Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MSc

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

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About the Course

Motorsport is one of the world's most dynamic, competitive industries - and engineers that master their craft have almost unlimited career opportunities.

This MSc in Automotive Motorsport Engineering at Brunel equips graduates with the qualities and transferable skills they need to flourish at a senior level in an exacting industry.

The comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of specialist skills sought within the industry – including core modules in:

  • Research methods and sustainable engineering
  • Racing team management and vehicle testing
  • Advanced vehicle dynamics, IC engines, materials and manufacturing

Optional modules may be viewed below.

You’ll gain practical experience through a team project, and complete a dissertation of your choice, typically covering a design, experimental, computing or analysis subject.

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Aims

The speed of change in motorsport is relentless -and engineers need to inovate to succeed. From F1 pit lane mechanics to testing specialists, engine and aerodynamics maestros to team managers and financial controllers, graduates from this course have a host of exciting and varied career options open to them.

The MSc programme at Brunel University helps you develop imagination and creativity to follow a successful engineering career with a mix of modules covering automotive and motorsport engineering topics, which delivers an integrating layer on top of subject specific first degree or professional skills.

Its primary focus is to create Master's degree graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in a multi discipline subject area, typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry.

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Course Director: Dr Apostolos Pesiridis
Email: apostolos.pesiridis@brunel.ac.uk

Course Content

The course will allow students the option of specialising in automotive engineering or motorsport engineering, both in the optional modules and the dissertation.

Every student also produces a group project, usually carried out with four or five other students. The group project involves the design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of a single seater racing vehicle, that will take part in the annual Formula Student competition in July with over 70 teams competing in the event.

Compulsory Modules

Research Methods and Sustainable Engineering:

  • Practical research issues: research processes and strategies; researcher/supervisor roles and relationships; writing, communicating and disseminating research; principles of good research practice.
  • Information retrieval: objectives; sampling methods; data analysis; when and how to apply statistics; statistical methods; preparing and sorting data; parametric and non-parametric tests; computer software for statistical analysis.
  • Risk management: Risk analysis and decision support, financial indicators;
  • Innovation: Brainstorming, value engineering, intellectual property protection.

Racing Team Management and Vehicle Testing:
Develops the necessary skills in racing team management and understanding of a race season and race planning, and introduces and familiarise students with racing vehicle testing. Main topics include: team management; marketing concept; ethical business; leadership; risk management; employment; vehicle testing. 

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Materials and Manufacturing:
Main topics include: principles of multi-body dynamics; the mixture preparation methods and combustion process in direct injection SI engines; overview of the principal property requirements for materials used in racing car structures; theories of fibre-reinforcement in materials; performance of engineering plastics; composition and properties of high performance elastomers and rubbers; advanced processing and joining technologies for the manufacture and construction of racing vehicle components from high performance polymers; physical and metallurgical properties of high strength steels, aluminium, titanium, nickel and magnesium alloys; metal matrix composites; fabrication of metallic components; failure modes and non-destructive evaluation techniques; composition, properties and processing methods for engineering ceramics used in racing vehicle construction. 

Major Group Project:
You work in groups of 4 to 6 to design, manufacture and assemble a racing vehicle (single seater) that takes part in at least one international student competition. The project mimics the real world industry in every shape and form. It is not only an engineering exercise, but one of business and team management as well. Teams are created with a hierarchical structure not dissimilar to professional racing teams. You work to a schedule and budget, and are expected to promote your team image through marketing and sponsorship.

Dissertation:
You will work independently on a project within given resources and time constraints. Students often choose project topics from a list provided by the module co-ordinator, or after having discussions with academic members of staff. Some projects may be part of the research activities undertaken by various research groups within the College. Some project topics may be initiated by organisations external to Brunel, though supervision from within Brunel is necessary in all cases. The nature of projects may be predominantly design, experimental, computing and/or analysis, or sometimes a critical literature survey. Many projects combine several of these aspects.

Optional Modules

Students choose two of the four modules below:

Advanced Modelling and Design:

  • Finite Element Analysis:
    Two-dimensional elements: triangular, quadrilateral and isoparametric; applications to steady and transient heat transfer; applications to two-dimensional stress analysis.
  • Optimisation:
    Types of optimisation problems; objective function; constrained and unconstrained optimisation; multivariate search methods, penalty function, Lagrange multipliers; applications to linkage synthesis.
  • Manufacture:
    Computer applications in manufacturing practice, optimisation in design for manufacture, management procedures and quality requirements, application to company practice.
  • Design:
    Use and application of computer aided engineering software in engineering manufacture. The integration of computer aided engineering and manufacturing methods in company practice.

Advanced Thermofluids:
Main topics include: methods and instruments in fluid flow measurements: laser doppler anemometry (LDA), particle image velocimetry (PIV), hot-wire anemometry (HWA); fluid flow and heat transfer simulations by Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) modelling, large eddy simulation (LES) and direct numerical simulation (DNS).

Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship:
Main topics include: introduction of legal topics appropriate to engineering careers; contract; tort, company and environmental law; property law, licensing; employment law. Costing; tendering strategy; decision analysis; value engineering. Motorsport industry regulation; competitions; sponsorship and advertising.

Racing Vehicle Design and Performance:
Main topics include: racing vehicles and systems operation, design principles; vehicle body and structure; power unit and transmission; suspension and steering, geometry and loads; brakes and braking systems; parameters influencing vehicle performance; performance optimisation; vehicle safety.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Excellent facilities:

We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.

Accreditation

The Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MSc at Brunel University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

Facts and Figures

About Mechanical Engineering at Brunel

Mechanical Engineering offers a number of MSc courses all accredited by professional institutes as appropriate additional academic study (further learning) for those seeking to become qualified to register as Chartered Engineers (CEng). Accrediting professional institutes vary by course, and include the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Energy Institute (EI) and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). 

Teaching in the courses is underpinned by research activities in aerospace engineering, automotive/motorsport engineering, solid and fluid mechanics, and energy & environment. Staff generate numerous publications, conference presentations and patents, and have links with a wide range of institutions, both within and outside the UK. The discipline benefits from research collaboration with numerous outside organisations, including major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms and governmental laboratories. We have links with at least six teaching hospitals and work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Italy and the USA.

Assessment

Modules are taught over eight months (from October to May) and are assessed by a balanced combination of examination and assignment. For the final four months (June to September), students will conduct an individual project and prepare a dissertation, allowing the opportunity to undertake original research relating to the automotive and motorsport engineering fields.

The group project is conducted throughout the year and is assessed by means of project logbooks, oral presentations and final project reports.

Careers

Automotive and motorsport engineers have some of the most exciting roles in the science, engineering and technology sector. There is a high demand for graduate engineers ready to tackle the challenges of the future, such as finding ways to design and build vehicles more cost effectively, or working to address wider environmental and safety concerns, or working in motor racing.

The course is designed to equip graduates with the skills required by industry. Alongside technical skills, the programme provides students with business and team-working skills vital to the automotive and motorsport sectors. The course’s graduates go on to careers with leading automotive companies as well as motor racing teams (e.g. Jaguar Land Rover, Delphi, Ford) and racing firms such as Mercedes High Performance Engines, Red Bull, Williams and Lotus.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2016/7 entry

UK/EU students: £8,350 full-time

International students: £17,200 full-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

  • A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering or technology discipline.
  • Other subjects in a related discipline, including but not limited to physics and mathematics will be considered and assessed on an individual basis.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

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