Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Automotive Engineering

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich H342 A*AA 1 October 2018
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H343 A*AA 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H341 ABB 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H330 ABB 1 October 2018

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Nationally for Research Quality

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for Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

In The Complete University Guide 2017

Automotive Engineering course overview

The Automotive courses at Loughborough were the first such courses in the UK and have established a national and international reputation for the quality of the courses and the graduates produced. The courses are unique in that they are run in an Automotive Department by academics working with the Automotive Industry.

Both the MEng and BEng courses allow you to acquire a firm foundation in engineering science as it is applied to automobile design, development and manufacture, with considerable emphasis given to the use of modern analytical and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) methods.

The strong Automotive focus continues throughout the courses with the continuation of vehicle design ultimately leading to the complete design of a vehicle and the introduction of a broad range of Automotive modules. Both courses are designed to develop engineers with strong analytical, modelling, experimental and design ability, but also with excellent communication and team working skills.

Professional / industry recognition

The Automotive courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

MEng Automotive Engineering

This extended course has been developed to allow you to broaden your knowledge of automotive engineering, provide the opportunity to study topics of particular interest in more depth and to undertake a substantial individual project.

The first two years are studied in common with the BEng students. In Year 3, MEng students study a wider range of subjects and in the final year the teaching and assessment are conducted at an advanced level with taught material drawing on current research topics and with substantial project work included.

Through exchange schemes there are also opportunities to study for part of the final year at external national and overseas research establishments and universities.

MIRA vehicle test week

Both courses include a week of vehicle testing at the MIRA proving ground. This experience, unique to Loughborough courses, is an opportunity to put the theory to the test through the correlation of actual vehicle behaviour with simulation models.

The tests include: handling dynamics, straight-line performance, braking, noise and vibration and a vehicle aerodynamics study in the full-scale wind tunnel.

Formula Student car

The Department also supports a student-led team to design, test and race a new Formula Student car each year. All students can get involved and in the MEng final year a group project focuses on the design, analysis and building of the Formula Student car.

Take a sneak peek at our Formula Student workshop - this is where we get together to design and test our new Formula Student car each year.

Facilities

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces.

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

  • Computing (in both semesters)
  • Elasticity
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics (in both semesters)
  • Thermodynamics (in both semesters)
  • Vehicle Design and Development
  • Vehicle Systems and Design (in both semesters)
  • Risk Analysis (or for MEng only, language - languages offered are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.)

Year 2 (MEng and BEng)

  • Control Engineering
  • Dynamics and Vibration
  • Electrotechnology
  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Machine Elements and Automotive Materials
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Powertrain Technologies and Attributes
  • Structural Design Project (in both semesters)
  • Vehicle Loading and Suspension
  • Systems Reliability Assessment (or for MEng only, language - languages offered are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.)

It is possible to transfer from the BEng to the MEng variant at the end of year 2, providing grades meet the required standard.

BEng final year or MEng year 3

Final year BEng students undertake an individual project and a vehicle design project. MEng students concentrate on Design Studies, Management and a range of options in Year 3 and may also continue with a language. Vehicle Design in Year 3 includes a group project to design a vehicle. These projects are supervised by experienced vehicle designers and are often undertaken in conjunction with a manufacturer. Options include:

  • Crashworthiness
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Mechanical Vibration
  • Noise Control
  • Principles of Composite Materials & Structures
  • Signal Analysis
  • Sound Radiation from Structures
  • Stress & Structural Analysis
  • Vehicle Dynamics & Simulation
  • Vehicle Engine Analysis

MEng final year

In the first semester of the final year of MEng (Year 4) students continue with a compulsory group project working on aspects of the design, research and development of a Formula Student Car, together with a module in Advanced Reliability, Availability and Maintainability and further optional modules. Options include:

  • Advanced Reliability, Availability and Maintainability
  • Automotive Flow Modelling Techniques
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Vibration
  • Vehicle Energy Technology
  • Vehicle Handling

In Semester 2 students concentrate on an extensive individual research project, which may be undertaken in industry or overseas.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


Assessment

Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations. Design-orientated work is assessed by oral presentation, project work and group assignments. The individual project is assessed by oral and poster presentations and a written report.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

H342 Automotive Engineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, with A* in Mathematics or Physics
IB
38 (7,6,6 HL) including Physics and Mathematics at HL
BTEC
Not accepted

H343 Automotive Engineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, with A* in Mathematics or Physics
IB
38 (7,6,6 HL) including Physics and Mathematics at HL
BTEC
Not accepted

H341 Automotive Engineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and Physics with Grade A in Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Physics and 6 in HL Mathematics
BTEC
A Level Maths Grade A plus BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering or Mechanical Engineering DDM overall plus 7 Mandatory units 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8 Optional units 8, 10, 27, 29, 31, 35, 40, 47 all at Distinction

H330 Automotive Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and Physics with Grade A in Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Physics and 6 in HL Mathematics
BTEC
A Level Maths Grade A plus BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering or Mechanical Engineering DDM overall plus 7 Mandatory units 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8 Optional units 8, 10, 27, 29, 31, 35, 40, 47 all at Distinction

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and additionally an interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Specialist sponsorship

Students studying Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering degree courses who intend to take up a career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service, may be eligible for financial support under the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme.

Graduate destinations

Graduates work primarily in product design and development and are sought after by a wide range of automotive and motorsport companies.
 
Students that wish to pursue other careers are well-equipped to work in other sectors of the vehicle industry, or in other sectors of engineering, finance and business. Academically gifted students are encouraged to undertake postgraduate studies within the Department.

Industrial placements

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2014/15 HESA student record)

This course provides the option to take a paid year working in industry. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

For detailed information about how we support you to find a placement and the companies our students work with visit our Departmental website.

Our students

Ant

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Automotive Engineering

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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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MEng

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Ashley

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Automotive Engineering

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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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MEng

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Automotive Engineering

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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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MEng (Hons)

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Automotive Engineering

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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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BEng (Hons)

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Automotive Engineering

Department

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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MEng (Hons)

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Final

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H342

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H343

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H341

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H330