Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2023

AwardUCAS codeCourse duration
BEng (Hons) UCAS: H3303 years View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) UCAS: H3314 years with professional training View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) UCAS: H3354 years with foundation year View KIS data set
MEng UCAS: H3344 years View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) UCAS: H3365 years with foundation year and professional training View KIS data set
MEng UCAS: H3325 years with professional training View KIS data set

Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.

CourseUCAS codeInstitution code
BEng (Hons)H330S85
BEng (Hons) with professional trainingH331S85
MEng with professional trainingH332S85
BEng (Hons) with foundation yearH335S85
BEng (Hons) with foundation year and professional trainingH336S85


Why choose this course

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

You’ll have access to industry-standard software and facilities, and you can hone your practical, teamwork and leadership skills by joining the victorious Formula Student team.

You may also choose to take one of our award-winning Professional Training placements at major companies such as McLaren, Williams F1 and Rolls-Royce.

Meet the University of Surrey’s Formula Student Team

Five reasons to study automotive engineering at Surrey

What you will study

Our unique courses explore new and emerging sustainable automotive technologies, such as electric vehicles.

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn to use state-of-the-art tools for vehicle analysis and development, such as computer-aided design, finite element method, 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. The MEng builds on the BEng 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.

Communication skills

Vital to professional automotive engineers, these skills are developed in communications and information technology modules. You’ll explore the whole spectrum of communication media, from chalk-and-talk to state-of-the-art computer software presentation packages.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UKSPEC. The accredited BEng (Hons) will also automatically meet in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

MEng - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The accredited MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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.

Over the last decade, our employment figures have been among the best in the UK. In the Graduate Outcomes survey 2022 results show 95 per cent of our undergraduate mechanical engineering sciences students go on to employment or further study.

Most of our graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession. Typical automotive engineering careers span a wide range of areas, including design, research and development, testing and manufacturing.

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

Recent graduates from our automotive engineering courses have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Automotive Design Engineer, McLaren Automotive
  • Graduate Engineer, Alexander Dennis
  • Graduate Systems and Test Engineer, Ricardo
  • Graduate Vehicle Development Engineer, Gordon Murray Design
  • Junior Engineer, McLaren Racing
  • PVT Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover.

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.


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.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follow 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.

Please note: The full module listing for the optional Professional Training placement part of your course can be viewed on the relevant programme specification.

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information relating to FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6, including learning outcomes, aims and module information please view the BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering programme specification.


Course 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. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).


We recognise 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.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


We use a variety of methods to assess you, including:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Practical sessions
  • Presentations.

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.

Entry requirements



  • BEng (Hons):
    • ABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

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

  • MEng:
    • AAB.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

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

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:
    • CCC including mathematics C and either physics or chemistry, or equivalent.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


  • BEng (Hons): 
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade B.
  • MEng:
    • DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

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

International Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons):
    • 33.
  • MEng:
    • 34.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects:

  • BEng (Hons):
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics (Analysis and approaches at HL/SL or Applications and interpretation at HL) and Physics.
  • MEng:
    • HL6/SL7 in Mathematics (Analysis and approaches at HL/SL or Applications and interpretation at HL) and HL5/SL6 in Physics.

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

European Baccalaureate


  • BEng (Hons):
    • 78%.
  • MEng:
    • 82%.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

  • BEng (Hons):
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics.
  • MEng: 
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and 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 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Also A-level Mathematics grade B.
  • MEng:
    • ​​​​QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma, 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit. Also A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:
  • 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


  • BEng (Hons):
    • AABBB.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

  • MEng:
    • AAABB.

Required subjects: Mathematics and Physics.

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

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

Welsh Baccalaureate


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

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics and Physics.

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

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

  • BEng (Hons) with foundation year:

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)

This route is only applicable to the MEng course.

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.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

International entry requirements by country

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 at the Surrey International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to this degree course.

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 offer holder event. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.


If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

We recognise 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, the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process may allow you to join a course without the formal entry requirements or enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. 

There are restrictions on RPL a 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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries. 


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2023

BEng (Hons)


BEng (Hons) (with professional training year)

Professional training

BEng (Hons) (with foundation year)




BEng (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

Professional training

MEng (with professional training year)

Professional training

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: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • 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.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2023/24 academic year Professional Training placement fees.

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: £10 – laboratory book purchase for Year 1 and Year 2
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 – PPE equipment.

Grand total: £30.


Our award-winning Professional Training programme offers you the option to spend a career-enhancing year in industry, either in the UK or abroad. We have thousands of placement providers to choose from or you can source your own placement. 

Most placements are paid, and we will support you every step of the way. 

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

Automotive engineering placements

We offer award-winning Professional Training placements, giving students industry work experience opportunities with leading organisations in the UK and abroad. Companies participating in the scheme include:

  • Cummins Engines
  • Delphi Diesel Systems
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • McLaren Automotive
  • Mercedes HPP
  • Nissan
  • Rolls-Royce.

Applying for placements

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 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.

Find out how students at Surrey developed their skills in industry by undertaking a placement year.

Study and work abroad

Studying at Surry opens up a world of opportunity. We want you to take advantage of our international partnerships, explore the world and expand your skills for the graduate job market.  

Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone. 

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

Partner institutions

In your second year, you’ll have the option of spending two semesters abroad at one of our partner universities. Students have studied in:

  • China
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • USA.

Find out more about our international partner institutions.

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.

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

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 procedures, the student 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 for the 2023/24 academic year and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/23 academic year as a guide as to what to expect. 

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.  


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 and before you accept an offer. Read our full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

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.

University of Surrey Admissions

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