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.

Course facts

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
  • Nissan
  • 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.

Professional recognition

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.

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. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

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.

Modules

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.

Year 3

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

No options on Semester 1; choose 1 from 2 optional modules in Semester 2

Year 3 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

No options on Semester 1; choose 1 from 2 optional modules in Semester 2

Professional Training Year (PTY)

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

Year 4 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 4 (with PTY) - 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.

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.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. 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 Faculty of Engineering and Physical 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, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH 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.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall:

BEng (Hons): AAB. 

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA. 

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Mathematics 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 BTEC Extended Diploma and A-level Mathematics at Grade A.

MEng: D*DD BTEC Extended Diploma 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.

MEng: 34.

Required subjects:

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

MEng: HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and Physics.

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall:

BEng (Hons): 75%.

MEng: 76%.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics grade 8.

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

Access to HE Diploma

This qualification is not currently accepted for this programme.

Scottish Highers

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAABB.

MEng: AAAAB.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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.

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

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BEng (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BEng (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
MEng 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
MEng 60 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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 associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory Book puchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 - PPE equipment

Grand total: £25-30

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

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory Book puchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-£20 - PPE equipment

Grand total: £25-30

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.

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