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BEng (Honours) Automotive Engineering

Work in a team to design, build and race a car and prepare for your career in auto engineering.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS H330 Course code

Course description

Learn the fundamental principles of engineering before specialising in automotive engineering. With this broad subject knowledge, you become more adaptive to the requirements of the modern engineering workplace. You are better placed to tackle the problems faced by many companies whose design, manufacturing processes rely on co-ordinating individual specialists from various engineering disciplines.

What you study
You learn the principles and application of
• current mechanical engineering technologies
• engineering design and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture
• control and instrumentation technologies
• automotive systems, engines and manufacturing.

We also cover business, financial, legal and environmental constraints.

Throughout your studies, you gain insight into specialist subjects, including vehicle aerodynamics and body styling, vehicle technology and sub-systems, such as suspension, transmission, brakes, tyres and engines, vehicle dynamics and control, performance engine and technology, production and virtual design.

Your first year is common to other engineering courses. This provides a firm base of engineering principles, knowledge and basic skills and means you can change course at the end of the first year if you prefer.

Placements and work experience
After two years of study, we recommend you get experience applying what you’ve learnt on a paid work placement. This allows you to apply your knowledge to commercial practice while gaining new skills, learning how industry works and earning a salary. We help you find a placement and negotiate a sensible salary.

Previous students have taken placements at organisations including • 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.

In your final year, you continue studying general mechanical engineering subjects, with more than half specialist modules in vehicle dynamics and structural analysis • vehicle body design and styling • vehicle production • performance engines and technologies. You also complete a project management and individual project, which students often integrate with the placement or Formula Student, Solar Car or Greenpower competitions.

Facilities
During the course you learn to use all of the industry-standard tools and equipment needed to ensure you’re ready for industry. You have access to a wide range of hardware and equipment, including computer-aided design (CAD) software such as Solidwork/ProE, and analysis software such as ANSYS, Abacus and Matlab.

Other specialist facilities include • 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.

Competitions
You also take part in national and international engineering competitions, including
Engineers Without Borders, a competition to find an engineering solution to a problem in the developing world
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 aircraft

Expertise
Alongside their teaching, our lecturers conduct research and consultancy for industry, in our Materials and Engineering Research Institute, one of the best in the UK for engineering research. This keeps your lectures and seminars up to date, giving you the latest knowledge in your subject.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Students will also need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including mathematics and English language or a subject which tests the use of English, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from 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.) We accept AS Levels. We do not accept general studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three 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.) We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 must have 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.

2018 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including mathematics and English language or a subject which tests the use of English, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from 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.) We accept AS Levels. We do not accept general studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three 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.) We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics • principles of solid mechanics and dynamics • mechanical engineering design and cad • vehicle engineering practice and automotive electric system • applied engineering mathematics • materials and manufacturing engineering

Year two modules

• vehicle aerodynamics and thermodynamics • applied solid mechanics and dynamics • vehicle component design • vehicle technology • applied maths and control • professional practice

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year modules

• project management and individual project • performance engines and technologies • vehicle dynamics and structural analysis • vehicle body design and styling • vehicle production

Assessment
  • coursework
  • project
  • examination

Employability

Our graduates are well equipped for careers in a range of industries, especially automotive sectors including • manufacturing • design • research and development • production.

These include specialist areas such as • aerospace • automotive transport • building services • medical engineering • sport equipment design • power generation • alternative energy • automation and robotics • product testing • project management.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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