StudyLink logoHome
Students on a university campus

Automotive Engineering degrees in 2024

Highlighted course

Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

University of Bedfordshire United Kingdom

Find out more

Automotive Engineering BEng, MEng, BSc, HND

University of Wales Trinity Saint David United Kingdom

Find out more

Automotive Engineering (BEng) BEng

University of Warwick United Kingdom

Find out more

Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

University of Sunderland United Kingdom

Find out more See all matching courses

Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)

The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) United Kingdom

Find out more

Automotive Engineering BEng

Brunel University London United Kingdom

Find out more

Automotive Engineering MEng (Hons), BEng (Hons)

Loughborough University United Kingdom

Find out more See all matching courses

Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons), MEng (Hons)

Coventry University United Kingdom

Find out more

Automotive Engineering BSc

Fontys University of Applied Science Netherlands

Find out more

Automotive Engineering BEng (Hon)

Birmingham City University United Kingdom

Find out more See all matching courses
Search Automotive Engineering degrees

Want to see postgraduate courses? See postgraduate degrees in Automotive Engineering

Don't meet the entry requirements for these courses? Learn more about pathway programme options.

Automotive Engineering Degrees

Study Automotive Engineering Degrees

The automotive industry is one that has been around for many years, and continues to grow. The technology within the industry is changing and improving, adapting with the demands of the consumers. Automotive engineering is concerned with the design and production of motor vehicles, as well as the improvement of components associated, such as engines and aerodynamics. You might be dealing with any vehicle, from civilian to high end sports and formula one cars.

An undergraduate degree in automotive engineering will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You will be able to develop your understanding of both basic and complex engineering principles, as well as applying your skills to practical situations.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and workshop sessions. You may be required to take part in a placement year or module.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Materials
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Body and Chassis Performance

If your degree course requires you to write a dissertation or submit a final major project, this will give you the opportunity to further explore and research a favoured area of automotive engineering.

The accreditation of a degree in automotive engineering will depend on your institution of choice. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), or a Bachelor of Science (BSc). Many universities also offer the option of an integrated Master of Engineering (MEng).

Some degree courses are accredited by professional bodies of engineering. For example, some degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). If your degree is accredited by IMechE, you might be presented with the opportunity to take part in the Formula Student event at Silverstone.

Certain employers might require that you are a chartered engineer. Certain degrees meet the standards for this, but your university will be able to provide more information about this.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in automotive engineering will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies might be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

Graduates of automotive engineering will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. You might choose to work directly within the field, as a graduate engineer, manufacturing engineer, nuclear engineer, design engineering or automotive engineer. These roles could be with automotive companies, or with other engineering companies.

Throughout your degree, you will have gained a wide range of transferable skills. These will be useful in a variety of industries. Skills gained might include project management, problem solving, idea development, and analytical thinking.

An undergraduate degree in automotive engineering will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You will be able to develop your understanding of both basic and complex engineering principles, as well as applying your skills to practical situations.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and workshop sessions. You may be required to take part in a placement year or module.

Sign up to StudyLink.com

Sign up to StudyLink.com, the home of quality study abroad advice.

Sign up now
Students with books and test tubes

Browse Automotive Engineering Undergraduate courses in other destinations

International study advice

Find out more about the range of subjects that you can study at institutions around the world with our subject guides.

World map on a blackboard
Deciding to study abroad: The first steps

Read StudyLink's suggestions on your first steps when deciding where to study abroad, with helpful tips to make your decision easier.

Students throwing hats
What is a Pre-Masters?

International students finding it difficult to meet conditions of eligibility criteria can choose to enrol in pre-masters courses before applying for a masters degree programme.

Students reading a book
English Language Testing for International Students

Find out more about English language tests, your options and what is required as an overseas student.

Teacher at a whiteboard
How will studying abroad help your career prospects?

Read more about studying abroad, and how it can boost your future career prospects.

See more international study advice