Prepare for a career in the fast-paced automotive sector, with access to leading research and diverse opportunities to develop your skills.

Our course is for engineers who want to develop their knowledge further and specialise in automotive engineering and technologies. Exploring research and development in this sector, your studies will focus on the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems. You’ll build on your existing engineering skills and apply them to the challenges of the automotive industry.

You’ll look in-depth at developments in low-carbon and sustainable powertrain and propulsion systems and the future technologies of vehicles. Industry needs innovative engineers who can create the next generation of vehicles, and this course is geared specifically towards equipping you with those skills. You’ll learn how to develop sustainable solutions for the vehicles we build and the processes we use.

Learn from experts in the field

From downsizing internal combustion engines and turbo-charging small engines, to alternative fuels, hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles, our course draws on the University’s specialist automotive research activities. You’ll learn from academics with expertise in automotive engineering and low-carbon technologies. Their industrial collaborations and research activity feed into your teaching and learning experience.

Use specialist facilities

Our facilities include a range of specialist automotive equipment including a chassis dynamometer, engine research platforms, transmission research and emissions measurement facilities. You could use these a part of your research dissertation project. You’ll also have access to control, simulation and rapid prototyping equipment.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time

Module Details:

Semester 1

  • Vehicle engineering
  • Turbocharging and engine boosting
  • Engineering systems simulation
  • Professional skills for engineering practice
  • Engine and powertrain technologies

Semester 2

  • Project phase 1
  • Engineering project management (MSc)
  • Vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics
  • Conceptual design group activity
  • Engine and powertrain technologies (continued from Semester 1)


  • Dissertation

Student Destinations

Start your future here

Our course’s mix of theory, practical project work and research dissertation makes sure that you develop the range of advanced engineering skills to pursue a career in the automotive sector. Our past graduates have secured jobs such as:

  • Calibration engineer, Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Product engineer, Renault
  • Engineering consultant, D’Appolonia

We also encourage our top performing MSc students to continue their studies with us on a PhD programme.


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Entry Requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, automotive engineering or vehicle engineering.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

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