Automotive Engineering

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • A unique feature of this programme is the practical application provided by the linking of the project to the automotive industry, from specialist companies such as Bentley to large scale producers such as Ford.
  • Engineering facilities are excellent with a dedicated £4m heavy engineering workshop for research and teaching in surface engineering, materials and dynamics, and state-of-the-art kit including rapid prototyping machines and water jet cutters.
  • Research in the School of Engineering was rated 'internationally excellent' in the most Research Excellence Framework (2014).
  • You will learn from industrial case studies and use the latest, industry standard software.
  • The main student intake is in September but it is also possible to begin studying in January.

About the course

Our engineering Masters programmes are designed to meet the needs of an industry which looks to employ postgraduates who can learn independently and apply critical thinking to real-world problems. Many of the staff who teach in the School also have experience of working in industry and have well-established links and contacts in their industry sector, ensuring your education and training is relevant to future employment.

This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.


Accreditation has been awarded to the first intakes of this new  MSc programme up to the point when the first graduates emerge. At this point, the IET’s accreditation process requires a review be performed after which accreditation of future intakes is normally confirmed.

Our research in Engineering and Materials

We focus on a wide variety of research in the general areas of engineering and materials’ science. Researchers in the Engineering and Materials Research Centre are a mix of full and part-time staff, postdoctoral researchers, research degree students and visiting fellows and professors from academia and industry.

Our research was rated ‘internationally recognised’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Recent research awards from the UK Research Councils, EU Horizon2020, InnovateUK and industry partners include £630k for next generation energy storage devices via 3D printing of graphene, £600k to develop smart communication systems and £100k for an award-winning novel cardiovascular bypass graft.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

This course can be taught full-time over 1 year, or part-time over 2 years. If taught full-time all units will be taken within 1 year.

Core units
• Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Dynamics
• MSc Engineering Project

Option units
• Management Practice
• Manufacturing Systems Management
• Engineering Structural Integrity
• Computational Mechanics
• Bioengineering
• Sustainable Energy Systems
• Rail Infrastructure and Engineering Strategy
• Smart Technologies for Power Management

Optional units listed in the following curriculum structures are all approved for delivery, but may not all run/be available in any one academic session.

Click below for unit information.

Core Units
Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Dynamics

This unit is about the modern dynamic and safety systems that assist us in driving cars, and about the structural analysis of the vehicular body. You will learn how to build, test and analyse models of vehicle dynamic systems and structural performance, analyse vehicle control systems, assess the overall design and integrity of the vehicle system and analyse the performance of automotive subsystems.

MSc Engineering Project

This is a core unit for all MSc programmes within the School of Engineering. In their MSc project, the learner will develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of a subject field within the engineering area of study.  The learner will be supervised and supported by active research staff within the School of Engineering. The aim of the MSc project is to prepare the learner to take key positions in industry or to go on to further research based posts/studies within the Higher Education sector.

Likely Optional Units

This unit is about biomaterials, biomechanics, measurement & modelling and medical device development. You will learn how to design solutions to solve medical problems using bioengineering principles including how to: evaluate the biomechanics of key systems and analyse systems using measurement, modelling or simulation methods; how to distinguish between key groups and properties of biomaterials & implants. You will also learn about the development process and regulations for medical devices.

Computational Mechanics

This unit is about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA). You will learn how to use various simulation techniques and formulate simulation strategies and interpret the results. You will learn how to set up suitable computer models of the CFD and FEA of mechanical systems and demonstrate the verification and validation process of a simulation and/or correlate the simulation results with physically measured data where possible.

Engineering Structural Integrity

In this unit you will learn about the suitability of the various techniques of engineering structural integrity for a range of engineering systems and how to evaluate the mechanical behaviour of materials and model their behaviour in real world applications. You will also learn about the main fatigue analysis theories and methods that have been implemented in state of the art fatigue analysis software packages and about the theories and methods behind BS 7910 for carrying out structural integrity assessment and the associated NDT techniques.

Management Practice

The unit introduces some key aspects of management practice, developing the ability to assimilate and apply some basic concepts, tools and frameworks in organisational development, marketing, accounting and finance.

Manufacturing Systems Management

This unit enables the learner to demonstrate a practical and conceptual understanding of manufacturing systems tools and techniques. Learning to appreciate the value of management science in tacking complex decision making problems and develop conceptual knowledge on the development of product-service systems.

Rail Infrastructure and Engineering Strategy

This unit promotes the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in rail engineering. It engages the learner’s ideas of current rail standards and regulations allowing critical evaluation of ethics, environmental impact and commercial strategy. It develops the learner’s skills in the application of technology, data collection, risk modelling, vehicle dynamics and rail accident investigation. The unit provides relevant industry knowledge to promote employment in various engineering disciplines within the rail sector.

Smart Technologies for Power Management

This unit focuses on intelligent and sustainable power management technologies both on the electrical grids and in buildings. Looking at the global energy consumption and the implications of the increased consumption on the environment, it discusses electrification of transport, communication systems, Internet of Things, M2M (Machine to Machine), smart metering, and other emerging technologies, and their role in sustainable energy management. The unit develops the learner’s knowledge in the design and practical aspects of sustainable power systems. It prepares the learner for a career in the power industry.

Sustainable Energy Systems

This unit focuses on the design of sustainable and renewable energy systems. It will enable the learner to understand the structure, operation and applications of various renewable power systems; wind to energy converters, photovoltaic (solar), energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and the design of hybrid renewable energy systems. It also provides them with the knowledge and design tools required for today’s renewable energy industry.

Sustainable Integrated Power Systems

This unit covers design and practical aspects of renewable power systems. Energy conversion technologies and the design of hybrid renewable energy systems are also covered. Reliability issues and life cycle calculation for the studied systems are also included.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

You will be assessed through a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.

Additional Information About this Course

Due to professional body requirements, this course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations in that a minimum pass mark is required for each element of assessment.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

A minimum of 2:2 UK Honours degree in Physics, Mathematics, or a branch of Engineering is normally required. Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted.  Other professional qualifications or unclassified degrees in Engineering or Science disciplines may be considered on merit and/or with relevant professional experience.

International students please see

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

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Career options after the course

The automotive sector offers graduates a unique and exciting career. This course aims to increase your employability in the industry and enable you to target specific roles that fit your own expertise. The job market in engineering and technology fields is buoyant with most maintaining good economic performance.

You will also be well placed to pursue a placement with partners or further study such as a PhD or an Engineering Doctorate.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Engineering and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

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