This course aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport. The focus is on the “mechatronics” aspect of the discipline, which is the engineering of advanced control systems, multi-domain computer modelling, in-vehicle communication networks, electromechanical and embedded systems, hardware-in-the-loop validation and systems integration.
- Start date: September
- Duration: One year full-time.
- Delivery: Taught modules 40%; Group Project 20%; Individual Project 40%
- Qualification: MSc
- Study type: Full-time
- Campus: Cranfield campus
Who is it for?
This course aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport. A combination of mechanics, electronics and computer systems, this postgraduate programme prepares graduates for a career in motorsport or high-performance engineering.
Why this course?
This course aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport, and their implementation within a high-performance technology context.
Students will cover the design, testing and operation of competition vehicles, and related aspects of control engineering, computer modelling, embedded systems, alongside vehicle dynamics, vehicle systems, and management techniques related to motorsport.
You will be taught the skills required for the planning, execution and reporting of motorsport projects and to prepare them for a variety of roles in motorsport.
Cranfield University has undertaken research, consultancy and testing for the motorsport sector since the 1970s. The University is home to the FIA approved Cranfield Impact Centre and Cranfield Motorsport Simulation which work with F1 and leading motorsport companies. We have an international reputation for our expertise in aerodynamics, CFD, materials technology, including composites, the safety of motorsport vehicle structures, power-train development, vehicle dynamics, simulation, data acquisition and electronics, tyre characterisation and modelling. This track record ensures the course is highly respected by the motorsport industry.
- Practical sessions using Cranfield's facilities and equipment
- Engagement with motorsport practitioners
- Motorsport related project work.
Informed by Industry
The Industrial Advisory Board or Steering Committee includes representation from key individuals and leading organisations in global motorsport.
The board supports the development and delivery of the MSc Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics, ensuring its relevance to motorsport. It also assists students where careers are concerned, supports teaching and group design and individual thesis projects.
As of November 2018, the composition of the Cranfield University Motorsport Steering Committee is:
- Adrian Reynard, Director – ARC, Cranfield University Honorary Doctorate and Motorsport Visiting Professor to Cranfield University (Chair of the Panel)
- Paul Crofts, Chief Technologist Process and Vertical Integration – Integral Powertrain Ltd (Deputy Chair of the Panel)
- Chris Aylett, Chief Executive – The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA)
- Rodi Basso, Motorsports Director – McLaren Applied Technology Group
- Owen Carless, Head of Stress, Rear of Car – Red Bull Technology
- Jane Gilham, Head of Human Resources – Xtrac Ltd Jane Gilham
- Ian Goddard, Head of Technical Partnerships – Renault Sport Formula One Team
- John Grant, Chairman – British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) John Grant
- Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director – Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team
- Ron Harvelt, Managing Director – One Group Engineering
- Gerry Hughes, Team Principal – NIO Formula E Team
- Dr Pete James, CEO - Lyra Electronics
- Rob Kirk, Head of Motorsport Electronics – Cosworth
- David Lapworth, Technical Director – Prodrive
- Cristiana Pace, Motorsport Consultant
- Mike Pilbeam, Director – Pilbeam Racing Designs
- Stuart Robertson, Head of Circuit and Rally Safety – FIA
- Neil Spalding, Director - Sigma Performance and Technical Consultant Moto GP
- Stefan Strahnz, Engineering Group Manager – Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Motorsport
- Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer – Formula One Management and Visiting Professor to Cranfield University
- Christopher Tate, Executive Chairman, WDK Holdings Limited (and Chairman - Motorsport Group, VV Capital)
- Iain Wight, Business Development Director – Williams Advanced Engineering
Cranfield University is a member of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and is supported by the Motor Sports Association (MSA). Its Motorsport MSc students assist the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) with respect to the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc programme is linked to AVL through AVL's University Partnership scheme. Students have access to AVL Boost software.
The MSc course consists of nine one-week taught modules, a motorsport mechatronics group design project and an individual thesis project.
Our motorsport related group design projects have proven very successful in generating new conceptual designs, which subsequently have been implemented in competition vehicles; they have even influenced the formulation of technical and sporting regulations.
Group design projects are usually supported by industry partners and provide students with skills in team working, managing resources and developing their reporting and presentation skills. You will review your peers and they will appraise your contribution to the project.
The Advanced Motorsport Mechatronics MSc group design project is an applied, multidisciplinary team-based activity, providing students with the opportunity to apply principles taught during their Master’s course.
Your group will present its work to a practitioner audience.
Individual thesis projects allow the students to deepen their understanding through research work related to motorsport mechatronics. Students self-manage their thesis projects with support from their academic supervisor and industry contacts, if part of their project. The conclusion of their research work is a concisely written thesis report and the presentation of a poster outlining their project.
On occasion, Cranfield theses have formed the basis of technical articles published in journals such as Racecar Engineering. Below is an example of a fully autonomous small-scale vehicle developed by one of our students in collaboration with a local motorsport company.
Taught modules 40%; Group Project 20%; Individual Project 40%
Motorsport is a highly competitive sector. Studying at Cranfield will immerse you in a highly focused motorsport engineering learning experience, providing you with access to motorsport companies and practitioners. Securing employment is ultimately down to the student who completes the job applications and attends the interviews. Successful students go on to be part of a network of engineers. You will find Cranfield alumni working across motorsport and the high-performance engineering sector.
Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.
- Home-EU: £10,250
- Overseas fees: £20,500
- The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
- All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
- A non-refundable deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. Home/EU Students will pay a £500 deposit. Overseas Students will pay a £1,000 deposit.
- Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
- Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including the UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.
A first or second class UK Honours degree or its international equivalent in engineering, mathematics, physics or an applied science and a demonstrable motivation and commitment to being actively involved in motorsport.
Selected UK students are expected to attend a formal interview at Cranfield. Selected overseas and EU students will be interviewed by telephone.
If you are an EU or international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:
- IELTS Academic – 7.0 overall or equivalent
- TOEFL – 100
- Pearson PTE Academic - 68
- Cambridge English Scale – 190
- Cambridge English: Advanced - C
- Cambridge English: Proficiency – C
In addition to these minimum scores, you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.
At the time of application prospective candidates must submit evidence demonstrating that they have achieved at least a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. This is required when selecting applicants for interview. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking an IELTS for UKVI test.
Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.
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Last updated November 25, 2018