks will sharpen your team working skills, and you will learn how to use engineering analysis software.
You can go on a paid work placement before year 3, and apply everything you learn here to your third year projects and show off your new knowledge on your CV. Students have previously taken placements at companies including Aston Martin, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.
Learning and teaching
Teaching and learning methods include:
- practical work in the laboratory
- work in a computer lab
Information technology is very important in modern engineering practice. In several modules almost all of the teaching is based around computers.
All modules use a mix of examination and coursework for assessment.
Coursework assessment methods vary, but can include the following:
- oral examinations
- group presentations
- design or laboratory reports
- technical reviews
- poster presentations.
This course is your chance to join the IMechE Monitored Professional Development Scheme. Both the BEng and MEng routes lead to professional recognition. The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).
Completing the BEng meets the academic requirements for becoming an Incorporated Engineer, and partly meets the academic requirements for becoming a Chartered Engineer. Completing the MEng fully meets the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
Our graduates go on to have highly successful careers in the automotive industry. They work for companies including Mercedes HPP supporting development of Mercedes Formula E team and Williams Advanced engineering, supporting Jaguar Formula E team.
Additionally, you can study automotive engineering or other engineering subjects at postgraduate level. The BEng degree allows you to progress to a specialist engineering field at master’s level. The MEng route can take you to PhD studies.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
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.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Personal protective equipment for engineering labs.||£25-40|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Travel and associated costs if relevant when undertaking work placements.||£30-700 per year|
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.