Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Automotive Engineering

Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

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.

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  • Industry Accreditation

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Automotive Engineering

Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Year of entry: 2017

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.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Accredited by Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • 98% of employed graduates are in professional or managerial roles (2014 graduates)
  • Vehicle testing at MIRA
  • A Top Ten ranked department

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.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich H342
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H343
BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich H341
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H330
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.

MEng course

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.

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.

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

Selection

Applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet our entry requirements are invited to an interview which provides an opportunity for you to meet staff, see the Department and the campus.

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.

**Institution of Mechanical Engineers 
† Languages offered are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

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. 

Find out more about our new facility

 

 

Course structure

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 †)

 

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 †)

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.

 

† Languages offered are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: H342 MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
A*AA inc Maths and Physics, with A* in Maths or Physics (AAA may be offered in exceptional circumstances)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AA including Maths and Physics, plus Highers at A grades
IB
38 points with 7 6 6 at HL including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HNC/HND: Distinction in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods, plus Distinction in FIVE other science related subjects.
Additional

UCAS code: H343 MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
A*AA inc Maths and Physics, with A* in Maths or Physics (AAA may be offered in exceptional circumstances)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AA including Maths and Physics, plus Highers at A grades
IB
38 points with 7 6 6 at HL including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HNC/HND: Distinction in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods, plus Distinction in FIVE other science related subjects.
Additional

UCAS code: H341 BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including Maths and Physics with Grade A in Maths
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
A in Maths and B in Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HNC/HND: Distinctions in Maths and three other science related subjects
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: Please refer to the Department
Additional

UCAS code: H330 BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including Maths and Physics with Grade A in Maths
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
A in Maths and B in Physics, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in Maths and Physics
Other
BTEC HNC/HND: Distinctions in Maths and three other science related subjects
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: Please refer to the Department
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

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.

Placement year at Cummins

Chetan Kotur, an undergraduate from the Department of of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with Cummins

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H342

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H343

BEng (Hons) DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H341

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H330

Our students

Elliot Stark

“You don't need to be a pro athlete to join the sporting teams and you can always try something new with societies. In the past, I have been part of the gliding club and the University Air Squadron.”

Elly Forbes

“I really enjoy the mixture of theory and practical learning we are taught throughout the course. The quality of teaching is really high and reflects the large amount of research undertaken here.”

James Deeb

“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.”

Sam McKee

“Before applying I contacted a lot of UK automotive companies, asking where they like their graduates to come from. Every single one mentioned Loughborough.”

Elliot Stark

“You don't need to be a pro athlete to join the sporting teams and you can always try something new with societies. In the past, I have been part of the gliding club and the University Air Squadron.”

Elly Forbes

“I really enjoy the mixture of theory and practical learning we are taught throughout the course. The quality of teaching is really high and reflects the large amount of research undertaken here.”

James Deeb

“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.”

Sam McKee

“Before applying I contacted a lot of UK automotive companies, asking where they like their graduates to come from. Every single one mentioned Loughborough.”