M.Sc. Motorsport Engineering

Oxford Brookes University | Oxford , United Kingdom
The MSc in Motorsport Engineering course offered by Oxford Brookes provides the opportunity for you to specialise in areas such as engine technology, chassis performance, racing engineering, management, materials, simulation and data analysis.



The UK is home to the most successful national motorsport industry in the world. The MSc in Motorsport Engineering offered by Oxford Brookes provides the opportunity for you to specialise in areas such as engine technology, chassis performance, racing engineering, reliability and risk management, materials, simulation and data analysis. There are options in advanced materials like carbon fibre and advanced joining techniques.

The course provides intensive exposure to integrated design, simulation, modelling, analysis, motorsport components and racing cars. The analysis elements in the modules include structural optimisation, dynamics, internal combustion, engine thermo-fluid dynamics, vehicle performance, tuning and monitoring. Staff teaching on this course have F1 experience and design skills.

Teaching is based in our purpose-designed engineering building on the Wheatley Campus.

Why Brookes?

Our motorsport and automotive engineering courses are taught by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields. We have, for example, lecturers who have designed and worked on winning F1 race cars or who are leading the world in research on sustainable vehicle engineering.

We have close links with industry through research projects and consultancies. This wealth of experience means our students benefit from being taught by staff at the forefront of new developments. Our wide network of contacts bring real world experiences to the courses.

Students have the chance to join our very successful Formula Student team and put theory into practice by racing against other universities from around the world.

Career prospects

Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in their chosen industry. Many of our students go on to work with leading motorsport companies, including directly into F1 teams and suppliers.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 6095 Year (EEA)

UK/EU £4,960; International £12,440

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Course length

Full-time: 1 year (12 months)
Part-time: 2 years

The course is structured around three time periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one optional module and the dissertation together with research and study methods.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Chassis Engineering will give you a thorough understanding of the relevant theoretical and practical considerations associated with tyres, straight-line braking and acceleration together with ride and handling of a vehicle.

  • Performance Vehicle Design is a group research and development project on a topic relevant to vehicle engineering.

  • Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics focuses on the problem of how to design vehicle shapes that produce desirable or acceptable flow characteristics.

  • Laptime Simulation & Race Engineering looks at advanced vehicle performance subjects, including lap-time simulation, data acquisition, instrumentation and telemetry. You will learn to assess the performance of racing cars, develop strategies to race engineer them and determine their ultimate performance using lap-time simulation.

  • Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.

Optional modules:

  • Vehicle Crash Engineering will give you an understanding of material, component and structural behaviour when subjected to medium to high impact events. This includes the design, testing and modelling of motorsport and automotive vehicles with regard to crash worthiness.

  • Computation and Modelling presents finite element modelling of structures containing composite materials, advanced simulation techniques using ADAMS and an introduction to MATLAB.

  • CAD/CAM is a master's level module that develops skills in using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing software.

  • Advanced Strength of Components is concerned with the prediction of the load-carrying capacity and life of mechanical engineering components by an analysis of factors such as inelastic behaviour, residual stress, stability, cracks, and fatigue and contact loading.

  • Advanced Materials Engineering and Joining Technology takes further the detailed processing and design of advanced materials for engineering products. The significance of the properties and composition of materials is explored in relation to the selection of joining processes and optimising joint design, for the manufacture of high-performance engineering products and structures.

  • Data Acquisition Systems will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to the acquisition and analysis of data.

  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.

You also take:

  • Research and Study Methods underpins work carried out for the dissertation. The module, delivered in a seminar style, will provide you with research skills, planning techniques, progress management and review, and the ability to use ICT support materials. You will be given guidance on the analysis and technical presentation of research material.
  • The Dissertation is an individual research and development work on a topic relevant to motorsport engineering and related to your chosen course of study. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation.

As courses are reviewed regularly, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK government confirmed new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more


You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree in mechanical, automotive or motorsport engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must satisfy our English language requirement by providing us with evidence of a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) or IELTS score of 6.0.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

More Information


Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements for full Chartered Engineer status.

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