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Professional Doctorate in Automotive Engineering - MSc


About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates, this course has been developed to provide the industry with high calibre engineers that are equipped with the necessary skills to advance vehicle technology to meet the demands of the future.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Automotive Engineering is suitable for graduates in engineering, physics or mathematics, and will prepare you for a career in this exciting field, from engine design to hybrid and electric vehicles, chassis and braking operations, and much more.

Why this course?

This course aims to provide graduates with the technical qualities, transferable skills and independent learning ability to make them effective in organisations that design and develop automotive products. Our strategic links with industry ensure that all of the course material is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organisations competing within the automotive sector. This industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable in the world for automotive companies to recruit.

We offer students the opportunity to study in a postgraduate only environment where Masters' graduates can go onto secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research. You will be taught by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners, and work alongside a strong research team at Cranfield University. Industry placements are on offer during research work.

Informed by Industry

The MSc in Automotive Engineering is directed by an Industrial Advisory Panel comprising senior engineers from the automotive sector. This maintains course relevancy and ensures that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. You will have the opportunity to meet this panel and present your individual research project to them at an annual event held in July. Panel members include:

  • Mr Rod Calvert, Automotive Management Consultant
  • Mr Doug Cross, Flybrid Automotive Ltd
  • Dr Jon Dixon, Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Dr Matthew Hancock, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mr Steve Liggins, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mr Paul McCarthy, JCB Power Systems
  • Mr Steve Miles, Ford Motor Company Ltd
  • Dr Leon Rosario, Lotus Engineering
  • Mr Nuno Simoes, Multimatic Technical Centre Europe
  • Mr Steve Swift, Multimatic Technical Centre Europe
  • Dr John Temple, Nissan Technology Centre Europe
  • Mr Malcolm Thomson, AVL.

Accreditation

The MSc is accredited by Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

This course comprises eight compulsory taught modules that are assessed via a combination of written exams and individual coursework assignments, a group project and an individual research project.

Group project

You will undertake a substantial group project between October and March, which focuses on designing and optimising a particular vehicle system/assembly. This is designed to prepare you for the project-based working environment within the majority of the automotive industry.

As a group, you will be required to present your findings, market the product and demonstrate technical expertise in the form of a written submission and a presentation to the Industrial Advisory Board, academic staff and fellow students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.

View details of the 2017 Group Project - Design of an autonomous (self driving) electric vehicle

Individual project

The individual research project is the largest single component of the course taking place between April and August. It allows you to develop specialist skills in an area of your choice by taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical application, usually involving a design feasibility assessment, systems analysis or facility development. Most of the projects are initiated by industrial contacts or associated with current research programmes.

In recent years, some industry sponsors have given students the opportunity to be based on site. Thesis topics will often become the basis of an employment opportunity or PhD research topic.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 40%

Your career

Our postgraduate Automotive Engineering course provides you with the necessary skills for a career in the automotive industry. Cranfield’s automotive graduates have an excellent employment record and currently occupy positions of high responsibility in industry, such as managers of research establishments, chief engineers, engine and vehicle programme managers. Some of our graduates decide to continue their education through PhD studies with Cranfield University.

Companies that have recruited graduates of this course include:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Lotus
  • Millbrook Proving Ground
  • McLaren
  • Ricardo.

We also arrange company visits and career open days with key employers.


Visit the Automotive Engineering - MSc page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Audrey Moyal

Why did you choose the motorsport course at Cranfield?
Since I was 10 years old I have wanted to work in motorsport and I thought Cranfield was the most adapted course to learn motorsport engineering. Cranfield has a very good reputation in the industry and its geographic situation is in the middle of 'Motorsport Valley’.

Did postgraduate study meet your expectations?
Yes, because I learnt about many parts of motorsport engineering: data acquisition, vehicle dynamics, composites, which I use now in my job. Moreover, with this course I had many good contacts in motorsport and I was able to find a very interesting internship at Renault Sport.

What was your group project about? Was it sponsored?
My group project was to model and design a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) for a LMP1 car. The project was sponsored by Williams Hybrid Power. My group had a partnership with the Spanish team Epsilon Euskadi. This project was very interesting because the KERS is a new technology which is more and more used in motorsport (Le Mans, Formula 1), I could learn about electronics and also race simulation, as we had to simulate what amount of fuel could be saved in a 24 hour race. It was also a very good opportunity to have a partnership with Epsilon Euskadi. We visited their factory and they supported us in the project by giving us information we needed about a LMP1 car. We were the only group to have a partnership with a racing team. It helped us and gave us contacts. We won the prize for the best group project awarded by the MSA (Motor Sports Association).

Would you recommend your course and why?
Yes because you can learn a lot about motorsport and you have very good contacts with the industry. The group project has good interaction with the industry and the subject is one which can interest the industry and help you in your future job. The name of Cranfield also helps in the CV as the reputation of this course is very good in motorsport.

What are you doing now?
I am working at Michelin in the motorsport division. Michelin is one of the leading tyre suppliers so it is an honour to work for the competition department. I develop tyres which is an important responsibility. After my course at Cranfield, I did a six month internship at Renault Sport and then before being offer the job at Michelin.


(Scholarship)

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information

http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/loan?utm_campaign=commscpls&utm_source=fam&utm_medium=onlineprofile&utm_content=courselistingfunding



Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in engineering, mathematics or an applied science and demonstrable motivation for a career in automotive.


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