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Automotive Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECU156

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

An exciting area of engineering many children dream of working in; our Automotive Engineering BEng can be continued to master’s level.

If you have a passion for cars, an enthusiasm for engineering and design, together with excellent maths and IT skills, this professionally accredited course will help put your interests and practical skills to good use. 

Focusing on how engineering is used in automotive applications, this course enables you to qualify first at Bachelor, and then if you choose to follow the MENg pathway, a Master’s degree level, ideal for those seeking leadership positions in the development of new technologies and design of future vehicles. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of the design criteria required to create a successful brand and product, setting you on the path to registering and practising as a Chartered Engineer, if you successfully complete Master’s level study.

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

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the MEng route fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and the BEng route enables membership and registration as an affiliate member. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our students say

This course has given me a lot of opportunities due to the University’s connections with a wide range of well-known companies.

Emily Narey, BEng Automotive Engineering, currently Industrial Placement Automotive for The Lubrizol Corporation

Course information

Automotive engineers design, test and develop vehicles and/or components from concept to production.

In the first two years, you will study subjects that have been designed to broaden your perspective and understanding of the underlying engineering principles to bring you to a level where the detailed work in the automotive field can be studied. 

We will then focus purely on automotive subjects, considering engineering science as it is applied to automobile design, development and manufacture. You will be able to define your individual study plan, selecting from a range of options to complement core subjects in areas such as vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, engines and powertrain, noise vibration and harshness (NVH), finite element analysis (FEA), intelligent transport, durability and reliability, advanced materials and manufacture.

You will develop an awareness of the wider responsibilities to society, especially in terms of issues relating to ethics, health, safety and sustainability. We will share the corporate context of engineering, alongside the commercial and technical risks associated with innovation, enabling you to deal with new and unusual challenges in automotive engineering. 

You will have the opportunity to participate in individual and group projects in the final year that can be selected according to your personal interests or future aspiration. Group projects have involved JLR, TEREX, Formula Student, Shell Eco Marathon and Horiba MIRA, while recent individual projects have included: an examination of linear motor implementation for rear active steering in our Formula Student vehicle; modelling and simulation of active suspension systems with preview, using Simpack; improving air flow through engine inlet air boxes; and optimisation of an automotive component design and manufacturing cycle using latest generation CAE solutions and 3D printing.

95%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Manufacturing Technology and Materials

  • Mechanical Science

  • Design

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Engineering Applications

  • Electrical Science

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Vehicle Systems

  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

  • Thermofluid Mechanics

  • Analytical Modelling

  • Engineering Management

  • Design and Sustainability

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Study abroad

  • Professional placement

Overview

Modules

  • BEng

    • Individual project
    • Automotive Product Innovation
    • Automotive Engines and Vehicle Aerodynamics
    • Vehicle Dynamics
    • Vehicle Safety and Structures
    • Professional Development and Management


    Optional modules
    2 from the following:

    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Vehicle NVHs
    • Reliability and Durability
    • Intelligent Transport Systems
    • Advanced Materials and Manufacture
  • MEng

    • Individual project
    • Professional Development and Management
    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Extended Automotive Product Innovation
    • Extended Engines and Vehicle Aerodynamics
    • Extended Vehicle Dynamics
    • Extended Vehicle Safety and Structures

     

    Optional modules
    2 from the following:

    • Vehicle NVH
    • Reliability and Durability
    • Intelligent Transport Systems
    • Advanced Material’s and manufacturing

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Year 4 (MEng)

    • Individual Group Project
    • Individual Project
    • Vehicle Body Design and Analysis
    • Engineering Simulation and Analysis


    Optional modules
    2 from the following:

    • Powertrain Design and Vehicle Aerodynamics
    • Vehicle Ride and Handling
    • Structures Safety and Impact Analysis
2nd

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • High levels of student satisfaction – 95% overall and for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Opportunity to participate in fieldtrips which have included observing crash tests at the GM Milford site and a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA.
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Strong track record of graduate employability with 94% of BEng graduates employed or continuing their studies within six months (DLHE 2014/15) and 93% of those employed graduates in professional-level jobs.
  • 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 machinery and a laser workshop.

Strong employer links with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Prodrive, Lotus, MIRA, BMW, Unipart and Morgan

Our main study themes are:

  • Design: The innovative resolution of design problems focused on commercially viable solutions.
  • Analysis: You will learn to use industry standard software to model, analyse and validate vehicle behaviour, components and systems.
  • Management: The application of principles and practices utilised to assure effective business operation.
  • Sustainability: An ethical approach to work by protecting the best interests of life and the environment.
  • Practical: Investigation and analysis using laboratory, workshop and computer-based techniques.

Studied full-time over three years for BEng and four years for MEng, this course incorporates a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning. We motivate you to learn through stimulating activity, such as a project, problem, scenario, case study or enquiry in a classroom, laboratory or work setting. This has been proven to engage students and creates challenge, relevance, integration, professional awareness and variety to help you learn technical, personal and professional skills.

The full range of teaching methods include: lectures with associated practice, laboratory, workshop exercises and tutorials; problem-based learning in groups with tutor or industrial mentor support; group learning; formative modelling exercises; and independent research of library resources, the internet and engineering companies.

Between the second and third years of study, you have an opportunity to spend a year on placement or studying abroad. Our award-winning employability team, EC Futures, will help you secure the most appropriate placements, previously offered by BMW, Cummins, JLR, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Ricardo and TATA, with roles ranging from a ready engineer to stress and dynamics analyst in areas including vehicle assembly and powertrain development.

We motivate you to learn through stimulating activity, such as a project, problem, scenario, case study or enquiry in a classroom, laboratory or work setting.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods such as viva voce, exams, technical reports, portfolios etc.

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

  • Formal examinations 34%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 40%
  • Practical or project work 10%
  • Presentations, posters etc. 6%

In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

On the successful completion of 480 credits on the integrated Master’s course, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. In order to achieve the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits."

34% assessed by formal examinations

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply and demonstrate knowledge of science, processes, materials, design and management to solve problems of increasing complexity.
  • Search for and evaluate information sources to identify information essential to solving engineering problems.
  • Model, analyse and evaluate innovative automotive engineering systems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical analysis techniques to increase performance and efficiency.
  • Synthesise solutions to innovative engineering design problems, selecting appropriate instrumentation for the functional design of innovative engineering products and systems and to support development and test work.
  • Use test equipment and machines for experimental work to support product development.
  • Use commercial software in the solution of engineering problems and communicate graphically the design of a component or system through sketches, CAD etc.
  • 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.
  • 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.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical week you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial, later individual project supervision, every week.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars every week.
  • Large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 16-20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience. We invite international guest lectures, for example, a leading automotive engineering professor at Heilbronn University is giving our students a presentation on the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) research and the motion platform driving simulator they have built at Heilbronn.

We also provide opportunities to participate in a number of field trips, which in the past has included: test work at the GM proving ground; a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA; a tour of Hirata, a Japanese Tier 1 automotive supplier for Ford, Chrysler and GM; participation on a certificated training course with Altair on Inspire; and visits to Mahle Powertrain, the Univeristy of Michigan and Chrysler Building.

We also encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study. Previously students have studied at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and Esslingen University in Germany.

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 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

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)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

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 course has given me a lot of opportunities due to the University’s connections with a wide range of well-known companies.

Emily Narey, BEng Automotive Engineering, currently Industrial Placement Automotive for The Lubrizol Corporation

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU156
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
AAB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies D*DD-DDM in an Engineering subject to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians. 31 points to include Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher level 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to be assessed on an individual basis.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say

This course has given me a lot of opportunities due to the University’s connections with a wide range of well-known companies.

Emily Narey, BEng Automotive Engineering, currently Industrial Placement Automotive for The Lubrizol Corporation

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.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


January 2018

£9,250 (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


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


January 2018

£9,250 (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


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


January 2018

£14,104 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say

This course has given me a lot of opportunities due to the University’s connections with a wide range of well-known companies.

Emily Narey, BEng Automotive Engineering, currently Industrial Placement Automotive for The Lubrizol Corporation

Career prospects

Fully accredited by the IMechE, the course is as such recognised in industry, providing credibility of the technical standard of our graduates among employers.

Industry-related projects will give you a feel of what the demands and expectations will be in the workplace, as well as enabling you to practice and apply your skills to real engineering projects. You will also gain practical, hands-on experience in preparing, running and analysing results from experimental testing and numerical analysis. Students have experienced placements with: Honda, in new product introduction; Aston Martin, in special vehicle projects data acquisition; NP Aerospace, working on the new range of military vehicles; Eaton Trucks, in gearbox design; McLaren Automotive, in software test and evaluation; BMW, in vehicle trim and materials; and Cummins Engines, on engine development and build.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will 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.

90%

of our BEng graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

£25K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say

This course has given me a lot of opportunities due to the University’s connections with a wide range of well-known companies.

Emily Narey, BEng Automotive Engineering, currently Industrial Placement Automotive for The Lubrizol Corporation
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.