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.
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 including vibration and stress analysis; 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 in industry, improving your employment prospects and forming part of your professional development as a Chartered Engineer.
In your third year you will complete an individual project, extend your specialist automotive knowledge, and learn how to convert an idea into a commercial venture.
In your final year you will learn subjects including advanced Automotive Systems, and Finite Element Analysis. You will apply these as part of a team engaged in a complex group project.
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.
“We were 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. ”
Automotive Systems Engineering
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.
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
· generate creative solutions to automotive systems engineering problems, and demonstrate an innovative approach to design realisation
· effectively research unfamiliar subject areas in mechanical engineering and cognate disciplines, and thereby propose and evaluate a broad range of solutions to engineering problems
· select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems in the analysis and synthesis of automotive engineering systems
· lead teams of engineers 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 engineering products and systems
Because of re-validation of Engineering Programmes in 2015 we will be presenting all engineering programmes for accreditation from respective professional body in the 2017/18 academic year. Accreditation will be back dated for post 2015 enrolments.
Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering guarantees entry on to this course
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 consult the UCAS tariff tables or contact us before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
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 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.