Automotive Engineering with Electric Vehicles

BEng (Hons) or MEng

UCAS code: H330 BEng/ H341 MEng

Start dates: September 2024 / September 2025

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 10 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

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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.

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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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

  • 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.

  • Accreditation(s)

    The BEng is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the purposes of 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).

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

Course details

Course structure

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.

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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.


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 modules

Teaching for this course takes place face to face and you can expect around 12 hours of contact time per week. In addition to this, you should also anticipate a workload of 1,200 hours per year. Teaching usually takes place Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

Contact hours involve activities such as lectures, seminars, practicals, assessments, and academic advising sessions. These hours differ by year of study and typically increase significantly during placements or other types of work-based learning.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

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

    A solid foundation in mathematics is essential for budding engineers. This module sets the stage by providing the necessary mathematical tools to support the analytical aspects of year one engineering courses. You will delve into fundamental algebraic and trigonometric principles, explore the applications of differential and integral calculus, and develop skills in using related functions. Additionally, you will gain hands-on experience with mathematical models, applying them to real engineering problems using specialized software.

    By the end of this module, you'll gain the ability to tackle defined engineering problems systematically, choose appropriate problem-solving approaches, and apply differential and integral calculus to diverse engineering scenarios. Additionally, you'll become proficient in matrix algebra, essential for solving complex systems of equations, and learn the practical use of trigonometry in solving triangles. 

  • Engineering Design and Practice I (double) (30 credits)

    Through a subject-specific engineering product as a case study, you will delve into technical drawing, CAD/CAE, modelling, management, and machining, gaining a holistic understanding of the engineering design process. Additionally, this module introduces you to electrical and electronic circuits, laboratory testing, and experimentation, providing invaluable hands-on experience. You will develop mathematical proficiency to solve complex engineering problems, master the design and analysis of electrical circuits, and critically evaluate system architectures. By honing your technical drawing skills and adhering to international standards, you will effectively communicate engineering designs.

    By the end of this module, you will develop a deep understanding of electrical circuits, master the art of technical drawing, and gain proficiency in CAE tools for comprehensive design analysis.

  • Basic Electrical Engineering (15 credits)

    This foundational module is designed to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts of electrical engineering. You will cover essential electrical quantities, parameters, and the operation of electronic components and circuits that are crucial for your journey as an engineering student. 

    By completing this module, you will develop crucial skills in problem-solving, circuit design, research, project execution, and effective communication. Moreover, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the general operation and behaviour of electrical circuits, enabling you to predict their outcomes. You'll gain hands-on experience in designing basic electrical and electronic circuits, with a focus on sustainability, legislation, and safety considerations. 

  • Introduction to Statics and Dynamics (15 credits)

    This module is designed to provide you with a foundational understanding of the principles crucial for analysing mechanical engineering design in terms of equilibrium and motion. You'll learn essential techniques for analysing a variety of basic mechanical and automotive components, devices, and systems.

    Through this module, you'll develop a comprehensive skill set for analysing engineering components and devices under both static and dynamic loads. You'll become adept at identifying the various forces acting on typical engineering elements, leading to the creation and use of free-body diagrams for solving static and dynamic problems. Additionally, you'll gain the ability to investigate and analyse the kinetics of simple engineering components, devices, and mechanisms, providing a solid foundation for more complex analyses in the field.  

  • Introduction to Materials and Stress Analysis (15 credits)

    In this module, you’ll dive into the essential fundamentals of engineering materials, and gain a solid understanding of the principles used in analysing and designing mechanical components. The module covers a wide spectrum of materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites commonly used in engineering component design. Additionally, you'll learn basic stress analysis techniques that will enable you to evaluate component behaviour and make informed material selection decisions.

    By the end of this module, you'll have a strong grasp of the critical factors influencing the selection of engineering materials for various components. Moreover, the integration of material selection concepts into the Design and Build project featured in ENGR4003 will demonstrate the practical relevance of the concepts you learn in this module, making your learning experience both comprehensive and applicable to real-world engineering projects.

  • Introduction to Thermo Fluids (15 credits)

    This module serves as a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The insights you gain from this module will be directly applicable to the mechanical engineering sector, providing you with a strong foundation for future studies and practical applications.

    As you progress through this module, you'll develop a deep understanding of the scientific principles that underpin thermo-fluids. Through the application of appropriate mathematical analysis techniques, you'll be able to effectively analyse basic engineering systems involving heat and fluid flow. You'll become familiar with the fundamental features of both external and internal incompressible fluid flow, and you'll be able to recognize various types of thermodynamic processes. This knowledge will empower you to select the appropriate governing equations to evaluate the performance of simple engineering systems. 

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Design and Practice II (30 credits)

    This module places a strong emphasis on utilising modern computer technology, including computer-aided engineering (CAE) packages, to create solid models, conduct simulation analyses, and ensure designs are fit for purpose. By actively engaging with the integrated design environment and collaborating with peers, you will acquire invaluable skills in engineering design, problem-solving, and effective communication.

    As you progress through this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the engineering design process and its practical application in real-world contexts. You will learn to select and utilise appropriate industrial components, making informed decisions that contribute to the overall success of your designs. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, you will gain valuable experience working with others to produce design prototypes, simulating real-world scenarios encountered in professional engineering practice. 

  • Stress Analysis (15 credits)

    In this module, you'll delve into the intricacies of static stress analysis using closed-form solutions derived from fundamental principles. You'll also explore how this understanding relates to failure criteria and the material properties of the component. Practical application of theories will be facilitated through a hands-on laboratory session, offering a real-world context to the learned concepts.

    Through this module, you'll gain a profound ability to calculate stresses, strains, and deflections in beams undergoing bending and torsion. You'll be adept at determining various stress components like principal, octahedral, hydrostatic, and deviatoric stresses in three-dimensional components. This skill set will enable you to evaluate the strength and deformation suitability of a diverse range of components under static loading conditions. 

  • Electronics and Control Engineering I (15 credits)

    In this module, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of electronic and electrical systems, their control mechanisms, and their integration with existing processes. The focus is on preparing you to analyse, apply, and predict the performance of these systems, especially in the context of high-level autonomous operations. 

    Upon completing this module, you'll be able to explain the operation and limitations of major control, electrical, and electronic systems. You'll have the skills to analyse complex electronics and control problems, design appropriate tests, and accurately assess outcomes. Leveraging industry-standard modelling and simulation software, you'll be capable of explaining and analysing the behaviour of electronics and control systems. 

  • Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II (15 credits)

    This module places significant emphasis on the solution of differential equations using both analytical and numerical methods. You will develop the skills to formulate and solve ordinary differential equations, employ advanced techniques of matrix algebra, and utilise numerical techniques to solve various engineering problems. Furthermore, you will learn to effectively describe and analyse engineering systems using the language of mathematics and employ mathematical software to perform numerical computations.
    By the end of this module, you will gain a deeper understanding of the role of calculus in engineering applications. Through the study of differential equations and matrix algebra, you will acquire advanced problem-solving techniques that are essential for addressing real-world engineering challenges. 

  • Thermo-Fluids (15 credits)

    In this module, you will gain an introduction to the fundamental principles of environmental engineering. You will explore the interactions between human activities and the environment, focusing on topics such as water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid waste management, and environmental impact assessment. Through theoretical studies and practical exercises, you will learn about the design and operation of environmental engineering systems and the importance of sustainable practices to protect and preserve the environment.

    By engaging with this module, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of environmental engineering principles and their applications. You will gain the necessary knowledge to assess environmental issues and propose sustainable solutions for water, air, and solid waste management.

  • Engineering Dynamics (15 credits)

    This module is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of dynamic mechanical systems. The focus includes mechanical vibration, control systems, and the performance evaluation of single-degree-of-freedom systems, as well as first and second-order systems. Additionally, you'll explore the kinematics of mechanisms, gears, and epicyclic gears. The coursework is enriched with practical laboratory exercises, providing hands-on experience to complement theoretical learning. 

    By the end of this module, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively analyse the dynamic performance of mechanical systems.  

  • Electrical Machines and Drives (15 credits)

    In this module, you will delve into the realm of electrical machines and their drives, a critical area in the realm of Electro-Mechanical Engineering. The module focuses on designing drives for electrical machines and challenges you to create effective solutions, backed by appropriate specifications. You’ll engage in research and literature reviews, which will fine-tune your analytical skills. 

    This module will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of various electrical machines and their applications, encompassing both fundamental concepts and more intricate aspects where applicable. Through mathematical analysis, you will develop problem-solving skills in tackling intricate challenges. You will gain the ability to decipher the intricacies of electrical machines and predict their behaviour through analytical means. 

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional work placement year (compulsory for sandwich students)

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 (30 credits)

    This module aims to provide you with a platform to delve deeply into a practical engineering issue, fostering a comprehensive understanding of real-world problem-solving. You will undertake a substantial project that goes beyond the scope of your previous coursework, allowing you to solidify your knowledge and hone the skills you've acquired during your studies. 

    Throughout the module, you will be required to meticulously document your project's journey, from its inception to its completion, in a comprehensive report. You'll learn to prepare effective project plans and Gantt charts, crucial tools for organising and executing the project in a systematic manner. Your ability to critically evaluate engineering practices through in-depth analysis of published literature will be nurtured. You'll also learn to apply a diverse range of both innovative and established techniques to address complex engineering problems, showcasing your problem-solving prowess.

  • Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability (30 credits)

    This module is designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted challenges that intersect business, society, and sustainability. With a specific focus on the automotive, transport, and general engineering sectors, this module delves into critical topics such as project management, leadership, energy, environmental concerns, sustainable engineering, ethics, and social aspects of employment.

    By the end of this module, you'll possess a holistic perspective on business practices and their impact on the triple bottom line: economic, social, and environmental aspects. You'll learn to craft effective business plans, making compelling arguments that incorporate sustainability principles, echoing the shift towards a circular economy.

  • Vehicle Dynamics (15 credits)

    This module is designed to provide you with a comprehensive grasp of both theoretical and practical aspects related to the critical components of vehicle dynamics: tyres, ride, and handling. Through a combination of theory and practical exercises, you will delve into various analyses and design considerations to understand the dynamic behaviour of vehicles.

    By the end of this module, you will develop a critical understanding of the techniques required to analyse and assess the handling and ride qualities of an entire vehicle. Throughout the module, you will gain proficiency in using computer-based tools for vehicle dynamic analysis and design, enabling you to confidently prepare specifications for optimal vehicle performance. Additionally, you will be encouraged to explore and solve new vehicle dynamics problems independently, nurturing your ability to strategize solutions autonomously.

  • Powertrain Engineering (15 credits)

    This module will cover the principles of mechanical engineering with the analysis, design, and selection of automotive powertrain systems and components. Through this module, you will delve into the intricate workings of powertrain systems, exploring their design, configuration, and influences, all while considering the thermodynamic and mechanical theories that underpin their suitability for various vehicle applications. Additionally, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the various processes—chemical, dynamic, thermal, material, and economic—that impact powertrain performance and environmental sustainability.

    On successful completion of this module, you will gain the ability to comprehensively evaluate engine performance using advanced dynamometer techniques. By evaluating these cutting-edge solutions, you will stay at the forefront of the field and be equipped to contribute to the development of innovative, efficient, and environmentally conscious powertrain systems.

  • Advanced Dynamics and NVH (15 credits)

    This module is designed to consolidate and extend your knowledge of mechanical systems. You will address a number of key concepts, primarily dealing with Multiple Degree of Freedom (MDOF) systems but also including shock response analysis, structural vibration analysis, vibration measurement principles, and the fundamentals of Noise, Vibration and harshness (NVH). 

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of MDOF systems, applying Newtonian mechanics principles. You’ll also improve your research literacy by conducting free vibration analysis using a matrix approach. The module’s multi-faceted learning framework integrates theoretical problem-solving with practical application of your learning, providing you with a sound understanding of Advanced Dynamics and NVH. 

  • Electronics and Control Engineering 2 (15 credits)

    This module is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in the realm of electronics and control systems. The focus is on equipping you with the expertise to create, analyse, and critically evaluate complex electronic and control systems. The module will also explore the integration of these advanced systems with existing processes and applications, unveiling their impact on the technological landscape.

    Upon completing this module, you will possess the advanced capabilities required to excel in the design, analysis, and evaluation of intricate electronic and control systems. These skills will be invaluable in applications such as Computer Integrated Manufacturing, where the fusion of electronic systems and automation plays a pivotal role.

Year 5 (MEng)

Compulsory modules

  • Group Design Project (40 credits)

    In this module, you’ll collaborate closely with research, industrial, or commercial partners for real-world project experience.

    This module equips you to apply theory to real-world scenarios, solving intricate Mechanical and Automotive Engineering problems. You’ll develop advanced problem-solving skills, employ research methods, and embrace project management techniques. As a team, you’ll tackle complex challenges, critically analyse methods, and present innovative solutions that reflect industry standards and collaboration.

  • Engineering Business Management (20 credits)

    This module is designed to equip you with the essential management skills and knowledge necessary for success in the engineering industry. The focus lies on key areas such as project management, leadership, team building, motivation, and legal considerations. While the automotive and motorsports sectors are emphasised, the knowledge and skills gained are widely applicable across the broader engineering landscape.

    Upon completion of this module, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of management practices vital in engineering contexts. You will develop a systematic comprehension of the prerequisites for crafting a successful business plan within engineering domains. Additionally, you will master the skill of presenting compelling business plans to potential stakeholders. This involves proposing well-reasoned strategies for organizations seeking industry funding.

  • Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics (20 credits)

    Focusing on ground vehicle aerodynamics, this module navigates the rapidly evolving landscape of aerodynamic design, which combines physical insights, experimental methods, and computational simulations. By immersing you in applied aerodynamics for ground vehicle design, this module bridges theory and practice in an emerging field.

    Upon completing this module, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of advanced vehicle aerodynamics and its practical applications. You will acquire a solid grasp of experimental techniques used to evaluate and investigate the aerodynamic performance of ground vehicles. The module goes beyond theory, requiring you to review and analyse research papers related to vehicle aerodynamics. This not only cultivates your analytical skills but also hones your ability to synthesise complex information into coherent written reports.

  • Advanced Powertrain Engineering (20 credits)

    In this module, dive into the intricacies of powertrain systems, from energy flow to hybrid solutions. Topics covered include modelling, optimization, and control, enhancing your ability to assess and improve powertrain performance for real-world driving conditions.

    By the end of this module, you'll grasp vehicle standards for fuel efficiency and emissions, mastering methodologies for hybrid powertrain modelling and analysis. Additionally, you’ll evaluate engine-driveline combos, analyse hybrid/electric powertrain features, and scrutinise energy storage systems for automotive use.

  • Electric Vehicles (20 credits)

    In this module, you’ll gain profound insights into advanced electric vehicle propulsion technology. You’ll explore electric vehicle architectures, propulsion systems, and associated electronics through analysis, simulation, and control.

    By the end of this module, you’ll gain the ability to appraise and compare electric vehicle architectures, evaluate propulsion options, and assess energy storage systems. Additionally, you’ll gain advanced knowledge of controllers, inverters, and electronic subsystems while considering safety measures. Furthermore, you’ll learn to analyse energy provision, sources, and grid composition using life cycle assessment, keeping you at the forefront of electric vehicle advancements.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


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.

Entry requirements

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

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


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

International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

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Home (UK) full time

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

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Home (UK) full time

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

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International full time

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2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2025 / 26
Home (UK) full time

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

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International full time

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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.

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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 are detailed below.

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