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Motorsport Engineering

BEng (Hons) or MEng

Key facts

UCAS code

H334 BEng H337 MEng

Start dates

September 2020



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


School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics


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


If you have a passion for motorsports then our Motorsports Engineering degree is for you. You will learn engineering principles specific to motorsport. 

You will study: 

  • mathematics
  • engineering design and management 
  • dynamics
  • thermo-fluids
  • stress analysis.

Our automative lab has specialist equipment including a four-post rig, damper dyno and high speed instrumented engine test cells. 

We work with the local autosports industry to shape the content of the course. This means you will have the skills to contribute to this exciting industry. Companies that offer work placements and employment opportunities include: 

  • Mercedes GP
  • Williams
  • McLaren
  • Force India
  • Red Bull Racing 
  • AP Racing.

Our graduates have gone on to work with Formula 1 companies as: 

  • race engineers
  • designers
  • chassis or powertrain engineers.

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: 120 (BEng) or 128 (MEng)

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

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

BTEC: DM (BEng) DD (MEng)

Further offer details

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


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
2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

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.

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.

Learning and assessment

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

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

  • dynamics
  • thermo-fluids
  • stress analysis.

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 and motorsport subjects, such as:

  • vehicle aerodynamics
  • automotive engines
  • motorsport vehicle performance
  • chassis engineering.

You will choose optional modules and select a project of personal interest.

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 in the engineering workshop

Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Engineering Design and Practice I (double)

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I (double)

Introduction to Materials

Introduction to Statics and Dynamics

Introduction to Stress Analysis

Introduction to Thermo Fluids

Year 2

Optional modules

Automotive Electronics

Design and Practice II (double)

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II

Materials Engineering

Stress Analysis and Dynamics (double)


Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional placement year

Our work placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence. We have placement opportunities with local, national and international Engineering companies. We provide support and guidance in applying for placements. Placements are highly valued by prospective employers, helps with consolidating your understanding of mechanical engineering and gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in an industrial environment. Students usually have to arrange their own accommodation during their placement year and will have to cover their own transport and living costs. Previous students have gained placements with companies such as: Red Bull Racing Mercedes AMG HPP Nitron Racing Systems AP Racing Ltd Sahara Force India F1 X-Trac Ltd Lotus F1 Mercedes AMG Petronas Williams Grand Prix Engineering We have an excellent record of graduates gaining full-time employment with their industrial placement-year company.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Engineering Project (double)

Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability (double)

Optional modules

Choose 2 modules from this list

Vehicle Dynamics, Vehicle Aerodynamics, Automotive Engines.

Choose 2 modules from this list

Motorsport Vehicle Performance, Design of Machines, Vehicle Crash Design.

Year 5 (MEng)

Compulsory modules

Group Design Project (double)

Advanced Engineering Management

Optional modules

Choose 1 module from this list

Data Acquisition Systems, Lap time Simulation and Race Engineering, Advanced Powertrain Engineering.

Choose 1 module from this list

CAD/CAM, Computation and Modelling, Sustainable Engineering Technology, Engineering Reliability and Risk Management, Vehicle Crash Engineering.

Choose 1 module from this list

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics, Advanced Materials and Strength of Components.

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, at a computer or in a workshop. 

In many of the modules, teaching is based around the use of engineering software.

You'll have access to a broad range of up-to-date facilities, including:

  • computer equipment
  • audio and video media facilities
  • software for Computer Aided Design and analysis.

We also have the following well-equipped engineering laboratories and workshops:

  • Mechanical Engineering Workshop and Projects Lab 
  • Joining Technology Research Centre (JTRC)
  • Stress and Materials Laboratory 
  • Dynamics Laboratory 
  • Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • Automotive Laboratory 
  • Thermodynamics Laboratory.


Assessment methods used on this course

All modules taken in your first year have an element of continuous assessment.

Modules taken in your second and final years are assessed largely on the basis of written examinations, although some modules rely solely on coursework.

As part of this course you will be given an opportunity to gain a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) accreditation by IMechE through a work placement with one of the University's industry partners. 

After you graduate

Career prospects

The United Kingdom is the home of the motorsport industry and it employs many graduates each year. Several generations of our students are in F1 companies as race engineers, designers, aerodynamicists, chassis and powertrain engineers.

There are also postgraduate learning opportunities open through the department at MSc or PhD level.

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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