Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

n the UK alone, the automotive manufacturing industry turned over £69.5bn in 2014*, this is forecasted to grow year on year, providing many career prospects for those skilled in this area. This is a global industry and there are opportunities worldwide for graduates.

To help you make the most of all the exciting opportunities the industry has to offer, this course is designed to prepare you for a range of careers. Our aim is to give you the skills and knowledge for a future in designing components for high performance cars, working as a trackside team engineer or designing the next generation of mass produced vehicles.

This course gives you the opportunity to develop fundamental skills in automotive engineering and apply them to real life scenarios through your projects. For example, there is a chance for you to join our racing team, Team Hare, and get hands-on with the design, development and build of a single seat Formula Student car. You could then take part in the international competition events held at Silverstone and in Hungary.

Your learning is supported by a fully equipped automotive laboratory (from Year 2 onwards) and our expert technicians who will help to guide you through your practical work.

Our course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) which means it contributes to part of the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng). We have strong links with the automotive industry, which you will benefit from throughout your studies. You also have the chance to spend a year working on placement, gaining experience and making your own contacts to help kick start your career.

You might like to hear what Ryan has to say about studying Mechanical Engineering MEng at the University of Huddersfield.

*Source: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders- Motor Industry Facts 2015

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

This course has been developed to focus on practical skills underpinned by technical theory, and is geared towards a career in automotive and motorsport engineering.

Engineering-related problem solving and project work are important elements of the course, and you'll have access to our automotive laboratory which is equipped with engine test facilities and dynamic monitoring equipment. There are also wind tunnel facilities.

With a wealth of expertise in automotive engineering, developed through research and consultancy, we enjoy relationships with companies such as Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Jaguar, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Eaton Transmissions and BBA Friction.

Year 1

Core modules:

Engineering Communication and Materials

This module aims to introduce you to the concepts of computer assistance for engineers, and covers the basic skills of 3D modelling with a computer aided design (CAD) package used by commercial organisations. This module is primarily studio and computer laboratory based. Through a series of exercises you're supported in gaining skills in how to effectively communicate through technical drawings (studio based) for the detail design of manufactured engineering components and assemblies. You’re required to undertake a series of integrated graded exercises which will allow you to express your ideas graphically to other engineers both manually and through the medium of 3D CAD. A series of lectures in materials technology are aimed at equipping you with the knowledge of how to select appropriate materials during the design process.

Manufacturing Technology and Workshop Appreciation

You’ll be required to attend a number of one day workshop practice sessions which are aimed at giving you an appreciation of some of the manufacturing processes through the use of hand tools, general engineering workshop machine tools, metal joining equipment, measuring and diagnostic equipment. Demonstrations of more complex equipment are aimed at giving you an insight into advanced processes. You’ll study how a number of engineered products are made and be supported in gaining an understanding of the manufacturing processes involved in the production of products in small numbers and in large scale production.

Professional Studies and Computing and Information Technology

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the broad role of the Professional Engineer and Technologist in society and introduces the personal skills required to succeed as a Student Engineer and as Professional Engineer. You’ll be supported in gaining skills relating to problem solving, research, communication, time management and working to objectives, in both individual and team working situations. Appreciation and practical experience with respect to the role of computing and information technology is also covered. The module contains an introduction to ILP (Individual Learning Plans) and CPD (Continued Professional Development). You’ll also explore broader issues, such as legal, ethical, environmental and recycling.

Mechanical Engineering and Science

This module can be considered as physics related to engineering. The topics covered in this module are intended to provide you with a foundation for your future studies and are considered a basic requirement for the degree programme which follows in later years. You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratories which are not only designed to provide you with theory but also help you to practice the theory in the laboratory. You'll be introduced to the basic concepts and be supported in progressing to more advanced topics, such as static analysis and dynamic analysis. The module covers displacement, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s laws, energy and power (which are taught in the field of dynamics). You’ll also be offered the opportunity to study such topics as forces, vectors, beams, stress analysis and structures.

Mathematics 1

The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques aimed at providing you with the fundamental mathematical principles you will need to apply the technical theory introduced in the engineering modules.

Electro-Mechanical Systems

This module covers the fundamental concepts of the principles of operation, physical structures and properties of electrical motors and electronic devices used as driving elements and measuring instruments for mechanical systems. The practical sessions have been designed to help you explore how DC and AC machines, basic power electronics devices and sensors operate and how they can be used in the context of position and speed control within variable speed drives. Also the module contains a qualitative description of amplifiers, filters, analogue to digital conversion, resolution, range and sampling frequency in measurement systems.

Year 2

Core modules:

Engine Systems

This module introduces you to the engine systems and engineering principles governing the operation of automotive power units (engines and motors). You will be supported in gaining the skills to apply various experimental, analytical and computational tools to understand and design fuel supply, intake and exhaust, super charging, and cooling systems of spark-ignition (SI) and compression-ignition (CI) engines.

Dynamic Systems

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the analysis fundamentals applied to machine systems and mechanisms. You’ll be supported in developing an understanding of the techniques available for the analysis of machine dynamics, vibrating bodies and basic control techniques. Through theory and practical examples, the module also covers quantifying and solving realistic problems.

Analysis of Materials

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of why solid materials behave as they do and to develop your ability to analyse solid objects subjected to static loads. You’ll be supported in developing your skills in the classical techniques of stress and strain analysis as well as being introduced to finite element analysis. You’ll explore how to select appropriate materials and components based on their characteristics to suit particular operating conditions during the design process as well as how to determine why components may have failed.

Automotive Design

In this module you’ll be encouraged to develop your knowledge and understanding of the vehicle design processes. You’ll be supported in gaining an understanding of the creative design process through lectures and by examining existing products. You'll also be supported in attempting the early stages of the process in assignment work. You’ll explore risk assessment within the design process. You also have the opportunity to create engineering designs from brief through the concept stage to the final engineering design which will be represented by technical engineering drawings. You’ll be introduced to the concepts of sustainable vehicle design and that of design optimisation and how to design vehicles with ease of assembly in mind.

Application and Management of CAD/CAM

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in the use of 3D computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) using software packages used by commercial organisations. You'll be introduced to the many ways in which the manufacturing industry uses CAD/CAM and move onto the various development strands of 3D modelling, data exchange issues. The module expands on to the wider management issues associated with the introduction of CAD/CAM in a commercial environment, including cost justification, concurrent engineering and benchmarking. CAM areas explored include computer aided part programming, robotics and rapid prototyping. There will be particular focus on practical applications. 

Manufacturing and Enterprise

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to the major classes of manufacturing system, from small batch production to mass production, together with consideration of relevant production technology issues and the requirements for system organisation and management. It considers the essential aspects that are required to be addressed in successfully managing a manufacturing enterprise with an emphasis on operations and systems management - emphasis is given to aspects such as, machines, tooling, facilities layout and labour requirements. A group "enterprise" project, supported by an appropriate lecture programme, provides an opportunity for you to relate your knowledge to a realistic business scenario and gain experience of team working, report writing and presentation.

Year 3 – optional placement year

Final year

Core modules:

Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics

This module has been designed to help you develop a thorough understanding of aerodynamic features associated with moving vehicles through the use of use of theoretical, experimental and computational tools. You'll also be introduced to a commercial computational fluid dynamics package.

Design Analysis

Finite element analysis (FEA) uses computer software to predict how a product will react to forces (such as vibration, heat and other physical effects), helping to test if the product will break, wear out or do the job it was designed for. FEA is now an integral part of the design process and is often incorporated within solid modelling design packages. It’s important that you gain an understanding of the theoretical basis and limitations of FEA so that you can use it effectively. This module introduces you to this knowledge and gives you the opportunity to experience using a commercial code of this type. You’ll explore how to justify your analysis and how to gather the evidence to demonstrate that your analysis is reliable. You’ll also be supported in expanding your skills in classical stress and strain analysis.

Project Quality and Production Management

Engineers have a responsibility to ensure that they deliver projects on time and within budget. With this in mind this module covers the scheduling of project activity, with appropriate consideration of resource constraints and the costs required for undertaking successful projects. You’ll study financial analysis in the justification of projects and approaches to risk analysis. To support this you’ll be introduced to project management software used by industry. The module also includes total quality management, introducing tools and techniques such as statistical process control, improvement programmes and maintenance management.You’ll explore how to effectively manage the manufacture of products and the decision making processes required with regard to people, machines, materials and finance.

Final Year Project (Mechanical)

This module provides you with the opportunity to plan, manage and execute a substantial engineering project, from a suitable objective to a satisfactory conclusion. The project, which may be industrially based, will be an in-depth study of an engineering problem, requiring a degree of initiative, planning and management of the project. This is aimed at helping you to extend your intellectual abilities in the chosen project area, to apply and to increase your knowledge in a chosen field and provides the opportunity to demonstrate your professional engineering capabilities. Each individual student will undertake a substantial project, on a topic appropriate to their pathway.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include-

Vehicle Handling and Performance Prediction

This module aims to give you an understanding of the forces exerted on a vehicle during linear motion. You'll explore drivetrain requirements and the characteristics of power plant and transmissions. You'll also examine engine performance in terms of fuel consumption and other performance related factors. Acceleration and braking performance are analysed for different vehicle configurations, performance requirements and operating conditions. The module also introduces you to suspension, steering and braking systems for ground vehicles. Various systems, associated components and characteristics are discussed and analysed.

Dynamic Analysis and Control

This module aims to provide you with an enhanced understanding of system dynamics. The modelling of multi-degree of freedom mechanical systems is considered together with control theory applied to higher order systems. You will have the opportunity to gain experience at the modelling of mechanical system dynamics using ADAMS multi-body dynamics software package.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. A placement year helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company's policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students have spent their placement year at companies including Cummins, Vauxhall, Bentley Motors, Unilever and Bosch.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. You'll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

Career opportunities

88% of graduates from this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE).

Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as senior product engineer, component engineer, product development engineer, structural test engineer, engineering design manager, design engineer and senior mechanical engineer in organisations including Cummins Turbo Technologies, Jaguar Landrover, BAE Systems, Weir Power & Industrial and BP*.

Additionally, you may gain skills that are transferable to other industries and may be able to pursue a career that requires a good honours degree. You could also go on to further study and the University has many options available for postgraduate study which may interest you.

*Source: LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This BEng course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This means it contributes to the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer status (IEng).

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, practical sessions and tutorials, in facilities using specialist computer packages.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual project work, with a focus on practical work. 26.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only university where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills and knowledge in our comprehensive engineering and technology teaching and research facilities. You'll have access to an excellent range of industry standard equipment including:

•  An open plan design studio equipped with design and analysis software.

•  An advanced automotive laboratory with engine test facilities and dynamic monitoring equipment. There are also wind tunnel facilities.

•  Well equipped computing laboratories.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

You'll need to cover the cost of your safety boots, which are a compulsory requirement. The cost will be dependent on where you purchase your boots, but typically you can purchase them online from between £8.99 and £19.99.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

Progression to the MEng route may be possible, if you attain an overall classification of 2.1 or above. Also we currently offer a number of taught Master's courses in the subject area of Mechanical Engineering and details of these, including the entry requirements you will need, can be found on Course finder . For Home status students - if you transfer to the MEng route the University will inform Student Finance that you'll be studying for an extra year so that you can secure your funding. Visit Student Finance England for further details around this and around eligibility.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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