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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 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.

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.

Course details

Careers

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.

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

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.

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:

  • Nissan
  • Triumph Motorcycles
  • MIRA

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

Core Modules

  • Mechanical Experimental Engineering - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Statistics - 15 Credits
  • Career Skills Development - 0 Credits
  • Introduction to Design for Technologists - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Manufacturing for Technologists - 15 Credits
  • Motorsport and Automotive Technology - 15 Credits
  • Materials and Electrical Technology - 15 Credits
  • Computing for Business and Technology - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Practical Safety for Engineers - 0 Credits
  • Mathematics for Engineering - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Computer Aided Design - 15 Credits
  • Computer Aided Manufacture - 15 Credits
  • Automotive Electrical Systems - 15 Credits
  • Product and Project Management - 15 Credits
  • Career Planning - 0 Credits
  • Thermofluid Experimental Engineering - 15 Credits
  • Engineering Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Simulation and Analysis Techniques - 15 Credits
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics and Design - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Exchange Year - 120 Credits
  • Exchange Semester - 60 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

Optional

  • Industrial Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 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...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

Minimum of 2 A levels. Engineering or Technology based BTEC Diploma NQF/QCF, Advanced Diploma, or Progression Diploma.

Access to Engineering or Technology Diploma with merit profile.

IB - 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered: 

- GCSE English language grade 4 or above
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Other English language tests are accepted. 

Find out more about International entry requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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2020

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28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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