BEng (Hons) Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport)

Offering real-life experience of the motorsport industry, access to up-to-the minute, purpose-built workshops and laboratories, and passionate, experienced lecturers, our IMechE-accredited Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport) degree is for you if a career at the cutting-edge of automotive and motorsport engineering is your aim.

BEng (Hons) Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport)

Course details

The competitive nature of the motorsport industry drives engineers to innovate and develop novel ideas that power progress in the automotive industry. This exciting course aims to give you the theoretical, practical and hands-on knowledge and experience needed to overtake your competition in the field of motorsports engineering.

This multi-disciplinary course brings together engineering principles and theories with design know-how, manufacturing skill and real-life racing experience with our partner teams. Our aim is to equip you with automotive performance engineering and motorsport-specific knowledge. We offer understanding in areas such as data analysis, performance optimisation, aerodynamics, safety considerations, whole vehicle and part design, and manufacturing. We also want to help you develop industry-focused commercial awareness and parallel business and management skills.

Seminars delivered by motorsport and automotive performance engineering professionals, and the chance to work alongside them on live projects, help get your career on the starting grid. Examples of practical activities include using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to simulate the aerodynamics of sports cars, testing parts using our impact and tensile test equipment, and working on actual motorsport projects.

If you don't have the appropriate qualifications to start this course, a four-year version that includes a foundation year is available.

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: 779L
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • This degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
  • We want to help you learn what it takes to run a race and championship-winning team on every level, from engineering cars to dealing with the challenges of a race meeting.
  • Our workshops and laboratories are designed so that you can develop your ideas from initial thought through to production and testing, mimicking the research and development process used in industry.
  • We offer exciting opportunities for you to work with motorsport and automotive industry experts so you can gain impressive experience that is highly valued by employers.
  • Based in the brand new, purpose built National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME).

Key features:

  • The University of Bolton has a distinguished history in engineering.
  • The course focuses on helping you develop in-demand motorsport-specific and transferable skills that are designed to meet the needs of the motorsport and other high performance engineering-related industries.
  • We offer individual tutor support and a favourable staff:student ratio.
  • Our course aims to help you learn from top industry professionals, such as international racing teams and supercar manufacturers.
  • Hypothesis and experiment are key elements in your learning, and our laboratory facilities are designed and equipped so that you can gain experience in applying and testing engineering and scientific principles.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: 779L
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include a mathematics-based subject and a physics-based subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Automotive performance engineers work across the whole product design lifecycle, from concept to delivery. As a graduate motorsport engineer you’ll be qualified to design, build and test racing cars and bikes in all racing divisions. This degree is ideal if you’re looking for roles that apply contemporary technologies to high-performance vehicles.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have opportunities to develop your knowledge of vehicle handling, chassis aerodynamics and suspension mechanics, as well as automotive/motorsport computer systems and electronics, the fundamentals of internal combustion science and wider engineering issues. As a graduate, you’ll possess transferable skills such as project management, team working, the ability to analyse and interpret data, IT and presenting skills, and the intellectual capabilities of research, problem solving, evaluation and synthesis.

What can I do with this qualification?

Careers in motorsport engineering are diverse and employers range from racing teams, to manufacturers and supply chain businesses. Fundamental engineering knowledge and related transferable skills are sought after by the global engineering industry, including automotive, aerospace, marine and rail companies.

With experience, you could progress to senior engineer roles, project team management, general management or consultancy. If you gain experience of creative design, you could move into the graphic design field. Teaching and lecturing at universities or colleges is a possibility if you complete a master’s or PhD in mechanical or automotive engineering.

Alternative career options

  • Chemical engineering
  • Electronics engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Technical sales
  • Quality management
  • Teaching, academia and lecturing
  • Research and development
  • Logistics

Professional recognition

Our BEng (Hons) Automotive Performance Engineering (Motorsport) degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

International

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Engine Systems and Aerodynamics
  • Vehicle Systems
  • CAD/CAM
  • High Performance Materials
  • Performance Engineering Sciences
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Powertrains and Aerodynamics
  • Chassis Development and Telemetry
  • Team Project
  • Auto and Component Design
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Performance Modelling and CFD
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Advanced Electronics
  • Individual Automotive Project
  • Race-Car Design Project
  • Advanced Materials and Structures
  • Management in Engineering

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods to help you to achieve your potential. Formal timetabled sessions, such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, offer you knowledge of the concepts and principles essential in engineering. You are then expected to build on these in your own time through extra reading, revision and reflection on what you have learned.

Open-ended projects and design, make and test activities give you the chance to apply the principles you’ve learned, bringing the concepts and practical applications together in your mind. Opportunities to work with racing team staff on real-life projects and at race meetings also help you hone your new skills and develop your ability to apply your engineering knowledge and creativity.

Regular assessments, including written exams, coursework and practical exams, and feedback from these, will help you to identify areas for improvement.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (65%), Practical exams (8%), Written exams (27%)
Level Two Coursework (60%), Practical exams (13%), Written exams (27%)
Level Three Coursework (58%), Practical exams (13%), Written exams (29%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (67%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (33%)
Level Two Guided independent study (67%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (33%)
Level Three Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    779L
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    96
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Robert Higham
Programme Leader
Email: R.Higham@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903267

John Calderbank
Senior Lecturer
Email: J.Calderbank@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903884

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903