About the course

Motorsport’s not just exciting entertainment, but also an important part of automotive development. It challenges engineers to be innovative in using the latest technologies to design high-performance vehicles. You’ll find most modules on this course are common with those on our general automotive engineering degree. However, you’ll also learn about aerodynamics of high- speed vehicles and high-performance engine design, testing and mapping. One of the big highlights is to get involved in designing, building and racing a Student Formula car. This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is the first step towards chartered engineer status.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering with Motorsport
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 B Eng (Hons) Automotive Engineering

Why choose this course?

  • This BEng Honours in Automotive Engineering with Motorsport will give you the opportunity for hands-on motorsport from your first year onwards, if you wish by getting involved in the design, build and racing of a single-seater race car in the UK Formula Student Competition;
  • Your studies will reflect the latest thinking in the industry as the School is supported by a Motor Industry Advisory Panel which includes representatives from many well-known automotive companies;
  • Our MEng Automotive Engineering with Motorsport students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: McLaren AutomotiveMercedes-Benz Grand Priz Limited and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains;
  • Your MEng studies involve an extra year and will provide you with a broader and deeper understanding of the subject
  • Recent Automotive Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Williams Grand Prix EngineeringMcLaren Racing Limited, and Renault Sport.

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering with Motorsport course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2020.

Course details

Careers

Employment prospects are excellent.  As one of the top UK motorsport schools, our links with this sector are very strong, providing good placement and employment prospects. Almost every Formula One racing team has a University of Hertfordshire graduate in their design team.  Graduates can expect to be employed in design, manufacture or testing in one of the major automotive companies in the UK or abroad.  There are also opportunities with the consultancy companies that specialise in vehicle safety. Many other graduates decide to stay at the University and extend their automotive education at a postgraduate level.

What job can I get?

As one of the top UK motorsport schools, our links with the sector are very strong, providing good placement and employment prospects. Almost every Formula One racing team has a University of Hertfordshire graduate in its design team. You can also expect to be employed in design, manufacturing or testing in one of the major automotive companies in the UK or internationally.

Teaching methods

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! 

With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The school also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time. 

What you will learn

You will learn about the aerodynamics of high-speed vehicles, high-performance engine design testing and mapping, engine mapping, suspension, tyres and road holding.  There is also the opportunity to be involved with the Class 200 Formula Student car, where you will work on developing the previous year's Formula Student entry. In the following year of your course you will develop the specialist skills and knowledge of a motorsport engineer and you may choose to represent the University as a member of the Formula Student team.

First Year:   You will study motorsport and automotive technology, engineering mathematics, engineering applications of mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, introduction to manufacturing technology, introduction to design, and fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Second Year:  You will study dynamics, thermofluid mechanics, further engineering mathematics, computer-aided engineering (CAE), structural mechanics, automotive electronics and control systems, motorsport design and project management, and product development.

Third Year:  You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Final Year (3rd or 4th):  You will study vehicle engineering design, vibration, noise and vehicle dynamics, vehicle structural analysis and manufacture, motorsport engineering, mechanics and properties of materials, aerodynamics and engine design for motorsport, and an individual major project.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Students have previously undertaken placements in organisations such as:

  • Lola Cars Ltd
  • McLaren Cars
  • Midland F1 Racing
  • Rolls Royce Cars

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Skills Development 0 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Manufacturing Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Materials and Electrical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Fundamentals of Motorsport Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Applications of Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Automotive Electronics and Control Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Structural Mechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Project Management and Product Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Aided Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Motorsport Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning 0 Credits Compulsory
    Further Engineering Mathematics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Aerodynamics and Engine Design for Motorsport 15 Credits Compulsory
    Vehicle Engineering Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Vehicle Structural Analysis and Manufacture 15 Credits Compulsory
    Vibration, Noise & Vehicle Dynamics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mechanics and Properties of Materials 15 Credits Compulsory
    Motorsport Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Individual Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Placement 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS PointsA LevelBTEC
    104BCC- Requires Maths and Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects, excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking

    DMM - Requires Extended Diploma in Engineering (DMM) to include Distinction in Further Maths

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students