MSc Automotive Engineering


Program Description

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK you will also need an ATAS certificate for this course.

Choose Kingston's Automotive Engineering MSc

The automotive industry is presently undergoing a very swift and radical development, with design decision-making being a multidisciplinary collaborative process – the increased pressures are induced by the complexity of automotive product development processes. Sophisticated electronic devices and software algorithms are controlling every process and function of a modern car, resulting in an ever-growing number of onboard computers, sensors and actuators. The automotive industry therefore requires graduates with a significantly broader range of knowledge and skills than in the past.

The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Key features

  • Academic teaching is complemented by presentations from industry experts, such as National Instruments, and by industrial trips to, for example, Jaguar Land Rover and a range of automotive trade shows.
  • You will enjoy group assignments, supporting each other's learning and have opportunities to develop your ability to work in teams. You will also benefit from an industry-relevant final project. The presentation, which is part of the final project, will prepare you for your job interview. Many previous scientific papers (one is written as a part of the final project) have been published at technical conferences and can give you that crucial first break into research.

What will you study?

The Automotive Engineering MSc course is designed to consolidate and develop new knowledge and skills in the field of automotive engineering and underpinning disciplines. This course takes an applied approach, developing automotive engineers capable of dealing with this complexity, whilst conceiving, designing, prototyping and producing modern cars. It offers opportunities to translate current and emerging automotive technologies into future products. Utilising applied research, you have the opportunity to do your own research within an individual industry-relevant 'capstone' project. This includes preparation of a scientific paper, providing an opportunity for that first breakthrough into publishing your work.


Coursework and/or exams, presentations, industrial or research project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management
  • Control Systems with Embedded Implementation
  • Automotive Aerodynamics and Structural Analysis
  • Engineering Individual Project

Option modules (choose one)

  • Advanced CAD/CAM Systems
  • Green Technology for Automotive Industry
  • Commercial Vehicles Structural Design, Systems and Dynamics

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Cost & Fees

Home and European Union 2016/17

  • MSc full time £6,300
  • MSc part time £3,465

Overseas (not EU) 2016/17

  • MSc full time £12,900
  • MSc part time £7,095
Last updated February 2018

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