The BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills required in the modern automotive industry, with a focus on autonomous vehicle technology.
The automotive industry is changing rapidly and moving towards electrical vehicles which are set to completely dominate the market in the next two decades. This course has been designed with these technological developments in mind with as much emphasis on electrical side of vehicle design as the mechanical side so graduates are well equipped for the automotive industry of the future.
Designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the IET for Chartered Engineer status, the 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 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.
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 three-year, full-time course or over four 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.
There is a range of assessment methods. The first two years of this engineering degree combine exams and assessments based on laboratory work, but in later years there are exams for technical options and coursework or reports for management and project work.
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