BSc (Hons) Automotive Technology with Management

About the course

This course gives you the broad-ranging skills to support the development of automotive products. It blends practical study in workshops and well- equipped labs (such as computer simulation, design, vehicle technology, production and manufacture) with management and business studies modules. A particular focus is on group work, which will enable you to develop your team-working skills and improve your employability. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to work with engineering students in designing, building and racing a Formula Student race car.

Why choose this course?

  • This BSc Honours degree course in Automotive Technology with Management is part of a suite of automotive related courses
  • Our BSc Automotive Technology with Management students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Nissan and Triumph Motorcycles
  • Graduates highly employable in wide range of firms from Formula One to major motor manufacturers
  • Involvement in Formula Student Competition from year 1, if you wish
  • Recent Automotive Technology graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Nissan, Dyson, and Bentley Motors
  • You do not need an A-level in Mathematics or Physics to gain entry to this course, you simply need the correct UCAS points and your enthusiasm for the subject.

What will I study?

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

Rapid changes in technology and global business structures mean that today's graduates need to be flexible and versatile. This broad-based automotive course, covering computer simulation and design, vehicle technology, production, manufacture, management and business studies equips you for a wide variety of career paths.

In the first year of this BSc Honours degree course in Automotive Technology with Management you will gain a good grounding in engineering, covering technology, information technology and management. You're also introduced to fundamentals of vehicle design covering engines, powertrain, body, steering, suspension and vehicle systems, and will study the structure of the automotive industry.

In your second year you will extend your knowledge of core technologies, IT and business skills as they are applied within the automotive sector. This includes vehicle design, and the factors that influence it, together with vehicle aerodynamics including wind tunnel testing. You will develop IT expertise in CAD and CAM, simulation and analysis techniques. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with the Class 200 Formula Student car, developing the previous year's Formula Student entry.

In your final year you will concentrate on the application of automotive technology - including automotive body engineering, chassis and powertrain technology - and key business skills. A vehicle design project fosters teamwork capabilities that employers value, and you have the chance to develop more specialist knowledge by exploring a topic that particularly interests you. You also have the opportunity to be involved with the development of the University's entry to the Formula Student competition.

Professional Accreditations

The BSc (Hons) Automotive Technology with Management course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and satisfies, in full, the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2020.


Graduates will find employment opportunities in a wide range of companies from major motor manufacturers to small automotive supply chain companies.  Jobs can vary from managing specialist laboratories/test facilities to supervision of production lines, and specialisation in CAD/CAM, to project management.  The breadth and flexibility of this course will also open doors to careers in other branches of engineering, computing or business.

What job can I get?

Our graduates can be found in all areas of the automotive sector, working in specialist laboratories and test facilities, or specialising in computer-aided design to make high-performance automotive products. The breadth and flexibility of this course will also open doors to careers in other branches of engineering, computing and business.