Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles constitutes a modern and timely area in engineering and one expected to expand very quickly in the next few years. Watch the course introduction webinar here.
Climate change and the consequent need to reduce CO2 emissions has progressively led to major advances in many modern developments of power engineering such as in photovoltaics, wind turbines, biofuels etc. The next step, which strongly affects our daily lives is transportation. Electric vehicles minimise pollution whilst increasing power efficiency. Moreover, areas such as autonomous vehicles and smart transportation grids are beginning to become reality. As a result, expertise in this demanding engineering field is in high demand in the transport industry.
The MSc Electrical Automotive Engineering seeks to provide a postgraduate education covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of the field.
The overall aim of the MSc Electrical Automotive Engineering is to:
- Provide a deep and comprehensive understanding of the current electric/hybrid electric vehicles technology, concepts and challenges
- Develop academic and practical skills in electric power related areas such as electrical machines and drives, power electronics and batteries covering all aspects of the vehicle’s powertrain
- Develop a solid background on vehicle electronics, signal processing and communications needs and challenges.
This course aims to educate graduates, typically from a mechanical/automotive engineering background, in the modern area of electrical automotive engineering and provide a valuable qualification for this growing and expanding market.
However, graduates in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer and Hardware Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Phsyics, Mathematics and other related fields of study in engineering/science would also have the required background to study this course and re-focus their know-how in automotive technology.
Why choose this course?
As the area of Electrical Automotive Engineering is under continuous development by manufacturers, industry and academia, it is necessary to enhance this MSc course with strong research elements and deliver a research-oriented teaching and culture. For this purpose, academics and professionals from overseas and other UK institutions are invited to deliver seminars and lectures on timely research topics and advancements in the area of Electrical Automotive Engineering. Furthermore, the students will benefit from research-oriented individual projects and will be encouraged to participate in National and International Conferences and Workshops to present their works.
The delivery of this course will consist of a balance between theory, simulations and laboratory testing creating an ideal teaching and learning environment. The aim is to cultivate not only a strong foundation in electrical automotive engineering but also critical and original thinking. For this purpose, our students will have the opportunity to benefit from our high level teaching environment and infrastructure, practical hands on laboratory equipment and specialised modern simulation tools adopted by industry nowadays. The teaching activities are partially industry and research focused with the aim of motivating and promoting engineering development and originality among our students.
International experience opportunities
Internationalisation is an important aspect of this course, mainly due to the international interest and focus of the worldwide market on electrical vehicles. For this purpose, renowned overseas academics will be regularly invited to deliver seminars and lectures to our students.
Students will be encouraged to work on research-focused individual projects and in such cases they will have the opportunity to benefit from international research collaboration.
Finally, special care will be taken to divide the students into international groups in order to undertake their practical hands on laboratory testing activities with the aim of enhancing the international character of team working and collaboration.
Electrification of transportation is one of the most rapidly expanding markets while manufacturers are seeking appropriately educated engineers to cover the needs in all aspects of electrical and electronic engineering focusing on electric vehicles.
Specialisation in this particular area could significantly enhance the students’ career prospects and provide excellent opportunities for a challenging, well paid and interesting job.