Taught course

Automotive and Motorsport Engineering

Institution
Brunel University, London · Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria 2016/7 •A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering or technology discipline. •Other subjects in a related discipline, including but not limited to physics and mathematics will be considered and assessed on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Aims

The speed of change in motorsport is relentless -and engineers need to inovate to succeed. From F1 pit lane mechanics to testing specialists, engine and aerodynamics maestros to team managers and financial controllers, graduates from this course have a host of exciting and varied career options open to them.

The MSc programme at Brunel University helps you develop imagination and creativity to follow a successful engineering career with a mix of modules covering automotive and motorsport engineering topics, which delivers an integrating layer on top of subject specific first degree or professional skills.

Its primary focus is to create Master's degree graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in a multi discipline subject area, typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry.

Compulsory Modules

Research Methods and Sustainable Engineering:

  • Practical research issues: research processes and strategies; researcher/supervisor roles and relationships; writing, communicating and disseminating research; principles of good research practice.
  • Information retrieval: objectives; sampling methods; data analysis; when and how to apply statistics; statistical methods; preparing and sorting data; parametric and non-parametric tests; computer software for statistical analysis.
  • Risk management: Risk analysis and decision support, financial indicators;
  • Innovation: Brainstorming, value engineering, intellectual property protection.

Racing Team Management and Vehicle Testing:
Develops the necessary skills in racing team management and understanding of a race season and race planning, and introduces and familiarise students with racing vehicle testing. Main topics include: team management; marketing concept; ethical business; leadership; risk management; employment; vehicle testing.

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Materials and Manufacturing:
Main topics include: principles of multi-body dynamics; the mixture preparation methods and combustion process in direct injection SI engines; overview of the principal property requirements for materials used in racing car structures; theories of fibre-reinforcement in materials; performance of engineering plastics; composition and properties of high performance elastomers and rubbers; advanced processing and joining technologies for the manufacture and construction of racing vehicle components from high performance polymers; physical and metallurgical properties of high strength steels, aluminium, titanium, nickel and magnesium alloys; metal matrix composites; fabrication of metallic components; failure modes and non-destructive evaluation techniques; composition, properties and processing methods for engineering ceramics used in racing vehicle construction.

Major Group Project:
You work in groups of 4 to 6 to design, manufacture and assemble a racing vehicle (single seater) that takes part in at least one international student competition. The project mimics the real world industry in every shape and form. It is not only an engineering exercise, but one of business and team management as well. Teams are created with a hierarchical structure not dissimilar to professional racing teams. You work to a schedule and budget, and are expected to promote your team image through marketing and sponsorship.

Dissertation:

Optional Modules

Students choose two of the four modules below:

Advanced Modelling and Design:

  • Finite Element Analysis:
    Two-dimensional elements: triangular, quadrilateral and isoparametric; applications to steady and transient heat transfer; applications to two-dimensional stress analysis.
  • Optimisation:
    Types of optimisation problems; objective function; constrained and unconstrained optimisation; multivariate search methods, penalty function, Lagrange multipliers; applications to linkage synthesis.
  • Manufacture:
    Computer applications in manufacturing practice, optimisation in design for manufacture, management procedures and quality requirements, application to company practice.
  • Design:
    Use and application of computer aided engineering software in engineering manufacture. The integration of computer aided engineering and manufacturing methods in company practice.

Advanced Thermofluids:
Main topics include: methods and instruments in fluid flow measurements: laser doppler anemometry (LDA), particle image velocimetry (PIV), hot-wire anemometry (HWA); fluid flow and heat transfer simulations by Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) modelling, large eddy simulation (LES) and direct numerical simulation (DNS).

Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship:
Main topics include: introduction of legal topics appropriate to engineering careers; contract; tort, company and environmental law; property law, licensing; employment law. Costing; tendering strategy; decision analysis; value engineering. Motorsport industry regulation; competitions; sponsorship and advertising.

Racing Vehicle Design and Performance:
Main topics include: racing vehicles and systems operation, design principles; vehicle body and structure; power unit and transmission; suspension and steering, geometry and loads; brakes and braking systems; parameters influencing vehicle performance; performance optimisation; vehicle safety.

Accreditation

The Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MSc at Brunel University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements •IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) •Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores) •BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Fees and funding

UK students
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/Automotive-and-Motorsport-Engineering-MSc
International students
http://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/Automotive-and-Motorsport-Engineering-MSc

You will probably need to finance your own study. You may be eligible for Brunel bursaries, as well as external funding and other support.

Overseas students often obtain external funding, and may be eligible for Brunel bursaries studentships and scholarships and prizes and other support.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Professional practice10
Dissertation30

Course contact details

Name
Marketing and Recruitment Office
Email
sed-pg-admissions@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1895 265370