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Year of Entry 2019/20
BEng (Honours)

Automotive Engineering

Full-time Engineering

Learn the fundamental principles of engineering before specialising in automotive engineering.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? H330
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

Student satisfaction

This course scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Learn the underpinning science, mathematics and engineering principles to be a successful practitioner in the automotive industry.
  • Gain an appreciation of the wider multidisciplinary engineering context, economic, environmental and social implications of the production of automobiles.
  • Become an expert in vehicle specific-systems and their safe operation.

Become a high-quality graduate engineer with specialist knowledge of automotive technology and the complementary professional and personal skills required for a successful career. Prepare to work in areas such as vehicle design, vehicle dynamic and control, product, manufacturing, testing, service, maintenance, R&D or other commercial engineering enterprises.


Student View

Watch student Jenni Marsden talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Basilio Lenzo talk about this course.


You experience and engage in a variety of learning activities as you progress through the course. We have designed a balanced mix of activities to enable knowledge acquisition, ensure understanding and develop students as a professional and enhance their employability.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials/seminars
  • engineering workshops and/or laboratories

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Qinling Li
Dr Qinling Li
Senior Lecturer

Staff profile for Dr Qinling Li, a Senior Lecturer in Thermo-fluids at Sheffield Hallam University.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Although optional and competitive, a placement is actively encouraged as it is virtually guaranteed to have a transformative effect and will significantly improve your employability at the end of the degree.

Competitions

You take part in national and international engineering competitions, including

  • Formula Student, where you design and build a race car and race it at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix
  • Solar Car design and build competitions
  • the Heavy Lift Challenge, which involves designing and building a remote-controlled aircra
  • Engineers Without Border, a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world
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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in a range of industries, especially automotive sectors including

  • manufacturing
  • design
  • research and development
  • production
  • automotive transport
  • building services
  • medical engineering
  • sport equipment design
  • power generation
  • alternative energy
  • automation and robotics
  • product testing
  • project management
  • aerospace

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • ZF TRW
  • LUK (UK) Ltd
  • Caterpillar
  • Intertec UK
  • Airbus UK
  • BMW Manufacturing
  • EDF Energy
  • General Motors
  • Kongsberg Automotive
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Cummins Ltd
  • Severn Controls Limited
  • Triumph Motorcycles
  • Unilever
  • Reckitt Benckiser

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purposes of meeting, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

This course automatically meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • rapid prototyping equipment to create accurate prototypes of product designs from CAD-generated information and a 5-axis machining centre which completes the CAD/CAM cycle
  • a robotics laboratory to study computer-controlled manufacturing equipment
  • an automotive workshop for engine testing
  • a wind tunnel for aerodynamic studies
  • a flight simulator

We use practical laboratories and computer simulations to enhance learning. Laboratory experiments are planned and designed to develop and reinforce your learning of theoretical concepts applied by observing, recording and analysing the experimental results.


Learn more about your department
As part of SHU Racing you can design and build a car, then race against other universities at Silverstone. Team Principal Max Vollans talks about what's involved.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include mathematics (or a mathematics-based subject) and at least one other subject from Physics, Physical Science, Engineering science, Computer Science, Chemistry, Electronics, other Mathematically-based science or technology subject) but excludes general studies. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including relevant subjects.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include relevant subjects and may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• EdExcel/BTEC/SCOTVEC National Certificate or Diploma in a science or technology-based subject, including merit grades in mathematics and two other science or technology-based modules at NIII level

• Foundation - pass from the Extended Degree Programme Engineering and Mathematics or other suitable science or technology-based Foundation

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a mathematics-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Engineering Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Materials And Manufacturing Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mechanical Engineering Design And CAD Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Principles Of Thermodynamics And Fluid Mechanics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Vehicle Engineering Practice And Automotive Electrical System Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Solid Mechanics And Dynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Maths And Control Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Vehicle Aerodynamics And Thermodynamics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Vehicle Component Designs Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Vehicle Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Engineering Project Management And Individual Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Performance Engines And Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Vehicle Body Design And Styling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Vehicle Dynamics And Structural Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Vehicle Production Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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