M.Sc. Automotive & Motorsport Engineering

Brunel University

Application deadline: As early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,750 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The aim of this programme is to create graduates with qualities and transferable skills for challenging employment in the motorsport and automotive industries. The programme will help students develop the imaginative and creative skills necessary for a successful career in this field both at national and international levels.

Aims

The programme is intended to provide an MSc level course with a mix of modules in automotive and motorsport engineering topics, which delivers an integrating layer on top of subject specific first degree or professional skills.

The primary focus of this programme is to create Master's degree graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in a multi discipline subject area, typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry.

The programme will assist students to develop their imagination and creativity to follow a successful engineering career and enable them to attain senior positions within national and international companies and organisations. The course will be organised in such a way that students will have the option to be specialised, if they wish, in automotive engineering or motorsport engineering.

Careers

Automotive and motorsport engineers have some of the most exciting roles in the science, engineering and technology sector. There is a high demand for graduate engineers ready to tackle the challenges of the future such as finding ways to design and build vehicles more cost effectively or working to address wider environmental and safety concerns or working in motor racing.

The course is designed to equip graduates with the skills required by industry. Alongside technical skills, the programme provides students with business and team-working skills vital to the automotive and motorsport sectors. The courses graduates go on to careers with leading automotive companies as well as motor racing teams.

Special Features
Students will have the opportunity to spend a few days at Ricardo Motorsport during the course.

Contents

This course will combine modules in automotive and motorsport engineering to develop graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in the multi-discipline area typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry. The programme will help students attain the imaginative and creative skills necessary for a successful career in this field both at national and international levels. The course will allow students the option of specialising in automotive engineering or motorsport engineering.

Every student also produces a group project, usually carried out with four or five other students. The group project involves the design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of a single seater racing vehicle that will take part in the Annual Formula Student Competition in July with over 70 teams competing in the event.

Students will have the opportunity to spend a few days at Ricardo Motorsport during the course.

Compulsory Modules

Research Planning and Methodology

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.

Group Project

Students 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. The teams are created with a hierarchical structure not dissimilar to professional racing teams. They also work to a schedule and budget and are expected to promote their own team image through marketing and sponsorship.

Dissertation

Students 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 school. 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

Block 1

Advanced CAD and Manufacturing

* 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).

Block 2

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.

Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering or technology discipline. Other subjects in a related discipline, including but not limited to Physics and Mathematics will be considered and assessed on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

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Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

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