Automotive Engineering MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

16 September 2019

13 January 2020

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for more than £77.5 billion turnover. Employing 169,000 people directly in manufacturing and investing £4 billion each year in automotive R&D. More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by 2,500 component providers and some of the world’s most skilled engineers*.

This course is designed for the aspiring automotive engineer who wishes to work at the forefront of automotive technology. If you have a background in mechanical, manufacturing and engineering systems, or a closely related science discipline, such as chemical, applied sciences or industrial design, then this is the course for you.

This course should equip you with the advanced practical skills and expert knowledge needed to succeed in the industry. You will be taught by staff who are dedicated professionals in their field and supported by an excellent range of industry standard equipment. This includes an open plan design studio equipped with design and analysis software and an advanced automotive laboratory with vehicle and engine test facilities including a four-post ride simulator, wind tunnel and thermal imaging facilities.

*SMMT Industry Topics, Automotive Engineering, February 2018

This course will allow you to develop specialist skills required for employment in the automotive industry.

Dr John Chai

Dr John Chai, Subject Area Leader, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Course detail

Advanced Automotive Chassis Systems

This module covers the basic elements of a variety of braking, steering, and suspension systems in depth to evaluate their kinematic and dynamic characteristics. Their design features are investigated to establish how they currently satisfy the appropriate automotive regulations. The influence of X-by-wire (any electrically actuated system) regarding vehicle development and future legislation is considered with regard to safety, ethical issues and advanced vehicle control. Wheel and tyre design are explored to establish features such as slip characteristics, construction, and deformation during steady state and transient cornering. The normal operating forces at the tyre/road interface are considered to establish the safe operating boundaries of a vehicle. Traditional and modern suspension systems are studied for commercial vehicles, high volume production cars and high performance cars. Comfort and ride characteristics are related to wheel loads and differing road features. The use of software packages (typically ADAMS and SolidWorks) may be used for kinematic and force analyses of suspension systems.

Vehicle Dynamic Performance Evaluation

This module aims to investigate the operating characteristics and limitations of modern internal combustion engines and hybrid configurations. You’ll be introduced to software packages used by commercial organisations so you can undertake engine performance analysis, including the effects of exhaust system routing, turbochargers and superchargers. You'll have the opportunity to study the forces exerted on a vehicle during steady state and transient cornering with regard to road loads, roll over, banked tracks and adverse camber. Front, rear and 4-wheel drive configurations will be compared.

Applied Computer Aided Design

This module uses theory and practice with 3D modelling software to design a working gearbox from a range of applications such as automotive, marine and industrial. You will select a category and develop a design that is appropriate to your specific interest. The assignments are progressive, the first being the design of a suite of gearbox components followed by the assembly of a complete virtual unit, thus demonstrating your ability to design to a professional standard using a high level CAD package, such as Solidworks.

Advanced Static Analysis

This module aims to extend your knowledge of the scientific principles used in more advanced static analysis of mechanical components and systems and to understand the role that mathematical and computer based modelling plays in this type of analysis. The module allows you the opportunity to gain experience in the use of commercial analysis software to solve non-linear structural problems.

Advanced Dynamic Analysis

This module aims to combine theoretical and practical analysis of dynamic motion with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). You’ll have the opportunity to study both vibration and control techniques with topics including vibration theory, mechanical control, forced vibration, resonance, Sdof (Single degree of Freedom) and MdoF (Multiple degrees of Freedom) systems and NVH applications.

Total Quality Engineering

This module has been designed to be offered to students who have a basic understanding of operations management, quality assurance and control, together with the statistical techniques employed in probability theory. The module aims to build on this knowledge, giving you the ability to implement and operate quality systems, maintenance regimes and reliability trials.

Vehicle Aerodynamics and Air Management

This module combines the use of theoretical, experimental and computational tools to help you develop a thorough understanding of aerodynamic features associated with moving vehicles as well as air handling requirements. The module introduces you to various commercial computational fluid dynamics packages.

Professional Development and Research Methods

This is an innovative module which delegates will find not only challenging but also very rewarding as it will extend the way they think about management excellence and research application. Through interactive module content, based upon the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, you will be guided through the theory and practice of professional development and research. Through the use of a number of diagnostic instruments and application tools, you will be able to benchmark your leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills, thereby providing a firm foundation for reflective career planning through portfolio development. On completion, you will be equipped to manage your career through to professional registration and have the ability to lead complex research projects. This activity will be supported by seminars led by experts in the field of research and development from academia and industry, prior to the delivery of equally weighted group and individual project assessments.

Individual Project

The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. Where possible the project is carried out in collaboration with an industrial company and takes place at the company. A project supervisor is then allocated at the University who would check and confirm if the project is suitable for a Master's level course.

The flexible nature of the programme enables you to develop an individual automotive theme through the selection of research based activities most relevant to your aspirations.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Systems or a closely related science subject area or an equivalent professional qualification.

You are encouraged to apply if you have other qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate that you are equipped with knowledge and skills equivalent to Honours degree level.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Why Choose Huddersfield?


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Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student life

Enhance your career


Previous graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as Parts Quality Engineer, Engineering Design Contractor , Research Engineer and Lead Engineer in organisations such as G&P Quality Management Group, Cygnet Texkimp, Cummins and Jaguar Land Rover. Or alternatively they have progressed to pursue PhD research at the University of Huddersfield.**

* Percentage of our postgraduate students who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

** Source LinkedIn, January 2019.

93.8%*

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At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to option modules

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