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Motorsport Engineering

BEng (Hons) or MEng

Key facts

UCAS code

H334 BEng H337 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


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: 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 another 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: 31 points (BEng) or 32 points (MEng) 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.

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 full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

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

Home (UK) 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 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.

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 and motorsport subjects, such as:

  • Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Automotive Engines
  • Motorsport Vehicle Performance
  • Vehicle Dynamics

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

Compulsory modules

Mathematics and Modelling I (double) (30 credits)

Design and Practice I (double) (30 credits)

Introduction to Thermo Fluids (15 credits)

Introduction to Materials (15 credits)

Introduction to Stress Analysis (15 credits)

Introduction to Statics and Dynamics (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Thermo-Fluids (15 credits)

Design and Practice II (double) (30 credits)

Materials Engineering (15 credits)

Stress Analysis and Dynamics (double) (30 credits)

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II (15 credits)

Automotive Electronics (15 credits)

Optional modules

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

Control Technology (15 credits)

Stress and Dynamic Systems(double) (30 credits)

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 (30 credits)

Management Ethics, Energy & Sustainability (30 credits)

Vehicle Aerodynamics (15 credits)

Automotive Engines (15 credits)

Vehicle Dynamics (15 credits)

Motorsport Vehicle Performance (15 credits)

Optional modules

Vehicle Crash (15 credits)

Design of Machines (15 credits)

Independent Study Engineering (15 credits)

Year 5 (MEng)

Compulsory modules

Crash Impact Modelling (20 credits)

Advanced Powertrain Engineering (20 credits)

Engineering Business Management (20 credits)

Group Design Project (40 credits)

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics (20 credits)

Independent Engineering Project (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, 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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On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.