Automotive Engineering MSc (Eng)

You will study 180 credits in total during your Automotive Engineering MSc (Eng). A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the professional project is worth 75 credits. These are the modules studied in 2019. If you are starting in September 2020, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Professional project - 75 credits
You will undertake a professional project during the summer months.
Recent projects include:
• Coated lightweight brake rotors
• Designing, measuring and modelling of vehicle dynamics
• Thermo-mechanical analysis of disc brake for vehicle rollaway.
 
Automotive Chassis Engineering - 15 credits
Aspects of chassis systems and behaviour, including suspension and steering systems, chassis structures, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
 
Automotive Driveline Engineering - 15 credits
An overview of all the key elements of a driveline, with a particular focus on the design of the key machine elements along with some novel applications.
 
Engineering Psychology and Human Factors - 15 credits 
This module will provide you with an overview of the fields of engineering psychology and ‘human factors i.e., of the capabilities, limitations, and behaviours of humans as users and operators of engineered technology with a special emphasis in this module on ground vehicles and aircraft as well as the implications of these matters for design of such technology.
 
Team Design and Build Project - 15 credits
This module enables you to participate in a group activity involving a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve a solution to a programme specific industrially relevant design problem.
 

Optional modules

Engineering Computational Methods - 15 credits
The module introduces students to the basic computational methods used to solve engineering problems modelled by ordinary differential equations and parabolic or hyperbolic partial differential equations. They will also learn how to implement the learned methods in practice. Engineering simulation software packages rely on computational methods and a good understanding is crucial to knowledgeably use them.
 
This module provides the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to enable performance of complex Finite Element Methods (FEM) in structural mechanics using commercial software packages used in industry.
 
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis - 15 credits 
This module provides the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to allow a student to competently perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis with commercial software packages used in industry.
 
Design Optimisation - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the scientific principles of design optimisation and the ability to arrive at an improved design for an engineering system that satisfies given requirements.
 
Vehicle Design and Analysis - 20 credits
Basic and more advanced concepts of vehicle performance, including ride, handling, aerodynamics and acceleration/deceleration behaviour.
 
Tribology and Surface Engineering - 15 credits
A broad-based introduction to the interdisciplinary scientific discipline of tribology, covering how tribology impacts on the design and operation of mechanisms and the means adopted to lubricate them.
 
This module aims to provide a solid understanding of the development and understanding of aerospace and aircraft and other vehicle or product systems and their design.