Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2018 entry

A highlight for me was being Technical Director for the Formula Student team here at Surrey. This role gave me tons of responsibility, and taught me how to manage and motivate a team.

We were able to successfully design and build a single-seat racing car and compete against different universities at Silverstone circuit.

What you'll study

Building on the University’s strong links with industry and run by internationally recognised academics, our Automotive Engineering programmes will give you the specialised expertise you need to become a professional engineer in the automotive industry, or equally provide you with the right skill set to take up a career in motorsport.

Programme overview

Our Automotive Engineering degree is a unique programme that focuses on new and emerging sustainable automotive technologies (such as electric vehicles). Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art design and development tools such as computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) methods, applying these to vehicle development.

As an integral part of your degree you will get involved in Formula Student – Europe’s most established student motorsport competition, in which Surrey has successfully competed for many years. This will give you a valuable opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-life problems and gain hands-on experience.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits. 

The BEng programme is studied full-time over three or four academic years; three years without a Professional Training Year and four years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of BEng (Hons) a student must complete 360 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. In order to achieve the principal award with a professional training year students must also complete 120 credits at level P. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards:

  • BEng (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4

The BEng Programme includes two project modules worth 30 credits and an individual project worth 30 credits. The individual project takes place at FHEQ Level 6 and runs over semesters 1 and 2. This is a research based project which may involve laboratory work. 

In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 40 per cent and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4 and 5 (and level P if taken). 

BEng students may transfer onto the equivalent level of the corresponding MEng Programme at any time following the completion of FHEQ Level 4 up until the beginning of semester 1 of FHEQ Level 6, provided that they achieve an average of at least 60 per cent in the preceding level (excluding PTY) prior to the date of transfer. 

It is planned that the BEng programme will be accredited by the IMechE on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer, and fully meeting that for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. 

*The MEng programme is studied full-time over four or five academic years: four years without a Professional Training Year and five years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of MEng (Hons) a student must complete 480 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 respectively. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards: 

  • BEng (Hons) – 360 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 6, to include an individual project
  • BSc (Hons) - 360 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 6 (individual project not required)
  • BEng (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4 

*The MEng includes three project modules each worth 30 credits and an individual project worth 45 credits. The individual project takes place at FHEQ Level 7 and runs over semesters 1 and 2 or may be taken entirely in semester 2 depending on other option choices. This is a research based project which may involve laboratory work. The Multidisciplinary Design Project (MDDP) takes place at FHEQ Level 7 in Semester 1. This is a design based project where the student is a member of a design team made up with students from all the engineering disciplines within the Faculty. Each project is devised by a visiting professor funded by the Royal Society for Engineering, who is also part of the academic-led supervisory team. *Note that for MEng students the PTY may be taken either between FHEQ levels 5 and 6, or between FHEQ levels 6 and 7. *To remain on the MEng Programme or to transfer in from the BEng programme, a student, in addition to the normal progression requirements, is normally required to achieve an aggregate mark of at least 60 per cent at the end of FHEQ Level 5. MEng students dropping below an aggregate mark of 50 per cent in FHEQ levels 6 and above, but otherwise satisfying the normal progression requirements, may exit on the BSc with at least 360 (480 if with PTY)

*Note that for MEng students the PTY may be taken either between FHEQ levels 5 and 6, or between FHEQ levels 6 and 7.

*To remain on the MEng Programme or to transfer in from the BEng programme, a student, in addition to the normal progression requirements, is normally required to achieve an aggregate mark of at least 60 per cent at the end of FHEQ Level 5. MEng students dropping below an aggregate mark of 50 per cent in FHEQ levels 6 and above, but otherwise satisfying the normal progression requirements, may exit on the BSc with at least 360 (480 if with PTY) credits not including a project or can transfer to the corresponding accredited BEng programme. In the latter case, all completed MEng assessments will be transferred to the equivalent BEng programme and will then be assessed according to the BEng assessment procedure. This will require them to complete a BEng Individual Project at level FHEQ 6 before they can be eligible for the BEng award.

*Students following the MEng 4 or 5 year programmes may be permitted to transfer to the equivalent level of the corresponding BEng degree programme at any time before the beginning of semester 1 FHEQ Level 6.

It is planned that the MEng programme will be accredited by the IMechE on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

In Year 4 (MEng only) you study theory and application to a greater depth and breadth. As part of your programme, you carry out an extensive individual research project.

You also benefit from multidisciplinary design work with students from other engineering disciplines in order to simulate an industrial engineering context.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £55
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15
  • Grand total: £70

Teaching

We recognise that each student is an individual with a unique academic background. We attempt to meet these differences with a blend of teaching methods, ranging from lectures and group tutorials to small class groups in laboratories, plus the development of online teaching resources.

Your communication skills, vital to professional automotive engineers, are developed in communications and information technology modules where you explore the whole spectrum of communication media, from chalk-and-talk to state-of-the-art computer software presentation packages.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

Specialised facilities include:

  • An engine test cell with three diverse engines
  • A hybrid electric powertrain testing laboratory
  • Test benches for automotive brake systems and dampers
  • Six wind tunnels, including one with a rolling road, an environmental wind tunnel, unique within the UK, and high-quality instrumentation
  • A dedicated Formula Student workshop/lab area

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree. Currently, for students on the Automotive Engineering programme this is possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions:

  • USA (Texas Tech, North Carolina State or Florida)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country, without paying additional tuition fees to the partner.

In doing so you will broaden your horizons, meet other students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Airbus in France or IDIADA in Spain. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

A crucial part of all our programmes is the Professional Training placement. This allows you to gain ‘real-life’, hands-on experience that you cannot learn in a lecture theatre and gives you a real edge over others as you enter the job market.

The optional Professional Training placement starts at the end of the second academic year. Preparation for the Professional Training placement begins during Year 2. If you decide not to do the Professional Training year, you proceed directly to Year 3.

During this optional year, you will earn a salary from your employer while still remaining a member of the University. Many students are subsequently offered employment by the firms with which they spend their placement year.

Companies participating in the scheme include:

  • Bentley
  • Vauxhall Motors
  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Delphi Diesels
  • Torqueleader
  • Cummins Engines
  • Applus+ IDIADA

Graduate prospects

Our graduate employment record is truly outstanding. The University of Surrey is consistently at, or very close to, the top of the league table for graduate employment.

This is due to the professional focus of our degrees, accreditation by professional bodies and the quality of our Professional Training placement programme.

Most of our graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession. Typical careers span a wide range – professional mechanical engineering, general engineering and manufacturing.

Employers include some of the most famous names in engineering, aerospace, energy, telecommunications and research. A small but significant number of students take higher degrees at Surrey and elsewhere.

Recent graduates from the Mechanical Engineering programmes have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Caterpillar UK, Design Engineer
  • Honda UK, Engineer
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Product Development Engineer
  • McLaren Racing, Production Engineer
  • Ricardo, Performance and Calibration Engineer

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

For BEng programme: AAB

For MEng programme: AAA

Mathematics and Physics A-levels are required.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BEng programme: DDD and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A

For MEng programme: D*DD and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A

European Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 75 per cent overall

For MEng programme: 76 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

For MEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

For BEng programme: AAABB

For MEng programme: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

For MEng programme: Pass overall with an A in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Other entry requirements

English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 years H330 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 years H331 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 4 years H334 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 5 years H332 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the fees page for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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