Automotive Engineering MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT041

Study options:

1 year full-time
3 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)

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Overview

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 could provide you with technical and managerial skills and expertise that are highly sought after by the automotive industry.

This highly focused course has been developed in consultation with our impressive network of industry partners, including Jaguar Land Rover. It also draws on the industrial experience of academics and research activity covering the major specialisms, such as aerodynamics, propulsion systems, vehicle safety, vehicle dynamics and connected vehicles.

We aim to 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. This could lead to a career as an automotive engineering specialist in a wide range of engineering, manufacturing, and service organisations.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

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

Course information

The course is designed to further your knowledge 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. You will have the chance to 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 to equip you with the skills and knowledge to analyse and assess commercial risks, management and business practices associated with the introduction of innovation in new situations and environments.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

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 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.

Without work placement pathway


Semester 1
  • Project Management
  • Engineering Simulation and Analysis
  • Design Principles and Practice
  • CAV Contextualisation
Semester 2
  • Ground Vehicle Dynamics
  • Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation
  • Dynamics Theme Viva
Semester 3
  • Individual project

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Project Management
  • Engineering Simulation and Analysis
  • Design Principles and Practice
  • CAV Contextualisation
Semester 2
  • Ground Vehicle Dynamics
  • Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Propulsion Systems
  • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation
  • Dynamics Theme Viva
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Individual project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • This course had high levels of student satisfaction of 98%, above the sector average of 80% (2017 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 and Goodwood Festival of Speed.
  • Study in our £50m 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 and a range of CNC machines.

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.
  • Design Principles and Practice: 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.
  • 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.
  • Advanced Propulsion Systems Advanced Propulsion Systems With an emphasis on application, you study the major aspects of the powertrain in motor vehicles, encompassing the areas of engine performance, 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.
  • 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.
  • Connected Vehicles:This module aims to introduce the holistic concept of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) with the overall purpose of enabling an understanding of the necessity for cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary working practices to successfully and sustainably design and engineer CAVs of the future.

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 13-week blocks. 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: lectures, web-based learning, seminars discussions, tutorials, laboratory testing, computer laboratory sessions and case studies.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include reports, tests, practical coursework and presentations.

The Coventry University assessment strategy aims to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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, connected vehicles, 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, for example working on course assignments, attending laboratory sessions.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


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 of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

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


September 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


UK 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 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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 2019

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

Please note that field trips in this course may be subject to additional costs.

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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 you work for from day one.

Industry-related projects will give you a feel of what the demands and expectations will be at you 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 employability and placements unit EEC 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.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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