MSc Automotive Engineering

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This course provides a dynamic opportunity to develop engineering skills for the automotive industry. It aims to provide in-depth understanding of modern developments in vehicle design, vehicle dynamic control systems, vehicle propulsion systems and vehicle structures. You will build, test and analyse the performance of vehicle control systems, dynamic systems and automotive sub-systems. You will have the opportunity to showcase your specialist skills and interests and demonstrate independent learning via an automotive-focused project, assessed through the production and examination of a thesis, which completes the MSc.

The automotive sector offers a unique and exciting career for graduates. The UK automotive sector alone employs 770,000 people and has 13 research and development centres. According to a report published by the Automotive Council UK, ‘up to 5,000 vacancies are unfilled in the automotive industry due to skills shortages’. This is further reflected in announcements from Ford, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover in recent years regarding investment in the UK automotive sector.

Non-means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master’s students - click here to find out more information

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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.

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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.

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

Course details

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.


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.

This course can be taught full-time over 1 year.

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

Option units
• Manufacturing Systems Management
• Engineering Structural Integrity
• Computational Mechanics
• Sustainable Energy Systems

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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours


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.

School of Engineering

Our School of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.

The school strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the school are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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How to apply

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