Motorsport Engineering MEng/BEng | 2017/18

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

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


May 2018



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With sales of £9 billion in the UK alone, the motorsport industry is a dynamic, highly competitive industry reliant on the skill and expertise of engineers to optimise all aspects of the design, build and testing of racing cars and bikes.

Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), this integrated Master’s course responds to the demand for motorsport engineers with strong analytical and problem solving skills to ensure the industry remains at the cutting edge of innovation.

With extensive links to well-known automotive companies like Jaguar Land Rover and Lotus, Coventry University has a long and prestigious automotive, transport and engineering heritage.

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


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 & Professional Recognition

Fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), successful completion of the MEng 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.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

What our students say...

“Motorsport Engineering is a great hands-on course, which pushes me to be a great engineer, team worker and pushes me to be the most employable graduate I can be.”

Heidi Dyer, BEng Motorsport Engineering, third year student in 2016/17

Course information

Motorsport engineers can work on the design, testing and production of performance vehicles or become part of a racing team responsible for improving performance before, during and after a race.

This course aims to further your analytical skills and knowledge of the fundamental scientific and managerial concepts of engineering required to carry out a comprehensive range of mechanically related tasks, in areas such as stress, temperature, kinematics and dynamics.

In the first year, you will have the opportunity to 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 motorsport can be studied.

You will then have the chance to specialise in performance engineering, covering design for performance, construction and operation of competition vehicles, alongside related aspects of materials science, aerodynamics, structural analysis, vehicle systems. We also aim to provide you with a sound understanding of the commercial context of motorsport engineering, together with the commercial and technical risks associated with innovation. The Formula project provides an all-round experience – from undertaking full cost analysis and producing the business and manufacturing case to designing a vehicle and planning a limited production run. Working to a set of international rules with fixed delivery targets and deadlines, you gain practical experience in planning, executing and reporting on a motorsport project. You will also have the opportunity to improve your digital literacy by submitting CAD models, technical drawings, design posters, as well as a couple of technical reports on their designs.

Throughout your study of this course, you should be able to 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. 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.

We will encourage you to use imagination and creativity to provide innovative solutions, so that you graduate with a set of skills that will enable you to progress rapidly to positions of responsibility providing technical, managerial and entrepreneurial leadership in specialist or interdisciplinary projects.


of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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  • Manufacturing Technology and Materials

  • Mechanical Science

  • Design

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Engineering Applications

  • Electrical Science


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.



  • Motorsport Development Engineering

  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

  • Thermofluid Mechanics

  • Analytical Modelling

  • Engineering Management

  • Design and Sustainability


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.





  • BEng

    • Motorsport Planning and Development 
    • Advanced Motorsport Development Engineering
    • Motorsport Powertrain 
    • Motorsport Vehicle Dynamics and Aerodynamics 
    • Motorsport Product Innovation 
    • Individual project
    • Professional Development and Management

    Optional Modules (One from the following):

    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Reliability and Durability
    • Advanced Materials and Manufacture
  • MEng

    • Extended Advanced Motorsport Development Engineering 
    • Extended Motorsport Product Innovation
    • Extended Motorsport Vehicle Dynamics and Aerodynamics 
    • Extended Motorsport Powertrain 
    • Motorsport Planning and Development 
    • Professional Development and Management 
    • Individual Project 
    • Finite Element Analysis 


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.



  • Individual Group Project

  • Individual Project

  • Advanced Motorsport Development 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

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

In more detail...

  • Regular lectures delivered by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
  • Close links with employers in the performance engineering industry, including Red Bull Racing, the Auto-Cycle Union, Lotus Cars, Penske Racing and Triumph Motorcycles.
  • 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 (subject to application and additional costs).
  • Accredited on behalf of the Engineering Council, successful completion automatically meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and constitutes part of the requirements for Chartered status.
  • 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 cutting-edge 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, 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.

Ranked 2nd best in the UK for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and 23rd in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

You will study subjects designed to broaden your knowledge of motorsport engineering, as well as to further your understanding of the fundamental concepts of engineering such as stress, temperature, kinematics and dynamics.

You will specialise in Performance Engineering, Design for Performance, Aerodynamics, Vehicle Dynamics, Powertrain, Advanced Materials and Manufacture, and the Motorsport Group Project.

Your main themes of study will be:

  • 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.

The programme can be studied full-time over three years for BEng and four years for MEng. It is structured to assimilate a variety of academic backgrounds and provide a basic grounding in the key engineering principles in the first year, reinforced with the use of practical laboratory sessions.

Your course features a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning. We encourage you to learn through stimulating activity, such as a project, problem, scenario, case study or enquiry in a classroom or laboratory. This practical approach has been proven to engage students and creates challenge, relevance, integration, professional awareness and variety to help you learn technical, personal and professional skills.

You will have the opportunity to dismantle a previous vehicle to learn how to improve your future designs, for example, and to better understand the design of individual motorsport systems work in groups to design and build a single seater racing car in the final year to be entered in the IMechE’s Formula Student competition. Past students have won the Fuel economy event in the competition and been the highest placed UK electric team. 

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. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

After the second year, you have the option of spending a year studying abroad or on professional placement. Previous students worked for McLaren Automotive in software test and evaluation and Cummins Engines on engine development and build.

We try to organise a range of fieldtrips across all years of study, which recently led to second year students attending the Autosport International Show in Birmingham and the third-year students attending the Professional World Motorsport Expo in Cologne (subject to availability and additional costs).  

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 35%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 40%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters etc.: 5%

35% assessed by examinations

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Analysis of the performance of products and systems associated with motorsport by selectively using appropriate engineering science and mathematics.
  • Evaluation of the significance of the properties of current and future materials used in automotive engineering, and more specifically motorsport vehicle structures and power plant, to make appropriate material selections.
  • Selection of manufacturing processes appropriate to the fabrication and forming of motorsport components and systems.
  • Selection of appropriate design tools and methodologies and their use in producing and communicating design solutions.
  • The commercial and economic context within which motorsport activities take place, identification of changes within this environment and their effects on viability of motorsport events.
  • Constraints and regulations within which motorsport operates, and their influence on vehicle design and safety. 


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Model and analyse established engineering systems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical analysis techniques.
  • Synthesise solutions to develop engineering designs appropriate to the application.
  • Select appropriate instrumentation and systems to support development and test work.
  • Search for and evaluate information sources to identify information essential to solving engineering problems.
  • Use test equipment for experimental work to support product development.
  • Use commercial software in the solution of engineering problems.
  • Communicate graphically the design of a component or system through sketches, CAD, etc.
  • Practise general and specific workshop skills to an appropriate standard. 

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, e.g. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and this course aims to produce the world’s best motorsport engineers.

We regularly invite international guest lectures; for example, a leading automotive engineering professor at Heilbronn University recently gave 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 have 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 University of Michigan and Chrysler Building.

You will be encouraged to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study (subject to application and availability). Previously, students have studied at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and Esslingen University in Germany. We have also started an online international learning (OIL) project with FACENS University in Brazil linking the Formula student team with their Brazilian counterparts to discuss designs and implementation of the vehicle.

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)


Student experiences

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


and counting

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


global programmes

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

What our students say...

“Motorsport Engineering is a great hands-on course, which pushes me to be a great engineer, team worker and pushes me to be the most employable graduate I can be.”

Heidi Dyer, BEng Motorsport Engineering, third year student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU180
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 Engineering to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians 31 points to include Maths at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English, Maths, or specified equivalents


A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, 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

Considered 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.

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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...

“Motorsport Engineering is a great hands-on course, which pushes me to be a great engineer, team worker and pushes me to be the most employable graduate I can be.”

Heidi Dyer, BEng Motorsport Engineering, third year student in 2016/17

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.



May 2018

£9,250 (per year)


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.



May 2018

£9,250 (per year)


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!



May 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.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Safety equipment and project materials

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas Formula Student/Shell Eco-marathon competitions - £400+ per trip

What our students say...

“Motorsport Engineering is a great hands-on course, which pushes me to be a great engineer, team worker and pushes me to be the most employable graduate I can be.”

Heidi Dyer, BEng Motorsport Engineering, third year student in 2016/17

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, thus improving your career prospects.

Industry-related projects should 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 motorsport engineering projects. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in preparing, running and analysing results from experimental testing and numerical analysis.

Careers options include becoming a race mechanic or race engineer or roles as a manufacturing assistant engineer, composites laminator, design engineer, dimensional management engineer or operations manager in motorsport engineering or related industries.

This degree meets an identified need for graduate level professionals to work in specialist areas such as vehicle/component design, powertrain and chassis development and testing, as well as supervisory and business roles. Our graduates have secured positions with teams such as Red Bull, Williams, Ducati, Triumph, Pilbeam Racing, McLaren and Prodrive.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, 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.


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

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Some recent student placements include: 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.


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

What our students say...

“Motorsport Engineering is a great hands-on course, which pushes me to be a great engineer, team worker and pushes me to be the most employable graduate I can be.”

Heidi Dyer, BEng Motorsport Engineering, third year student in 2016/17

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.