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Motorsport Engineering BEng or MEng

BEng (Hons), MEng

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

The BEng is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council 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 and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

On this course you will learn to apply basic engineering principles and analytical techniques, as well as developing your understanding of the engineering design process.You will also learn about the key factors in the motorsport business, such as marketing skills, financial awareness and investment appraisal - and gain a range of transferable skills, including communication, numeracy, use of information technology, project management and team-working.To succeed on this course you should love motorsport and have an aptitude for practical engineering. 

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120 (BEng) or 128 (MEng) - to include Mathematics and Physics

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

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

UCAS code

H334 BEng
H337 MEng

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will benefit from the strong links we have forged with the local motorsports industry. These companies support the course in many ways and are actively involved in shaping its content and style. 
  • You will be part of an academic team with active research interests in racing vehicle design, aerodynamics, chassis, powertrain, suspension, tyre dynamics, lap time simulation and racing engine design. 
  • You will have access to specialist facilities include a four-post rig, damper dyno and high speed instrumented engine test cells. 
  • You will benefit from a range of industry-standard analysis software in teaching, giving you the skills to contribute to innovation and growth in the industry.

The course is taught in our modern, purpose-built premises, which have impressive facilities. During Year 1, as well as studying mathematics, engineering principles, design and management, you will also undertake relevant practical work to gain familiarity with motorsports systems and engineering manufacture.

In Year 2 you will develop your analytical skills through studying dynamics, thermo-fluids, and stress analysis. Additionally you will undertake group design tasks and utilise engineering analysis software. You also have an option of undertaking a placement before progressing to third year of academic study.

In the final year you will study specialised automotive engineering and motorsport subjects, such as vehicle aerodynamics, automotive engines, motorsport vehicle performance and chassis engineering. You will also choose optional modules and select a project of personal interest.

If you wish to extend your degree you may seek selection for the four-year MEng course. The first three years of the MEng run parallel with the BEng course, while the final year of the MEng allows you to broaden and deepen your studies. You may enrol on either course when joining the university but progression onto the MEng is only possible for the most able students. You can also apply from elsewhere to join our MEng in the third year.


Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

Year 1

  • 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

Years 2 to 4

Year 2

  • Design and Practice II (double)
  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics (double)
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II
  • Thermo-Fluids
  • Materials Engineering

Year 3


  • Engineering Project (double)
  • Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability (double)

Optional, 2 from:

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics 
  • Automotive Engines

Optional, 2 from:

  • Motorsport Vehicle Performance
  • Design of Machines 
  • Vehicle Crash Design

Year 4 (MEng)


  • Group Design Project (double)
  • Advanced Engineering Management

Optional, 1 from:

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

Optional, 1 from:

  • Data Acquisition Systems
  • Laptime Simulation and Race Engineering 
  • Advanced Powertrain Engineering

Optional, 1 from:

  • Computation and Modelling
  • Sustainable Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management
  • Vehicle Crash Engineering

Work placements

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. 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. On returning to the university for their final year, the experience they have gained invariably improves their academic performance.

Students will typically 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.

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work 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.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. 

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional costs

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.

Programme changes

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.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods include seminars, lectures, and practical work in the laboratory, at a computer or in a workshop. In several modules almost all of the teaching is based around the use of engineering software.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 29%71%0%
2 27%73%0%
3 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
4 18%82%0%
Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 29%71%0%
2 27%73%0%
3 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
4 18%82%0%
5 24%77%0%
6 (sandwich year)22%78%0%

Approach to assessment

All modules taken during your first year have an element of continuous assessment. Those taken in your second and final years are assessed largely on the basis of written examinations, although some modules rely solely on coursework.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 51%0%49%
2 45%6%49%
3 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
4 24%0%76%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 51%0%49%
2 45%6%49%
3 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
4 35%0%65%
5 17%0%83%
6 (sandwich year)25%0%75%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,730

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120 (BEng) or 128 (MEng) - to include Mathematics and Physics

A-Level: BBB (for BEng) or ABB (for MEng) to include Maths and Physics grade B for BEng, to include Maths grade A and Physics grade B for 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.

IB Diploma: 30 points (BEng) or 33 points (MEng) to include minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics

BTEC: BEng: Grades DM plus A-level Mathematics grade B. MEng: Grades DD plus A-level Mathematics grade A

Advanced Diploma
BEng: Engineering grade B, plus A-level Maths at grade B

MEng: Engineering grade A, plus A-level Maths at grade A

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: Mathematics (Grade B for BEng, Grade A for MEng), Physics and a third subject, preferably Chemistry, Engineering or Design Technology

GCSE: English Language grade C minimum

BTEC National Diploma in an engineering subject, with at least DM profile plus A-level Maths at grade B (or equivalent) for BEng / at least DD profile plus A-level Maths at grade B (or equivalent) for MEng.

IB to include Higher Level Maths and Physics minimum grade 5.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

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.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Our location in the heart of the UK motorsports valley means you will benefit from our strong links with Renault F1 Team, Red Bull Racing, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Williams, McLaren, Force India and AP Racing, including work placements and recruitment opportunities.


Support for students studying Motorsport Engineering BEng or MEng

The department offers additional support through the Open Support Seminar Programme.  At designated times a member of staff is available to provided tailored support relating to module content within the Engineering building.

Specialist facilities

You'll have access to a broad range of up-to-date facilities, including computer equipment, audio and video media facilities and software for Computer Aided Design and analysis.

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

  • Mechanical Engineering Workshop and Projects Lab - providing machining and fabrication facilities.
  • Joining Technology Research Centre (JTRC) - used for teaching and research into adhesively-bonded joints and structures.
  • Stress and Materials Laboratory - where all machines are digitally controlled and capable of static and fatigue testing.
  • Dynamics Laboratory - with several pieces of high performance equipment for vibration monitoring and recording as well as acoustic measurements and modelling, including a damper dyno.
  • Fluid Mechanics Laboratory - housing a Plint and Partners open loop closed working section wind tunnel, with data logging and Dantec multi-channel hot wire anemometry system.  A laminar and turbulent flow rig, internal flow and centrifugal pump testing apparatus.
  • Automotive Laboratory - fully-equipped with workbenches, shelving and cabinets containing engineers' hand tools, automotive and racecar test and measurement equipment (including a four-post rig for vehicle dynamics analysis), pneumatic and electric power tools and lifting equipment.
  • Thermodynamics Laboratory - supporting the engine testing and emissions analysis teaching and research programmes within the department.  The laboratory also supports combustion modelling work using Computational Fluid Dynamics.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

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.

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.