Motorcycle Engineering | BEng Four-Year Foundation Entry
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The University has a long history of involvement in motorcycle education.
The skills you will gain on this course are completely transferable to the wider automotive engineering industry which also provides an outstanding career path for many of our graduates.
The 4 year BEng Motorcycle 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 motorsport engineering 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 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.
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 Engineering Design, and is then developed in Year 2 with CAE and Stress Analysis and the Group project leading into Advanced Computational Methods and the Major Project in Year 3.
Finally the Applied Technology Theme moves through Motorcycle Technology in Year 1, though Motorcycle Dynamics and Engine Performance in Year 2 to Advanced Engine Design and Powertrain and Sustainability 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 motorcycles and motorcycle sport and see a career in the motorcycle industry as your ultimate goal.
This programme enables students to develop the specific expertise required in such areas as data acquisition and motorcycle dynamics for the design and development of the modern road and competition motorcycle. Students from this programme have been involved with race teams from championships such as British Superbike and MotoGP, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has excellent contacts in this growing industry. Many of the staff in this university are keen motorcyclists and understand your passion for two wheels. We have a number of competition teams and extra curricula activities that can often be linked with your project and assignment work. Despite the seeming specialisation of this course, however, the skills you will gain are completely transferrable to the wider automotive industry which still provides an outstanding career path for many of our graduates.
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- Mark Sandford
- Pedro Monteiro Ferreira
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- Kelvin Lake
- Arnaud Marotin
- Malcolm McDonald
- Kelvin Sutton
- Owen Williams
- Andrew Griffiths
- Andrew Harrison
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 motorcycle industry from specialist component manufacturers though to mainstream motorcycle manufacturers. Graduates are now working in roles such as engine development and calibration, race engineering support and performance analysis. The skills developed on the course are transferable to other industries and many students have moved into the wider automotive industry as well.
Our Motorcycle graduates have been employed by ECStar Suzuki, MarcVDS Honda, Tech3 Yamaha, Honda World Endurance, FTR, Kalex, Suter, Buell, Triumph, Norton, Royal Enfield, and have worked for race teams in MotoGP, Moto2, World SuperSport, British Superbike and Italian Superbike championships to name but a few.
Each year a number of our graduates have also chosen to continue their academic studies to Masters and PhD level.
Where are our Motorcycle Engineering Graduates?
Giovanni Piras - Suzuki MotoGP
Gio graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Motorcycle Engineering in 2015. During his time at the university he developed a keen interest in motorcycle dynamics and data analysis, whilst working for Moto Rapido Racing Ducati in BSB he quickly progressed from the role of Chief Mechanic to Race Engineer where he had the opportunity to put into practice the skills gained from the course and to validate the work carried out in his dissertation and was in charge of the vehicle set-up and data analysis for riders Jakub Smrž and John Hopkins.
Starting from January 2016 Gio secured his dream job working in MotoGP for the Suzuki Factory Team as a Performance Engineer, analysing data for both riders Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro.
Sven Lemmerling – KALEX
Sven graduated from UWTSD in 2011 with a First Class Degree. He has recently started working for Kalex in Germany, working on the new Moto3 bike. While at SMU, Sven specialised in composites engineering, designing and building a structural carbon fibre motorcycle swingarm for his final year project. The project resulted in a couple of conference publications and a press release by the company who provided the layup software, showcasing Sven’s project.
Ben Miller – Triumph
Ben graduated from UWTSD in 2011 after achieving a First Class Degree. It was only a short time before he was working as a graduate engineer in the engine and powertrain departments. Ben has recently been doing a lot of work with Ricardo Wave on exhaust noise and also cylinder head flow and valve timing and valve lift.
Ian Henshaw - FTR Moto
Ian graduated from UWTSD in 2010 after completing a final year project on the structural testing and simulation of motorcycle chassis. Ian soon put this expertise to good use and secured a job at FTR Moto. Ian is now a regular face in the pit-lane of many high profile events including MotoGP.
Mara Bernini - Yamaha Italy WSB
Mara graduated from UWTSD in 2010 after a final year project specialising in data acquisition. On returning to Italy, Mara secured a job with Yamaha Italy World Superbike team specialising in data and traction control systems. Mara has been spotted at a number of WSB events around Europe and has also been spotted test riding Yamaha motorcycles. Mara has now started working as a data engineer for Ducati in the Italian Superbike Championship....
Alex Exarheas - Datron Technology
I graduated from UWTSD in 2008 with a 2:2, focusing mainly on data acquisition and 2D. I found this a way to further understand what happens to a motorcycle in motion, and developed a hobby into a passion. My dissertation was based on the effect of rear tyre profile on the maximum lean angle.
I worked in the BSB paddock with Gearlink Kawasaki as a Data Engineer before being offered a position with Datron Technology.
Keith Bidey - Mercedes GP Petronas F1
After training in Dassault Systèmes CATIA, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work a contract at the Honda F1 Team as a Computer Aided Design Engineer. On completion of the contract the Team offered me a position working as a CAD/CAM Support Engineer. I remained in my role when the Team became Brawn GP and later Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team.
Straight out of University this is a break I certainly can't complain about!
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Students studying this course are encouraged to work towards professional registration with the IMechE.