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Automotive Engineering

BEng (Hons) or MEng

Key facts


UCAS code

H330 BEng,H341 MEng

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: BEng: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich; MEng: 4 years, or 5 years sandwich

Part time: BEng: up to 8 years; MEng: up to 9 years

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accreditation(s)

The BEng is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The MEng 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.

UCAS Tariff Points

120 (BEng) or 128 (MEng)

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

Overview


Our Automotive Engineering course will teach you engineering principles and analytical techniques. As well as giving you practical experience.

You will study mathematics, engineering principles and design and management. And you’ll develop analytical skills through the study of:

  • dynamics
  • thermodynamics
  • stress analysis.

Practical activities in the laboratories will deepen your knowledge and understanding of automotive design. And in your final year you will study specialised automotive engineering subjects.

By taking a work placement with one of the University's industry partners, you'll have the chance to gain a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) accreditation by IMechE. 

You also have the opportunity to get involved with Formula Student - our students are regular prize winners. 

We developed this course with input from the sector so our graduates are highly sought after. Many progress to further study, others have found jobs well known companies such as:

  • Aston Martin
  • Bentley
  • BMW
  • Cosworth.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 120 (BEng) or 128 (MEng)

A Level: BBB (BEng) or ABB (MEng)

IB Points: 31 (BEng) or 32 (MEng)

BTEC: DM (BEng) DD (MEng)

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

A levels: tariff points must include A level Grade B in Maths, and Grade B in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or another suitable science subject.

IB Diploma: 31 points (BEng) or 32 points (MEng) to include minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics

BTEC: tariff points must include BTEC National Diploma in an engineering subject, plus A-level Grade B in Maths.

We welcome applications from candidates with equivalent alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Grade B in Maths, and Grade B in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or another suitable science subject.

GCSE: English Language grade 4/C minimum

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please 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.

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.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

Additional costs

First year Engineering students spend some time in laboratory sessions as part of the course for which protective equipent is mandatory. This typically costs around £25-40, although you are able to use your own, if suitable.

Students will typically have to arrange their own accommodation during their placement year and will have to cover their own transport and living costs.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1 your modules will cover fundamental work in engineering. We teach you in modern, purpose-built premises. 
 
In Year 2 you will gain an understanding of how basic principles apply to complex problems.
 
You'll take part in group work focusing on design and analysis. And you can take a placement between your second and final year.
 
In your Final Year you will study specialised automotive engineering subjects. You'll study automotive aerodynamics and automotive engines. You will also complete a personal project.
 
All students may apply to join our internationally successful Formula Student team.
 
If you wish to extend your degree you can apply for the four-year MEng course. You can also apply to join our MEng in the third year.

Students observing

Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I (double)

Engineering Design and Practice I (double)

Introduction to Thermo Fluids

Introduction to Materials

Introduction to Stress Analysis

Introduction to Statics and Dynamics

Year 2

Optional modules

Design and Practice II (double)

Stress Analysis and Dynamics (double)

Automotive Electronics

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II

Thermo-Fluids

Materials Engineering

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional work placement year

We have placement opportunities with local, national and international Engineering companies. These are advertised through our placement office and support and guidance in applying for placements is provided. You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement for one year between the second and final years of your course. Placements are highly valued by prospective employers, as they recognise the benefits of obtaining industrial experience. The placement helps with consolidating their understanding of mechanical engineering in general and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an industrial environment. Past industrial placements have been undertaken at: Rolls Royce; BMW; Nissan Vauxhall; Ford; Mercedes AMG HPP; Nitron Racing Systems; AP Racing Ltd; X-Trac Ltd. We have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation with their industrial placement-year company.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Engineering Project

Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability (double)

Optional modules

Optional, two from this list

Vehicle Dynamics; Vehicle Aerodynamics; Automotive Engines

Optional, two from this list

Vibration Control and NVH; Design of Machines; Vehicle Crash Design

Year 5 (MEng)

Compulsory modules

Group Design Project (double)

Advanced Engineering Management

Optional modules

Optional, 1 from:

Noise, Vibration and Harshness; Vehicle Crash Engineering; Advanced Powertrain Engineering

Optional, 1 from:

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics; Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics; Advanced Materials and Strength of Components

Optional, 1 from:

CAD/CAM; Computation and Modelling; Sustainable Engineering Technology; Engineering Reliability and Risk Management

Year 6 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional work placement year

We have placement opportunities with local, national and international Engineering companies. These are advertised through our placement office and support and guidance in applying for placements is provided. You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement for one year between the second and final years of your course. Placements are highly valued by prospective employers, as they recognise the benefits of obtaining industrial experience. The placement helps with consolidating their understanding of mechanical engineering in general and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an industrial environment. Past industrial placements have been undertaken at: Rolls Royce; BMW; Nissan Vauxhall; Ford; Mercedes AMG HPP; Nitron Racing Systems; AP Racing Ltd; X-Trac Ltd. We have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation with their industrial placement-year company.

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 and learning methods include: 

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical work in the laboratory
  • work in a computer lab
  • workshops. 

Information technology is very important in modern engineering practice. In several modules almost all of the teaching is based around computers.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 29%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 71%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 27%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 73%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Year 5 (MEng)

  • Lectures and seminars - 22%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 78%

Year 6 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 20%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 80%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

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.
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 51%
  • Coursework - 49%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 45%
  • Coursework - 49%
  • Practical exams - 6%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 32%
  • Coursework - 68%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 5 (MEng)

  • Written exams - 25%
  • Coursework - 75%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 6 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 42%
  • Coursework - 58%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


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.

After you graduate


Career prospects

The UK motor industry employs thousands of graduates each year and has a highly successful automotive industry. Whether your aspirations are to design the next new Mini or the latest executive saloon with an international pedigree, this course will prepare you to achieve them.   

Graduates from Automotive Engineering typically obtain engineering roles within the sector and our degree in Automotive Engineering provides the right balance of education and practical experience to equip you for this exacting profession.  There are also postgraduate learning opportunities open through the department at MSc or PhD level.

Graduates from Automotive Engineering  have gone on to secure roles with companies including:

  • Aston Martin
  • Bentley
  • BMW
  • Cummins
  • Ford
  • Jaguar Landrover
  • Nissan

Professional accreditation

The MEng has been fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under the Engineering Council's guidelines (UK SPEC). It provides complete exemption from the Engineering Council exams parts one and two.

The IMechE has given the BEng course the maximum accreditation level available to a BEng course under the Engineering Council's guidelines (UK SPEC). Upon graduation you will have fully satisfied the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer status and have a well-defined path to Chartered Engineer status with the IMechE and the Engineering Council. 

Further study

Many students progress onto MSc or PhD programmes upon completion of a BEng or MEng degree. There are a range of MSc programmes offered by the department enabling BEng graduates to specialise in a specific engineering field or for MEng graduates there are PhD opportunities.

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