Automotive Engineering - MSc

Attendance:
MSc - Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
January 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£6,900 Per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

Our MSc Automotive Engineering course will teach you the skills you need to become a skilled engineer, capable of undertaking related tasks within and across different organisations.

What's covered in the course?

The course will encourage creative thinking and the development of engineering leadership skills, as well as teaching you how to solve problems through research. You’ll engage in independent study, advancing your understanding and developing new skills.

In addition to further academic research opportunities, career prospects are expected to keep pace with the rapid advances in computer aided methods and intelligent technologies, hence, there is expected to be continuing demand for competent, versatile postgraduates who can design and implement innovative solutions for industry.

Why Choose Us?

  • 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.
  • Our accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) keeps our course fresh and relevant, as well as providing us with key industry contacts and insight.

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

This course is open to International students

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Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

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 2018 FT 15 months £6,900 Per year
PT 28 months £3,450 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 2018 FT 15 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 in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Course duration

Please note, there are no classes over the summer months (June to August) for postgraduate courses, so the total time spent in University for this course is:

  • September start (full-time) 12 months
  • September start (part-time) 20 months
  • January start (full-time) 15 months
  • January start (part-time) 20 months

Personal statement

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

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

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

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements

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*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

Module

Research Methods
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with a foundation for academic research skills employed in all modules, but particularly the Master’s dissertation. This will enhance your learning experience, so your research is both industry-relevant and academically valuable. You will learn to evaluate the conceptual nature of research philosophies and methods, appraise existing literature to develop a literature review using appropriate research methods and techniques, design a poster presentation which outlines integrated and analysed data using appropriate research methods and techniques, and make critical judgements on the applicability of appropriate professional skills and research ethics within a given research context.

Advanced Powertrains and Control
20 credits

In this module you will analyse, model, and simulate state of the art alternative power units, including dual fuel and hybrid systems. You will apply a variety of techniques to design controllers that meet required emissions regulation, fuel economy, and performance standards. In particular, you will explore the potential for the application of modern controllers to coordinate and control auxiliary power and the associated subsystems. You will conduct independent research into a current industry problem, reporting your research findings and solutions.  

Control Engineering
20 credits

In this module you will utilise mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory to model systems, using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. You will then use time and frequency response methods to design controllers for linear systems, applying pole placement techniques using both input-output and state-feedback approaches. You will then extend these to observer design and LQR optimisation. Studying in this module will involve traditional lectures and tutorials, and you will also use industry-standard software for problem-solving within a coursework-based assessment. 

Advanced Dynamics
20 credits

This module will provide you with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard design, analysis, and simulation capability, and you will become competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. You will critically appraise the use of new and emerging technologies and their impact on the design and manufacture of components; model and analyse vibrations in solids; build simulation models for the purposes of the control of dynamic systems; and develop and evaluate linear dynamic models of automotive and mechanical components. 

Advanced Systems Engineering
20 credits

This module will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental concepts that underpin continuum mechanics, with a focus on the analysis techniques employed on the more common components and structures. You will use advanced failure analysis techniques to determine and analyse stresses and deformations in complex engineering components, and you will consider how this is applied for design assurance purposes. You will also develop an understanding of the behaviour of solids under two or three dimensional stress fields, and the limitations imposed by assumptions and boundary conditions. 

Vehicle Control Systems
20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to design light duty and autonomous vehicles using modelling, simulation, and design of control features within an appropriate software environment. You will analyse and evaluate hybrid-electric vehicle architectures, synthesise alternative vehicle models for motion and stability control, apply a variety of techniques for the control of ¼ and ½ car models, and design robust optimum controllers for the purposes of ABS and traction control. 

Individual Master’s Project
60 credits

You will undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project, exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying and informed by the research strategy of your school. You should also consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development. You are expected to work independently but will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area.

Knowledge and understanding are acquired though formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, and a range of independent learning activities. Emphasis is placed on guided, self-directed and student-centred learning with a progressively increasing independence of approach, thought and process. This independent learning includes an element of peer review in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning.

Lectures are used to introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in seminars. Technology enhanced learning is used, where appropriate, through the provision of online resources, discussion forums and other activities. Analytical and problem-solving skills are further developed using a range of appropriate 'real' and 'theoretical' case studies and problem-based learning scenarios.

You will be supported by a personal tutor based at the University, who will see you for regular one-to-one meetings. These meetings will generally take place at the beginning of each semester and at the end of the academic year.

The course has an emphasis on active and participative education, including practical learning, problem-based learning and group work, which will develop their skills of analysis, synthesis, decision making and the ability to cope with new and unfamiliar problems.

A range of assessment methods are employed with associated assessment criteria. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods such as coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts, and project work.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The course is accredited by IMechE, ensuring our content remains fresh, relevant and replete with key industry information.

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

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.

OpportUNIty

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.

Graduate stories

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, powertrain development engineering in the automotive industry, and design and performance engineering.

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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

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.

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Popular home countries

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

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

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