The aim of this programme is to create graduates with qualities and transferable skills for challenging employment in the motorsport and automotive industries. The programme will help students develop the imaginative and creative skills necessary for a successful career in this field both at national and international levels.
A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in engineering; science; technology; or related disciplines. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English Language requirements : IELTS score 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subsection; TOEFL Internet test 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17); TOEFL (paper-based) score 550 and 4 in essay rating (TWE). For alternative English language qualifications accepted please view: /international/languagerequirements
The programme is intended to provide an MSc level course with a mix of modules in automotive and motorsport engineering topics, which delivers an integrating layer on top of subject specific first degree or professional skills. The primary focus of this programme is to create Master's Degree graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in a multi discipline subject area, typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry. The program will assist students to develop their imagination and creativity to follow a successful engineering career and enable them to attain senior positions within national and international companies and organisations. The course will be organised in such a way that students will have the option to be specialised, if they wish, in automotive engineering or motorsport engineering.
Approved by IMechE
This course will combine modules in automotive and motorsport engineering to develop graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in the multi-discipline area typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry. The programme will help students attain the imaginative and creative skills necessary for a successful career in this field both at national and international levels. The course will allow students the option of specialising in automotive engineering or motorsport engineering. Every student also produces a group project, usually carried out with four or five other students. The group project involves the design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of a single seater racing vehicle that will take part in the Annual Formula Student Competition in July with over 70 teams competing in the event. Students will have the opportunity to spend a few days at Ricardo Motorsport during the course.
Typical Modules Compulsory Modules Research Planning and Methodology
Practical research issues: research processes and strategies; researcher/supervisor roles and relationships; writing, communicating and disseminating research; principles of good research practice. Information retrieval: objectives; sampling methods; data analysis; when and how to apply statistics; statistical methods; preparing and sorting data; parametric and non-parametric tests; computer software for statistical analysis. Risk management: Risk analysis and decision support, financial indicators; Innovation: Brainstorming, value engineering, intellectual property protection.
Racing Team Management and Vehicle Testing
Develops the necessary skills in racing team management and understanding of a race season and race planning, and introduces and familiarise students with racing vehicle testing. Main topics include: team management; marketing concept; ethical business; leadership; risk management; employment; vehicle testing.
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Materials and Manufacturing
Main topics include: principles of multi-body dynamics; the mixture preparation methods and combustion process in direct injection SI engines; overview of the principal property requirements for materials used in racing car structures; theories of fibre-reinforcement in materials; performance of engineering plastics; composition and properties of high performance elastomers and rubbers; advanced processing and joining technologies for the manufacture and construction of racing vehicle components from high performance polymers; physical and metallurgical properties of high strength steels, aluminium, titanium, nickel and magnesium alloys; metal matrix composites; fabrication of metallic components; failure modes and non-destructive evaluation techniques; composition, properties and processing methods for engineering ceramics used in racing vehicle construction.
Main topics include: students work nominally in groups of 5 or 6 to prepare a novel design for a particular engineering system or product; they will be required to work from an initial design brief to produce the product design specification and the necessary planning and management strategies; using these procedures students will learn and apply the techniques and skills necessary to carry out the design of a multidisciplinary or cross-disciplinary system or product; as part of the outcome of this work they will be required to produce a final technical specification including cost justification; they will also be expected to provide performance justification, the specification of appropriate manufacturing techniques and provision for accommodating environmental effects.
Students will work independently on a project within given resources and time constraints. Students often choose project topics from a list provided by the module co-ordinator or after having discussions with academic members of staff. Some projects may be part of the research activities undertaken by various research groups within the school. Some project topics may be initiated by organisations external to Brunel though supervision from within Brunel is necessary in all cases. The nature of projects may be predominantly design, experimental, computing and/or analysis, or sometimes a critical literature survey. Many projects combine several of these aspects.
Optional Modules Block 1: Advanced CAD and Manufacturing
Finite Element Analysis: Two-dimensional elements: triangular, quadrilateral and isoparametric; applications to steady and transient heat transfer; applications to two-dimensional stress analysis Optimisation: Types of optimisation problems; objective function; constrained and unconstrained optimisation; multivariate search methods, penalty function, Lagrange multipliers; applications to linkage synthesis. Manufacture: Computer applications in manufacturing practice, optimisation in design for manufacture, management procedures and quality requirements, application to company practice. Design: Use and application of Computer Aided Engineering Software in engineering manufacture. The integration of computer aided engineering and manufacturing methods in company practice.
Main topics include: methods and instruments in fluid flow measurements: laser doppler anemometry (LDA), particle image velocimetry (PIV), hot-wire anemometry (HWA); fluid flow and heat transfer simulations by Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) modelling, large eddy simulation (LES) and direct numerical simulation (DNS).
Block 2: Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship Racing Vehicle Design and Performance Assessment
Assessment of academic progress for the duration of the courses is by continuous assessment of reports on practical work or site visits, essays, tutorial work and by formal examinations at the end of each term. Students are also required to complete an assignment on selected topics on a subject of immediate public concern or on topics that require study over a wide range of technical, political, social or economic aspects.