Certificates in Automotive Engineering PG certificate

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October 2018
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We offer a range of Automotive Engineering Postgraduate Certificates all designed to develop the skills of trained engineers to become specialists in particular disciplines within automotive engineering.

Our Automotive Engineering Postgraduate Certificates all share a particular emphasis on the skills to use simulation and test tools to develop the understanding required to resolve problems and engineer better products.

The Automotive Engineering Certificates integrate engineering fundamentals, practical simulation and real world whole-vehicle testing to develop the understanding required to resolve problems and engineer better products. Each of the Postgraduate Certificates consists of a set of three modules from our Automotive Systems Engineering MSc programme which is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). We also offer each module as a short course.

We currently offer three certificates:

  • Powertrain Simulation and Test
  • Intelligent Vehicle Systems
  • Body and Chassis Simulation and Test

The Automotive Engineering Certificates has high levels of flexibility to accommodate students that require only a single module or where a student wishes to pursue the programme to a full MSc. The structure also provides for students to change path and progress through the qualification levels.

Exercises at MIRA proving ground and in Loughborough laboratory facilities are integrated into the certificates as a means of achieving the best possible learning outcomes.

What makes this programme different?

  • High levels of flexibility
  • Opportunity to progress to MSc

Who should study this programme?

Our Postgraduate Certificates are for engineering professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding in a particular area of automotive engineering.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in engineering or physical sciences. In exceptional circumstances, students may be accepted with extensive experience in the automotive industry.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Our Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is an engineering specialist centre for teaching and research. With programmes dating back to 1919, our Department's reputation in the delivery of modules has been built on nearly 100 years of teaching excellence.


Certificate in powertrain simulation and test modules

The overall aim of this certificate is to develop the underlying skills you need to engineer, analyse and develop conventional, hybrid and electric powertrains in the context of the vehicle attributes and overall product development process. The Certificate in Powertrain Simulation and Test consists of three compulsory modules, each worth 20 credits.

Vehicle and Powertrain Functional Performance

The aims of this module are to:

  • Introduce key aspects of the systems engineering approach to vehicle engineering
  • Develop these aspects within the context of vehicle straight-line performance
  • Introduce the underlying principles of thermodynamics and engine power
  • Understand the construction, design, technology and performance parameters of automotive powertrains set in the wider context of the powertrain within the vehicle-customer system
  • Develop supporting engineering principles and analysis tools.


  • Coursework (100%)

Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand advanced engine technologies
  • Apply basic calculations to determine key parameters of electric motors
  • Understand the mechanism, control and system management of battery and electric motor
  • Understand fuel cell technologies and applications
  • Understand the electric and hybrid vehicle powertrain system
  • Describe and analyse low carbon powertrain, key components and system integration.


  • Coursework (100%)

Powertrain Calibration Optimisation

The aims of this module are to:

  • Introduce key aspects of the calibration of the engine including the relationship between legislation and technology choice.
  • Develop the context for calibration and methods for selection of the key inputs used in calibration.
  • Introduce the calibration process and how the results are used.
  • Introduce key aspects of the powertrain calibration optimisation process using global legislated emissions as a context for learning.
  • Develop an understanding of the use of Design of Experiments (DoE) and mathematical modelling as key elements in the optimisation process.
  • Formulate optimisation objectives, constraints and methods and their application to the powertrain calibration process.
  • Place the powertrain calibration methods in the context of light duty vehicle development.


  • Coursework (100%)

Certificate in Intelligent Vehicle Systems modules

The overall aim is to develop the knowledge and skills to develop, analyse and implement intelligent features and autonomous functions on road vehicles. The certificate develops this in the context of the fundamentals of autonomous control, vehicle dynamic performance and simulation capability. The certificate consists of three compulsory modules, each worth 20 credits.

Vehicle Dynamics

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Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration

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Autonomous Vehicle Systems

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Certificate in body and chassis simulation and test modules

The overall aim of this certificate is to develop the engineering skills required to analyse and develop body and chassis systems. The certificate develops this in the context of primary vehicle systems for example vehicle braking systems and core vehicle attributes, such as Vehicle NVH, body structures and crashworthiness. The Certificate in Body and Chassis Simulation and Test consists of three compulsory modules, each worth 20 credits.

Vehicle Systems Analysis

By undertaking this module, you will:

  • Develop the engineering principles and analytical tools required to study vehicle systems
  • Become familiar with examples of the way in which key design parameters and concepts influence system performance
  • Understand the principles of Vehicle Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) and apply the methods to estimate vehicle interior noise and vibration
  • Understand the principles of vehicle braking systems
  • Understand the principles of materials and composites for use in automotive vehicle systems


  • Coursework (100%)

Body Engineering

This module considers the latest design issues in the area of body engineering. Fundamentals are introduced of several related topics including: vehicle loading system, advanced mechanics of stress and strain analysis, failure and crash impact response, advanced Finite Element Methods, advanced techniques in nonlinear and time dependent analysis, fatigue and fracture analysis, Marc Mentat.


  • Coursework (100%)

Vehicle Aerodynamics

On completion of the module, you should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of vehicle aerodynamics in the vehicle development process
  • Describe and discuss parameters affecting ground vehicle external aerodynamics
  • Participate in vehicle aerodynamics experimentation including designing a wind tunnel test 
  • Analyse and interpret aerodynamic data for road car applications
  • Communicate with other aerodynamicists in the field of ground vehicle aerodynamics 
  • Derive the fundamental partial differentiation equations for mass, momentum and energy
  • Describe the important features of turbulence
  • Apply a modern commercial CFD code to the analysis of a turbulent flow problem relevant to an automotive engineering applications
  • Explain the alternative turbulence models currently available and their relative advantages
  • Describe the influence of discretisation on the solution accuracy


  • Coursework (100%)

How you'll study

Independent study

Your personal and professional development

Our Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

These programmes are generally undertaken by engineers already working in the industry who wish to learn more about, or focus on, a particular area of automotive engineering.

Your personal development

Individuals often choose to undertake a postgraduate certificate as a means to develop and improve their skills and uncover new knowledge in a specific area of automotive engineering. Continuing your professional development is an excellent achievement and an excellent way of making your CV competitive against other professionals in the current job market.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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