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Motorcycle Engineering (BEng, HND, Foundation Entry)

Our Motorcycle Engineering programmes were developed to support the growing interest in both the motorcycle racing sector and the mainstream motorcycle production industry.

It will enable you to develop specific expertise required in the design, development and refinement of the modern motorcycle.

The degree programme is well connected to the industry with direct links to teams in MotoGP, Moto2 and World SuperSport.

Our academic staff work at the highest level of motorcycle sport.

The following Bachelor’s degrees have been accredited as meeting the academic requirement, (in part), for
Chartered Engineer (CEng in Part) registration - for the cohort intakes up to and including 2023:

  • BEng(Hons) Motorcycle Engineering (Full-Time 3 Years; EngC ref 15966)
  • BEng(Hons) Motorcycle Engineering with a year in industry (Full-Time 4 Years; EngC ref 15967).

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Motorcycle Engineering (BEng)
UCAS Code: H331
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Motorcycle Engineering Foundation Entry (BEng)
UCAS Code: H390
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Contact Name: Dr Owen Williams

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

  1. Only dedicated BEng Motorcycle Engineering programme in the world.
  2. Only student-led racing motorcycle racing team.
  3. Unique specialist industry links.
  4. Passionate and compassionate staff.
  5. State of the art purpose-built campus.

What you will learn

Course Overview

We ensure that the modules that you will study give you a comprehensive insight into the cutting edge world of motorcycle engineering and how it is evolving to meet the needs of the consumer, the industry and the environment.

In recent years the advances that have been made in the field, due to the continued pressure of environmental sustainability and increased performance, have led to great technological advances in both chassis and powertrain design and there are now large numbers of jobs for engineers with the skills that we provide.

Most of our modules are taught through a combination of lectures and practical workshops or laboratory experience.

Students are actively encouraged to participate in the large number of extra-curricular activities that we run as a school as we feel that these complement the academic studies and provide real-world examples on which to test the ideas and skills which you learn in the lecture theatre.

Our courses

  • BEng(Hons) Motorcycle Engineering (Full-Time 3 Years; EngC ref 15966)
  • BEng(Hons) Motorcycle Engineering with a year in industry (Full-Time 4 Years; EngC ref 15967)

are accredited as meeting the academic requirement, in part, for 
Chartered Engineer (CEng in Part) registration by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Module Topics

The Core Engineering subjects to underpin your studies in motorcycle engineering include Maths, Thermodynamics, Mechanics, Electronics and Structures which are introduced in Year 1, developed in Year 2 with Thermofluid and Combustion and then explored in greater depth in Year 3 with a subject-specific application of the core disciplines in subjects such as Contemporary Powertrain Design.

The Design theme itself starts in Year 1 with Engineering Design and Materials and is then developed in Year 2 with Stress Analysis and CAE and the Group project, leading into Motorcycle Design and Innovation and of course the Independent Project in Year 3.

Finally, the Applied Engineering theme moves through Motorcycle Technology in Year 1, through Motorcycle Dynamics and Alternative Propulsion Systems in Year 2 to Motorcycle Design and Innovation in Year 3. 

Although not a theme in itself, Engineering Management, introduced in Year 2, underpins a successful approach to both the Group Design and Independent Projects and provides a valuable insight into the management of both race teams and both small and large companies.

The Foundation Year, studied by some at the beginning of your time with us 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, Science, Academic Skills, Automotive Technology and an Engineering Project.

Module List: *Subject to validation


  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science
  • Further Mathematics
  • Further Science for Engineers
  • Introduction to Automotive Engineering
  • Academic Skills
  • Integrated Project

Level Four - HNC

  • Analytical Methods
  • Engineering Science
  • Electrical Control Systems
  • Engineering Design and Materials
  • Workshop and Practice (core)
  • Motorcycle Technology

Level Five - HND

  • CAE and Stress Analysis
  • Alternative Propulsion Systems
  • Thermodynamics and Combustion
  • Motorcycle Dynamics
  • Engineering Management (core)
  • Group Design Project

Level Six - BEng

  • Major Project - Independent Project
  • Motorcycle Design and Innovation
  • Contemporary Powertrain Design
  • Automotive Materials and Sustainability
  • Structural Design and Fluid Analysis

Foundation Entry

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


Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including traditional examinations, coursework, practical activities, group and individual presentations, all of which are designed to equip students with the experience and skills needed as they move forward in their studies and their careers. 

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

BEng Four-Year Foundation Entry Motorcycle Engineering

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.


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.


80 points from a technical level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Extended Diploma. Relevant experience may be considered.

Career Opportunities

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 that 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 the 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!

Additional Costs

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. 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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 Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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