Automotive Engineering - BSc | HND

  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering

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The introduction of our automotive programmes began in the mid-seventies which further developed into the induction of the first Motorsport Engineering course, launched in 1998. 

Since then we have developed our courses so that you experience a number of applied and academic subjects with contemporary automotive relevance, advised by our industry contacts, many of whom are graduates of the programme. The HND programmes have received exemplary reports throughout, highlighting good practices and quality rating of student performance.  The team excelled in maintaining an excellent staff/student relationship.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code (BSc): H332
UCAS Code (HND): 043H
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

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Contact Name:
Abigail Summerfield
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  • Live it, breathe it and engineer it! I love engineering – I have always been passionate about cars, taking them apart to see how they work. I am from Spain but picked UWTSD because I did my research and it was the best University in the UK for Automotive Engineering.

    Edurado AguilarBSc Automotive Engineering

  • The course overall has taught me many new things and broadened my knowledge of engineering within the automotive industry. The lecturers are always helpful and willing to meet with you when needed.

    Geraint TriggBSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering

  • The chance to put practical and analytical work together makes learning different subject areas easier.

    Jonathan JonesBSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering

  • Lecturers are understanding, helpful and always make time for students. The BSc course exceeds my expectations.

    Tolgahan YamanBSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering

  • I like the approachability of staff.

    Bobby FreerBSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering

When you join our School you will follow a format which dovetails the more analytical and theoretical themes with the practical and applied disciplines. This gives a more holistic way of learning, so that you can see how the subjects relate to one another.

You will learn in a range of environments, from traditional lecture theatres and class rooms, to workshops and laboratories.

The first year practical learning experience culminates in a 6 week industrial placement with a company of your choice, where you will get to apply all you have learnt.

We also offer a range of extracurricular activities, in the form of race or rally teams. This gives you an all-encompassing experience of working within a team, understanding the management, logistics, procurement, competition, maintenance and manufacturing that all go towards making a successful and marketable car while still experiencing all of the topics associated with a traditional engineering qualification.

Training of technicians/engineers has undergone radical change since the introduction of complex electronic control systems of vehicles to meet with fuel economy demands and emission legislation.

This technology has resulted in technicians and engineers from either being mechanically orientated or electrically orientated, to one who has a good understanding of integration of all vehicle systems.

Other specialist areas of study including Data Acquisition & Dynamics, Alternative Powertrain Technology and Automotive Engineering that 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 Industrial Placement component of the HND’s have provided links with business and industry.  These help to ensure the applied vocational relevance of the courses offered. 

Staff also have current or recent active links with other organisations in a professional, consultancy or research capacity.  Links with such organisations are used directly to provide the students with real-world project and case study work. Through these valuable links the School can deliver technical training on the latest technology to students which meet the demandsof future employers and the globaltechnology marketplace. 

Modules List:

Year One - Level 4 - BSc/HND/HNC

  • Engineering Science
  • Analytical Methods and Study Skills
  • Engineering Design & Materials
  • Powertrain Technology
  • Engine Control Systems
  • Vehicle Systems

Year Two - Level 5 - BSc/HND

  • Industrial Placement & Team Management
  • Powertrain Design & Efficiency
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Emission Control & Diagnosis
  • Group Project & CAE
  • Data Acquisition & Dynamics

Year Three - Level 6 - BSc (Hons)

  • Research Methods & Projects
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Alternative Powertrain Technology
  • CAD & FEA
  • Sustainability through Technology

Engineering graduates are in demand and find employment quickly. You will have both specialist and transferable skills across a broad range of disciplines. Engineering positions have good salaries and financial security. Engineering qualifications prepare you for problem solving enabling you to improve the world we live in.

Other FACE Staff members delivering this programme.

Assessment is spread across the academic year and is a mixture of practical tests & presentations, classroom phase tests and assignment work, thus we hope to appeal to each students best way of learning while improving their weaker areas.

BSc (Hons) Automotive Engineering - UCAS CODE H332

Entry requirements is 96 UCAS points (previously 240) which can be gained through an apprenticeship or BTEC national/ AVC’s/ NVQ/ IMI Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Technology/Engineering. 

HND Automotive Engineering Engineering - UCAS CODE 043H

Entry requirements is 80 UCAS points (previously 200) which can be gained through an apprenticeship or BTEC national/ AVC’s/ NVQ/ IMI Level 3 in Motor Vehicle Technology/Engineering. 

Demonstrating that you enjoy a more vocational and practical aspects of engineering and wishing to further your studies. Your mathematics ability will be of a good standard but not yet to ‘A’ level. 

You are passionate about cars in general and particularly wish to pursue a career in the automotive industry as your ultimate goal. You may have already had some experience working with cars but this is not essential as we will give you the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the work placement module. 

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

The BSc & HND Portfolio seeks to educate and train professionals who are immediately useful to employers across a wide spectrum of engineering related activities. 

The portfolio is designed to exploit the present skill shortages on a local, regional and national scale.

Students leaving with an HND qualification, generally leave to find employment in a technicians’ position. This type of work will be mainly practical, based in a ‘shop floor’ environment, with the ability to develop and progress to a team leader’s position. 

BSc Graduates find employment throughout the automotive industry from component manufacturers to data engineers and other industry specialists.

The skills developed on the course are transferable to other industries many have moved into the wider automotive industry as well.

Those who qualify on the BSc program have ended up as design engineers with high-end vehicle manufactures as well as specialist component design companies.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

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. 

IEng accredited with 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 litre Ford Duratec engine using regulation throttle bodies and ECUs.

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