An exciting area of engineering many children dream of working in; our Automotive Engineering BEng can be continued to master’s level.
If you have a passion for cars, an enthusiasm for engineering and design, together with excellent maths and IT skills, this professionally accredited course will help put your interests and practical skills to good use.
Focusing on how engineering is used in automotive applications, this course enables you to qualify first at Bachelor, and then if you choose to follow the MEng pathway, a Master’s degree level, ideal for those seeking leadership positions in the development of new technologies and design of future vehicles. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of the design criteria required to create a successful brand and product, setting you on the path to registering and practising as a Chartered Engineer, if you successfully complete Master’s level study.
Automotive engineers design, test and develop vehicles and/or components from concept to production.
In the first two years, you will study subjects that have been designed to broaden your perspective and understanding of the underlying engineering principles to bring you to a level where the detailed work in the automotive field can be studied.
We will then focus purely on automotive subjects, considering engineering science as it is applied to automobile design, development and manufacture. You will be able to define your individual study plan, selecting from a range of options to complement core subjects in areas such as vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, engines and powertrain, noise vibration and harshness (NVH), finite element analysis (FEA), intelligent transport, durability and reliability, advanced materials and manufacture.
You will develop an awareness of the wider responsibilities to society, especially in terms of issues relating to ethics, health, safety and sustainability. We will share the corporate context of engineering, alongside the commercial and technical risks associated with innovation, enabling you to deal with new and unusual challenges in automotive engineering.
You will have the opportunity to participate in individual and group projects in the final year that can be selected according to your personal interests or future aspiration. Group projects have involved JLR, TEREX, Formula Student, Shell Eco Marathon and Horiba MIRA, while recent individual projects have included: an examination of linear motor implementation for rear active steering in our Formula Student vehicle; modelling and simulation of active suspension systems with preview, using Simpack; improving air flow through engine inlet air boxes; and optimisation of an automotive component design and manufacturing cycle using latest generation CAE solutions and 3D printing.
Why choose this course?
With extensive links to well-known automotive companies like Jaguar Land Rover and Lotus, Coventry University has a long and prestigious automotive, transport and engineering heritage.
You will benefit from our advanced facilities, reputation for teaching excellence in the engineering field and our strong links with local industry, which help to ensure our course reflects current thinking, the latest technologies, design systems and testing processes.
Our suite of ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses has been ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
You will be taught by academics with wide ranging experience in the automotive fields, who are actively involved in commercial and academic research, further enrichening your learning and enhancing your understanding of the challenges facing engineers today. Our Centre for Mobility and Transportation is conducting a range of exciting projects, looking at areas such as cybersecurity, vehicle dynamics, light weighting, advanced simulation, future concepts and crash protection.
You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.
International experience opportunities
The University is committed to providing a global educational experience. We invite international guest lectures, for example, a leading automotive engineering professor at Heilbronn University is giving our students a presentation on the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) research and the motion platform driving simulator they have built at Heilbronn.
We also provide opportunities to participate in a number of field trips, which in the past has included: test work at the GM proving ground; a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA; a tour of Hirata, a Japanese Tier 1 automotive supplier for Ford, Chrysler and GM; participation on a certificated training course with Altair on Inspire; and visits to Mahle Powertrain, the Univeristy of Michigan and Chrysler Building.
We also encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study. Previously students have studied at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and Esslingen University in Germany.
Fully accredited by the IMechE, the course is as such recognised in industry, providing credibility of the technical standard of our graduates among employers.
Industry-related projects will give you a feel of what the demands and expectations will be in the workplace, as well as enabling you to practice and apply your skills to real engineering projects. You will also gain practical, hands-on experience in preparing, running and analysing results from experimental testing and numerical analysis. Students have experienced placements with: Honda, in new product introduction; Aston Martin, in special vehicle projects data acquisition; NP Aerospace, working on the new range of military vehicles; Eaton Trucks, in gearbox design; McLaren Automotive, in software test and evaluation; BMW, in vehicle trim and materials; and Cummins Engines, on engine development and build.
When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.