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Automotive engineering

Automotive engineers engage directly in the design and manufacture of various automotive vehicles from the production of everyday cars to motor racing vehicles. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as you will be involved in the entire manufacturing process of automotive vehicles, from original concept to construction. You will use the latest technology to innovate and influence the future of automotive design - adopting a technical approach, remaining conscious of consumer demands, road safety and sustainability.

Why choose this subject area?

  • The University is home to the UK's most successful Formula Student Team which each year designs, builds and races a single seat race car in the international Formula Student competition.
  • You benefit from access to industry-standard software recommended by the Automotive Industry Advisory Panel.
  • BEng Automotive Engineering students have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Bentley Motors, Rolls Royce Cars, and Triumph Motorcycles.
  • You will learn in state-of-the-art facilities including workshops and simulation centres.
Student in car simulator
Student working on F1 car
Students outside car garage at night

Find your dream course


Course title UCAS entry tariff UCAS code
BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering 104 H330
BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering with Motorsport 104 H335
BSc (Hons) Automotive Technology with Management 96 H342
BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology 96 H331
Initial Year for Extended Degrees in Engineering 48 H100
MEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering 120 H341
MEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering with Motorsport 120 H336
'I’ve applied so many of the topics I studied at Hertfordshire to my career at Formula 1. I regularly find myself reaching for my student notes from five years ago!'

Lee Stretch

BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering with Motorsport