Automotive Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2020/21 entry

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Course code:

H343

Study options:

BEng:
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
MEng:
4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

H343

Study options:

BEng:
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
MEng:
4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

ECU156

Study options:

BEng:
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
MEng:
4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The automotive industry is going through some of the biggest changes since the introduction of the internal combustion engine. Automotive manufacturers and designers are using cutting-edge technology to solve the transport and sustainability issues of the future.

If you have a passion for cars, an enthusiasm for engineering and design, together with excellent maths and IT skills, then this professionally accredited course could help you make a real difference in this vital industry.

Focusing on how engineering is used in automotive applications, this course provides you with the opportunity to qualify first at Bachelor level, then if you choose to follow the MEng pathway, at Master’s degree level. The MEng route could be ideal for those seeking leadership positions in the development of new technologies and design of future vehicles.

Successful graduates of Automotive Engineering should be able to apply their comprehensive understanding of vehicle engineering in a wide variety of roles in the automotive industry and beyond.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) up to and including the 2020 intake on behalf of the Engineering Council.

The BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC. The BEng (Hons) will also automatically meet the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). The MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The IMechE accreditation is valid for the 2020/2021 intake. Should our accreditation status change, we will notify all applicants and students as soon as possible.

student

The facilities here are a big draw

Timothy Lo is studying the Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)course in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing.

Oleg Karchevskyy

My placement at Boutsen Ginion Racing

Automotive Engineering student Oleg Karchevskyy shares her experiences of undertaking a placement year with a Belgian racing team currently competing in Touring Car Cup Europe and GT World Challenge series.

Our Facilities

Cruden F1 simulator

Cruden F1 simulator

The simulator provides a realistic experience of working for a race team in a high pressured and realistic environment. The simulator includes the same software and calculations used by professional racing teams.

Metals Workshop

Metals Workshop

Participate in technical work in a hands-on way. The workshop includes lathes, milling machines, fabrication equipment for sheet metal work, CNC machines, work benches, welding lines and a fitting assembly area.

Wind Tunnel

Wind Tunnel

Built and tested by the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One team, our open jet single return wind tunnel has be designed to accommodate 20% scale open-wheel racing car models with a maximum air velocity of 45 m/s.

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, MEng Automotive Engineering, graduated 2018

Course information

Automotive engineers are involved in every stage of the design, testing and development of vehicles and their components, from concept to production.

This course has been designed to equip engineers of the future with the skills and knowledge needed to fill a wide variety of roles in an ever-changing industry and beyond.

95%

of BEng students in work or doing further study within six months after finishing.

Discover Uni, 2020

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year, you will have the opportunity to study modules that have been designed with the aim to broaden your perspective and understanding of underlying engineering principles. Our aim is to bring you to a level where detailed work in the field of automotive engineering can be studied in future years.

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

In year two, you will have the opportunity to study automotive engineering subjects in more depth. These subjects have been designed with the aim of giving you a firm under-pinning of engineering principles. You will also have the opportunity to study a specific vehicle systems module that will introduce the key themes of automotive engineering and should provide a basis for future study.

Modules

  • Vehicle Systems and Development

  • 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

Following your second year, there is an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability).

Modules

  • Study abroad

  • Professional placement

Overview

In your third year you will be encouraged to focus purely on automotive subjects, considering engineering science as it is applied to automobile design, development and manufacture. You will be given the opportunity to define your individual study plan, selecting from a range of options to complement core subjects.

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

You will have the opportunity to participate in individual (MEng and BEng) and group projects (BEng) in the final year that can be selected according to your personal interests or future aspiration. Group projects have previously involved Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, Formula Student, Shell Eco Marathon, Horiba MIRA and Royal Enfield, whilst recent individual projects have included advanced control strategies for energy management of electric sports cars, assessment of interior safety of autonomous vehicles, modelling of predictive control design for improved vehicle steering control, autonomous vehicle ethics and FEA-based crash optimisation study.

Modules

  • BEng

    • Professional Development and Project Planning
    • Individual project
    • Automotive Product Innovation
    • Automotive Aerodynamics and Vehicle Dynamics
    • Automotive Powertrain

     

    Optional modules
    1 from the following:

    • Finite Element Analysis and Optimisation
    • Vehicle Refinement, Durability and Reliability
    • Computational Thermo-fluids
    • Materials Analysis and Advanced Manufacturing
    • Electric Vehicle and Future Transport

  • MEng

    • Professional Development and Project Planning
    • Automotive Product Innovation
    • Individual Project Dissertation (L7)
    • Automotive Powertrain

    Optional modules
    1 from the following:

    • Finite Element Analysis and Optimisation
    • Vehicle Refinement, Durability and Reliability
    • Computational Thermo-fluids
    • Materials Analysis and Advanced Manufacturing
    • Electric Vehicle and Future Transport

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

On the MEng programme fourth year you are given the opportunity to follow one of three taught pathways; Analysis, Dynamics or Powertrain. These should enable you to develop an in-depth specialism in your chosen area of automotive engineering. Alongside these, you will have the opportunity to study a Masters level Business Innovation and Sustainability module, designed to support you in gaining future engineering management positions.

You will also be encouraged to complete a major Group Innovation Project. This could mean being part of a team designing, making and competing in the Eco-marathon competition or on another large, ongoing automotive project. This should give you a feel for what it is like working on a large engineering project and provide you with the opportunity to apply all the current technical and management skills learnt on the course.

Modules

  • Year 4 (MEng)

    • Individual Group Project Proposal
    • Industrial Group Project Dissertation
    • Business Innovation and Sustainability

    Plus 1 Optional Pathway

    2 from the following:

    Pathway 1 - Analysis

    • Engineering Simulation and Analysis
    • Structures Safety and Impact Analysis

    Pathway 2 - Dynamics

    • Automotive Development and Analysis
    • Advanced Ground Vehicle Dynamics and Aerodynamics

    Pathway 3 - Powertrain

    • Automotive Development and Analysis
    • Advanced Powertrain

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.

3rd

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 3rd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to participate in field trips which have previously included observing crash tests at the GM Milford site and a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA (Field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability).
  • 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 the opportunity for training in industry-standard Catia, HyperWorks, STAR-CCM+ and SIMPACK software.
  • Study in our modern £50 million Engineering and Computing building. You will have 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, four-post shaker rig for investigating vehicle suspension systems, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron) and a range of CNC machinery, laser cutters and 3d printers

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 should 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 (with an optional additional sandwich year*), this course incorporates a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning philosophy. We aim to motivate you to learn through stimulating activity, such as projects, problem-solving, scenarios and case studies; whether in classroom, laboratory or work settings. This has previously been shown to engage students and create challenges, relevance, integration, professional awareness and variety to supporting you in learning and developing 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*. Support in finding opportunities may be provided by our faculty’s 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.

*Please note that placements and study abroad opportunities are not guaranteed and may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability.

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 course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, group work, presentations and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion, you will 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.

100%

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

DLHE 2014/15

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

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching.
  • Medium group teaching 

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

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience. We aim to invite international guest speakers (subject to availability). A previous example includes a leading automotive engineering professor at Heilbronn University who gave 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 University of Michigan and Chrysler Building.

*Please note that field trip opportunities are not guaranteed and may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability.

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 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

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, MEng Automotive Engineering, graduated 2018

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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, MEng Automotive Engineering, graduated 2018

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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


January 2021

£9,250 (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 2020

£16,400 (per year)


January 2021

£16,400 (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.

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

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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.

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, MEng Automotive Engineering, graduated 2018

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.

Fully accredited by the IMechE for 2020-21 entry, this course is as such recognised in industry, providing credibility of the technical standard of our successful graduates among employers.

Industry-related projects completed during your studies should give you a feel of what the demands and expectations will be in the workplace, as well as supporting you to practice and apply your skills to real engineering projects.

You should also gain practical, hands-on experience in preparing, running and analysing results from experimental testing and numerical analysis. Past students have experienced projects 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 have the opportunity to receive support from our faculty’s employability and placements unit the Talent Team, 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 aim to giveyou 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.

95%

of BEng students in work or doing further study within six months after finishing.

Discover Uni, 2020

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have found graduate roles in companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Technologies and Mahle Powertrain.

£27K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £27,000 six months after the course (DLHE 2016/17)

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, MEng Automotive Engineering, graduated 2018
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.