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Motorsport Technology

BEng (Hons)

UCAS code: H331

Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024

Full time: 3 years, 4 years sandwich

Part time: up to 8 years

Location: Wheatley

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

Overview

Master today’s motorsport technology and fast track your way to becoming an incorporated engineer. Our Motorsport Technology degree covers everything from racing and road vehicle design to lap time simulation.

We combine practical experience with theory, and work with the local and global motorsport industry to shape your course. You’ll have full access to our automotive labs, which serve as both your research and teaching spaces.

Some of your teachers are current and former Formula One professionals, and experts in topics such as risk and reliability. You’ll find their knowledge and experience invaluable during your course - and in your search for a job once you graduate.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Community spirit

    Join Oxford Brookes Racing, Formula Student Team - who’ve been the top UK team and won the Design award more times than any other UK university, and develop skills in designing, building and racing vehicles.

  • Make your CV shine

    Gain invaluable industry experience by going on a paid work placement after your second year.

  • Gain industry knowledge

    The course is taught by motorsport industry experts, and several of them have worked for F1 teams.

  • Easy to switch

    If your interests change, you can switch to our Mechanical Engineering Design programme in time for year 2.

  • Discover job prospects

    Meet prospective employers as part of our Industrial Lecture series, and explore your career options.

  • 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)

    Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. This course is 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, you’ll collaborate with other engineering students on the Stirling Engine design project. Together, you’ll draw the parts, learn the physics and work out the thermodynamics and dynamics, and analyse stress. Then you’ll instrument, market and sell your product in a global digital marketplace.

During year 2, you’ll study subjects including Control Technology, Materials Engineering and Electronics Systems. You’ll learn key aspects of motorsport technology, racing, and car design. And you’ll discover how to turn your ideas into designs.

You’ll have the chance to go on a paid work placement before starting your third year. Here, you’ll pick up great industry experience that you can apply to your projects in year three. And this will make your CV look competitive. Our students have completed placements at companies such as Alpine, Mercedes, and Williams Advanced Engineering.

Motorsport

Learning and Teaching

Our teaching methods include seminars and lectures. You’ll have practical work in;

  • laboratories
  • computer labs
  • workshops.

We emphasise the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice. Almost all our teaching is based on computers.

Assessment

All your Year 1 modules involve continuous assessment.

In Years 2 and 3 we assess you through written examinations. But we assess some modules through coursework only.

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Engineering Design & Practice I (30 credits)

IEng Mathematics and Modelling (30 credits)

Introduction to Materials (15 credits)

Basic Dynamics (15 credits)

Basic Thermodynamics (15 credits)

Basic Stress Analysis (15 credits)

Optional modules

Introduction To Thermo Fluids (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Design & Practice II (30 credits)

Stress & Dynamics Loading (30 credits)

Control Technology (15 credits)

Materials Engineering (15 credits)

Thermal Systems (15 credits)

Electronics systems (15 credits)

Optional modules

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

Professional Placement (5 credits)

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year

You will be encouraged to work in industry for one year between the second and final years of the course. You will need to cover the transport and living costs. 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 and product manufacturing companies. These are advertised through our placement office where support and guidance in applying for placements is provided. We have an excellent record of graduates gaining full-time employment with their industrial placement company. Sponsored students spend the year with their sponsoring company. Students who are not sponsored will be assisted in finding a suitable placement.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Engineering Project (30 credits)

Management Ethics, Energy & Sustainability (30 credits)

Advanced Automotive Electronics (15 credits)

Vehicle Dynamics (15 credits)

Motorsport Engineering Technology (15 credits)

Motorsport Vehicle Performance (15 credits)

Optional modules

CAD/CAM

Independent Study Engineering (15 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.

Careers

This course is your chance to join the IMechE Monitored Professional Development Scheme which lets you progress your career on the path to IEng as part of your accredited placement year.

The course carries accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET). When you complete it, you’ll have met the academic requirements for achieving Incorporated Engineer status.

After finishing the work placement, many students find success in securing a job with the company they worked for. Graduates are now with businesses including Tuthill Porsche, plus many Formula One and Formula E teams.

You may consider taking on a similar course at postgraduate level. After finishing this BEng you could go on to complete an MSc course.

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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

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£15,500

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Home (UK) full time
£9,250

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£16,100

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£15,500

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£16,100

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

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.

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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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.