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Automotive Engineering  MSc


MSc Automotive Engineering provides specialised knowledge of the latest technological developments in automotive engineering. The course is designed to enhance the employment and promotional opportunities of graduates in mechanical and automotive engineering.

Automotive Engineering is the application of engineering principles to the design and analysis of the automobile in order to satisfy a performance specification. It covers a wide range of engineering disciplines, and puts these in the context of modern motor vehicle developments including sustainability and safety issues.

This course provides broad-based knowledge of the latest technological developments in automotive engineering including:

  • Vehicle Technology
  • Performance of IC engines
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Advanced mechatronics
  • Renewable energy and alternative fuel
  • Gas turbine engineering
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computer aided design.

You will be trained in structured design process using the latest version of industry standard CAD tools:

  • Ansys
  • Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES)
  • Fluent and Solid Work.

These modules are designed to improve your knowledge in science and technology, but they also help to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work, leadership, multi-tasking, planning and management. These important skills will help you to become successful in your future career and initiating new innovative technologies.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics has international reputation for the excellence of its research which is funded by many national and international bodies, including the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), European Research Council (ERC) and European Commission (EC).

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers generous scholarships for this course:

City at Silverstone

City students are involved in Formula Student; designing, building and running a car in the season's races:

This MSc is accredited by the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers and satisfies the academic requirement for applications for chartered engineer status.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree in mechanical or automotive engineering or a related scientific or engineering discipline, or the equivalent from an international institution.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year

Start Date:

Autumn 2015

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree in mechanical or automotive engineering or a related scientific or engineering discipline, or the equivalent from an international institution.

Consideration is given to candidates who can demonstrate, by work experience in an appropriate field, the ability to undertake the course.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

City University London's internationally-recognised Research Centre for Energy and the Environment's core research activities are in automotive engineering, providing excellent computational and experimental facilities, including a number of modern optical IC engines and advanced optical instruments for different optical diagnostic methods.

The course requires that each student completes a research project which will:

  • Focus your research interests
  • Develop your report writing
  • Enhance your presentation, critical thinking and analytical skills.

There are a wide range of project areas to choose from which include vehicle technologies, appropriate technologies, energy efficiencies, advanced materials, energy conversation, compressors and expanders. These projects are often the result of a collaboration between our students and either local, national or global companies. You will also be involved in our formula student car design and manufacturing.

Course Structure

Modules include:

Core modules:  

  • Internal combustion engines  
  • Performance of internal combustion engines  
  • Vehicle engineering and design  
  • Computer-aided design with CATIA  
  • Advanced Mechatronics

Four elective modules from:

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Dynamics of structures
  • Combustion fundamentals and applications
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy utilisation and management
  • Mathematical modelling in CAD
  • Introduction to control.

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of a Masters degree. Major specialisations for the dissertation include computer-aided design, vehicle design, vehicle dynamics control, engine performance design and fuel cells.

Read the full 2014 programme specification

Teaching and Assessment


The course is taught by staff from the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and some external industrial experts. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and seminars. Throughout the programme, teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage independent self study and teamwork, creativity and critical thinking.


Assessment is based on marks obtained throughout the year for coursework, class tests,  and end-of-year examinations. Modules, based on coursework only, are assessed through substantial individually designed coursework, assignments and small projects. IT skill is assessed through submitted work on CATIA design reports and computational coursework.

Read the full 2014 programme specification


  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers generous scholarships for this course:

Career Prospects

City's Automotive Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and provides a path for graduates to gain Chartered Engineer status. Blending theory and practice, this course develops the broad skills and knowledge base required by automotive engineers, providing a platform for career development. You will be equipped with the skills and confidence needed to fulfil leading engineering roles with critical thinking and creativity. Our academic staff are at the cutting-edge of their field and many have research collaborations with different organisations including Toyota, Shell, Delphi and Lotus.

Where are they now? Employment destinations of graduates include:

  • Jaguar
  • Toyota
  • Ford
  • Delphi
  • Lotus
  • Rolls Royce
  • Shell
  • BP
  • Transport for London
  • Howden
  • Holroyd
  • Heliex
  • Sortex

These companies actively participate in developing and monitoring our course content and student research projects. The course has been designed and developed in collaboration with industry and the professional bodies so that in addition to strong academic qualifications, students will gain the important skills and knowledge for a successful career.

Apply for MSc Automotive Engineering

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
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