Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2-3 years

Course level




Start dates

January, September


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

This course provides a broad mixture of theoretical and applied engineering principles, coupled with a practical design and manufacture final project. It paves the way for you to become fully accredited as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

What you will study

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

You will study modules such as:

Research Methods, Application and Evaluation

This module will advise, guide and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and devising an overall research plan. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate and apply different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, data collection and data analysis methods. The module will cover both quantitative techniques and qualitative techniques in this respect.

Forensic Engineering, Failure Analysis and Prevention

Forensic engineering is the study of product, process or design failures and how these relate to international legislation and standards or, in some cases, to legal investigations. During this module, you will review the identification and advanced analysis of a range of failure modes for engineered products. You will critically appraise the design, manufacture and material facets of failed components, which can indicate the sources of failure. When combined with the examination of failed components, this will enable you to identify likely causes of failure and strategies for testing out failure mode hypotheses.

By considering misuse or original design flaws, you will review the mechanical analysis for the assessment and reduction of factors that contribute to the onset of failure, such as loading types, materials, manufacturing techniques, and environmental and structural properties, and predict failure scenarios that include brittle, ductile, fatigue, wear and buckling failure modes. You will also consider design for the prevention of failure of both metallic and non-metallic mechanical products.

Applied Internal Combustion Engine Thermosciences

This module aims to provide the scientific and technological foundations for you to understand the operation, performance and design of internal combustion engines. It should consolidate and integrate your studies in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics using examples from automotive and motorsport engineering propulsion units.

Environmental Risk and Responsibility

You will evaluate how the professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interact with the society in which you are working, and how this affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet. Starting with a global view of how environmental stresses are generated by developing technologies, this module takes a systemic approach to how responsibility for sustainability challenges does not always lie with the decision maker. The module will be delivered online for students joining the course in January.

You will study modules such as:

CPD and Strategic Management

During this module, you will develop your managerial skills in preparation for working in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach. You will focus on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct and will become adept at forecasting and financial analysis, while considering business ethics.

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) element of this module means that you will be able to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline to improve your employability.

Integrated Control Systems

This module relates to the growing development and implementation of electrical and electronic control and instrumentation solutions in many industries, including mechanical, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and performance applications. Examples in context include:

  • Analysing complex communications networks and evaluating signal integrity and component function
  • Specifying communication and control networks to combine multiple integrated control modules installed on a power/transmission/chassis system

The module takes into account current and emerging technologies for system control and instrumentation as well as energy management and storage. As hybrid energy systems become more developed and require safe and reliable implementation, this module will develop your understanding and help you apply the advanced integrated control systems which are needed to ensure progress in this rapidly expanding discipline.

Negotiated Motorsport Technical Module

You will carry out a professional development audit, develop your learning contract, and identify specific aspects of technical study in your given specialism that may complement or extend your academic studies at masters level. This will assist your application for Chartered Engineering status. This module will be taught through distance learning and you will negotiate your area of study with the module leader.

You will study one module, such as:

Independent Scholarship – Technology

The Postgraduate Independent Scholarship forms an essential, integral and substantial part of programmes leading to your masters degree. It will provide you with an opportunity to utilise and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills you have gained during your programme, via an extensive investigation related to the course material.

The University of Derby Regulatory Framework for Postgraduate Taught Programmes recognises dissertations; research-based technical design and development projects; and the exhibition of creative design artwork (with moderated length of dissertation) as viable types of independent scholarship.

This module requires you to produce a coherent, sustained and comprehensive research-based study, through which you will demonstrate your ability to generate complex proposals with awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, the capacity to propose new hypotheses and speculations.

You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research by producing clear, logically argued and original work related to the field of your study.

How you will learn

Our emphasis on real world learning means you will benefit from exciting opportunities for practical experience. These include fieldtrips to local race circuits for testing, exhibitor attendance at the Autosport show, and participation in the annual drag racing event at Shakespeare County Raceway where you can race your own vehicles. You will also be inspired by guest lectures as part of the annual Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) series.

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework assignments, examinations and formal presentations.

Entry requirements

Fees and funding

Please note: We are not accepting applications for September 2018 or January 2019.

How to apply

UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

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Information for international applicants

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The MSc Motorsport Engineering equips you with the confidence and skills you need to progress your career in the international world of motorsport.

Previous Derby graduates have gone on to secure employment with companies like Cosworth, Zytec and EPM Composites Ltd. They have also joined international race teams in Formula 1 and the GP2 series as well as a variety of national teams. 

Contact us

Course: Patrick Barber (programme leader) E: Tel: +44 (0)1332 593108

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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