UWE Bristol - MEng Automotive Engineering

UWE Bristol

MEng 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 will play a vital role in designing cleaner and more efficient vehicles to address environmental challenges, while urbanisation will drive 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.

Our MEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Engineering Council. Plus, with this MEng qualification, you'll meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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, 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: 120
  • 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.

Career Prospects

On our MEng Automotive Engineering degree, you'll gain a strong grounding in mathematics, design, manufacturing and mechanical engineering needed for a career in this industry.

You'll study key areas such as automotive manufacturing, engine systems, vehicle dynamics, materials, structures and safety, while gaining hands-on experience by testing designs for automotive projects.

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.

Discover how engineering will challenge you and change the way you learn. 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.

Investigate engineering problems that interest you, while developing engineering, project management and report writing skills. You'll also develop core skills that you'll take with you through your career, such as innovation, teamwork, creativity, problem solving and analytical skills.

You'll benefit from a range of professional opportunities too. Complete work placements in areas like 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.

At UWE Bristol, there are opportunities to become a graduate tutor. You could also get involved in world-leading research in our Centre for Transport and Society and Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments.

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 3

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

Year 4

Masters Group Capstone Project
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
Emerging Automotive Technology 2.

Two optional modules
Design of Fluid Systems
Structural Integrity and Design
Advanced Mechatronics
Mechanics of Composites
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Principles of Lean Engineering
Concurrent Engineering and Design for Manufacture.

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