If you don’t have the right qualifications to start our BEng Automotive Engineering degree, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation course.
You’ll study introductory modules relevant to the degree course whilst developing key skills for academic study. Successful completion of the introductory foundation year will allow you to progress onto the BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering.
Designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the IET for Chartered Engineer status, the automotive engineering course includes elements of mathematical and physical sciences required to design, develop and manufacture a range of engineering systems.
You will study the elements of electrical engineering, such as power and control, crucial for analysing and designing electromechanical drive systems. Programming smart embedded systems will also be covered so that you are ready for the fast development in autonomous and driverless cars.
What you will study
In the first year of the automotive engineering programme you will sit modules that are all common between electrical and mechanical engineering students. This is to ensure all underlying pre-request knowledge for modern automotive engineering is covered.
Finally, you study elements of management, business and professional practice. This will develop your initiative, and effective communication and interpersonal skills, to achieve the high level of technical leadership required in a modern engineering environment. Your new skills will be further tested through group and individual research and design projects.
Foundation year: Automotive Engineering degree
The Foundation Year will give you a good understanding of our engineering courses and provide you with a good numerical background to support you throughout the remainder of the degree. Following your initial foundation year, you will progress onto the modules studied as part of your award.
- Foundations of Mathematics
- Further Foundation Maths for Engineers
- Essential Engineering Skills
- Engineering Project
- Foundation Engineering Principles
- English for Engineering (optional)
- Electrical Science (optional)
Year One: Automotive Engineering degree
- Mathematics for Engineers
- Design and Manufacture
- Electrical Principles
- Introduction to C programming and Embedded Systems
- Engineering Applications
- Thermofluids for Engineers
Year Two: Automotive Engineering degree
- Configuration and Programming of Embedded Systems
- Power, Machines, and Control
- Group Project and Management for Engineers
- Engineering Material Science
- Design for Automotive Engineers
- Energy Storage Technology
Year Three: Automotive Engineering degree
- Hybrid / Electric Vehicle Technology
- Power Systems
- Vehicle Dynamics and Structure
- Autonomous Vehicle Technology
- Individual Project
The Automotive Engineering programme taps into the renowned expertise of the Centre for Automotive & Power System Engineering (CAPSE), a nationally recognised research, development, test and certification centre at the University of South Wales, with a reputation for cutting edge research within the advanced automotive and power systems engineering sectors. The course will also build on the University’s strong links with Formula Student.
We have strong links with industry and place considerable emphasis on student projects. We also encourage industrial placements as part of a sandwich year option.
You can study this degree as a four-year (including foundation year) full-time course or over five years to include a sandwich work placement.
Typical contact hours for a 20 credit module are 48 hours lectures per module (two hours a week) plus 24 hours of labs (one hour a week). Students are typically expected to spend about 72 hours independent study per 20 credit module per year.
This engineering programme is taught through lectures, which are supported by tutorials, practical sessions and seminar groups. Wherever possible, your work will be based on live projects and case studies, with contributions from industry professionals.
Throughout your training, you will engage in activities, such as practicals, individual and group projects, that help you become self-reliant, self-motivated and resourceful, as well as develop leadership qualities and management expertise.
You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.
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