Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Undergraduate study

“The broad range of modules that are offered throughout the course make the learning experience unique and enjoyable. The access to world-class facilities and the specialist software make the course more interesting and industry relevant.”

James

Year of Study: Final
Qualification(s): BEng (Hons)
Course: Automotive Engineering

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

Formula one and cars in general have always been a passion of mine; therefore Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University was the clear course and university choice to turn that passion into a professional career.

The University’s reputation was what mainly attracted me to the University. This course and the University are both well respected within the automotive industry as a leader in producing top-level graduates that are sought-after in industry. The department ensures that its students are exposed to a wide range of practical experiences ranging from hands on training in the workshop to vehicle testing at MIRA in your third year of studies.

The University also boasts a student life like no other, as displayed by successfully being voted England’s Best Student Experience by The Times Higher Education league table six years in a row.

What do you enjoy about your course?

The broad range of modules that are offered throughout the course make the learning experience unique and enjoyable. The access to world-class facilities, such as the engine lab and wind tunnel, and the specialist software make the course more interesting and industry relevant. The exciting opportunity for students to attend MIRA week in 3rd year definitely makes the course more unique.

Do you have any favourite modules?

A first year module taught by Scot Layton has been a favourite of mine because of the laid back and informal style of teaching that Scot brought to that module. It was a good way to introduce a class of new engineers to the course and the world of engineering without over-intimidating us.

The group design project in third year was also a favourite because of the challenges it presented to us as a group. Designing and benchmarking a bespoke vehicle proved a challenging task and the experience of visiting multiple vehicle factories for vehicle research was a privilege that not many people are given.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

All of the labs are of a high quality. The computer lab provides powerful desktops suitable for every application that you will come across in your studies. The engine labs and large wind tunnel give students a unique opportunity to conduct industry-relevant studies. This gives the student industry-relevant knowledge and experience that is unique to this course and Loughborough University.

The teaching quality is of a high standard and help with the course is always provided to students by the lecturers and tutors when needed.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I plan to have a career in the automotive industry either in Formula One or in passenger vehicle engineering. My degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University will help massively to achieve this goal because of the industry relevant teaching that is provided and because of the reputation that this course and University hold.

What would you say to someone considering your course?

The course is work intensive and demanding, but ultimately rewarding. The experience gained is un-paralleled to any other university or course. This degree will give you the advantage over graduates from other universities if you wish to have a career in the automotive industry.

Definitely apply, it will be the best decision you will ever make.

How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?

The social life is incredible. It serves as a reward every week and a break from all of the academic stresses of the course. The amount of new people that you meet and friends that you make throughout your years of studies is unbelievable and is something special that is just not possible to experience anywhere else.

The social experience and night life is also unlike that of any other university. There is always an event on every night with different music and dance floors for all preferences. There are many different societies available to join so you will be sure to find one that appeals to you.

The ability to say, “I am a Loughborough University student” is a great privilege that I am honoured to have been afforded.