/Automotive Engineering MSc

IoC Partner

Provided by: Coventry University

Course Area: West Midlands

Course Code: EECT041

Course Type: Masters (taught)

Start date: 20210118

Subjects: Engineering

Price: £6,000 to £10,000

Delivery Method: Face to face

Course overview

In the modern world of vehicle design and manufacture, companies require engineers who are highly qualified and possess specialised skills. If you have an interest in road vehicles and a mechanical or automotive background, this course could provide you with technical and managerial skills and expertise that are highly sought after by the automotive industry.


This highly focused course has been developed in consultation with our impressive network of industry partners, including Jaguar Land Rover. It also draws on the industrial experience of academics and research activity covering the major specialisms, such as aerodynamics, propulsion systems, vehicle safety, vehicle dynamics and connected vehicles.


The aim is to equip you with the know how to design and test vehicles that are more fuel efficient, refined and safe, by studying the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems, examining individual components and entire vehicles. This could lead to a career as an automotive engineering specialist in a wide range of engineering, manufacturing, and service organisations.

Who is this course for

The course is designed to further your knowledge of the key aspects related to the automotive sector, from managing projects to design, analysis and the introduction and implementation of new technologies within the sector.

What will I learn

  • Engineering Project Management: The study of a range of techniques and practices relating to product requirement specification, project teams, resource planning, documentation and reporting, covering financial costs, health and safety risk assessments, equipment and facilities.
  • Design Principles and Practice: A practical introduction to the role of CAE in the process of engineering design, development, production and verification, examining design methods and criteria and its relationship with production methods, efficiency, processing choices and part variation from design nominal dimensional values.
  • Engineering Simulation and Analysis: Understanding the use of advanced engineering methods based on Design of Experiments (DOE) and Optimisation in the investigation of complex problems where FEA (Finite Element Analysis) based problems will be addressed, like the interaction between aerodynamics phenomena, road loading data and structural integrity.
  • Ground Vehicle Dynamics: The study of ground vehicle dynamics as applied to wheeled vehicles, covering the areas of vehicle ride and handling, vehicle suspension and steering systems from analytical, modelling and practical viewpoints.
  • Advanced Propulsion Systems: With an emphasis on application, you study the major aspects of the powertrain in motor vehicles, encompassing the areas of engine performance, an overview of different powertrain layouts and vehicle propulsion systems which use alternative fuels, generally direct energy sources that are not fossil fuels. The economic feasibility of alternative propulsion systems will be considered in relation to a set of typical drive cycles. Electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, hydrogen powered vehicles, battery technology and the technicalities of these propulsion systems in relation to infrastructure and vehicle design will be covered.
  • Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics: This covers the underlying principles governing the flow behaviour associated with ground vehicles aerodynamics, crucial both for road and race cars. Wind tunnel testing will be performed alongside Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, as part of the aerodynamic development of scale models, to analyse the flow pattern around the body and optimize the design based on the findings.
  • Connected Vehicles: This module aims to introduce the holistic concept of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) with the overall purpose of enabling an understanding of the necessity for cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary working practices to successfully and sustainably design and engineer CAVs of the future.
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