MSc Automotive Engineering (18-month route)

Why choose Herts?

  • Excellent reputation: Every Formula One racing team includes a University of Hertfordshire Automotive Engineering graduate.
  • Employment prospects: Our students have worked for organisations including McLaren, Ferrari, and Mercedes.
  • Industry connections: Benefit from our long-established links with organisations including BMW, Nissan, and McLaren who support with work placements and attend careers fairs or practical workshops.

Professional Accreditations

The MSc Automotive Engineering course is accredited by RAes and IMechE and is accredited as meeting the further learning requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to and including, the January 2020 intake. 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 2020/21 intake. 

About the course

This MSc in Automotive Engineering is specifically designed to enhance the employment and promotional opportunities of graduates in mechanical and automotive engineering. The programme considers in depth key areas of automotive technology. Its integrated design covers both the technical and management aspects of the motor industry. The programme aims to:

  • equip you with the theory and the practice of relevant materials, technologies and analytical tools to provide solutions for automotive design and manufacturing problems
  • provide the opportunity for you to use creativity and innovation in the application of technology to the development of the automobile
  • focus on the links between vehicle programmes and the supporting skills of project management
  • develop your skills and application experience through case studies and project work
  • enhance your prospects of professional employment within the industry.

The programme offers two award routes that you can choose to study: 

  1. One-year full-time MSc Automotive Engineering (September and January entry) 
  2. 18-months full-time MSc Automotive Engineering (September and January entry)  

Why choose this course?

  • The University has been running automotive degree courses for almost 40 years and is very well-established within the automotive industry.
  • We have some 250 undergraduate and postgraduate students reading automotive engineering so are one of the largest providers of automotive engineering degree courses in the UK.
  • We have excellent facilities in automotive engineering technology including in-house engine dyno facilities, a rolling road, a four poster shaker rig and a Cruden driver in the loop vehicle simulator.

What will I study?

The School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorials using the University's Canvas web based facility. Canvas allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussions with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School also has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible and operates an open access laboratory, and computer policy, that will help students complete coursework and assignments, at a scheduled pace and on time.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Automotive Dynamics & Safety 15 Credits Compulsory
    Automotive Electrical Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    MSc Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainable Business of Engineering 15 Credits Compulsory
    CAE & Applications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Electric Vehicle Technology 15 Credits Compulsory
    CFD & Applications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Automotive Materials & Manufacture 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Automotive Engineering (18-month route) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc (Modular) Automotive Engineering Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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