Available for January start

Course details

Study options

Full-time: Three years, Part-time: 5 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

H336

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BEng (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Prepare to make your mark in the highly competitive global motorsport industry. Offering exciting practical experience and strong employer links, our BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering puts you on the road to success.

If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering right now, why not consider taking this course with a foundation year?

BEng (Hons) Motorsport student, Pranav Dinesh Mirani

I chose this course because of the practical experiences offered in the form of track days and a chance to participate in the Formula Student competition. Coming to Derby has been by far the most life changing experience I have had.

Pranav Dinesh Mirani
BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

Set yourself apart as an innovative and resourceful motorsport engineer – ready to work with top teams or high-profile manufacturers.

In-depth knowledge

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of topics such as advanced power train engineering, motorsport chassis design and computational fluid dynamics.

We also expect you to take an active role in project work, whether designing supercharger applications or building your own telemetry equipment. We have a great range of vehicles and systems for you to study, from racing motorcycles to dragsters.

In tune with the industry

We boast strong links across the industry, so you will keep up to date with what's new and next in the world of motorsport. The course features regular guest lectures from companies such as Red Bull Racing, Bloodhound and Jaguar Land Rover through the IMechE Automobile East Midlands Division. Companies sometimes set interesting projects for our students too.  

Real-world experience

We give you the opportunity to take part in a range of events where you can gain hands-on experience, including scrutineering and marshalling training, exhibitions and race meetings.

Exciting projects like Formula Student - the world’s biggest student motorsport competition – could also become a highlight of your studies.  Team Derby Motorsport entered this competition for the first time in 2015 and won the Formula Student Rookie Team Award. This success resulted in a £3,000 grant for the team from the IMechE.

We also offer BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering with Foundation Year.

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From Motorsport Engineering student to racing driver.

Kaushick Raja Mohan’s goal was to get behind a wheel of a racing car. He was able to achieve that goal with the help of our Motorsport Engineering degree.

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Motorsport Engineering graduate, Charlotte Tolley.

Engineer Charlotte’s got designs on luxury car maker

Charlotte has gone from our Motorsport Engineering degree to designing cars for one of the biggest names in UK car production. She is now working at Jaguar Land Rover as a Wheels and Tyres Engineer.

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What you will study

You will study a total of 120 credits per year. This will be made up of single or double modules.

You will study modules such as:

  • Applied Scientific Methods
  • Professional Development and Business Accountability
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Design and Workshop Technology
  • Motorsport and Motorcycle Technical Applications

You will study modules such as:

  • Motorsport Electronics (Work Based Learning)
  • Motorsport Powertrain Technology
  • Motorsport Chassis Engineering
  • Engineering Design Modelling
  • Structural Analysis and Materials
  • Design for Manufacture and Materials Optimisation
  • Advanced Applied Analytical Methods 2

 

You will study modules such as:

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

You will study modules such as:

  • Advanced Powertrain Engineering
  • Motorsport Chassis Design and Dynamics
  • Independent Study and Professional Development (Motorsport)
  • Advanced Engineering Design Modelling
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Motorsport Engineering

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Real world learning

There are opportunities for you to go on an optional work placement as part of the BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering.

The course also includes field trips to local race circuits for testing and visits to a number of exhibitions where you can strengthen your professional networks. You will also attend guest lectures as part of the annual IMechE series.

How you are assessed

Assessment is through a mixture of coursework assignments, examinations and formal presentations.

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Motorsport student working on a car

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Maths at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and at least one other Science or Technology A-level

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Maths at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and at least one other Science or Technology A-level

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

Our focus is on ensuring you are work-ready and this course will give you the all the confidence and skills you need to progress directly into the international motorsport arena.

Graduates have secured employment with companies like Cosworth, Zytec, JLR, Pirelli and EPM Composites. They have also raced all over the world and worked with international race teams in F1, GP2, FIA-GT and with a variety of national teams. 

Motorsport students working together
Senior Lecturer in Motorsport engineering Dr. Tarek Jomaa talking to Sean Galvin during the open day in July 2018

Dr Tarek Jomaa
Programme leader

Dr Tarek Jomaa is a lecturer in Motorsport Engineering

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Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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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