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Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion MSc

University of Bath · Faculty of Engineering and Design

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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.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Stand out from the crowd in the competitive automotive sector as a mechanical engineer with electric propulsion expertise.

The future of the automotive industry needs a new type of engineer, someone who is in their element with complex propulsion systems incorporating combustion engines, electric machines, and batteries. We’ve designed a bespoke course to prepare mechanical engineers for the electrification of their sector.

Your studies will focus on the design, performance, and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems. We’ll teach you about electrical components, and their mechanical contexts and constraints. This means you’ll understand both the fundamental principles of batteries, power electronics, and motors, as well as how to integrate these into a system. By the end of your course, you should be able to analyse vehicle requirements to design and specify different types of propulsion systems.

Industry needs innovative engineers who can create sustainable solutions for the next generation of vehicles. To truly contribute to the future of your sector you will need a diverse and transferable skill set. During your course, you will cover the breadth of modern automotive engineering and explore in detail all aspects of automotive propulsion, from batteries and electric motors to advanced combustion engines and their fuels. Alongside this, you will have developed skills in engineering project management, as well as vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics.

You’ll work independently, and in teams, on projects based on real industrial problems. In your first two semesters, you’ll have the opportunity to learn by putting ideas to the test, both in computer lab sessions, as well as hands-on laboratory sessions. We’ll give you the opportunity to develop your technical, professional, and research skills, so you are prepared for the workplace or to begin a career in academia.

Learn from the experts in the field

At Bath, we’ve been researching within the automotive sector for over 40 years. From downsizing internal combustion engines and turbo-charging small engines, to alternative fuels, hybrid vehicles, fuel cells and electric vehicles, our course draws on our specialist automotive research activities.

Our new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will further support the automotive industry in developing ultra-low and zero emission vehicles. Our academics are the heart of IAAPS and bring their automotive engineering expertise and industry connections to their teaching.

Use specialist facilities

You’ll have access to control, simulation, and rapid prototyping equipment during your degree. To support your chosen dissertation specialism, you might also use some of our research facilities. This could include our specialist automotive equipment, such as a chassis dynamometer or engine and electric motor research platforms. We also have emissions measurement facilities, a battery emulator, and a turbocharger test facility.

Start your future here

Our course's mix of theory, project work, and research dissertation means that you will develop a 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

We also encourage our top performing MSc students to continue their studies with us on a PhD programme. Read about Nic Zhang's career experiences after studying an automotive MSc at Bath.

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

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Learn more via the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385 115