The UK automotive industry is historically known for highly innovative engineering, with various technical centres of excellence recently set up in the UK by global car manufacturers and suppliers. The main challenge set for these engineering centres is to design, develop and manufacture the next generation of road vehicles capable of providing improved environmental impact whilst maintaining acceptable vehicle performance, reliability and cost. The exciting low carbon vehicle technologies being developed within the UK, coupled with significant recent growth within the industry, makes for a highly challenging and rewarding career for talented UK Automotive Engineering graduates.
Automotive Engineering at Brunel aims to equip graduates with the key technical and managerial skills required to excel within industry. Specifically, the programmes of study have been constructed to give good balance between both the fundamental mechanical engineering subjects (including maths and engineering science) and the applied engineering disciplines (such as vehicle design and performance). The overall aim is to provide our graduates with excellent understanding of the fundamentals which, coupled with in-depth knowledge of the technical workings of current and future automotive systems, will allow them to become future technical or managerial leaders.
"The UK automotive industry is leading economic recovery with increased manufacturing output, growing export volumes and new jobs being created on the back of major international investment in the sector. Our engineering expertise, workforce flexibility and renowned motoring heritage, combined with top level collaboration between industry and government, makes the UK an important location for the global automotive industry". Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
About Mechanical Engineering at Brunel
From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunnelling machines to body-scanners, from technical consultancy to financial services such as insurance, mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are taken for granted in the modern world.
The range and diversity of career choice is consequently tremendous. In response to this diversity, we offer a variety of courses.
Interacting with students from different specialisms and with different interests is an important part of the University experience. To help with this, we have introduced a multidisciplinary project for Level 1 students. This is a design-based competition between teams made up of students from a number of subjects.
We also offer the Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course.
The range of courses reflects several of our research interests:
The BEng (Hons) (three years academic study) programme aims to produce graduates equipped to play leading professional roles in the automotive and related industries.
Both programmes (BEng and MEng) cover the same topics in Levels 1 and 2, allowing students to transfer between them at the end of Level 2. The courses cover the fundamentals of mechanical engineering and design, providing an excellent grounding in key subjects common throughout the mechanical engineering disciplines. The first two years also provide exposure to other related engineering subjects, such as electrical and electronic engineering, and commercially important topics, such as management and related law. At the end of Level 2, students registered on the BEng course may switch to the MEng course if they have achieved an average of at least 60% in their Level 2 modules.
Levels 2 to 4 progressively introduce a greater degree of specialisation. Strong emphasis is placed upon achieving a good balance between practical and theoretical engineering skills, making best use of the excellent facilities available. For example, use of our modern and well equipped laboratories and standard industrial computer software plays a major role in the learning process. The practical aspects of automotive engineering are introduced as early as Level 1 in the form of laboratory experiments on existing vehicle sub-systems, which then lead to more advanced laboratories in Level 2. Advanced computer software in design, structural analysis, dynamics and mathematics are used from Levels 2 to 4, with our laboratory facilities also made available for experiments undertaken by students individually.
Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
Fundamentals of Thermofluids
Analytical Methods and Skills
Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
Introduction to Engineering Design
Automotive Engineering Laboratories
Automotive Vehicle Design and Performance
Solid Body Mechanics
Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
Work Placement (thick sandwich mode of study)
Major Individual Project
Automotive Structures, Propulsion and Manufacture
FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems
Professional Engineering Practice
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.