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.