The University of Wolverhampton

BEng (Hons)Automotive Systems Engineering

Why choose this course?

This course is for those who want to become design engineers in the Automotive industry, to undertake the challenges of modern vehicle design and work in industry as part of teams generating the next phase of road vehicles. As such the course consists of all the necessary elements to ensure its graduates are prepared for the various roles of the modern automotive engineer. Modern production technologies and conceptual design feature highly to promote an innovative design ethos, which will go towards fulfilling the increasingly regulated world of global vehicle design along with an understanding of legal requirements. Fuel efficiency is an area of increasing scrutiny in the consideration of new vehicles and can be achieved by a number of factors, including conceptual engine design, use of hybrid and renewable energies and the streamlining of vehicle aerodynamics, all of which feature heavily on this new bespoke course, designed to meet current and future needs.

What happens on the course?

All of our degrees have a common first year, allowing you to experience a range of subjects before deciding on the course you wish to follow. You will study Mathematics, and the underlying concepts of Electrical, Mechanical, Materials, and Production Engineering. You will undertake laboratory work; and utilise your new production knowledge to build and test a design.

In the second year, you will extend your knowledge of Automotive subjects including Control Systems, Thermodynamics and Fluids, Mechanics, Vibration and Stress Analysis. In addition, you will create design specifications, and become proficient in the use of a 3D CAD package. You will also study Engineering Management and learn the role and responsibilities of a professional engineer.

Following the second academic year, you are encouraged to undertake a placement year in industry, thereby improving your employment prospects and forming part of your record of professional development as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.

In your final year you will complete an individual project, extend your specialist automotive knowledge, and learn how to convert an idea into a commercial venture.

Why Wolverhampton?

Responding to the regional and national shortage of graduate qualified Engineers the University of Wolverhampton is currently investing over £10m in new Engineering facilities at its Telford Innovation Campus and City Campus in Wolverhampton.

New Engineering courses on offer from 2015 share a design that incorporates significant elements of problem and activity-based learning and live industrial project-work. The courses have embedded themes of creativity, employability, professional engineering, and sustainability and the environment. All of our courses are designed to meet the latest standards for accreditation as defined by the Engineering Council.

Students studying Engineering courses will have access to new specialist equipment and technology that is at the forefront of engineering developments. This includes a design and visualisation facility modeled on best-practice in industry, wind tunnels (including a formula-1 specification rolling road wind tunnel), engine test facilities, a composites laboratory, 3-d printing facilities, an electronics and telecommunications laboratory, a metrology laboratory and a materials testing laboratory.

Our aim is for our graduates to be ready for employment. We provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition and to further develop employability skills, we offer ‘Club Activities’. These currently include the IMechE Formula Student Activity, the Human Powered Flight Club, the Flight Simulator Club and the Formula Renault 2l Racing Team Club. These are great fun, and the only conditions to entry are that you need to engage and demonstrate commitment.

All engineering courses are offered from the Telford Innovation Campus, located close to Telford town centre in rural Shropshire. Chemical Engineering is the exception to this, and this is offered at City Campus in Wolverhampton.

What our students think

“We are being taught by people undertaking research and publishing papers with Red Bull Racing. It’s exciting to know the research of the lecturer marking our assignments could be effecting the results of a Formula 1 Grand Prix. ”

Nav Davani

Automotive Systems Engineering

Career path

The combination of engineering skills, design capability, and management provides graduates of this course with a wide range of employment opportunities in technical environments across the world. Automotive Systems engineers may choose industrially based careers in research and development, test, systems, product development, performance and development engineering, automotive component, and design engineering. They go on to co-ordinate product, process and system design; and manage technical projects in a wide range of technical environments.

Graduates may also study for a taught postgraduate degree, MSc, or a research degree, MPhil/PhD, within the Department.

The transferable skills gained during the course, including: project management, group working, and analytical thinking, also enable a graduate to pursue careers in non-technical fields such as: law, accountancy, authoring, and computing.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

· design and synthesise automotive systems engineering products, systems, and processes, and demonstrate an innovative approach to design realisation

· evaluate a range of solutions to engineering problems, drawn from a broad-based knowledge of engineering and technology specialities

· select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems in the analysis and synthesis of automotive systems

· contribute to teamwork effectively and ethically, addressing the prominent engineering, social, environmental, and commercial issues

· select and apply appropriate software packages for design, analysis, and synthesis applications and critically evaluate the results

· relate theory and practice, thereby facilitating the efficient realisation of viable automotive products and systems

Who accredits this course?

This course is accredited by the institute of Mechanical engineers. The course is accredited by the institution of Engineering and technology for intakes up to 2013/14 and it is currently being sought for the 2014/15 intake. Students entering directly into final year of the course should enquire as to the accreditation status.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 200 UCAS points with a minimum of 140 from at least two A Levels including Mathematics and a Technology or Science based-subject
  • BTEC National Diploma grade MMP, BTEC National Certificate grade DM
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DM
  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C or equivalent
  • Applicants holding/studying an Access to HE Diploma may be considered on an individual basis.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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