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Automotive Engineering with Electric Vehicles

BEng (Hons) or MEng

Key facts

UCAS code

H330 BEng,H341 MEng

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023



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


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 IET for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Both pathways are also accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

UCAS Tariff Points

112 - 120

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


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

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

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112 - 120

A Level: BBB - BBC or equivalent

IB Points: 30 - 31


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points:

A Level:

IB Points:


Further offer details

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

BEng contextual offer points must include C in Maths and C in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or another science.  MEng contextual offer points must include B in Maths and C in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or suitable science

IB Diploma: tariff points to include minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics

BEng contextual offer points must include 4 in HL Maths and Physics.  MEng contextual offer points must include 5 in HL Maths and 4 in HL Physics

BTEC: tariff points must include BTEC Extended Diploma in an engineering subject, plus a distinction in the Further Mathematics module.

BEng and MEng contextual offer points must include distinction in Further 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 normally required

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


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 part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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. 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

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.

First year Engineering students spend some time in laboratory sessions as part of the course for which protective equipment 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.

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

In Year 1 you will study mathematics, engineering principles, design and management. You will familiarise yourself with engineering systems and manufacture through practical work.

In Year 2 you will develop your analytical skills by studying: 

  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics
  • Thermo-Fluids
  • Mathematics and Modelling

You will work on group design tasks and utilise engineering analysis software. You also have the option to take a one year placement before progressing to the third year of academic study.

In your final year you will study specialised automotive engineering subjects, such as:

  • Automotive Engines
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Advanced Dynamics and NVH
  • Vehicle Crash Design

If you wish to extend your degree you can switch to the four-year MEng course. The first three years of the MEng run parallel with the BEng course. And the final year of the MEng allows you to broaden and deepen your studies.

Students observing

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I (double) (30 credits)

Introduction to Thermo Fluids (15 credits)

Design and Practice I (double) (30 credits)

Introduction to Materials (15 credits)

Introduction to Stress Analysis (15 credits)

Introduction to Statics and Dynamics (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Engineering Thermo-Fluids (15 credits)

Design and Practice II (double) (15 credits)

Materials Engineering (15 credits)

Stress Analysis and Dynamics (double) (30 credits)

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II (15 credits)

Optional modules

Independent Study in Mechanical/Automotive/Motorsport Engineering (15 credits)

Control Technology (15 credits)

Professional Placement

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

Advanced Dynamics and NVH (15 credits)

Engineering Project (30 credits)

Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability (30 credits)

Automotive Engines (15 credits)

Vehicle Crash Design (15 credits)

Vehicle Dynamics (15 credits)

Year 5 (MEng)

Compulsory modules

Group Design Project (40 credits)

Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics (20 credits)

Engineering Business Management (20 credits)

Advanced Powertrain Engineering (20 credits)

Electric Vehicles (20 credits)

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.


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.

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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