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Automotive industry in the UK and around the world has seen great technological developments in recent years and despite economic pressures the industry has faced it is set for continued growth.

The technological challenges the industry faces in achieving efficiency gains to all kinds of vehicles, brought upon by increasingly stringent legislation and costumer awareness, has led to an increase in the demand for highly skilled Automotive Engineers. Our graduates have demonstrated over the decades the competence to respond to the needs of employers and are recognised as able to “hit the ground running” and getting the job done.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: H330
UCAS Code (Foundation): HH33
UCAS Code (MEng): 0PD5
UCAS Code (BEng): H330
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
MEng 4 years f/t
BEng 3 years f/t
Foundation Entry - 4 years f/t

School of Automotive Engineering
Contact Name:
Pedro Monteiro Ferreira
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Underpinned by core mechanical engineering science and and its application to design and the solution of a range of engineering problems in the context of the automotive industry.

Specialist areas of study including advanced engine design and vehicle dynamics will enable you to focus on areas of specialist interest that can be developed in the Group and Major Project modules. Within many of the modules the course considers the environmental aspects of design and technology which is transferable to a broad range of employment opportunities.

We run a number of extra curricula activities which provide excellent experience for all types of automotive engineering careers that can be linked with your project and assignment work.

A number of themes are developed throughout the course. The core engineering theme with subjects such as Mathematics, Engineering Science incorporating Dynamics and Stress analysis; Engineering Design; Vehicle Technology as well as Workshop and Study Skills in Year 1.

Year 2 with enhances the core engineering study with Thermofluid Mechanics and CAE and Stress Analysis and specialist modules such as Vehicle Dynamics and Engine Design. Important feature of year 2 is Group Project supported by Management, Innovation and Sustainability providing a wide range of highly transferable skills.

Advanced topics of the above are delivered during year 3 with Advanced Computational Methods alongside Advanced Stress Analysis and FEA providing highly analytical skills brought together with advanced specialist modules in final year project that enables the students to showcase their knowledge and skills gained over their time at UWTSD.

Module List

Year One - Level Four - MEng/BEng

  • Engineering Science 1
  • Engineering Science 2
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Design
  • Vehicle Technology
  • Engineering Applications and Study Skills

Year Two - Level Five - MEng/BEng

  • Group Project
  • Thermofluid Mechanics
  • Management and sustainability
  • CAE and Stress Analysis
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Powertrain and Control

Year Three - Level Six - MEng/BEng

  • Major Project
  • Advanced Stress Analysis and FEA
  • Advanced Engine Design
  • Advanced Computational Methods
  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics

Year Four - Level Seven - MEng

  • Group Research Project
  • Numerical Methods

Optional Modules - Select Three:

  • Advanced Composite Nalaysis
  • Aerodynamics and CFD
  • Concept Engine Design and Prototype Manufacture
  • Engine Performance and Emissions
  • Vehicle Stability and Control
  • Structural Integrity and Material Evaluation
  • Design for Manufacture 
  • Advanced CADCAM

UWTSD and formerly Swansea Metropolitan University and Swansea Institute of Higher Education have long been established names in Automotive Engineering Education, training the engineers of the future into successful all round engineers capable of responding to the demands of this technologically challenging industry, supported by a dedicated staff group with substantial field experience and research interests relevant to current technology.

We are a vibrant University embarking on a dynamic route of innovation in engineering education looking at Transforming Education, Transforming Lives.

On top of all that we are based in Swansea, the Riviera of Wales, at the doorstep of a place of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Gower and its amazing beaches. Swansea is a vibrant city set on a beautiful coastline enabling a great range of opportunities from outdoor pursuits to community engaging projects.


The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, phase tests, presentations, vivas and examinations.

MEng Autmotive Engineering - UCAS CODE: 0PD5

130 points (previously 320) from numerate or technical A Level subjects, to include Maths or Physics at grade B or above. Maths GCSE at grade C is also required. Relevant experience may be considered.

BEng Automotive Engineering - UCAS CODE: H330

112 points (previously 280) from numerate or technical A Level subjects, to include Maths or Physics at grade B or above. Maths GCSE at grade C is also required. Relevant experience may be considered.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.

Also available as a four year programme (including foundation year)

Current high demand for automotive engineering graduates is reflected in the high percentage of our students to being full time employment or further study within 6 months of finishing their studies. Large UK based automotive manufacturers and Tier1 suppliers absorb the bulk of our graduates as do research and consultancy firms.  Our Alumni have gone on to have very successful careers at such companies as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Mahle Powetrain, JCB as well as motorsport firms AMG Mercedes, Williams F1 and Force India.

Students studying on this course are encouraged to work towards professional registration with the IMechE.