University of Brighton

Automotive Engineering

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    Part-time: 6 years

    With placement year 4 years

    UCAS code H330

    Professional accreditation

    This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as partially meeting the educational requirements stage of chartered engineer status (CEng).

    About the course

    Our Automotive Engineering programme provides a broad foundation in mechanical engineering alongside opportunities to develop the specialist knowledge required for professional success as an automotive engine design engineer.

    The University of Brighton has an international reputation for automotive engine research and our staff have long standing industrial links with companies at the forefront of engine technology innovation.

    Throughout the course you also have the opportunity to take modern European languages including French, German and Spanish.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    ABB. Must include mathematics and a physical science.


    International Baccalaureate:
    34 points, specified subjects including maths and a science at Higher level.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 30 credits at merit or distinction. Level 3 units in maths and physics required.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least five subjects including English language, mathematics and a physical science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    may enable you to start the course in year 2.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

    foundation course with maths and a physical science, with an average of at least 55 per cent.

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    Automotive Engineering (top-up degree)

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    In year 1 you will apply topics including mathematics, conceptual design, manufacture and automotive systems to a design project. Project-based work brings students together to work in small groups, and develops not only your engineering ability but also your team working, communication and graphics skills.

    After year 2 you can develop your experience by opting for an industrial placement year.

    The final year comprises specialist options and a major individual project which is often supported by industry. This course benefits from the strong industrial links established by many of our staff.

    Students who achieve the required standard in the second year may choose to progress to the third year of the MEng programme.

    This degree is also offered with an integrated foundation year (UCAS code: H331), offering access to this course for applicants who do not meet standard entry requirements.


    Year 1
    Design and Applications Project
    Aircraft and Automotive Systems
    Computer-aided Engineering and Design
    Materials and Manufacture
    Engineering Concepts

    Year 2
    Manufacturing Engineering
    Computer-aided Engineering
    Automotive Instrumentation and Testing
    Mathematics and Control
    Engineering Design and Management

    Optional placement year or study abroad

    BEng(Hons) final year
    Advanced Fluid Dynamics
    Control Systems
    Power Train Engineering
    Vehicle Design
    Product Innovation and Management
    Individual project
    Two options from:
    Radio and Navigation Systems
    Materials Engineering
    Engineering Simulation

    MEng final 2 years
    Major team project
    Operations Management for Logistics
    Automotive Control Systems
    Power Train Engineering
    Engine Electronics
    Computational Fluid Dynamics

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering  [P1ED026]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    Graduates are equipped with the creative and technical skills required for a successful career in automotive engine and power train design.

    After satisfactory completion students may go on to further study at MSc or PhD level within the school or elsewhere.

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Find out more

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