Motorsport Engineering - BSc | HND

  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering

100% of UWTSD’s Motorsport Engineering students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to – NSS 2018.

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. 

The first of its kind in the world, since then we have developed our courses so that you experience a number of applied and academic subjects with contemporary motorsport and automotive relevance, advised by our industry contacts, many of whom are graduates of the programme. 

98% of students think staff within the school are good at explaining things.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code (BSc): H334
UCAS Code (HND): 034H
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

School of Engineering
Contact Name:
Abigail Summerfield
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  • I have always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they function, so a career in engineering was inevitable. During my time studying at UWTSD the course offered me a healthy mixture of both theory and practical sessions. The teaching staff was made up of many who had spent a lot of time in industry in companies that someday I wanted to end up working for. They provided key insights how to get into industry and what it is really like. I found the support from teaching staff was second to none, their input on my final year helped guide me to where I wanted to go with my career after graduation. I am now an Aerodynamics Engineer working for Cummins Turbo Technologies, a global turbocharger manufacturer in R&D, primarily aerodynamics (design of compressor stages), and use the skills I learned at UWTSD on a daily basis.

    James SeabrightBSc (Hons) Motorsport, 2010

  • I have enjoyed this course as it has helped me develop my analytical skills, along with areas such as advanced engine technology for turbos. I have also been given excellent supervision for my gear box dissertation. Through this I have been able to research and make comparisons of different gear boxes. Another area I have really enjoyed is using Solidworks, as I really enjoy designing components.

    Chris CarrBSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

  • I enjoy the fact that we are given free-reign to work with high end equipment, as we are treated like engineers. The experience and knowledge base of the staff is great. I also enjoy the fact that you learn from your peers as well. I feel like we progressed hugely each year, from failing physics at A-Level to now achieving a distinction in Level 5 physics.

    Jack McConnellBSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

  • Mark Sandford, Tim Tudor and Andrew Gibson are very good lecturers. My main interest has been learning about data logging and studying hybrid vehicles is useful for both Automotive and Motorsport student futures.

    Ricardo PiresdaSilvaBSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

  • I believe the project is the best part because it allows you to choose a path in which to specialise – with the support of the lecturers and the use of facilities, machines and tools available. You can also have help from your CAD lecturers and the smaller class sizes makes it easier for people to ask questions that lead into great discussions.

    Dylan Gaul-RussellBSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

The BSc and 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.

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, laboratories and race tracks. 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 competitive 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 Race 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 both BSc & 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. 

Module 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
  • Race 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) Motorsport Engineering - UCAS CODE H334

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.

HND Motorsport Engineering - UCAS CODE 034H

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.

Demonstrating that you enjoy a more vocational and practical aspects of engineering and wishing to further your studies. Your math’s 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 a 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 motorsport 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/motorsport industry as well.

Those who qualify on the BSc program have ended up as design engineers with high end vehicle manufactures or race teams 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 liter Ford Duratec engine using regulation throttle bodies and ECUs.

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