Published: 26 May 2020

Five reasons to study automotive engineering at Surrey

What makes our automotive engineering degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your automotive engineering degree.

Formula Student team
A team of students working on Surrey's Formula Student car.
1. Fantastic work placement opportunities

You can take advantage of our renowned Professional Training placement programme and get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like:

  • BAE Systems
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mercedes HPP
  • Nissan.

Read about Shaun Rance’s placement experience at McLaren Automotive Ltd.

2. Flexibility with common first year

Whether you opt for  our Automotive EngineeringMechanical EngineeringAerospace Engineering or Biomedical Engineering courses, you’ll study a common first year which means you can swap to a different pathway within the department, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the end of your first year.


3. Compete in prestigious competitions

Learning at Surrey isn’t just about lecture theatres and labs. As a central part of your course you’ll get involved in Formula Student (the world’s largest student motorsport competition), and help to design, build and race a single seater electric car, giving you invaluable hands-on experience and a chance to showcase your skills to potential employers.

Find out about our students’ success at Formula Student 2020.


4. Industry-standard facilities

At Surrey you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities including our:

  • Design Centre with the latest design software and computer-numerical-control (CNC) machine tooling equipment
  • EnFlo Labs which host the only environmental wind tunnel in the UK.


5. Professionally accredited courses

Our automotive engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which means you’ll be well on the way towards chartered status after studying at Surrey. Our MEng courses fully meet the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, while our BEng programmes partially meet the academic requirement and can be supplemented by further study.


Discover our programmes in automotive engineering.

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