Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Building on the University’s strong links with industry and run by internationally recognised academics, our BEng and MEng Automotive Engineering courses 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.
What you will study
Our unique BEng and MEng Automotive Engineering courses focus on new and emerging sustainable automotive technologies (such as electric vehicles). Throughout your course, 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 course 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, practical experience.
You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Masters of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng programme 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.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BEng (Hons)||36 months||H330||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||H331||View KIS data set|
|MEng||48 months||H334||View KIS data set|
|MEng||60 months||H332||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and 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 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 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:
- BAE Systems
- Cummins Engines
- Delphi Diesel Systems
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Mercedes HPP
- Rolls Royce.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 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 (BEng) and for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (MEng).
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 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 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 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 Engineer, Tata Steel
- Graduate Mechanical Engineer, JCA Engineering
- Graduate Systems and Test Engineer, Lockheed Martin UK
- Graduate Vehicle Development Engineer, Gordon Murray Design
- PVT Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
- Reliability Engineer, ExxonMobil.
Study and work abroad
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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
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 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 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 one of the world's most prestigious universities.
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 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 acquire valuable work experience but also to improve in or learn another language.
Photograph by Kristian Goodall
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 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.
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.
Mariana Sequeira Crespo
"Automotive Engineering not only teaches you to be a problem solver and think efficiently and effectively, but the programme once completed leaves you with a significant number of skills that enable you to get a job in the most well-known motorsport companies."
“The University of Surrey has superb industrial connections, and the Professional Training year is something that is embraced and pushed across all faculties.”
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
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.