In the modern world of vehicle design and manufacture, companies require engineers who are highly qualified and possess specialised skills. You can gain experience and take advantage of our links with industry leaders like Aston Martin and JLR on our Automotive Engineering MSc.
If you have an interest in road vehicles and a mechanical or automotive background, this course will provide you with technical and managerial skills and expertise that are highly sought after by the automotive industry.
We will equip you with the knowhow to design and test vehicles that are more fuel efficient, refined and safe, by studying the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems, examining individual components and entire vehicles. Both could lead to careers as Automotive Engineering specialists in a wide range of engineering, manufacturing, and service organisations.
The course is designed to further your knowledge of all of the key aspects related to the automotive sector, from managing projects to design, analysis and the introduction and implementation of new technologies within the sector.
It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of design processes and the ability to generate innovative designs for products, systems, components or processes. We will develop, learn and apply new theories, concepts and methods in novel and challenging situations, analysing emerging technologies, analytical techniques and assessing their limitations. We aim equip you with the skills and knowledge to analyse and assess commercial risks, management and business practices, associated with the introduction in new situations and environments.
There is a strong component of Computer Aided Engineering across the modules studied. From Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Multibody Simulations (MBS). You will have the opportunity to use or improve your existing knowledge of state-of-the-art engineering simulation software currently in use in the automotive sector. You will get the chance to apply mathematical and computer-based models for solving problems in untried areas and environments.
Why choose this course?
Coventry University has a long and prestigious automotive, transport and engineering heritage. Our graduates are employed by automotive vehicle and system manufacturers and design professionals all over the world. Our suite of ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses have been ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 20th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
This highly focused course has been developed in consultation with our impressive network of industry partners, including Jaguar Land Rover. It also draws on the industrial experience of academics and research activity covering the major specialisms, such as aerodynamics, powertrain, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), vehicle safety and vehicle dynamics.
Preparing you for a career in the fast-growing automotive sector, you will enhance your experimental and computer simulation skills using state-of-the-art equipment and software. You will study all the major engineering focus areas in the automotive sector including: design and metrology, structural analysis, vehicle aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, powertrain and engine dynamics, vehicle refinement, vehicle development and engineering management.
To complete your MSc, you will undertake a research project linked with current University research and/or on real-world situations proposed by industry partners. Such industry-related projects are hugely popular; you will be mentored by an academic to make and test components, analyse and present your findings. Recent projects in vehicle systems, combustion, stress and dynamics, finite element analysis, automation, computational fluid dynamics included collaborations with: Microcab, Unipart, JLR, Aston Martin, GKN.
A number of modules are also delivered to industry partners, such as Jaguar Land Rover, as part of the Continuous Development Programme (CPD) they offer for their employees.
International experience opportunities
We collaborate with other universities across the globe in Online International Learning (OIL) projects. A recent project piloted last year in conjunction with VIT India was focusing on the vehicle cross wind sensitivity.
The course has a strong focus on the current demands of the automotive industry and will provide you with an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge required to be able to start making a positive contribution to the company they work for from day one.
Industry-related projects will give you a feel of what the demands and expectations will be at their future workplace, as well as enabling you to practice and apply your skills to real engineering projects. You can also gain practical, hands-on experience in preparing, running and analysing results from experimental testing and numerical analysis.
The Faculty enjoys close links with employers in the performance engineering industry, including Red Bull Racing, the Auto-Cycle Union, Lotus Cars, Penske Racing and Triumph Motorcycles, as well global manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover, Prodrive, MIRA, Whale Tankers and BAE Systems.