BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Automotive and Motorsport Engineering

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

Motorsport is one of the world's most dynamic, competitive industries - and engineers that master their craft have almost unlimited career opportunities.

This MSc in Automotive Motorsport Engineering at Brunel equips graduates with the qualities and transferable skills they need to flourish at a senior level in an exacting industry.

The comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of specialist skills sought within the industry – including core modules in:

  • Research methods and sustainable engineering
  • Racing team management and vehicle testing
  • Advanced vehicle dynamics, IC engines, materials and manufacturing

Optional modules may be viewed below.

You’ll gain practical experience through a team project, and complete a dissertation of your choice, typically covering a design, experimental, computing or analysis subject.

Programme description

Motorsport is one of the world's most dynamic, competitive industries - and engineers that master their craft have almost unlimited career opportunities.

This MSc in Automotive Motorsport Engineering at Brunel equips graduates with the qualities and transferable skills they need to flourish at a senior level in an exacting industry.

The comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of specialist skills sought within the industry – including core modules in:

  • Research methods and sustainable engineering
  • Racing team management and vehicle testing
  • Advanced vehicle dynamics, IC engines, materials and manufacturing

Optional modules may be viewed below.

You’ll gain practical experience through a team project, and complete a dissertation of your choice, typically covering a design, experimental, computing or analysis subject.

Key Modules

Excellent facilities:

We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.

Brunel Automotive Lecture Series

Brunel’s Automotive Lecture Series is a special feature of the taught programmes in the areas of automotive and motorsport engineering. The Series consists of talks on technology and careers by industry leaders, alumni and expert technologists appropriate not only for late stage undergraduate and postgraduate students but also for researchers in the these areas. Topics include themes from the broader automotive and motorsport industry and its technologies including advanced powertrains, vehicle testing and advanced components.

Module & Subject

Research Methods and Sustainable Engineering:

  • 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.

Major Group Project:
You work in groups of 4 to 6 to design, manufacture and assemble a racing vehicle (single seater) that takes part in at least one international student competition. The project mimics the real world industry in every shape and form. It is not only an engineering exercise, but one of business and team management as well. Teams are created with a hierarchical structure not dissimilar to professional racing teams. You work to a schedule and budget, and are expected to promote your team image through marketing and sponsorship.

Dissertation:
You 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 College. 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

Students choose two of the four modules below:

Advanced Modelling and Design:

  • 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.

Advanced Thermofluids:
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).

Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship:
Main topics include: introduction of legal topics appropriate to engineering careers; contract; tort, company and environmental law; property law, licensing; employment law. Costing; tendering strategy; decision analysis; value engineering. Motorsport industry regulation; competitions; sponsorship and advertising.

Racing Vehicle Design and Performance:
Main topics include: racing vehicles and systems operation, design principles; vehicle body and structure; power unit and transmission; suspension and steering, geometry and loads; brakes and braking systems; parameters influencing vehicle performance; performance optimisation; vehicle safety.

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 years
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER