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Motorsport Engineering MEng

Subject area: Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Open Day How to apply
Mode of study

4-year full-time; 5-year thick-sandwich


H331, H334 with Professional Development

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Motorsport Engineering MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option


About the course

Today's motorsport engineers don't just need technical knowledge - the industry demands commercial awareness and the determination to succeed.

The MEng programme aims to produce graduates that possess engineering knowledge alongside the transferable skills of leadership, initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making.

You'll study subjects that you would encounter on a mechanical engineering course, but with a strong flavour of motorsport in their application. Some modules are specific to the course and relate closely to racing vehicle meaterials, manufacturing methods, IC engines, aerodynamics and electronics.

The subjects covered are those that you would encounter on a mechanical engineering course, but with a strong flavour of motorsport in their application. Some modules are specific to the course and relate closely to racing vehicle materials, manufacturing methods, IC engines, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics and electronics.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


Working within motorsport offers an exciting career in a dynamic industry – and innovative engineering keeps it moving forward at pace. This specialist degree provides you with the technical knowledge and transferable skills to help you succeed at a senior level within the industry.

Your studies at Levels 1 and 2 are designed to ensure that you have a firm grasp of the theoretical and practical elements of the discipline. Level 3 is directly related to motor racing engineering and you’ll work on a major group project in your final year that replicates the environment within an engineering firm – helping you develop the collaborative skills you’ll need for the real world.


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Course Content

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
  • Motorsport Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience.

Level 2

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

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • FEA, CFD and Numerical Modelling
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Vehicle Performance.

Level 5

  • Major Group Project
  • Strategic Management, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Advanced Thermofluids
  • Racing Team, Management and Vehicle Testing
  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Advanced Solid Body Mechanics.

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

Special Features

  • Students have the opportunity to be part of the consistently competitive Brunel Racing FS team, which involves designing, building and competing a high-spec racing car. The student-led team recently achieved ‘second fastest combustion car’ in the Formula Student competition 2014 sprint event.
  • Staff teaching on the course carrry out much of their research with collaborators outside the University, including major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms.
  • Learning to work as part of a team is an essential objective of the MEng course. All MEng students take part in a Major Group Project, not only designing, but also making an artefact. The project focuses on their development of management skills, alongside the application of technical knowledge. There is the opportunity to exhibit these projects at the graduate showcase, known as Brunel Engineers, as well as other industry-sponsored competitions.
  • Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped. Industry-standard specialist software for engineering design is available to students 24 hours a day in dedicated computer clusters.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at Iowa University in the US, during your second year.
  • If you start on the full-time course, you can transfer to the sandwich course at any time before the end of Level 2.
  • If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining a pre-set progression standard.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.



The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The MEng degree course fulfils the academic requirement to go forward for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) Status

To become a Chartered Engineer you must fulfil certain requirements laid down by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The duration for these usually takes eight years, as follows:

  • An accredited four-year MEng degree (eg – this MEng programme) or

an enhanced three-year degree – i.e. a BEng (a BSc does not qualify), plus further accredited study to Master’s degree level.

  • Initial professional development to establish engineering competences as described in UK-SPEC.
  • Further development of competences in a position of responsibility, followed by a peer review interview.

This can take longer if industrial training is difficult to come by. The provision of training can be expensive for employers, because they will incur costs in providing it, and will lose the use of an employee’s service while training is undertaken.

Brunel’s sandwich courses help smooth the way through this stage because the integrated work experience is approved by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. With a large proportion of industrial training already completed, students are well down the road to registration, even before graduation.

Teaching and Assessment


How many hours of study are involved?

In Level 1 contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 19 hours per week. This will assist you in adjusting from school/college to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.

How will I be taught?

Lectures – These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas that you need to understand, and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.

Laboratories – Practicals are generally two or three-hour sessions in which you can practice your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.

Design Ssudios – In a studio you will work on group projects with guidance from members of staff. In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. You may be required to design and produce an artefact or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.

One-to-one – On registration for the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor whose role is to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will also have one-to-one academic supervision on Level 3 project work.


You will undertake assignments, project work, reports on laboratory practicals, oral presentations and short tests. There are written examinations in May of each year. In Level 3, all students undertake a major individual project. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year.

In the final year of the MEng course, assessment is biased towards coursework, and there are fewer exams. This reflects the workload of projects found in engineering industry.

The final degree classification is calculated from a combination of Level 2, Level 3 and final year grades. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree, but you must pass the year in order to progress.


Graduates from the MEng degree course have demonstrated themselves to be of the highest calibre of their peer group. Generally, our MEng students have a number of job offers before they graduate, and find themselves in the enviable position of cherry-picking their prospective careers.

The five-year thick-sandwich degree programme enables you to gain high-quality, relevant professional experience which is sought by employers. Students have the opportunity to change from the full-time mode of study to the thick-sandwich course up to the end of Level 2.

Work Placements

You can choose to study either a full-time course or the prestigious sandwich course. Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations. The placement in industry is usually taken between Levels 2 and 3 for at least 44 weeks. This time can count towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre will support you to get the best placement to suit your aspirations. They can help you with advice to compose the best possible applications, and coach you with mock interviews – often with the support of industry visitors.

The organisations that employ the students on placement are checked to ensure they can provide suitable training experiences. Quite often, Brunel graduates within firms mentor current students. The placement is assessed, and students must pass it to graduate with the words ‘with Professional Development’ in their degree title. Each student is allocated both a mentor within the company and an Industrial Tutor from Brunel, who is on hand to help ensure that the placement yields the best possible experience for the student’s personal professional development.


The UK is one of the world leaders in motorsport technology in all its forms, from Formula One and MotoGP racing through to world rally and touring car driving right down to professional karting and amateur circuit racing.

The UK is home to the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and Motorsport Valley, the largest concentration of top level motorsport firms in the world.

The international business community looks to the UK for leadership in design, manufacture and consultancy, and skilled staff are always in demand.

Motorsport is a high-tech, high profile and highly competitive global industry, and companies use state-of-the-art materials, designs and processes to stay at the top. Aerospace industries are not alone at the forefront of science and engineering progress.

Motorsport is constantly evolving as companies seek to gain an edge on their rivals, and the lifespan of products is very short. All aspects of the industry have to reflect this as the key to success is that vehicles have to be ready for the race, no matter what.

This pressure has resulted in some of the finest engineering solutions (both design and manufacturing) and team management techniques. In reaching for the common goal, close-knit teams mean that your effort is noticed and your contributions rewarded.

You’ll find Brunel graduates wherever there is excellence in motorsport including Mercedes F1, Williams, Force India F1, Lotus, McLaren, Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Red Bull and Triumph Motorcycles.


Some of our graduates go directly into research, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), whilst others spend several years in industry first before studying for a PhD. Opportunities for research are open to excellent graduates from the Motorsport Engineering course.

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 2016/17 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


The Government has proposed changes to allow tuition fees for UK and EU students to rise by inflation. These changes are currently subject to approval, but if approved, would result in tuition fees of £9,250 per year from 2017/18.

Entry Criteria 2016/17

  • GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted)
  • 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 grade A in Maths.
  • 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 sufficient grades on year two of the course can discuss transferring to the MEng.
  • 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.

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.