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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The Mechanical Experimental Engineering module serves to introduce students to the main topics of Mechanical Science in the context of practical application and laboratory based experimentation. Topics covered by the module include Experimental Methods, Force Systems, Stress and Strain, Engineering Beams and Newton's Laws of Motion. Each topic is accompanied with at least one open access experimental study.
Engineering Statistics - 15 Credits
The module introduces the basic tools of statistical analysis used in control of manufacturing processes. The basics of probability theory are introduced, leading to the types of data distributions useful in engineering.
Normal distributions are introduced with measures available to analyse these such as standard deviation and sample means.
Linear Regression and Correlation are introduced and also visual means of displaying data, e.g., histograms and frequency polygons.
The ideas of confidence limits and confidence intervals are used to emphasise that knowledge of the reliability of data must be known.
A brief outline of hypothesis testing is given.
Career Skills Development - 0 Credits
This module will ensure students are able to utilise the University systems for information technology, information search and acquisition, as well as encouraged to reflect on their current employment related skills and experience. The module will provide a mix of careers support, enterprise and business insight and challenging thinking about future skills needs of graduates and employers. Students will gain an appreciation of a range of engineering and technology careers and sectors to enable them to better understand future opportunities. Students will be guided through the first weeks of the academic year by academic staff.
Introduction to Design for Technologists - 15 Credits
This module introduces students to the process of engineering design, and to CAD tools for creating and documenting design solutions. The principles and standard practices of technical drawing and tolerancing are taught. The role and use of CAD in design is taught and practiced, both 3D solid modelling and 2D drafting. The nature of design as a structured process is considered, and demonstrated by students undertaking a variety of design exercise and assignments. The design activities are mostly done in small teams, thereby developing skills in teamwork, communication and leadership. There are staged assessments that require the students to present their work using a variety of methods and communication tools.
Introduction to Manufacturing for Technologists - 15 Credits
This module introduces the student to a range of production processes and practice used commonly in the manufacture of products. Students develop a hands-on appreciation of production techniques including turning, milling, fabrication and assembly using manual and computer controlled plant and machinery. Transferable skills are developed in the application of the processes used to manufacture a range of products and subassemblies taking into account design and supply requirements.
Motorsport and Automotive Technology - 15 Credits
This module will introduce students to the fundamental terms, science and technologies commonly used in the automotive industry. Students will become familiar with the basic parts of a vehicle and gain an appreciation for how they are integrated together. They will be introduced to the parameters used to assess vehicle performance and through laboratory work learn how to use standard equipment to measure the performance of a vehicle. They will also be introduced to how the methods the motorsport side of the industry enhances vehicle performance.
Materials and Electrical Technology - 15 Credits
This module encompasses (i) electrical science (fundamental concepts of electrical units and relationships, basic AC and DC circuit theory, digital systems and electro-mechanical machines), (ii) engineering materials (classification of materials, mechanical and physical properties, structure of materials, testing, materials selection for metals, polymers and ceramics (iii) issues of recyclability and sustainability in regard to materials selection.
Computing for Business and Technology - 15 Credits
This module will develop the students skills in using spreadsheets and databases to solve engineering and business problems including how to present results and draw conclusions.
The methods, advantages and possible draw backs of E-commerce will be discussed including future trends and their possible impact on commercial and domestic operations.
The basic principles of networking will be explored, including types of network and networking hardware, the advantages and possible dangers of networking and data security. Internet communications will be studied in some depth, including the OSI model, IP numbers, domain names, routing, physical addresses and the concept of internetworking.
Introduction to Practical Safety for Engineers - 0 Credits
This module introduces first year engineering students to basic concepts in health and safety. Students will develop a practical appreciation of assessing risk in their work activities and daily life
Mathematics for Engineering - 15 Credits
This module provides the basic mathematical techniques required for the technical modules later in the programme. Very little prior mathematical knowledge is assumed and a strong emphasis if put on exercises as the most valuable method for learning the key mathematical techniques.
Computer Aided Design - 15 Credits
The module enhances the students' CAE modelling experience, and provides the student with realistic design tasks which are realised using CAE software.
The module provides the student with the complete 'Product Brief to Technical Drawings' experience, and involves each Design phase eg, Conceptual Design, Design Calculations, Detail Design, Costing, and Detail Drawings with design intent.
Most of the tasks will be performed on CAE software.
Students are expected to attend both Lectures and Tutorials on a weekly basis.
Computer Aided Manufacture - 15 Credits
The module introduces students the state of the art knowledge of computer-aided manufacturing, including process planning, NC machining and programming, rapid prototyping and CIM, and to the use of a suitable CAD/CAM system for the manufacture of engineering components. The main focus is on the effective application of a 3D CAD/CAM system to 1) plan the machining processes; 2) specify machining parameters, 3) generate NC programs, for engineering components. Students will both create their own models and acquire and use models from other sources. The emphasis is on the use of a CAD/CAM system.
Automotive Electrical Systems - 15 Credits
Automotive electrical systems and components including:
Cables, fuses, relays, solenoids and actuators, fuel injectors, electric motors, ignition coils, batteries. Starting and charging systems including ISG and regenerative braking, specialist automotive sensors and operating principles e.g. lambda and MAP sensors. Solid state power distribution, automotive digital systems and networks, ODBC.
Engine electronics, function of components, minimizing the environmental impact of the internal combustion engine by using electronic control.
Introduction to hybrid (full and mild), electric, fuel cell vehicles and their environmental benefits.
Product and Project Management - 15 Credits
To achieve and maintain market position the manufacturing industry must develop profitable and competitive products in time, to quality and within budget. This requires the functions of the company to be organised to achieve common objectives. This module examines the organisational aspects of product development from definition through design to manufacture. The team issues and techniques of project management are addressed as applicable to the product development process and in general terms. The project management content is taught first in order to support the product development content.
Career Planning - 0 Credits
This module aims to encourage students to reflect on their career aspirations and review/plan for the development of appropriate skills necessary to realise these aspirations.
Many students will specifically use this module as an aid to prepare for the optional industrial placement year.
Students who undertake the placement will work within industry or a commercial organisation that is able to provide an appropriate learning experience within an engineering environment. This placement must be of at least 48 weeks duration. To be eligible for placement students should normally have passed the progression requirements to Level 6.
For students who do not go on placement, this module will be a precursor to the Level 6 Career s Portfolio module.
Thermofluid Experimental Engineering - 15 Credits
The Thermo-Fluid Experimental Engineering module seeks to introduce the students to the relevant fundamental concepts of Fluid and thermo-fluid mechanics. The module aims to develop a strong qualitative understanding supported, as appropriate, with quantitative methods. A strong emphasis on laboratory-based learning will be integral to this module. Topics include Classifications of flow regimes and flow measurement devices. Hydrostatics, mass and energy balances, boundary layers and pressure losses through pipe networks. Heat transfer and the vapour compression refrigeration cycle. The use of steam tables, concepts of laminar, turbulent, steady, unsteady, uniform and non-uniform, flow. Reynolds numbers and aerodynamic
analysis of aerofoils and spoilers.
Engineering Operations Management - 15 Credits
This module will start with setting out the role of engineering and its operations in a business including strategy and organisational processes.
The development of student knowledge will continue with Lean Manufacturing techniques, Toyota production system and the theory of constraints as methods for improving operational performance.
Having established this foundation of knowledge, the rest of the module will focus on the operational implementation and implementation of these techniques.
Across the module, particular emphasis will be given to a holistic view of operations stressing their context and effects on various stakeholders with due consideration to ethical and environmental issues.
Simulation and Analysis Techniques - 15 Credits
The module will introduce students to the use of Computer Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software used to assist in the analysis engineering designs. The basic functionality of specialist software will be explored, producing an awareness of the range and scope of standard CAE software and techniques currently used in engineering.
Students will be introduced to the best practices in using the software and will focus on concepts embedded and taught in the vehicle and aerospace disciplines. Emphasises will be put in the importance of questioning and validating computer generated results by comparison with theoretical models and experimental methods.
A hands-on, task based approach will be adopted, encouraging independent learning. Case studies will be used in order to simulate the solutions to real world problems.
Vehicle Aerodynamics and Design - 15 Credits
This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts of vehicle aerodynamics and the modelling of aerodynamic performance by wind-tunnel testing. The design section applies the principles of the product development process specifically to the vehicles and automotive components including benchmarking; QFD; design specification; validation plan and project management culminating in the production of engineering solutions, supported by drawings; analysis and calculation.
Exchange Year - 120 Credits
The Exchange Year will provide students with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first taught year of their degree within a different organisational and cultural environment at a academic institution with whom UH have an approved exchange partnership outside the UK. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the year and will liaise with the appointed UH Supervisor.
Exchange Semester - 60 Credits
The Exchange Semester will provide students with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first taught year of their degree within a different organisational and cultural environment at a academic institution with whom UH have an approved exchange partnership outside the UK. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the year and will liaise with the appointed UH Co-ordinator.
Industrial Placement - 0 Credits
The optional placement year is undertaken in the academic year prior to the final year of study, and must meet University standard requirements for the length of placement to be considered for the conferment of “with Sandwich” upon graduation.
Students undertake the placement within an organisation that can provide an appropriate learning experience within an engineering or general STEM environment/role.
To be eligible for placement, students must normally have achieved sufficient credit at Levels 4 and 5 to be able to enter the final year upon completion of the placement.
While the School and University actively support the placements process ultimately it is the placement company that will select students, normally through an interview process.
During the placement, a member of School staff will be assigned to the student as a tutor and will monitor the student's progress during the placement period.
Year Abroad - 0 Credits
The Year Abroad will provide students with the opportunity to expand, develop and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first two taught years of the degree within a different organisational and cultural environment in a partner academic institution. The host institution will appoint a Programme Co-ordinator who will oversee the student's programme during the Year Abroad and will liaise with the appointed UH Supervisor.
Fees & funding
£9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
£1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year
£12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
£1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year
*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.
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.