1. 2015 Entry

Automotive and Motorsport Engineering  MEng (Hons)

The integrated MEng (Hons) Automotive and Motorsport Engineering degree offers the most direct route to achieving CEng professional registration.


Following a review of our undergraduate degree courses, the University has decided to cease admitting students onto the MEng (Hons) Automotive and Motorsport Engineering degree course from September 2015. The course will instead be merged with the University’s existing MEng (Hons) Mehanical Engineering degree course.

We found that many students eventually transferred from the MEng (Hons) Automotive and Motorsport Engineering course to the MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course, due to the latter's broader choice of modules and contribution to employability of graduates.

If you were planning to study on the MEng (Hons) Automotive and Motorsport Engineering course, we recommend you consider enrolling on the MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, which offers many of the same modules.

City's MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course is also widely recognised and respected within industry, and provides a path for you to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Why study Automotive and Motorsport Engineering at City?

The integrated MEng (Hons) Automotive and Motorsport Engineering degree offers the most direct route to achieving CEng professional registration.

This degree is designed to train you to work in the exciting and dynamic automotive and motor racing industry. Graduates are typically employed by a car manufacturing company, managing the design and development of the next generation of vehicles, or in the motorsport sector with one of the race teams. The course is closely associated with the international IMechE Formula Student competition.

  • Mechanical, Energy and Automotive Engineering at City is ranked 1st in London and 4th nationally on overall satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2013).
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in the Formula Student competition in which you design, build and race your own single-seater racing car at Silverstone.
  • You have the opportunity to complete a placement after the second year. Recent placements have included roles at Ford, Jaguar Cars, Toyota, Shell and BP.

City at Silverstone

City students are involved in Formula Student; designing, building and running a car at the annual event. Watch this short video of City's 2013 Formula Student team at Silverstone:

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Entry Requirements:

360 UCAS tariff points, including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A. 'A' Level Physics preferred.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 per year

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

H330 MEng (Hons), H334 MEng (Hons) with professional placement.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level - 360 UCAS tariff points, including Mathematics at 'A' Level grade A. 'A' Level Physics preferred.
  • IB - 35 points, 6 in higher Mathematics.


GCSE English Language grade C (or equivalent).

Other Suitable Qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

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 Undergraduate 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.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Full-time: 4 years or 5 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

Year one 

Year one provides a broad foundation in engineering concepts with a slant towards real-world applications.

Year two 

The second year puts increasing emphasis on application to complex mechanical systems.

Year three

The course becomes more specialised in year three, with a detailed focus upon automotive disciplines. As well as group design projects, the individual project allows you to investigate a subject of particular interest to you. As part of the international IMechE Formula Student competition, you have the opportunity to join the City Racing Team in designing, building, marketing and racing a single-seater racing car at Silverstone.

Year fourThis year provides a multidisciplinary view of engineering design and creativity and innovation in problem-solving. You will also have the opportunity to select a greater number of specialised subjects at Masters level and a foreign language module.

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules include:

  • Engineering science
  • Engineering practice
  • Mathematics and computation.

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Engineering science II
  • Engineering practice II
  • Mathematics and computation II
  • Mechanical analysis and design.

Year three

Core modules include:

  • Engineering practice III
  • Mechanics III
  • Computational analysis of engineering structures
  • Internal combustion engines and vehicle powertrain
  • Vehicle dynamics.

Year four

You will have the opportunity to select a greater number of specialised subjects at Masters level and a foreign language module.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered as lectures, tutorials, group design, practical session and field trips. A combination of analytical, experimental, group interactive education and learning techniques encourage independent study, teamwork, communication, creativity and critical thinking.

Courses are reviewed regularly to respond to the priority needs of the engineering marketplace, meeting the requirements of the Engineering Council. You will learn from academics from the Energy and Transport Research Centre, supported by relevant specialists and visiting members of industry.

Assessment is by coursework, tests and examinations. Group learning, teamwork and communication skills are assessed by design group studies, reports and presentations. Practical and technical communication skills are assessed through laboratory work, data analysis and project reports.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 per year


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


You may choose to complete an industrial placement year after the second or third academic year. Placement students gain a greater understanding of the industry and this may count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and provides a path for graduates to gain Chartered Engineer status.

Automotive and motorsport engineering graduates work predominantly in the automotive industry. They are typically involved in automotive component research, product and process design and manufacturing, with a growing emphasis on engineering sustainability.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, including:

Automotive and Motorsport Engineering

UCAS code: H330 MEng (Hons), H334 MEng (Hons) with professional placement.

Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


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