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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

H334

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

MEng (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

There is a substantial demand for capable engineers in the high-tech world of motorsport. Our dedicated MEng Motorsport Engineering will put you on the fast track to a dynamic career at the highest level in this global industry.

Highly specialist and distinctive, our MEng Motorsport Engineering will equip you with the skills and confidence to set you apart in the eyes of prospective employers. It enables you to move smoothly from undergraduate to masters level learning in a single study programme.

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Go further, faster

Our MEng is designed as a flexible course which will take you above the level of a traditional degree. You will initially study Motorsport Engineering at honours degree level and then build on that platform of  knowledge with further study at postgraduate level.

You will graduate fully equipped with all the appropriate skills to practise successfully as a professionally recognised engineer within the motorsport industry globally. You will also have the underpinning knowledge for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

A broad base of knowledge

Current roles within the motorsport engineering industry are extremely technologically challenging, with ever-increasing paces of change and development. Larger motorsport teams and industrial suppliers now operate on a global scale.

The MEng qualification will help you to meet the challenges presented by this constant drive for improvement. Designed with guidance from leading professional bodies, it enhances your understanding of engineering principles so that you can make crucial decisions about complex areas of technology, environment, materials selection and failure analysis. You will also be skilled in assessing the most appropriate and cost-effective use of both time and resources.

You will explore all the relevant technologies and their applications across the complete range of modules on the programme. Your studies will also be underpinned by academic concepts and practical work so that you have the right level of competence for a career that will take you far.

What you will study

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Code: 4ME501

Computer Aided Design

This module provides you with an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to use appropriate computer software as an aid to design for the engineering industry. The difference in approach between manual and computer aided design (CAD) is explained. The production of two/three dimensional drawings to introduce basic system commands is investigated.

This module concentrates on CAD using software for the production of two dimensional models of engineering components and assemblies. Industry standard layer convention and libraries of standard symbols along with system procedures and functions are used to speed up the drawing process. The three dimensional model is utilised to produce elevations, perspective various views and 3D models. Text insertion and automatic dimensioning to a drawing are investigated.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME503

Materials and Manufacturing Process

An awareness of the wide range of materials and manufacturing methods is essential if the designer is to optimise the product for a competitive market with due regard to environmental considerations in terms of energy and resources. The module will emphasise the requirement for interactive consideration of materials, manufacturing method and design in an examination of established and innovative methods of producing to meeting market demands.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME506

Engineering Design and Workshop Technology

The aim of this module is to give students an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design and build project. It will enable them to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

The module will introduce them to the workshop and a number of manufacturing process including turning, milling and sheet metal forming.

These elements will allow the student to carry out a design and build project fully with the aim being to produce a working prototype/ model of the finished product.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME508

Management of the Business Environment

This module challenges the student to produce professional communications based on research into a range of engineering processes and procedures that are necessary to operate in a competitive global market. Students’ skills are developed using a range of current computer based software packages and tools in order to produce outstanding output for professional development planning and continuing professional development.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ME524

Applied Scientific Methods

The primary aim of this module is to provide the analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully undertake the technical elements of the first year of Engineering Degree.

It deals with basic concepts, together with analytical and practical applications in engineering science, providing a broad foundation of knowledge required by students in engineering and therefore preparing them for further studies in specific fields including analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced optional units. The module has been designed to enable you to apply algebra, trigonometry, vectors, and calculus to the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems found at degree level and in the professional workplace.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4MV500

Motorsport and Motorcycle Technical Applications

Success in Motorsport/Motorcycle engineering requires an appreciation and working knowledge of the processes used to service, measure and assemble the working systems of 2 and/or 4 wheeled vehicles. This module is intended to develop knowledge and understanding of four key areas of vehicle engineering: Power unit, Transmission, Chassis and Electrical systems.

The emphasis will be on practical application with essential student participation in all workshop activities. The practical content will be supplemented by context specific tutorials during the activities and formal lectures delivering theoretical and technical knowledge essential for a complete engineering understanding.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME505

Engineering Design Modelling

The growing use of Parametric modelling has transformed the Solid Modelling domain into an extremely powerful, near essential tool for the modern day engineer and designer. This inclusion allows you to retain full control over the models definition and scope and further allows the reduction of lead times in the case of variant production of the model.

This module, after ensuring that you are comfortable with the utilisation of modern engineering workstations, aims to cover the essential elements of parametric modelling and further concentrates on the parametric aspects from 2-dimensional parametric profiling to 3-dimensional parametric modelling including profile sweeping and primitive manipulation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME526

Advanced Applied Analytical Methods 2

The aim of this module is to provide the advanced analytical knowledge and techniques needed to support the technical elements of the 2nd year of Engineering Degrees within the engineering subject area. This will cover aspects of engineering mathematics used in the design and analysis of typical engineering problems.

The module is designed to develop your understanding of, and the ability to apply, a broad spectrum of advanced mathematical techniques in a range of typical engineering problems found at degree level and in the professional workplace.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5MV504

Motorsport Chassis Engineering

Motorsport chassis engineering and vehicle dynamics revolve around the understanding of tyres behaviour. Achieving good chassis performance and handling, relies on the engineer’s ability to design an optimal suspension kinematics that maximises the use of the tyres. The rational of this module is to equip students with appropriate knowledge of tyre behaviours and suspension kinematics, which leads to the understanding of chassis engineering.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MV505

Motorsport Electronics

Electronics plays a vital part in modern Motorsport, in everything from engine management and transmission control to the data acquisition and telemetry systems currently in use. Continuous advances in cost effective electronic systems makes this a challenging and rewarding module with the Motorsport specific applications having many parallels with current industrial instrumentation practices The module is designed to help students understand and make valued judgements concerning applied modern electronic control systems and circuitry.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MV506

Motorsport Powertrain Technology and Professional Development

The aim of this module is to give students in-depth technical information concerning the design, and operating principles of the modern power unit and its associated systems and the modern types of transmission system, and to further their understanding of applications in Automotive Engineering and Motorsport.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME504

Design For Manufacture And Materials Optimisation

The engineering designer must have knowledge of the opportunities available, the creative tools and the restraints imposed by manufacturing systems, and processes and materials in order to achieve the design of competitive products.

This module will teach you about the important techniques in design for manufacture using appropriate methodologies and selection procedures. You will also become experienced in choosing the optimum material and manufacturing method using design requirements, but with regard to costs and environmental considerations.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ME517

Structural Analysis And Materials

An understanding of the effects of different loading types (bending, shear) on engineering components is vital to ensure that a component can perform satisfactorily during its service life.

This module develops basic stress concepts following those covered in the stress section of the Applied Scientific Methods based modules into more complex real-life loading situations. Many actual engineering situations are complex and basic structural calculations can only give approximate answers.

Engineers also need to optimise materials selection for different designs and sections. This can be assisted through the use of Performance Materials Design Indices. The skills to address these needs will be developed in this module for different loading situations. They will then be applied to real problems by using a materials selection package to select the most appropriate material for a component with regards to mass, cost and environmental impact.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5ME519

Thermofluids

The aim of this module is to extend your knowledge of the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer and the techniques used in engineering applications.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6ME501

Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications

Students will be able to develop a systemic understanding of the combined effects of temperature, environment and stress upon the service life of materials and formulate essential property requirements that will enable you to select materials to satisfy conditions in their application to prevent failure.

They will also be able to enhance the quality and performance of an engineering system, process or product taking into account pressures due to environmental concerns in additional to financial or technical considerations.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6ME993

Independent Study and Professional Development (Mechanical)

The individual project is regarded as an important element of the specialist degree. It provides students in their final year with a challenge to identify and undertake an original and detailed study and present a major piece of relevant work to a critical and informed audience.

It aims to develop the student's power to work independently, researching in depth a topic of their choice, using relevant concepts and techniques.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6MV500

Advanced Powertrain Engineering

The aim of this module is to give students an in-depth technical information concerning the design, operating principles of the modern high-performance power unit and its associated systems and to the modern types of transmission system used in Automotive Engineering and Motorsport, and for them to critically evaluate the systems, apply techniques and analyse the processes concerned. Students will also be given an awareness of the environmental aspects and impacts of engine design and emissions outputs.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6MV502

Motorsport Chassis Design and Dynamics

The modern race car is very demanding in terms of the limits of handling, braking and cornering performance that is capable of achieving. The modern race car engineer will be required to fully understand aspects of suspension design, tyre behaviour, handling dynamics and aerodynamics.

The rationale for this module is to build on the students’ knowledge and understanding of race car chassis engineering to include the design and analysis of race car suspension, steering systems and aerodynamics.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6ME500

Advanced Engineering Design Modelling

Rapidly advancing technology in the area of 3-Dimensional Parametric Solid Modelling and Profiling has caused a significant shift in the working practices of traditional design engineers.

This module aims to impart a significant understanding of parametric principles and will update the student's skills to the application of such techniques in a 3-Dimensional Parametric Solid Modelling/Conceptual Design environment using enhanced modelling techniques. It is essential that such a designer be able to parametrically specify and functionally examine models constructed from initial concept.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ME505

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational Fluid Dynamics is critical to modern mechanical design analysis. This module will enable you to understand the principles governing computational fluid dynamics in relation to modern mechanical problem solving.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 7ME502

CPD and Strategic Management

This module is designed to develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and be able to transfer them into your own industry/specialism through a structured approach.

Emphasis is placed on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct. You will become adept at forecasting, financial analysis but still operate with regard to business ethics.

The CPD (Continuing Professional Development) element allows you to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline adding to your employability in the work place.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7ME997

Interdisciplinary Group Project

The Interdisciplinary Group Project (IGP) is a key feature in the MEng Motorsport Engineering programme. In this module, you will work in teams on complex projects, which will be broad in scope and closely associated with an industry problem or a current research area of the College or industry. Each project will be supervised by a member of academic staff, but there will also be regular interaction with industrialists or researchers involved in the area.

Your team will be initially presented with a problem brief, supported, as necessary, by industrial documentation. Your team develops this brief into a professional and realistic set of detailed project aims, objectives and a viable project implementation plan. A team leader and secretary are elected from the team and take responsibility for day-to-day project coordination to achieve this goal and the implementation of the plan throughout the MEng year. All members of the team will be assigned a subarea of responsibility to enable them to develop leadership skills.

Regular meetings amongst team members and between the team and supervisor(s) will take place throughout the project and interaction with industrial or research contacts also forms a key element of your ongoing support. In order to assess progress, the team will give two presentations and submit an interim report and final report at the end of the first semester and second semester respectively. Both the presentations and report form part of the final assessment.

This module has been designed to be taught simultaneously, over one semester, with the module Research Methods, Application and Evaluation (MEng).

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7MV500

Applied Internal Combustion Engine Thermosciences

The aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary technical background to analyse, evaluate and resolve the practical and theoretical issues arising in the design and development of advanced propulsion systems.

It will provide a comprehensive study covering a number of topics relating to Motorsport power train systems. It considers in particular theory and practice of analysis methods, design and development methodologies for advanced internal combustion engine systems. It critically evaluates and therefore estimates the overall performance of an engine for a given operating condition based on the performance of individual components under the same conditions.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 7TE507

Environmental Risk and Responsibility

The module enables designers, technologists and engineers to critically evaluate how their individual professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interacts with the society in which they are working and affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet.

Starting with a global view of how environmental stresses are generated by developing technologies, the module takes a systemic approach to how responsibility for sustainability challenges does not always lie with the decision maker. The obligation of doing more than just complying with legal obligations and thus benefiting the environment is balanced against the economic imperatives of private industry and the public accountability of NGOs and governments.

This is an interdisciplinary module so that students will be asked to work outside their areas of expertise and interact with other students and members of the community from different cultural, social and disciplinary areas to evaluate and offer design and technological decisions to reduce environmental risks. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.

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10 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7ME515

Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

To provide students with an understanding of in-depth numerical theories on which commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics packages are based and to enable them to carry out CFD simulation of real life sophisticated fluid flow related problems using computational fluid dynamics.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 7MV501

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:

  • Analyse complex communications networks and evaluate signal integrity and component function
  • Specify 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 and also energy management and storage. Hybrid energy systems will become more developed and require safe and reliable implementation, this module will give the opportunity to develop the understanding and application of advanced integrated control systems necessary to ensure progress in this rapidly expanding discipline.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

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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How you will learn

You will be assessed using a mixture of in-course assessments, case studies, presentations, reality-based assessments, examinations and professional presentations.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Programme leader

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (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 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a grade B in Maths or Physics at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

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UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

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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

This is a new programme introduced in 2017. Previous graduates from our BEng programme have followed careers not only in Formula 1, but also in a wide variety of other motorsport areas. Roles have ranged from data technician to chassis designer to team boss. Students who are prepared to work hard invariably do extremely well in their careers after graduation.

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Four years with the opportunity for an optional placement year

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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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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