Taught course

Automotive Engineering

University of Bath · Faculty of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.

To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, automotive engineering or vehicle engineering.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Prepare for a career in the fast-paced automotive sector, with access to leading research and diverse opportunities to develop your skills.

Our course is for engineers who want to develop their knowledge further and specialise in automotive engineering and technologies. Exploring research and development in this sector, your studies will focus on the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems. You’ll build on your existing engineering skills and apply them to the challenges of the automotive industry.

You’ll look in-depth at developments in low-carbon technologies and the future of vehicles. Industry needs innovative engineers who can create the next generation of vehicles, and this course is geared specifically towards equipping you with those skills. You’ll learn how to develop sustainable solutions to the vehicles we build and the processes we use.

Covering everything from turbo-charging small engines, to alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, our course draws on the specialist research in our Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre. You’ll learn from academics with expertise in automotive engineering and low-carbon technologies. Their industrial collaborations and research activity feed into your teaching and learning experience.

You’ll have access to teaching and research laboratories that support a range of activities. Our facilities are designed to be similar to industrial workspaces so that you can gain insight into what it is like to work in a professional environment. These include dedicated project labs, a rolling road dynamometer and engine cells.

Our course's mix of theory, practical project work and research dissertation ensures that you develop the range of advanced engineering skills to pursue a career in the automotive sector.

Our past graduates have secured jobs such as:

  • Calibration engineer, Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Product engineer, Renault
  • Engineering consultant, D'Appolonia

Information for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115