MEng Automotive Engineering

This four-year Master of Engineering course is designed to give you a higher technical knowledge, and is the highest award for undergraduate study in engineering. The MEng course is a great route for students who want to become registered Chartered Engineers as it meets the Engineering Council’s educational requirements to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status: the highest standard within the industry.

The University has a strong reputation in automotive research and development. The Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) undertakes research and consultancy for some of the top car manufacturing companies. The research centre also supports teaching on the automotive degree and final year projects. We have strong links with the automotive sector and we place considerable emphasis on student’s projects.

Our students have access to facilities which include Computer Aided Design (CAD) and analysis software, automotive engine test beds, a gas turbine plant, laser scanning arm and wind tunnel. As part of your studies you will also have the chance to be involved in the development of a formula student racing car.

Studying on the MEng Automotive Engineering course will remove the need to source further funding to study a Masters-level qualification.

This course is subject to validation.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
17N2 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
17N2 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

For the first three years, you will study alongside those on the BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering course. This will give you the opportunity to learn fundamental engineering principles, further develop your knowledge and skills and gain an appreciation for concepts relevant to automotive engineering. In your fourth year, your additional year of study, you will apply what you’ve already learned on a substantial project.

Year One

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Professional Practice for Engineers
  • Engineering Mechanics 1
  • Thermofluids for Engineers

Year Two

  • Computational Techniques for Analysis
  • Engineering Management and Business Constraints
  • Engineering Mechanics 2
  • Engineering Materials Science
  • Manufacturing
  • Design for Automotive Engineers
  • Vehicle Control Systems

Year Three

  • Individual Project
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Manufacturing Systems and Management
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Structures
  • Research Methods for Engineers
  • Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Vehicle and Engine Technology

Year Four

  • Integrative group project – 40 credits
  • Vehicle power trains and systems
  • Business and risk management

Optional modules include:

  • Hybrid vehicle technologies
  • Further engineering materials*
  • Fatigue and fracture*
  • Further finite element analysis*
  • Further computational fluid dynamics*
  • Heat transfer and combustion*
  • Lean manufacture*

The above information is a sample module description for illustrative purposes. Modules and module content may change from time to time.

*10 credit module


You will learn via lectures, tutorials and seminars. As well as this, you will spend time keeping up-to-date on current issues within the engineering industry. You will also learn through practical work, group projects and a final year project.


You will be assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.


The University of South Wales has excellent facilities, and is committed to investment and refurbishment. We’ve just completed a £130m investment programme in new buildings and facilities.

The University has also announced a further investment of £28m to ensure that you’re using equipment and software that is state-of-the-art and industry-standard. We continually evaluate our labs and teaching spaces and regularly re-fit and re-equip them. A recent refurbishment of a number of our Mechanical Engineering labs is part of this programme of continuous enhancement of our facilities.

GCSE: Five at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to include  Mathematics and one other Science subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B with BB at A level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Maths, Science or Engineering, with 45 Level 3 credits equating to 120 UCAS tariff points. E.g. 27 Distinctions, 15 Merits and 3 Passes. Other combinations are acceptable.

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.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Graduates of our engineering degrees have gained a good reputation in industry and are working in all areas including research and development, design, manufacturing management, technical sales and plant engineering.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.