Automotive Engineering - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
January 2017
£6,500 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), our automotive engineering PGCert/PgDip/MSc qualification will help you pursue a career as a highly skilled automotive design engineer.

You’ll become accomplished in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques and develop the skills required to design and analyse components and systems within the dynamic automotive environment.

You should hold a minimum Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. However, if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills you need to successfully complete the course, we can consider your application without a degree-level qualification.

What's covered in the course?

The modules studied in this highly rigorous, hands-on course are directly relevant to industry’s current and expected future needs.

You’ll be based at City Centre Campus, where you’ll benefit from a stimulating learning environment that will develop your knowledge and application of skills in industry-relevant subjects.

You’ll be introduced to industry-standard, sophisticated computer-based tools, such as mechanism analysis, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis and solid modelling, and have the opportunity to apply them to real engineering problems.

You’ll also use virtual reality as a tool for the representation and behavioural simulation of components and systems within vehicles.

It’s a course that will prepare you for a career in areas such as commercial research and development, powertrain development engineering in the automotive industry, or design and performance engineering. This is why the qualification is so highly regarded by employers.

We have strong academic and research links with business and industry, such as Morgan Motor Company, and work closely with leading international technology and engineering solution partners.

You’ll receive the support of expert staff who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in the automotive sector.


Why Choose Us?

  • The School is based at Millennium Point, part of our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, which has outstanding resources and facilities.
  • We’re a lighthouse member of the SAP University Alliance Programme and are also working with leading international technology and engineering solution provider Technosoft, providing our students with access to the latest industry-standard computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools.
  • We’re a recognised leader in education, training and business solutions, offering a wide range of courses that benefit from active engagement with regional, national and international industry - giving students the best possible introduction to modern engineering.
  • The School is the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc – a major software solutions provider to international business and the US Government, giving our students access to industry-standard tools such as ProE.
  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
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Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 3pm and 8pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.

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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Rolls Royce LTD

And in jobs such as:

  • Manufacturing Engineer Capability Acquisitions

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Entry Requirements

UK students

We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2017 FT 17 months £6,500 per year
PT 29 months £3,250 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2017 FT 17 months £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

15 credits

You’ll study advanced industrial-standard design, analysis and simulation capability, and investigate advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module will provide a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Digital Design and Analysis
15 credits
15 credits

The module aims to provide a foundation for academic research skills, in particular the Masters dissertation. This will enhance your learning experience, while providing a research output which is industrially relevant.

Product Life Cycle Management
15 credits

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

Hybrids and Sustainable Technologies
15 credits

This module will develop your advanced skills in engine, driveline, and vehicle design and control technologies as used by the industry. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of modern automotive systems and processes, and their application within industry. You’ll also have a thorough and broad technology grounding in alternative powertrain systems.

15 credits

You’ll study complex analytical tools for engine, driveline and vehicle design – all of which are increasingly used by the industry. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of modern automotive systems and processes, and their application within industry, by developing a thorough grounding of technology, supported by relevant design and analysis experiences.

Vehicle Ride and Refinement
15 credits
15 credits

Stage 3: Masters

Masters Project
60 credits

Our well-equipped workshops and laboratories enhance students' educational experience, providing a bridge between theoretical learning and hands-on teaching to prepare them for a career in industry.

Our course is divided into three semesters and structured in a way that is directly relevant to industry’s current and expected future needs.

You will be supported through this 13-month course (17 months, if you start in January, or 29 months if taking the course on a part-time basis) through tutorials and electronic communication methods.

You will be taught by experienced academic staff, many of the have worked in industry for a number of years and bring with them a wealth of skills and knowledge. You will be become skilled in the use of industry standard software such as

  • Matlab/Simulink
  • Ansys
  • ADAMS Mechanisms

Further Study

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Enhancing your employability skills

Graduates typically forge rewarding careers in academic research, further study or commercial Research and Development (R&D)

This course aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of modern automotive systems and processes, and their application within industry. It will relate to the requirements of new global, environmental infrastructure and economic drivers.

There is high demand throughout the automotive industry for engineers who can demonstrate that they have both a detailed academic knowledge and advanced practical skills. Employers are also keen to employ people who can design and analyse complex systems and components within the automotive engineering environment.

Our graduates have gone on to do further academic research/study, commercial research and development (R&D), powertrain development engineering in the automotive industry, and design and performance engineering.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Student stories

Graduate William Murray discusses his time on MSc Automotive Engineering course and his industry placement at Cobra Seats. He says that the course provided in-depth insight and skills in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques, and the ability to design and analyse components and systems within the automotive environment..

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our automotive engineering course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

More about our facilities

Man-Fai Yau

Senior Lecturer

Man-Fai has 10 years' experience in private sector industry, two years' with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and 12 years' university lecturing.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295