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Published: 22 August 2018

Five reasons to study automotive engineering at Surrey

Programme Director Patrick Gruber reveals what makes our automotive engineering degrees different and the secret behind our graduates’ successes.

Formula Student team
  1. Professional Training opportunities
    Many students take advantage of Surrey’s renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables them to get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like McLaren Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains or Nissan. On placement, you’ll get the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to work in your chosen field, and develop key skills such as team working, project management and communication.
    At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.
     
  2. Flexibility with common first year
    Choosing the right degree pathway can be difficult, and things sometimes become clearer once you start studying. Whether you opt for our Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Biomedical Engineering courses, you’ll study a common first year which means you can swap to a different pathway, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the end of your first year.
    Similarly, it’s possible to move from a BEng to an MEng degree, provided you achieve satisfactory results in your second year. Whatever your ambitions, there’s plenty of flexibility.
     
  3. Professional accreditation
    Our automotive engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) so you can be confident that what you’re studying reflects current industry needs. This accreditation means that our MEng programme fully meets the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, while our BEng programme partially meets the academic requirement and can be supplemented by further study.
     
  4. Industry-standard facilities
    You’ll use the latest design and simulation software and manufacturing equipment including 3D printing within our Design Centre. Also, you’ll have access to our dedicated Formula Student lab (see below) and leading facilities such as our Hardware-in-the-Loop test rigs.
     
  5. Compete in Formula Student
    Learning at Surrey isn’t just about lecture theatres and labs. As a central part of your course you’ll be a member of our Formula Student team – so, you’ll design and build a single-seater electric racing car and race it at the Formula Student event (the world’s largest student motorsport competition) in Silverstone. This will not only give you invaluable hands-on experience, but also provide a great platform for showcasing your skills to potential employers.

 
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