Automotive Engineering | BEng Four-Year Foundation Entry

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering

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The University has a long history of involvement in automotive education.

The skills you will gain on this course are completely transferrable to the wider engineering industry which also provides an outstanding career path for many of our graduates.

Our BEng Engineering courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for Incorporated Engineer and is on course for Chartered Engineer status in 2017.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code (Foundation): HH33
UCAS Code (BEng): H330
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
4 Years

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School of Engineering
Contact Name:
Pedro Monteiro Ferreira
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The 4 year BEng Automotive Engineering programme is intended to provide you with a thorough grounding in mechanical engineering science and its application to design and the solution of a range of engineering problems in the context of the automotive industry. The inclusive foundation year is designed to develop your mathematical, analytical and study skills, to equip you with the necessary academic skills required to successfully study engineering at a degree level.

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 many of which are related to motorsport but which provide excellent experience for all types of automotive engineering careers that can be linked with your project and assignment work.

The foundation year 0 is designed to develop your mathematical, analytical and study skills, to equip you with the necessary academic skills required to successfully study engineering at a degree level. Your academic skills will be developed through engineering relevant modules including Mathematics, Engineering Science, Study Skills and IT, Manufacturing Technology and an Engineering Project.

Following the Foundation year, a number of themes are developed throughout the course. 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 Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Control in Year 2 to Advanced Vehicle Dynamics and Advanced 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.

You wish to develop your analytical skills in subjects such as Mathematics and Physics to pursue a career in Engineering. You do not have the academic entry requirements for one of our 3 year degree courses but you are passionate about cars in general and see a career in the automotive industry as your ultimate goal. We offer you the opportunity to gain hands on experience with cars if you want to get involved with one of our many project teams.

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

For the foundation entry to our four year degrees, our offers are based on 32 UCAS points (previously 80). We will not specify the subject matter required. We will accept A levels, National Diplomas, Certificates, National Awards or equivalent, including NVQ Level 3, 14-19 Diploma and Access courses. Providing you achieve the points required, one A level would be sufficient. GCSE Maths at grade C or above is also required.

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 the automotive industry from specialist component manufacturers though to industry leaders such as Ford and Jaguar LandRover.  The skills developed on the course are transferable to other industries and many students have moved into the wider engineering industry as well. Each year a number of our graduates have chosen to continue their academic studies to Masters and PhD level.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

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