University of Hertfordshire

BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering

With a 30-year record of producing skilled engineers for all branches of the automotive industry, Hertfordshire’s a great choice if you want to work in this cutting-edge sector. How? The course focuses on vehicle design, taking into account performance, consumer demand, safety and sustainability. You’ll use all the latest industry tools and techniques, and take specialist classes in vehicle structures, engine performance, aerodynamics, materials and manufacturing strategies. This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is the first step towards chartered engineer status.

Entry Requirements

UCAS PointsA LevelBTEC
112-120BBC-BBB- Grade B Maths and either physics or technology or engineering based subjects, excluding general studies/critical thinkingDMM- Extended diploma in engineering (DMM) to include Distinction in further maths

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/C in Mathematics.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

This programme prepares you for the many excellent career choices available to a professional chartered automotive engineer. Our placement students sometimes return to their final year studies with sponsorships and already holding job offers. We have links with all the major automotive companies in the UK and many abroad, and most Formula One racing teams have one of our graduates in their design team. Many other graduates decide to stay at the University and extend their automotive education at a postgraduate level.

Our graduates’ employment prospects are excellent. You can expect to be employed in design, manufacturing or testing in one of the major automotive companies in the UK or internationally. In fact, most Formula One teams have one of our graduates in their design team. Other graduates decide to stay with us and extend their automotive education at postgraduate level.

Course Details

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The school also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

You will study vehicle structures, engine performance, aerodynamics using wind tunnel testing, materials and manufacturing strategies applicable to mass car production and specialist vehicle development. You will gain skills in commercial engineering software used in the industry, such as CATIA (a computer-aided design package), as well as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics packages.  There is also the opportunity to be involved with the Class 200 Formula Student car, where you will work on developing the previous year's Formula Student entry.

First Year

You will study motorsport and automotive technology, engineering mathematics, engineering applications of mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, introduction to manufacturing technology, introduction to design, as well as fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Second Year

You will study dynamics, thermofluid mechanics, further engineering mathematics, computer-aided engineering (CAE), structural mechanics, automotive electronics and control systems, integrated engineering systems design, and project management and product development.

Third Year

You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement, or you can take the opportunity to study part of your degree abroad through student exchange programmes with other universities in the EU, USA or Canada.

Final Year (3rd or 4th)

You will study vehicle engineering design, vibration, noise and vehicle dynamics, vehicle structural analysis and manufacture, manufacturing strategy, mechanics and properties of materials, thermofluid mechanics and heat transfer, and an individual major project.  You will also have an opportunity to be involved with the development of the University's entry to the Formula Student competition. 

Year 1

Engineering mathematics
Statics and dynamics
Automotive engineering fundamentals
Applied design
Electrical science
Programming for engineers
Engineering professionalism
Introduction to mechatronic systems

Year 2

Automotive electronics and control systems
Structural mechanics
Dynamics
Project management and product development
Integrated engineering systems design
Computer aided engineering
Career planning
Further engineering mathematics

Year 3

Thermofluid mechanics & heat transfer
Manufacturing strategy
Vehicle engineering design
Vehicle structural analysis and manufacture
Vibration, noise & vehicle dynamics
Mechanics and properties of materials
Individual project
Careers portfolio
Industrial placement
Year abroad

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