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Automotive Engineering (with Placement Year)

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 1578 Points
4 Years
Apply date
Jun 2023
Start date
Sep 2023

Program Description

The Brunel Automotive Engineering BEng gives students with a passion for motor vehicles the specialised expertise they need to become professional engineers in the fast-moving automotive industry.

Along with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, including maths, engineering science and design, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of the technical workings of current and future automotive systems.

You’ll study all aspects of automotive development and manufacture from vehicle design and performance to engine and transmission systems to materials, structures and safety.

You’ll also get hands-on practice troubleshooting engineering problems that inevitably arise during the construction and testing processes. Your education will profit, too, by your access to the work done at our Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF). One of the largest and most active engine research groups in the UK, CAPF focuses on minimising pollutant emissions and improving fuel efficiency while maintaining performance levels.

Throughout your studies you’ll have use of our modern, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, which comprise our motorsport workshop, and 24-hour access to industry standard specialist software for engineering design at dedicated computer clusters.

Our automotive engineering BEng course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The placement year costs £1,385.

Entry Requirements

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Course Content

The course aims to give you a thorough understanding of mechanical engineering as well as the specialist knowledge and skills needed to work as an automotive engineer.

Work for your automotive engineering degree consists of compulsory modules and a major independent project.


Teaching and Learning

Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. Many carry out much of their research in collaboration with motor vehicle manufacturers and leading industrial firms. This means that your education will be at the forefront of industry knowledge.

Your course will consist of a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, design studios and one-to-one supervision.

You’ll be introduced to the practical aspects of automotive engineering at Level 1 in the form of laboratory experiments on existing vehicle sub-systems, which then lead to more advanced laboratories at Level 2.

At Levels 2 and 3 you’ll use advance computer software in design, structural analysis and dynamics, and our laboratory facilities to run experiments you’ve designed.



Year 1

Engineering Mathematics and Programming

Engineering Practice

Engineering Systems and Energy

Engineering Mechanics and Materials I

Engineering Mechanics and Materials II

Mechanical Engineering Science

Year 2

Engineering Mathematics and Programming

Design Process for Machine Elements, Manufacturing Processes, Materials and CAD

Engineering Business

Fluid Mechanics

Solid Mechanics and Introduction to FEA

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Dynamics of Machines

Vehicle Design and Performance

Placement Year

Placement Year

Year 4

Vehicle Dynamics and Aerodynamics

Mechatronics and Control Engineering

Vehicle Structures and FEA

Sustainable Engineering Management and Practice

Vehicle Propulsion

Technologies for Future Transport

Major Individual Project


Many of our graduates now work in technical and managerial positions within the automotive industry. Recent destinations include:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Aston Martin
  • McLaren Automotive
  • Ricardo
  • Nissan Technical Centre Europe
  • Bentley Motors
  • Ford
  • BMW (Mini)
  • Lotus Cars
  • Tata Motors
  • BP
  • MAHLE Powertrain
  • Cummins
  • JCB
  • Perkins and Delphi

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