About the course

Excitement, international travel and working in a high- performing team to achieve success are just some of the major attractions of motorsport. It’s an industry that allows you to work at the cutting edge of automotive technology. This course will give you the skills necessary to support motorsport engineers as they push the boundaries and strive for optimum vehicle performance. Benefiting from world-class expertise and facilities, you’ll study a wide range of modules, including the fundamentals of vehicle and engine design, as well as high-tech computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques. You’ll also have the unique chance to work with engineering students in designing, building and racing a Formula Student race car.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc Honours in Technology with Management

Why choose this course?

  • This BSc Honours degree course in Motorsport Technology is part of a suite of automotive related degree courses
  • Involvement in Formula Student Competition from year 1 - design, build and race single-seater race car
  • Excellent facilities in automotive engineering technology
  • World Class Expertise NB materials, vehicle dynamics, structural analysis, aerodynamics and CAE
  • Our BSc Motorsport Technology students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: VW Racing, Hyperion Motor Racing, and RP Aero Systems
  • Recent Automotive Technology graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Mercedes Benz, Vantage Engineering, 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

Professional Accreditations

The BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology 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 have the flexibility to gain employment within the automotive sector working in specialist laboratories and test facilities or specialisation in CAD/CAM to make high-performance automotive products; however, the breadth and flexibility of this course will also open doors to careers in other branches of engineering, computing or business with graduates using their knowledge and skills to be employed in the amateur side of the sport.

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.

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.

More about the Course

Motorsport is not just exciting entertainment, but also an important part of the development side of the automotive industry.  The competitiveness of the sport drives engineers to develop innovative ideas and take advantage of up and coming technologies that, if successful, could be employed across the main automotive industry in future.  This course will give you the combination of skills necessary to support motorsport engineers as they strive for efficiency and optimum performance in their vehicle design.

In the first year of your BSc Honours degree course in Motorsport Technology 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 focus on the application of motorsport technology. You will study automotive body engineering, chassis, powertrain technology, aerodynamics and engine design for motorsport, as well as the engineering aspects most closely associated with racing. A vehicle design project fosters team capabilities that employer's value, and you will have the chance to develop more specialist knowledge by exploring a topic that particularly interests you. There is also 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:
  • VW racing
  • Hyperion Motor Racing
  • Mitsubishi ElectricPrimary Designs
  • Motrac Racing
  • RP Aero Systems

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

  • Year 1
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Mechanical Experimental Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Statistics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Skills Development 0 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Design for Technologists 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Manufacturing for Technologists 15 Credits Compulsory
    Motorsport and Automotive Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Materials and Electrical Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computing for Business and Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Practical Safety for Engineers 0 Credits Compulsory
    Mathematics for Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Computer Aided Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Aided Manufacture 15 Credits Compulsory
    Automotive Electrical Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Product and Project Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning 0 Credits Compulsory
    Thermofluid Experimental Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    Engineering Operations Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Simulation and Analysis Techniques 15 Credits Compulsory
    Vehicle Aerodynamics and Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exchange Year 120 Credits Optional
    Exchange Semester 60 Credits Optional
  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    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
    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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    96 CCC MMM - Requires Diploma in Engineering or Technology based

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

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    2020

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    2021

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    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students