MSc in Automotive Engineering

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Program Description

MSc in Automotive Engineering

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

MSc in Automotive Engineering

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institute of Engineering and Technology

This course is run by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Automotive industry design is undergoing a very swift and radical change and this course prepares automotive engineers to deal with this complex and fast development. Our applied approach to design, manufacture and testing of automotive products ensures that our graduates are ready for automotive industry, with excellent employability prospects. In addition, our location is in the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses and the UK motorsport valley. This offers unrivalled opportunities for students to collaborate with automotive industry and their supply chain. It keeps students abreast with the current developments in automotive technologies, production methods, processes and management techniques. Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Why choose this course?

  • You will be taught in a purpose-designed engineering building, by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields.
  • Lecturers include world-leaders in research on sustainable vehicle engineering, and those with experience of designing and working with major automotive manufacturers such as TATA, MAN and BMW. Our visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspective, preparing you for an exciting career; for more information see our industrial lecture series schedule.
  • We have close links with industry including the BMW MINI plant in Oxford, Porsche, Ford, MAN, MIRA and other national and international partners. Our research incorporates the latest developments within the sector with high profile visiting speakers contributing to our invited research lectures.
  • In REF 2014 57% of the department's research was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent with 96% being internationally recognised.
  • Regular visits to automotive industry and their supply chain provide students with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology - to get a flavour of the activities within our department see 2015 highlights.
  • You will have the opportunity to join our acclaimed Formula Student team (OBR), mentored by our alumni and visiting lecturers from automotive and motorsport industry. You will put theory into practice by competing with the best universities from around the world. Find out more about Formula Student at Brookes by visiting the Oxford Brookes Racing website.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institute of Engineering and Technology meeting the academic requirements for full Chartered Engineer status.

This course in detail

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one of two alternative-compulsory modules and one optional module, along with the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics will give you a thorough understanding of the relevant theoretical and practical considerations associated with optimising vehicle performance. You will learn to apply advanced vehicle dynamic analysis techniques such as the derivative method and learn how to optimise suspension on our four-post rig.
  • Sustainable Engineering Technology presents the concepts of sustainability and applies them to issues facing vehicle engineering and transport, such as the manufacturing processes, carbon foot-printing, materials of construction and choice of powertrain.
  • Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.

Alternative-compulsory modules (you must pass at least one of these):

  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness looks at the analysis, quantification, characterisation and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.
  • Vehicle Crash Engineering will give you an understanding of material, component and structural behaviour when subjected to medium-to-high-impact events. This includes the design, testing and modelling of motorsport and automotive vehicles with regard to crash worthiness.

Optional modules (you take one of these, unless you take both alternative-compulsory modules above):

  • Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics focuses on the problem of how to design vehicle shapes and aerodynamic packages that enhance the vehicle performance.
  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.
  • CAD/CAM is a master's level module that develops skills in using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing software.
  • Advanced Powertrain Engineering provides an understanding of areas such as powertrain system requirements, energy flow in the driveline, engine and powertrain modelling concepts for evaluating the performance of Powertrain systems.

The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from automotive engineering, offering an opportunity to develop a high level of expertise in a particular area of automotive engineering, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. MAN (Germany), VUHL (Mexico), McLaren (UK), AVL (Austria), Arctic Truck (Iceland) etc.), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, or commercial organisation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.

Specialist facilities

We have purpose built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment, including a four-post test rig and state-of-the-art engine test cells. Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree in mechanical, automotive or motorsport engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in all components.


An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University. Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

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.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £5,810

Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £2,960

International full-time on-campus fee: £13,730

Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 2% each year.

Last updated August 28, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
5,810 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Oxford, England
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Duration 12 - 24 months
Price 5,810 GBP
- UK and EU; £13,730 - Non-EU