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Automotive Engineering MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT093

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018

 

Fees:
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Overview

You can gain experience and take advantage of our links with industry leaders like Aston Martin and JLR on our Automotive Engineering MSc.

In the modern world of vehicle design and manufacture, companies require engineers who are highly qualified and possess specialised skills. 

If you have an interest in road vehicles and a mechanical or automotive background, this course will provide you with technical and managerial skills and expertise that are highly sought after by the automotive industry. We will equip you with the knowhow to design and test vehicles that are more fuel efficient, refined and safe, by studying the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems, examining individual components and entire vehicles. Both could lead to careers as Automotive Engineering specialists in a wide range of engineering, manufacturing, and service organisations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

"This highly specialised course is very well structured, enriching students with an automotive technologies and related systems skill set. It has helped me to secure related employment.”

Atul Gupta, India, MSc Automotive Engineering, graduated 2012, now Methodology Engineer, AVL

Course information

The course is designed to further your knowledge of all of the key aspects related to the automotive sector, from managing projects to design, analysis and the introduction and implementation of new technologies within the sector.

It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of design processes and the ability to generate innovative designs for products, systems, components or processes. We will develop, learn and apply new theories, concepts and methods in novel and challenging situations, analysing emerging technologies, analytical techniques and assessing their limitations. We aim equip you with the skills and knowledge to analyse and assess commercial risks, management and business practices, associated with the introduction in new situations and environments. 

There is a strong component of Computer Aided Engineering across the modules studied. From Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Multibody Simulations (MBS). You will have the opportunity to use or improve your existing knowledge of state-of-the-art engineering simulation software currently in use in the automotive sector. You will get the chance to apply mathematical and computer-based models for solving problems in untried areas and environments.

Modules

Overview

Modules

In more detail...

  • High levels of student satisfaction of 91%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Opportunity to participate in UK fieldtrips with costs partially funded by the University. Recent industrial visits have included JLR Whitley.
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • On and off site access to commercial engineering software, such as 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multibody Systems for design and simulation, as well as training in industry standard Catia, HyperWorks, STAR-CCM+, SIMPACK software.
  • Access to extensive facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machines.

100% of our employed graduates were in professional-level jobs after six months (DLHE 2014/15).

Your main study themes are:

  • Engineering Project Management: The study of a range of techniques and practices relating to product requirement specification, project teams, resource planning, documentation and reporting, covering financial costs, health and safety risk assessments, equipment and facilities.

  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE): A practical introduction to the role of CAE in the process of engineering design, development, production and verification, examining design methods and criteria and its relationship with production methods, efficiency, processing choices and part variation from design nominal dimensional values. 

  • Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH): The dynamics and acoustics required in NVH design analysis, testing and development. 

  • Engineering Simulation and Analysis: Understanding the use of advanced engineering methods based on Design of Experiments (DOE) and Optimisation in the investigation of complex problems where FEA (Finite Element Analysis) based problems will be addressed, like the interaction between aerodynamics phenomena, road loading data and structural integrity.  

  • Ground Vehicle Dynamics: The study of ground vehicle dynamics as applied to wheeled vehicles, covering the areas of vehicle ride and handling, vehicle suspension and steering systems from analytical, modelling and practical viewpoints.

  • Powertrain and Engine Dynamics: With an emphasis on application, you study the major aspects of the powertrain in motor vehicles, encompassing the areas of engine performance and its relation to engine transmission, the dynamic force and vibration of engine and transmission parts.

  • Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics: This covers the underlying principles governing the flow behaviour associated with ground vehicles aerodynamics, crucial both for road and race cars. Wind tunnel testing will be performed alongside Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, as part of the aerodynamic development of scale models, to analyse the flow pattern around the body and optimize the design based on the findings.

  • Alternative Propulsion Systems: An overview of different powertrain layouts and vehicle propulsion systems which use alternative fuels, generally direct energy sources that are not fossil fuels. The economic feasibility of alternative propulsion systems will be considered in relation to a set of typical drive cycles. Electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, hydrogen powered vehicles, battery technology and the technicalities of these propulsion systems in relation to infrastructure and vehicle design will be covered. The modern combustion engine will also be considered with respect to improvements and also to form a basis for comparison.

This course, which has two entry points in September and January, can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. Tuition is conducted in 16-week blocks, including three weeks of study break prior to the examination period. There are four modules per semester taught in the first two semesters, followed by the individual project in Semester Three. The programme runs over one year for full-time students and three years for part-time students. Part-time students would study one semester each year and work on their individual project in the third year. 

Emphasis is placed on an Activity Led Learning (ALL) approach with group work introduced on a number of modules to help you develop transferrable skills and to ensure you are industry ready.

You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research on industry related or academic topics as part of the Individual Project module. Recent projects have covered topics as diverse as combustion, heat transfer, aerodynamics, vehicle systems, stress and dynamics, instrumentation, renewable energy, design and manufacturing.

Teaching methods will be used: lectures, web-based learning, seminars discussions, tutorials, laboratory testing, computer laboratory sessions and case studies.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of taught modules is assessed by a combination of group and individual coursework. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve above 40% to pass.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows: 

  • Reports: 60%
  • Practical coursework: 30%
  • Presentations: 10%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma

60% assessed by reports

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply and demonstrate understanding of the basic theoretical principles and practical techniques used in the solution of engineering problems related to powertrain, aerodynamics, noise and vibration, vehicle dynamics and vehicle systems. 
  • Apply computer based material and manufacturing process selection packages to determine the optimum materials for specific applications and conditions.
  • Apply engineering management and design tools in the automotive product development process.
  • Design, assess and analyse vehicle structure components and assemblies using both experimental and numerical methods and redesign components, systems or entire vehicle systems in line with legislation and safety test procedures for vehicle occupants and pedestrians.  
  • Assess the business case for a project, analysing the benefits, uncertainties and risks, including an analysis of stakeholder needs, expectations and their associated impact on the project. 
  • Critically analyse the engineering results from a problem associated with stress analysis, aerodynamics, dynamics, noise and vibrations. 
  • Differentiate between material and process capabilities for component manufacture, as well as proposing material/process combinations for cost efficient and optimum manufacture. 
  • Critically assess and evaluate how to incorporate new technologies within existing vehicles to increase performance and efficiency. 
  • Plan and implement a strategy, using selected computer tools, for the modelling, simulation and analysis of typical vehicle performance tests ensuring an efficient and effective contribution to the vehicle design process. 
  • Understand the requirements of a project develop work plans and ensure all the deliverables are met at set deadlines and the project is kept on track from start to finish. 

In a typical week you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of seminars/tutorials each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments, attending laboratory sessions.

We collaborate with other universities across the globe in Online International Learning (OIL) projects. A recent project piloted last year in conjunction with VIT India was focusing on the vehicle cross wind sensitivity. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

"This highly specialised course is very well structured, enriching students with an automotive technologies and related systems skill set. It has helped me to secure related employment.”

Atul Gupta, India, MSc Automotive Engineering, graduated 2012, now Methodology Engineer, AVL

Entry Requirements

You will have an undergraduate degree in an automotive, mechanical or closely related subject. You may have equivalent professional experience.

You will have an undergraduate degree in an automotive, mechanical or closely related subject. You may have equivalent professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

You will have an undergraduate degree in an automotive, mechanical or closely related subject. You may have equivalent professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

"This highly specialised course is very well structured, enriching students with an automotive technologies and related systems skill set. It has helped me to secure related employment.”

Atul Gupta, India, MSc Automotive Engineering, graduated 2012, now Methodology Engineer, AVL

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

"This highly specialised course is very well structured, enriching students with an automotive technologies and related systems skill set. It has helped me to secure related employment.”

Atul Gupta, India, MSc Automotive Engineering, graduated 2012, now Methodology Engineer, AVL

Career prospects

The course has a strong focus on the current demands of the automotive industry and will provide you with an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge required to be able to start making a positive contribution to the company they work for from day one.

Industry-related projects will give you a feel of what the demands and expectations will be at their future workplace, as well as enabling you to practice and apply your skills to real engineering projects. You can also gain practical, hands-on experience in preparing, running and analysing results from experimental testing and numerical analysis.

The Faculty enjoys close links with employers in the performance engineering industry, including Red Bull Racing, the Auto-Cycle Union, Lotus Cars, Penske Racing and Triumph Motorcycles, as well global manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover, Prodrive, MIRA, Whale Tankers and BAE Systems.

As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our Master’s provides a route into many careers with the global automotive engineering industry. Many of our graduates have gone on to work for JLR, Honda, Bentley and a large number of OEMs.

What our students say...

"This highly specialised course is very well structured, enriching students with an automotive technologies and related systems skill set. It has helped me to secure related employment.”

Atul Gupta, India, MSc Automotive Engineering, graduated 2012, now Methodology Engineer, AVL
Disclaimer

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