Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2020 entry

Why choose this course

Run by internationally recognised academics, our BEng and MEng Automotive Engineering courses will give you the expertise needed to become a professional engineer in the automotive industry, or equally provide you with the skillset to take up a career in motorsport.

Students will have access to industry-standard software and equipment, and the prestigious Formula Student competition is a central part of the course. You may also choose to take a Professional Training placement at major companies such as McLaren, Williams F1 and Rolls-Royce.

90 per cent of Surrey’s automotive engineering graduates are in a professional or managerial job within six months (Unistats).

What you will study

Our unique course explores new and emerging sustainable automotive technologies (such as electric vehicles). Throughout your course, you’ll learn to use state-of-the-art tools for vehicle analysis and development such as computer-aided design, finite element, fluid dynamics and vehicle dynamics software.

You’ll also participate in Formula Student – Europe’s most established student motorsport competition. This is a valuable opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain hands-on experience.

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Master of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng course with a masters year and is a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies. Find out more about the benefits of an integrated masters degree.

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Key information

Start date: October 2020

BEng (Hons) UCAS: H330

3 years

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MEng UCAS: H334

4 years

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BEng (Hons) UCAS: H331

4 years with professional training

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MEng UCAS: H332

5 years with professional training

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Professional Training placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Automotive Engineering placements

A crucial part of all our automotive engineering courses is the Professional Training placement. This allows you to gain hands-on work experience that you can’t learn in a lecture theatre, giving you a real edge over others as you enter the job market.

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

During this optional year, you’ll earn a salary from your employer while still remaining a student 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:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mercedes HPP
  • Nissan
  • Rolls Royce
  • BAE Systems
  • Cummins Engines
  • Delphi Diesel Systems.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our graduate employment record is outstanding. This is due to the professional focus of our courses, 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 of areas including professional automotive engineering, general engineering and manufacturing.

Employers include some of the most famous names in engineering, aerospace, energy, telecommunications and research. A significant number of students also continue their education at Surrey and elsewhere.

Recent graduates from the automotive and mechanical engineering courses have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Automotive Design Engineer, McLaren Automotive
  • Graduate Vehicle Development Engineer, Gordon Murray Design
  • PVT Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Graduate Engineer, Tata Steel
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer, JCA Engineering
  • Graduate Systems and Test Engineer, Lockheed Martin UK
  • Reliability Engineer, ExxonMobil.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies 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.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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 course. Currently, for students on our automotive engineering courses, this is possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions in:

  • Hong King Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • North California State University, US
  • Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Texas Tech University, US            
  • University of Central Florida, US.

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country, without paying extra tuition fees to the partner. In doing so, you’ll broaden your horizons, meet other students from around the world, and experience student life in one of the world's most prestigious universities.

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

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend your Professional Training placement working in another country. Students have worked at AVL Schrick in Germany and at Arup in Hong Kong.

If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

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

Communication skills 

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.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

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

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Year 4

Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7

Choose 0 or 1 module from the options in Semester 1 and 2 or 1 module from the options in Semester 2 to give 30 credits of options overall

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

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

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

Programme leader

GRUBER P Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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 modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall:

BEng (Hons): AAB-ABB. 

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA-AAB. 

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall:

BEng (Hons): DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.

MEng: D*DD-DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.

Required subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): 34-32.

MEng: 34.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and HL5/SL6 in Physics.

MEng: HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and HL5/SL6 in Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall:

BEng (Hons): 82%-78%.

MEng: 85%-82%.

Required subjects: Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and 7.5 in Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics - 6.

Access to HE Diploma

  • BEng (Hons):
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • MEng:
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.

Required subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

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

Scottish Highers

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAABB-AABBB.

MEng: AAAAB-AAABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

MEng: Pass overall with AAA-AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BEng (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

MEng

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

Professional training To be confirmed

MEng (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £21,700

Professional training To be confirmed

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

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 – Laboratory book purchase for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - PPE equipment.

Grand total: £30

There are associated costs with this MEng (Hons) course:

  • Books/stationery/admin: Laboratory book purchase for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - PPE equipment.

Grand total: £30

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

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Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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