student inspecting an engine

BEng(Hons)

Automotive Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
H331
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Dr Jason Matthews
Key fact:
Get your career off to a strong start by gaining experience through factory visits, professional briefings and testing your designs using our modern automotive simulator.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study automotive engineering?

The automotive industry is set for global growth over the next decade.

Environmental challenges mean new vehicles must be cleaner and more efficient, while urbanisation is driving a need for better transport solutions.

This will create demand for professionals with knowledge and skills in automotive design and manufacture.

Why UWE Bristol?

BEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering gives you a strong grounding in mathematics, design, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.

Study automotive manufacturing, engine systems, vehicle dynamics, materials, structures and safety. Gain hands-on experience, testing designs for automotive projects using our facilities.

Investigate an engineering problem that interests you, while developing engineering, project management and report writing skills.

Learn from industry experts and attend factory visits and professional briefings from leading automotive organisations to gain insight into the industry.

Complete work placements in areas like product development, vehicle dynamics and design, and manufacturing. Compete with our multi-disciplinary team UWE Formula Student, which regularly succeeds at the annual Formula Student competition.

Build the experience you need to decide where to specialise and succeed on graduation.

Where can it take me?

Careers range from automotive design to manufacture and maintenance. You could help research the next wave of green and sustainable transport technologies.

Depending on your second year results, you could transfer to our four-year MEng Automotive Engineering course, which would give you a master's rather than a bachelor's degree.

With a MEng, you fully meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy and Thermodynamics.

Year two

You will study:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Design and Electromechanical Systems
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Stress Analysis
  • Dynamics
  • Project Management.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Year three

You will study:

  • Dynamics and Structures
  • Computational Methods
  • Individual Project.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Business Environment
  • Industrial Placement
  • Engineering and Society.

And one optional module from:

  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Motorsport Performance.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through a mix of lectures and tutorials, experimental laboratory work, engineering fabrication, drawing and design, computing and application-based mini projects.

Attend regular talks with professionals from organisations such as McLaren, Triumph and Jaguar Land Rover.

See automotive engineering in action at facilities such as Castle Combe, Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing facility and Nissan's technical R&D centre.

Get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost your skills and experience. Our UWE Formula Student team represents disciplines across UWE Bristol. Reflecting real-world practice, the team work on the business, marketing and costing of their race car, as well as the engineering.

Showcase your work to employers and the public at our annual Environment and Technology degree show.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
129%71%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
319%81%0%100%

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of examinations and assignments. Some modules will include formal presentations as part of the assessment.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
167%28%5%100%
258%41%1%100%
350%46%4%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has awarded accreditation to this course. If you complete an IMechE accredited degree you will be deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer, putting you in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry. This accreditation underlines the strong emphasis that UWE Bristol places on employability.

Placements

Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

On a work placement, you will be able to apply your engineering knowledge at a choice of stages in the automotive industry. Past students have completed placements with JCB, Prodrive, Nissan and Vauxhall as well as smaller dynamic companies in and around the region. Work with these can range from product development, vehicle dynamics and design, to manufacturing.

Study facilities

You will apply what you've learnt and develop vital professional skills, using the latest simulation equipment. As well as helping you develop the practical simulator skills demanded by employers, this equipment will enable you to assess performance before concepts are built. Here, you will test:

  • designs on our state-of-the-art driving simulator that utilises a Formula One monocoque and a wrap-around screen and can be programmed to test concepts on any car type and test-drive these on a range of terrains
  • fuelling and ignition systems on our dedicated motorcycle rolling road.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

You could work in automotive research and development, design, manufacture and maintenance.

With green transport technologies a focus of future transport developments, opportunities for eco-minded automotive engineers are predicted to increase.

Depending on your second year results, you could transfer to our four-year MEng Automotive Engineering course, which would give you a master's rather than a bachelor's degree.

With a MEng, you fully meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade C or above in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: One of the following BTEC Diplomas: Aeronautical Engineering; Applied Science; Construction and the Built Environment; Electrical / Electronic Engineering; Engineering; Land-based Technology; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; or Operations and Maintenance Engineering. Must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Mathematics for Technicians; Further Engineering Mathematics; Further Mathematics for Construction and the Built Environment or Further Mathematics for Construction. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit in Mathematics and 15 in another science or technology subject. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 5 in higher level Mathematics and a pass at higher level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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