MSc in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (Automotive)


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Program Description


The MSc in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (Automotive) will provide you with the necessary technical skills for employment in the emerging 'intelligent mobility' sector. The course focuses on technical and transferable skills within advanced computing, robotics and network-enabled technologies to prepare you for a career within the automotive sector.

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for STEM graduates who are interested in a career in the automotive or intelligent mobility sectors. The course is equally suitable for recent graduates and those with industry experience. Candidates with degrees in engineering subjects are welcomed, and so are graduates of related subject areas such as science, mathematics and computing. The course is intended to equip its graduates with skills that will be of immediate use but will also equip them well for senior technical and business leadership roles in future. Students from the UK and overseas are welcome, and all will find this course useful.

Why this course?

Cranfield has a long and excellent track record in graduate courses for the automotive industry, a strong track record in research, and strong links and collaborations with the automotive OEM and Tier 1 companies and their supply chains. Cranfield has an exceptionally high level of engagement with industry, and our graduates are highly valued.

As a postgraduate-only university, Cranfield University is well suited to the needs of those studying at Masters’ level and has excellent facilities to support teaching and learning. We are located near Milton Keynes, which is emerging as a centre of excellence for connected and autonomous vehicles. We are placed centrally in the Oxford-Cambridge ‘arc’, noted for its enterprise in technology.

Cranfield has recently opened a new Intelligent Mobility Engineering Centre (IMEC) and the Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI, a test ground for connected and autonomous vehicle engineering), both of which are used to support teaching across the automotive subject spectrum.

Course details

The course will include ten taught compulsory modules, which are generally delivered from October to March. Planned module titles include:

  • Fundamentals of Road Vehicle Engineering
  • Path Planning, Autonomy and Decision Making
  • Sensors, Perception and Visualization
  • Systems Engineering
  • Implementation of Embedded Systems
  • Transport System Optimization
  • Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction and ADAS Systems
  • Networked Systems and Cybersecurity
  • Ethics, Safety and Regulation
  • Technology Strategy and Business Models

Entry requirements

A first or second class (or equivalent) UK Honours degree in engineering, mathematics or an applied science, with a wish to specialise in the growing field of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering.

Applicants who do not fulfil the standard entry requirements can apply for the Pre-Masters programme, successful completion of which will qualify them for entry to this course for a second year of study.

Last updated May 2020

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