If you don’t have the right qualifications to start our BEng Automotive Engineering degree, you could opt to start your studies with a foundation course.
You’ll study introductory modules relevant to the degree course whilst developing key skills for academic study. Successful completion of the introductory foundation year will allow you to progress onto the BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering.
Designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the IET for Chartered Engineer status, the automotive engineering course includes elements of mathematical and physical sciences required to design, develop and manufacture a range of engineering systems.
You will study the elements of electrical engineering, such as power and control, crucial for analysing and designing electromechanical drive systems. Programming smart embedded systems will also be covered so that you are ready for the fast development in autonomous and driverless cars.
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In the first year of the automotive engineering programme you will sit modules that are all common between electrical and mechanical engineering students. This is to ensure all underlying pre-request knowledge for modern automotive engineering is covered.
Finally, you study elements of management, business and professional practice. This will develop your initiative, and effective communication and interpersonal skills, to achieve the high level of technical leadership required in a modern engineering environment. Your new skills will be further tested through group and individual research and design projects.
The Automotive Engineering programme taps into the renowned expertise of the Centre for Automotive & Power System Engineering (CAPSE), a nationally recognised research, development, test and certification centre at the University of South Wales, with a reputation for cutting edge research within the advanced automotive and power systems engineering sectors. The course will also build on the University’s strong links with Formula Student.
We have strong links with industry and place considerable emphasis on student projects. We also encourage industrial placements as part of a sandwich year option.
You can study this degree as a four-year (including foundation year) full-time course or over five years to include a sandwich work placement.
Typical contact hours for a 20 credit module are 48 hours lectures per module (two hours a week) plus 24 hours of labs (one hour a week). Students are typically expected to spend about 72 hours independent study per 20 credit module per year.
This engineering programme is taught through lectures, which are supported by tutorials, practical sessions and seminar groups. Wherever possible, your work will be based on live projects and case studies, with contributions from industry professionals.
Throughout your training, you will engage in activities, such as practicals, individual and group projects, that help you become self-reliant, self-motivated and resourceful, as well as develop leadership qualities and management expertise.
You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.
After validation the course will be submitted for IET accreditation. This would confer partial requirement for Chartered Engineering (CEng) status. This means that what you learn meets industry standards, so you will graduate with the engineering ability and managerial business skills to succeed.
Students are encouraged to spend a year working in industry. This year will give you first-hand experience of working in the automotive engineering sector.
Our engineering facilities are excellent. They include: composite making facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, laser scanner, aluminium casting facility, a wind tunnel, material testing facilities, non-destructive facilities as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
We also have a well-equipped Formula Student build area. Our electronics labs feature industry-standard facilities help you make the transition from the classroom into an employment setting.
GCSE: grade C or above, in Mathematics and English is required.
Individuals will be considered based on their experience.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Graduates from this Automotive Engineering degree can take on the role of:
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.