Connected Autonomous Vehicles MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

EECT047

Study options:

1 year full-time
3 years part-time
2 years full-time with work placement

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
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Course code:

EECT047

Study options:

1 year full-time
3 years part-time
2 years full-time with work placement

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

EECT047

Study options:

1 year full-time
3 years part-time
2 years full-time with work placement

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

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 innovative 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 and Aston Martin. It also draws on the industrial experience of academics and research activity which covers the major specialisms such as functional safety, optimisation techniques, propulsion systems, vehicle dynamics, human factors, connected and autonomous vehicles simulation and testing

We aim to equip you with the know-how to design and test vehicles that are more fuel efficient, refined and safe, by studying industry desired principles of design, operation, performance, safety and optimisation of automotive systems, as required to engineer a Connected Autonomous Vehicle. 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', which if secured, can be carried out in the second year and 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 payable on completion of ‘work placement’.

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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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

Accreditation & Professional Recognition Heading

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute

As part of this course, you will undertake the Creativity, Change and Innovation professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2021-22 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost. Further details can be found under the ‘course detail’ tab and on the Professional Development module homepage.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Students on this course can apply for student membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and also the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) at no additional cost.


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Affiliate Membership of CMI on enrolment onto this course.

Course information

This course is designed to further your knowledge of the key aspects related to the automotive sector, with a focus on engineering of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). Content has been selected with industry demands in mind, aiming to provide you with desirable skills including optimisation techniques, functional safety of systems, understanding the challenges of CAV as well as CAV application in collaboration with our research institutes.

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

Without work placement pathway

Semester One
  • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation (CMI)
  • Simulation Testing and Validation
  • Optimisation techniques
  • CAV Contextualisation
Semester Two
  • CAV Dynamics
  • CAV functional safety
  • Powertrain Electrification and Thermal Management
  • Human Factors and CAV Design
Semester Three
  • Individual Project

‘With work placement’ pathway

The ‘With work placement’ pathway enables you to apply for an optional 12 month work placement module, 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.

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

Find out more about the  work placement option.

In semester six of this pathway, you will undertake an individual study project related to your work placement or from a list of projects.

Semester One
  • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation (CMI)
  • Simulation Testing and Validation
  • Optimisation techniques
  • CAV Contextualisation
Semester Two
  • CAV Dynamics
  • CAV functional safety
  • Powertrain Electrification and Thermal Management
  • Human Factors and CAV Design
Semester Three
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester Four
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester Five
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester Six
  • Individual Project

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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...

  • Coventry University has a strong portfolio of industry-related research, which includes the £32 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) in partnership with Unipart Manufacturing Group and The Institute for Future Transport and Cities.
  • Opportunity to participate in UK field trips with costs partially funded by the university. Recent industrial visits have included JLR Whitley and Goodwood Festival of Speed. Please note that field trips are subject to available and may incur additional costs.
  • Opportunity to study in our £50m Engineering and Computing building, and new £25 million Beatrice Shilling building.
  • On and off site access to commercial engineering software, such as 3D CAD, Finite Element Analysis, and Multibody Systems for design and simulation.
  • 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, Cruden motion driving simulators, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet and a range of CNC machines.

Your main study themes are:

  • Functional Safety: Understanding of Functional Safety Engineering, automotive cybersecurity and relevant legislation around Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). The module delivery covers the ISO26262 and ISO21434 standards (Road vehicles – Functional safety and cybersecurity engineering) and how they are applied in vehicle systems and their subsystems.
  • Simulation, Testing and Validation: The study of advanced theory, methods and tools for simulating, testing and validating the behaviour of Connected & Automated Vehicles. The focus will be on safety and particularly on the implementation of systematic methods for identifying the limitations of state-of-the-art the system. This will be achieved by exploring, analysing and critically evaluating real-life use cases.
  • Human Factors: Introduction to the key principles of Human Factors when considering autonomous vehicles, and specifically the interaction between such systems and the human, covering human-autonomy interaction and different aspects of human processing and how this is related to human performance and perception.
  • Optimisation Techniques: Introduction to advanced concepts of optimisation principles and techniques applicable across a wide range of engineering disciplines. These key principles will predominately be based on mathematical principles as well as heuristic and meta-heuristic rules.
  • CAV 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 in respect to autonomous vehicles.
  • Powertrain Electrification and Thermal Management: With an emphasis on application, you can 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, battery technology, thermal management and the technicalities of these propulsion systems in relation to infrastructure and vehicle design will be explored.
  • 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 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 currently study one semester each year and work on their individual project in the third year. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please  request information about studying this course part-time.

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, electric vehicle technology, autonomous transport, aerodynamics, vehicle systems, stress and dynamics, instrumentation, renewable energy, design and manufacturing.

Teaching methods may comprise: 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.

Please note assessment methods may be subject to change.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Select and apply appropriate systematic analysis methods to critically evaluate and solve complex CAV engineering problems.
  • Analyse and critically assess CAV structures and systems using analytical modelling, experimental techniques and numerical simulations.
  • Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging CAV technology.
  • Critically assess the use of CAVs to address and mitigate societal challenges, improving environmental and social welfare.
  • Identify CAV engineering research activities in a way that contributes to sustainable development.
  • Demonstrate the application of legal and ethical requirements associated with CAVs in an industrial and/or societal context.
  • Apply the necessary study and research skills to support the analytical, critical and reflective requirements of written, oral and group assessments.
  • Contribute to a multi-cultural team demonstrating international competency with the necessary planning, reviewing, adaptability, drive and leadership to achieve the required objectives and work schedules.
  • Efficiently communicate research, concepts, solutions and recommendations, and demonstrate a professional approach to written and oral presentations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the requirements of a particular semester. You will study two taught semesters and one project semester over the course of the year. For taught semesters, in a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongst personal tutorials, medium group teaching in tutorial sessions, labs and workshops activities as well as large group teaching in lectures. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study approximately 30-35 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week in the taught semesters. Your project-based semester will be supervisor supported, self-directed study in the region of 45 hours per week as well as supervisor meetings around 1 hour per week and optional workshops supporting your project, which can add up to 10 additional hours across your project semester.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience, which is reflected throughout the teaching experience. The course has previously recruited diverse international graduates and promotes multicultural experiences.

International field trips which may be provided through the Global Leaders Programme (GLP) are subject to a GLP membership fee, and places may be subject to availability and meeting visa requirements.

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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

To apply to this course you should have a minimum 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate engineering discipline such as Mechanical, Automotive, Motorsport, or Aerospace Engineering. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed from or other technical disciplines, mature candidates and those with industrial experience, these will be reviewed by the course director.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on the type of subjects and industrial experience that would qualify, please request information.

To apply to this course you should have a minimum 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate engineering discipline such as Mechanical, Automotive, Motorsport, or Aerospace Engineering. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed from or other technical disciplines, mature candidates and those with industrial experience, these will be reviewed by the course director.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on the type of subjects and industrial experience that would qualify, please ask a question..

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.

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To apply to this course you should have a minimum 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate engineering discipline such as Mechanical, Automotive, Motorsport, or Aerospace Engineering. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed from or other technical disciplines, mature candidates and those with industrial experience, these will be reviewed by the course director.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on the type of subjects and industrial experience that would qualify, please ask a question..

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.

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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 2021

£10,400 (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 2021

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£17,900 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Additional costs

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

A global skills shortage continues to ensure engineers remain among the most in-demand professions; Engineering UK predicts 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually through to 2024 to meet demand.

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 aim to give you a feel of what the demands and expectations could be at your 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.

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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Successful completion of this course could provide you with a route into many careers within the global automotive engineering industry. Many of our graduates from similar courses have gone on to work for JLR, Honda, Bentley, Lotus, TATA technology, Geely, Unipart, Aston Martin Lagonda and many OEMs. Others have continued to PHD studies and moved into research.

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 2020/21 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.