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Automotive and Motorsport Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

A Levels must include A2 Mathematics (Use of Mathematics is not an acceptable A Level) and at least one other Science/Technology subject (or equivalent qualification) from the list of A Levels in Further Information.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

or above in relevant Science/Technology subjects.

120-112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which must include Higher Level Mathematics and another Higher Level Science/technology subject as listed in Further Information.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

in Engineering. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science is not acceptable without an additional A Level Maths at Grade C.

UCAS Tariff

120-112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include the accepted qualifications as listed in Further Information.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Automotive engineering

The automotive industry is a hugely rewarding sector to get into, if you’re looking to take your place at the forefront of engineering, working on future developments in a thriving, global industry, this could be the ideal start. With industry focus now progressing to more environmentally friendly vehicles, for example, battery, electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Coupled with the increasing demand for new technologies, products and materials, there are plenty of career paths you could chose to take within this STEM subject, whilst planning for your future.

We want to help you make the most of all the exciting opportunities the rapidly modernising automotive industry has to offer. So we’ve designed this course to give you the chance to prepare for the next step. You could build up the skills and knowledge to go on to a great future in all manner of careers. With a wealth of expertise in automotive engineering, developed through research and consultancy, we enjoy relationships with companies such as Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Jaguar, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Eaton Transmissions and BBA Friction, to name a few.

From designing components for high-performance cars, through to working as a trackside team engineer, or even developing the next generation of mass produced vehicles that don't damage the planet. You could be working on new technology, or tasked with reducing emissions to protect the environment for the future, and making a difference to the world we live in, it’s all possible, your skill set will also be transferable to other related industries, for example, rail, aerospace and marine. And it all starts here. Engineering-related problem solving and project work are important elements of the course, previous students have undertaken projects that gave them the opportunity to access our:
* Full vehicle four post ride simulator

* Two wheel engine and transmission test rig

* Engine and electric motor test beds

* Dynamic monitoring equipment

* Specialist computer packages

* Wind tunnel facilities

* Electric machine and drive laboratory

* Railway locomotive test facility

We’ll give you the chance to develop some fundamental skills in automotive engineering, and then apply them to real-world scenarios in the projects you work on. EnABLE (Engineering in an Activity Based Learning Environment) is a new initiative that provides you with an opportunity to work in teams with other students to solve real engineering challenges and develop skills relevant to industry. You could also get involved and join our racing team, Team HARE, and get hands-on with the design, development and build of a single-seat Formula Student car (or comparable automotive design and build team project). You could then go even further and be part of the team competing at international events held in places like Spain and Germany.

From your second year onwards you’ll be able to work in a fully equipped automotive laboratory with expert technicians and tutors on hand to guide you through your practical work. In addition, our Institute of Railway Research (IRR) within our Department of Engineering have been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for ‘innovative research in railway engineering to improve safety and efficiency through technological developments'. This is one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which means it goes towards helping you get Incorporated Engineer status (IEng).

While you’re here you could take advantage of our strong links with the automotive industry to get a real feeling for how things are done in the real-world. And we’ll give you the chance to go on a year-long placement, gaining some really useful experience to help impress employers – not to mention the chance to make lots of contacts that could help kick-start your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Engineering Communication and Materials
Manufacturing Technology and Workshop Appreciation
Professional Development and Transferrable Skills
Mechanical Engineering and Science
Mathematics
Electro-Mechanical Systems

Year 2
Core modules:
Engine Systems
Dynamic Systems
Analysis of Materials
Automotive Design
Application and Management of CAD/CAM
Manufacturing and Enterprise

Year 3 – optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics
Design Analysis
Project Quality and Production Management
Final Year Project

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Vehicle Handling and Performance Prediction
Dynamic Analysis and Control

Assessment methods

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual project work, with a focus on practical work.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,000
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Engineering and Technology (CEET)

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
med
Automotive engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Production and manufacturing engineering

Teaching and learning

58%
Staff make the subject interesting
50%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
100%
Male students
0%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Engineering professionals
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Quality and regulatory professionals

Graduates are in significant demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average. Much the most common industries for these graduates are now vehicle manufacture - there are not enough people with these degrees to go round and so the big employers tend to take the lion's share at the moment. But pretty much anywhere there is manufacturing, there are production engineers. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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