Motorsport Engineering - MEng | BEng
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The Motorsport Engineering programmes are intended to provide you with a thorough grounding in mechanical engineering science and technologies and their application to design and the solution of a range of engineering problems in the context of the motorsport engineering industry.
The programmes aim to develop your ability to work with others to apply this work to real world problems, a skill vital for your future employability in this industry.
UCAS Code (Foundation): H341
UCAS Code (MEng): 6W1M
UCAS Code (BEng): H336
Institution Code: T80
MEng 4 years f/t
BEng 3 years f/t;
Foundation Entry - 4 years f/t;
My job covers a range of responsibilities, starting from initial design concepts, calculations and analysis. The best thing about my job is the freedom of design and applying a wide range of skills learnt throughout my education. I enjoy solving problems from first principles and pushing the limits to achieve optimum component performance, whether that be through reduced weight, friction, noise and so on. The course had a hands-on approach and offered the freedom to become involved in extra-curricular motorsport activities. For two years I was Chief Engineer of the University’s Formula 4 team, and I was able to use the engine from this car for my dissertation focusing on the cylinder head performance and valvetrain dynamics.
I knew I wanted to work in Motorsport, but wasn’t 100% sure in what area. I was leaning towards design. I spoke to a lot of universities at the Autosport Show in Birmingham, and UWTSD: Swansea really stood out. They were helpful, flexible, realistic and their course was a perfect mix of hands-on and theory. My time in Swansea was very enjoyable, and the subjects covered are still useful to this day. The lecturers were professional and most importantly, very approachable. In 2013, I moved to Volkswagen Motorsport, to be Andreas Mikkelsen’s Chassis Engineer. I am responsible for the build and specification of the Chassis’ built for Andreas throughout the WRC season all within and conforming to the FIA regulations. On tests and rallies, I work with the driver to find a suitable setup that he is happy with. It is a very competitive and rewarding job, and I would not be here without my time in Swansea.
My involvement with the Formula Renault team and with Team MCR, was by far my favourite experience whilst being at University. Not only do the projects allow some real life experience of the theory learned during lectures, but it also provides the opportunity to make you more of a unique graduate when leaving University. It provided students like me with real life experience of competing within a team, at real races, in proper championships. On top of this, the projects are great fun to be a part of.
I come from a background in karting and rallying so being involved with the Formula Renault and Team MCR during University gave me an insight into two very different race cars. The projects also teach you the whole process of motorsport, including doing an “all-nighter” to fix the car when needed. These extra projects were invaluable, offering a chance to apply what was learned in lectures to real-life situations.
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 are transferable to a broad range of employment opportunities. The course is also supported by extracurricular opportunities to apply the theoretical knowledge learnt in the modules to real life Motorsport applications.
A number of themes are developed throughout the programmes. The Core Engineering Theme with subjects such as Maths, Thermodynamics, Mechanics and Structures is introduced in Year 1, developed in Year 2 with Thermofluid Mechanics and Engineering Structural Design and then explored in greater depth in Year 3 with Stress Analysis and Advanced Computational Methods.
The Design Theme starts in Year 1 with CAED, and is then developed in Year 2 with Computational Methods and the Group project leading into Advanced Computational Methods and the Major Project in Year 3.
Finally the Applied Technology Theme moves through Vehicle Technology in Year 1, though Motorsport Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Control in Year 2 to Advanced Motorsport Vehicle Dynamics and Competition Engine Design in Year 3.
Although not a theme in itself, Engineering Management, introduced in Year 2, underpins a successful approach to both the Group and Major Projects.
Year One - Level Four - MEng/BEng
- Engineering Science 1
- Engineering Science 2
- 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
Specialist areas of study including advanced competition engine design and competition 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 are transferable to a broad range of employment opportunities.
Access to an extensive range of engineering facilities including dedicated Race Workshops, Engine Dynamometers, Composites, Machine Shop, Simulator and to staff with industrial experience.
You enjoy analytical and numerate subjects such as Maths and Physics and are expected to achieve or have already achieved good A Level grades in them.
You are passionate about cars in general and motorsport in particular. You see a career in the motorsport industry as your ultimate goal. You may already be involved in some form of motorsport but this is not essential as we will give you the opportunity to gain hands on engineering experience in real competition, if you want to get involved with one of our teams. There are a range of extracurricular student projects available such as Team MCR for students to apply the theory learnt in class to practical, real world examples.
The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, phase tests, presentations, vivas and examinations.
MEng Motorsport Engineering - UCAS CODE: 6W1M - Four Year Programme
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 Motorsport Engineering - UCAS CODE: H336 - Three Year Programme
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.
Graduates from this course have found employment throughout motorsport from specialist component manufacturers though to Formula 1 and WRC teams. Graduates are now working in roles such as high performance engine development and calibration and aerodynamic design. The skills developed on the course are transferable to other industries and many students have moved into the wider automotive industry as well working for OEMs such as Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and tier one suppliers such as Mahle. Each year a number of our graduates have chosen to continue their academic studies to Masters and PhD level.
It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.
Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.
Students studying this course are encouraged to work towards professional registration with the IMechE.
UWTSD’s racing projects bring students right into the heart of Motorsport, providing real hands on experience in real world racing scenarios.
Team MCR is made up of students from our BEng, BSc and HND Motorsport Programmes. The student project is supported by two members of staff in advisory roles.
Students dedication, passion and enthusiasm is what makes this project special. Without the efforts of the students the team wouldn’t exist and they are grasping the unique opportunity to learn in such a practical way with both hands.
The team race an MCR Sports Prototype race car built specifically for the Sports 2000 series. The car was originally built by MCR Race cars in Solva, Wales and the University enjoy a fantastic collaborative relationship with the company. The car has a 2 liter Ford Duratec engine using regulation throttle bodies and ECUs.
Find Out More:
Visit the New Team MCR website: http://www.msport-eng.com/
View the Race Calendar here.
Contact the team: firstname.lastname@example.org