Taught course

Automotive Engineering

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree in mechanical, automotive or motorsport engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of the engineering that enables and drives the automotive industry.

The key components of the MSc in Automotive Engineering cover:

  • design, with a focus on vehicle chassis and performance
  • sustainability
  • reliability
  • aerodynamics
  • issues of comfort like noise, vibration and harshness.

Teaching is based in a purpose-designed engineering building

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one of two alternative-compulsory modules and one optional module, along with the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics will give you a thorough understanding of the relevant theoretical and practical considerations associated with optimising vehicle performance. You will learn to apply advanced vehicle dynamic analysis techniques such as the derivative method and learn how to optimise suspension on our four-post rig.
  • Sustainable Engineering Technology presents the concepts of sustainability and applies them to issues facing vehicle engineering and transport, such as the manufacturing processes, carbon foot-printing, materials of construction and choice of powertrain.
  • Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.

Alternative-compulsory modules (you must pass at least one of these):

  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness looks at the analysis, quantification, characterisation and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.
  • Vehicle Crash Engineering will give you an understanding of material, component and structural behaviour when subjected to medium-to-high-impact events. This includes the design, testing and modelling of motorsport and automotive vehicles with regard to crash worthiness.

Optional modules (you take one of these, unless you take both alternative-compulsory modules above):

  • Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics focuses on the problem of how to design vehicle shapes and aerodynamic packages that enhance the vehicle performance.
  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.
  • CAD/CAM is a master's level module that develops skills in using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing software.
  • Advanced Powertrain Engineering provides an understanding of areas such as powertrain system requirements, energy flow in the driveline, engine and powertrain modelling concepts for evaluating the performance of Powertrain systems.

You will also do a Dissertation which is an individual research and development work on a topic relevant to automotive engineering and related to your chosen course of study.

The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. The module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, progress management and review, and the ability to use ICT support materials.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you must satisfy our English language requirement by providing us with evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0.

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 482727