Taught course

Racing Engine Design

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

The motorsport industry in the UK is a world leader and many of the world's most advanced high-performance engines are designed here. The MSc in Racing Engine Design is intended to enhance and extend your knowledge in engine design. You will be taught by staff with many years' experience of racing engines, from performance road cars, through rally, IRL, Kart and F3 right up to F1.

The course provides an intensive exposure to an integrated design, simulation, modelling and analysis of racing engines. The analysis elements of the modules include structural optimisation, dynamics, internal combustion engine thermo-fluid dynamics, engine performance, tuning, mapping and monitoring.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, two optional modules and the dissertation together with research and study methods.


Racing Engine Design will give you a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical considerations associated with the design and functioning of a racing engine. You will learn to perform advanced design analysis on each area, such as the block, valve-train, head design and thermal management. Practical analyses will be carried out using advanced analysis tools such as GT-Power, ANSYS, and ADAMsEngine.

Advanced Strength of Components is concerned with the prediction of the load-carrying capacity and life of mechanical engineering components by an analysis of factors such as inelastic behaviour, residual stress, stability, cracks, and fatigue and contact loading.

Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.


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.

Computation and Modelling presents finite element modelling of structures containing composite materials, advanced simulation techniques using ADAMS and an introduction to MATLAB.

is a master's level module that develops skills in using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing software.

Data Acquisition Systems will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to the acquisition and analysis of data.

You also take:

A Dissertation which is an individual research and development work on a topic relevant to motorsport 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.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you must satisfy our English language requirement by providing us with evidence of a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) or IELTS score of 6.0.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations22
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation28 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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