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.
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 youâ€™ve already learned on a substantial project.
- Mathematics for Engineers
- Engineering Computing Applications
- Thermofluids 1
- Electrical Principles
- Engineering Applications
- Introduction to C programming and Embedded Systems
- Engineering Materials
- Automotive Design
- Power, Machines and Control
- Configuration and Programming of Embedded Systems
- Group Project and Management for Engineers
- Electronics for Automotive Systems
- Individual Project
- Vehicle Dynamics
- Power Electronics and Drives
- Hybrid / Electric Vehicle Technology
- Sensors and Smart Vehicle Technology
Optional modules include:
- Engineering Computational Analysis
- Supervised Work Experience (SWE)
- MEng Group Project
- Vehicle Powertrain and Systems
- Product Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Advanced Smart Vehicles
Optional modules include:
- Advanced Materials and Manufacture
- Non-destructive Testing
- Modern Power Electronics
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.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
This entry criteria details typical offers, however, USW has a Contextual Admissions Policy and considers eligible applicants on an individual basis. Under the Policy we could make a personalised offer based on aspects of the UCAS application or have results considered individually when you receive them. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement.
Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
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.
GCSE: Five at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language.
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 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: £9000 per 20 credits
Full-time International: £14400
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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 and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
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.