Automotive engineering is concerned with the life-cycle support (including design, manufacture, performance and durability testing) of vehicles: from road and off-road vehicles to race cars, vans and trucks.
This course will give you in-depth knowledge of mechanical engineering through modules common to all our programmes, as well as the specialist knowledge and skills to work in today's automotive industry. You'll prepare to meet key challenges, such as designing sustainable vehicles that meet rising safety and performance standards in a cost-effective way. To do this, you'll develop an awareness of the commercial issues that impact on design and production processes.
Our close links with industry ensure that you'll be prepared to meet the most pressing needs of the automotive sector, and project work in every year will allow you to put theory into practice and prepare for your future career. You could even have the opportunity to work on our Formula Student Car.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You'll learn among leading academics in world-class facilities. We have extensive lab space and equipment for subjects like solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, engine testing and thermofluids as well as control and dynamics. You'll also have access to our high-spec CAD cluster and workshop facilities including various rapid prototyping systems.
There's also the LabVIEW Academy course, the first of its kind in the UK. Combining face-to-face teaching with hands-on lab exercises, this course will build your skills in using the visual programming software LabVIEW - created by National Instruments, who developed the course - to help you build skills to prepare for your career.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited mechanical engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IMechE.
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.
The first two years of our five degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to switch between our different degrees They contain several automotive related threads of activity linked to our design and manufacture modules and the weekly subject specific tutorials that we run throughout first and second year. In Years 3 and 4 you'll take modules in your specialism.
In Years 1 and 2, you'll study compulsory modules to establish the core mechanical engineering principles required by all branches of mechanical engineering. You'll also undertake the first year design and manufacture project. Since many engineers go on to positions where they have management responsibilities, you'll develop your knowledge of business practices by studying economics and management, taught by the Leeds University Business School.
Building on this foundation, you'll explore vehicle design and analysis in detail in Year 3. You'll focus on vehicle modelling, tyre-ground forces, acceleration and vehicle handling behaviour. You'll also study further thermofluids including combustion engine cycles, turbomachinery and compressible flow dynamics, and predict the stresses, vibration and buckling of automotive structures. In this year you'll also choose a specialist optional module, allowing you to focus either on robotics and machine intelligence or manufacturing systems.
You will undertake an individual project in your third year and you will be able to select from a broad range of projects each year, many of which are directly linked to automotive engineering, including the Formula Student Car.
If you continue into Year 4 for the MEng qualification, you'll study chassis design and analysis and modern drivetrain technology in detail. You'll also have a broader choice of optional modules, allowing you to focus on topics that relate to your interests and career plans. This year also gives you the chance to work with your supervisor to apply your knowledge and skills to a specific engineering problem when you complete a team project.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
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You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics, where the A* must be in either Mathematics or Physics.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
94% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating.
Owing to our excellent reputation and links with industry, our graduates are actively recruited by a wide range of prestigious companies in the automotive sector. Recent graduates have secured positions including:
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.
For our IMechE accredited courses, the industrial placementyear is approved for EngTech registration, which enables you to become a professionally registeredengineering technician before you graduate. This not only demonstrates yourengineering skills but should give you a head start when entering the jobmarket.
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