UWE Bristol - BEng Hons Automotive Engineering

UWE Bristol

BEng Hons Automotive Engineering

Get your career off to a strong start by gaining experience through factory visits, professional briefings and testing your designs using our modern automotive simulator.

Why study automotive engineering?

The automotive industry is set for global growth over the next decade. Engineers play a role in designing cleaner and more efficient vehicles to address environmental challenges, while urbanisation is driving a need for better transport solutions.

These contemporary issues will create demand for professionals with knowledge and skills in automotive design and manufacture. If you're always asking questions, exploring different alternatives, and thinking creatively - then you're who we're looking for.

Why UWE Bristol?

Our new inclusive, problem-based curriculum will broaden our engineering audience, enabling students from a wider range of backgrounds to pursue a career in engineering. To date, we're the first university in the UK to transform our curriculum alongside constructing a new engineering building.

You'll be taught in our new state-of-the-art School of Engineering designed to revolutionise the way engineering is taught. Featuring engine test cells, dedicated collaborative learning spaces and all of the latest high-tech equipment, it's purpose-built to support a wide range of engineering disciplines.

Investigate engineering problems that interest you and gain hands-on experience by testing designs for automotive projects. You'll tackle real world issues through live projects and learn to take risks as you develop solutions in our state-of-the art labs.

Where can it take me?

As a student engineer, you'll start your professional journey towards becoming an incorporated or chartered engineer from day one. You'll learn by doing, applying and revisiting your early skills through embedded project weeks and development of digital and physical prototypes, just as you would in practice.

Choose from a range of career options in automotive design, manufacturing, and maintenance, enabling you to contribute to the next wave of green and sustainable transport technologies. You'll increase your employability too, thanks to our local industry links with some of the biggest names in engineering.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: Grade C in Mathematics plus a pass in one of the following subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics. Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • Relevant subjects: Biology; Chemistry; Computing/Computer Science; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; ICT; Further Maths; Mathematics; Music Technology; Physics; Statistics

Career Prospects

Our BEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering will offer you a strong grounding in mathematics, design, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. You'll study critical aspects of the industry, such as automotive manufacturing, engine systems, vehicle dynamics, materials, structures and safety.

Discover how engineering will challenge you and change the way you learn. You'll develop core skills that you'll take with you through your career, such as engineering, project management, report writing skills, innovation, teamwork and creativity.

With green transport technologies a focus of future transport developments, opportunities for eco-minded automotive engineers are predicted to increase. Many of our graduates go on to work in automotive research and development, design, manufacture and maintenance.

Depending on your second-year results, you could transfer to our four-year MEng Automotive Engineering course, giving you a master's rather than a bachelor's degree. With a MEng, you'll meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

You'll benefit from a range of professional opportunities too. Complete work placements in areas such as product development, vehicle dynamics and design, and manufacturing. Compete with our multi-disciplinary team UWE Formula Student, which regularly succeeds at the annual Formula Student competition.

Course Details

If you study on the four year sandwich course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

Year 1

Engineering Practice 1
Solid Mechanics, Materials and Manufacturing
Dynamics Modelling and Simulation
Applied Electrical Technology.

Year 2

Engineering Practice 2
Engineering Research
Structural Mechanics
Applied Thermofluids
Systems Design.

Placement year

Year three Final Year for BEng

Engineering Project
Group Design and Integration Project
Vehicle Design Fundamentals
Automotive Manufacturing
Emerging Automotive Technology 1
Vehicle Dynamics
Professionalism for Engineers

One optional module
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Control Engineering
Materials and Structures for Special Applications
Composite Engineering
Integrated Electro-mechanical Systems
Advanced Heat Transfer
Engineering and Society.

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