Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2018 entry

A highlight for me was being Technical Director for the Formula Student team here at Surrey. This role gave me tons of responsibility, and taught me how to manage and motivate a team.

We were able to successfully design and build a single-seat racing car and compete against different universities at Silverstone circuit.

Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Automotive Engineering, with our programmes ranked sixth in The Complete University Guide 2018.

Building on the University’s strong links with industry and run by internationally recognised academics, our Automotive Engineering programmes 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.

Programme overview

Our Automotive Engineering degree is a unique programme that focuses on new and emerging sustainable automotive technologies (such as electric vehicles). Throughout the programme, 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 degree 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 experience.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

In Year 4 (MEng only) you study theory and application to a greater depth and breadth. As part of your programme, you carry out an extensive individual research project.

You also benefit from multidisciplinary design work with students from other engineering disciplines in order to simulate an industrial engineering context.

Teaching

We recognise that each student is an individual with a unique academic background. We attempt to meet these differences with a blend of teaching methods, ranging from lectures and group tutorials to small class groups in laboratories, plus the development of 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.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.

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.

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 programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

Specialised facilities include:

  • An engine test cell with three diverse engines
  • A hybrid electric powertrain testing laboratory
  • Test benches for automotive brake systems and dampers
  • Six wind tunnels, including one with a rolling road, an environmental wind tunnel, unique within the UK, and high-quality instrumentation
  • A dedicated Formula Student workshop/lab area

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

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. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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 the Automotive Engineering programme this is possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions:

  • USA (Texas Tech, North Carolina State or Florida)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)

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 some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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 year working in another country. Students have worked at Airbus in France or IDIADA in Spain. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

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

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

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 member 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:

  • Bentley
  • Vauxhall Motors
  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Delphi Diesels
  • Torqueleader
  • Cummins Engines
  • Applus+ IDIADA

Graduate prospects

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 – professional mechanical engineering, general engineering and manufacturing.

Employers include some of the most famous names in engineering, aerospace, energy, telecommunications and research. A small but significant number of students take higher degrees at Surrey and elsewhere.

Recent graduates from the Mechanical Engineering programmes have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Caterpillar UK, Design Engineer
  • Honda UK, Engineer
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Product Development Engineer
  • McLaren Racing, Production Engineer
  • Ricardo, Performance and Calibration Engineer

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

2018 Entry requirements

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

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and Physics.

MEng: Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

Access to HE Diploma

BEng (Hons): This qualification is not currently accepted for this programme.

MEng: This qualification is not currently accepted for this programme.

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

BEng (Hons): BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

MEng: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

European Baccalaureate

Overall

BEng (Hons): 75%.

MEng: 76%.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and Physics grade 8.

MEng: Mathematics and Physics grade 8.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics - 6.

MEng: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics - 6.

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 Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

MEng: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall

BEng (Hons): AAABB.

MEng: AAAAB.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and Physics.

MEng: Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): English Language Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics Scottish National 5 - C.

MEng: 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

BEng (Hons): A level Mathematics and Physics.

MEng: A level Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE Equivalent

BEng (Hons): Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

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

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:

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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 years H330 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 years H331 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 4 years H334 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 5 years H332 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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

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 additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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International students

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Disclaimer

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.

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