BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering

About the course

Automotive Engineers are tasked with innovated vehicle design, taking into account consumer demands and performance targets set by the industry with regard to road safety and sustainability issues.

Designed to develop your employees' mechanical engineering expertise and professional skills, this course offers two distinctive routes: Automotive Engineering, which focuses on vehicle design and manufacturing methods and strategies, or Automotive Engineering with Motorsport, which explores how to enhance high-performance vehicles, particularly through aerodynamics and engine design.

This programme is mapped to the Product Design and Development Engineer apprenticeship standard.

Why choose this course?

  • The automotive laboratory facilities are considered some of the best undergraduate level facilities in the UK HE sector which will complement the industrial facilities of their employer and enable the apprentice to develop the skills and knowledge required to satisfy the apprenticeship standard. These facilities include industrial standard software for both Computer Aided Design and Analysis as well as physical facilities such as Engine Test Cells, a Vehicle Ride Simulator, Materials Testing and manufacturing facilities.

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. With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible.

All engineering apprenticeships offered by the University of Hertfordshire are offered in three study modes: Block Release, Part-time or Day-release + short course delivery. The choice of delivery is dependant on the type of organisation and the working pattern that is most appropriate, as well as the apprentices’ location and ability to commute.

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering course is accredited by RAeS and IMechE as detailed in the programme specification and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2019. The programme has been recently reviewed and updated by the University as part of its regular periodic review process, and we will be seeking IMechE accreditation for the 2020 intake.  


To satisfy the apprenticeship standard requirements employers will need to provide the opportunity for apprentices to develop a broad knowledge of engineering, apply and develop further the skills they have learnt at university and develop the behavioural attributes required of a professional engineer. This will require apprentices to work in manufacturing, testing, design and managerial roles within the organisation.