Automotive Engineering MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Placement Year option.

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

About the Course

Low carbon vehicle technologies are at the cutting edge of innovation within the automotive industry - one of several exciting areas of study for students of this BEng course.

The course develops the key technical and managerial skills that graduates need to excel within a fast-moving industry, with a curriculum designed to give a good balance between fundamental mechanical engineering subjects (including maths and engineering science) and the applied engineering disciplines (such as vehicle design and performance).

We have one of the largest and most active engine research groups in the UK and strong links with industry to provide a vibrant, commercially-focused environment for our students' learning.

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The UK automotive industry is historically known for highly innovative engineering, with various technical centres of excellence recently set up by global car manufacturers and suppliers.

The main challenge for these engineering centres is to design, develop and manufacture the next generation of road vehicles capable of providing improved environmental impact whilst maintaining acceptable vehicle performance, reliability and cost.

The overall aim of Brunel's MEng programme is to provide our graduates with excellent understanding of the fundamentals which, coupled with in-depth knowledge of the technical workings of current and future automotive systems, will allow them to become future technical or managerial leaders.


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Admissions and Course Enquiries
Admissions Enquiries Information
Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265238 (College Marketing Office)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
Contact Admissions or Course Enquiries Online

Course Director: Dr Apostolos Pesiridis

Course Content

Both Automative Engineering programmes at Brunel (BEng and MEng) cover the same topics in Levels 1 and 2, allowing students to transfer between them at the end of Level 2. The courses cover the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and design, providing an excellent grounding in key subjects common throughout the mechanical engineering disciplines.

The first two years/levels also provide exposure to other related engineering subjects, such as electrical and electronic engineering, and commercially important topics, such as management and related law.

Further levels progressively introduce a greater degree of specialisation. Strong emphasis is placed upon achieving a good balance between practical and theoretical engineering skills, making best use of the excellent facilities available.

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
  • Analytical Methods and Skills
  • Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Automotive Laboratories, technical drawing and workshop experience.

Level 2

  • Automotive Vehicle Design and Performance
  • Solid Body Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
  • Professional Engineering Applications and Practice.

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • Automotive Structures, Propulsion and Manufacture
  • FEA, CFD and Numerical Modelling
  • Professional Engineering Practice.

Level 5 (MEng only)

  • Major Group Project
  • Advanced Automotive Propulsion and Sustainability
  • Advanced Automotive Performance and Reliability
  • Strategic Management, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Advanced Thermofluids
  • Advanced Solid Body Mechanics.

MEng final year project

All final year MEng students participate in a team project of 5-6 people, which develops not only their transferable skills, but also their ability to design, manufacture and test an automotive product, typically aimed at low carbon use. For example, current projects underway include one with UK industry support concerned with the use of mechanical kinetic energy recovery to help eliminate the feel of turbocharger “lag” in future fuel efficient road vehicles.

Computer Aided Design image of a road car turbocharger fitted with a novel kinetic energy recovery system being designed, made and tested by automotive students at Brunel (Copyright Zorro 2011)

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

Special Features

  • Our Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF) is one of the best academic research facilities within the UK for this specialism.  
  • Our recent research projects have been in partnership with companies including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus Cars, SAIC (MG), BP, Shell, Ricardo, MAHLE Powertrain and Delphi. 
  • The University was also recently awarded a multi-million pound contract from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to accelerate the introduction of future low carbon and lightweight vehicle technologies specifically in close collaboration with industry.
  • We have 11 test engines housed in two laboratories at CAPF. 

Facts and Figures

The domestic auto industry is resurgent, presenting fresh job opportunities for talented specialists, according to the Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Paul Everitt: "The UK automotive industry is leading economic recovery with increased manufacturing output, growing export volumes and new jobs being created on the back of major international investment in the sector.

"Our engineering expertise, workforce flexibility and renowned motoring heritage, combined with top level collaboration between industry and government, makes the UK an important location for the global automotive industry."

Teaching and Learning

Teaching is by a mixture of lectures, laboratories, design studios and one-to-one supervision. There are written examinations in May of each year and some assignments appropriately spread throughout the academic year and designed to aid student learning.

Use of our modern and well equipped laboratories and standard industrial computer software plays a major role in the learning process.

The practical aspects of automotive engineering are introduced as early as Level 1 in the form of laboratory experiments on existing vehicle sub-systems, which then lead to more advanced laboratories in Level 2.

Advanced computer software in design, structural analysis, dynamics and mathematics are used from Levels 2 to 4, with our laboratory facilities also made available for experiments undertaken by students individually.

In Level 3 all students undertake a major individual project, often involving experimental work and sometimes with industrial support. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year.

All final year MEng students participate in a team project of 5-6 people to manufacture and test an automotive product, typically aimed at low carbon use.


Brunel's Automotive Engineering graduates have an excellent record of employment soon after graduating - with many currently working in key technical and managerial positions within the automotive industry.

If you opt for a sandwich course, you will have the added bonus of putting your academic study into practice and developing ideas about future careers. Some graduates are offered full-time graduate posts at the companies where they carried out their work placements. Students who complete the thick-sandwich course will be awarded their degree ‘with Professional Development’.

Some of our graduates go directly into such sponsored research at Brunel, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), whilst others spend several years in industry first.


Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

These statistics relate to graduates from a number of different pathways – Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (MEng), Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design, Motorsport Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Engineering and Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies.

In 2013/14, six months after graduating:

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

Automative companies that our recent graduates have joined include Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, McLaren Automotive, Bentley Motors, Ford, Nissan Technical Centre Europe, BMW (Mini), Lotus Cars, SAIC (MG), Changan, Tata Motors, BP, Ricardo, MAHLE Powertrain, Cummins, JCB, Perkins and Delphi.

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: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,000 final year

International students: £17,200 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

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

Entry Requirements 2016/7

  • GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted)
  • Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade A in Engineering, plus the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers at grade A along with 1 AS-level (excluding General Studies) at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma not accepted for the MEng entry. BTEC Extended Diploma students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year two of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* in Mechanical Engineering with distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians, and Further Mechanical Principles and A-Level Maths at grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D* with A-Levels grade AA in Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 34 points, including 6 in Higher level Maths and 6 in Higher level Physics
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Applicants should apply for the BEng Those who achieve the progression requirement can transfer to the MEng at the end of Level 2
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade B, English Language at Grade C, and Double Science (or two separate Science subjects) at Grade C or above. Other acceptable GCSEs: English Literature, Geography, History, Languages, others may be considered on an individual basis.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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

For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.

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.

Page last updated: Monday 16 May 2016