Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Mechanical Engineering is the most established subject area at Brunel. It is one of very few in the UK that provides broad education in mechanical, energy,

aeronautics, building services and automotive/motorsport engineering.

Automotive Engineering is one of Brunel's most active areas for research. Our Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels is one of the largest in the UK, focusing on experimental and modelling aspects of engine research to minimise pollutant emissions and improve fuel efficiency. We have 11 test engines housed in two laboratories at the Centre.

Our annual Brunel Engineers event offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your final-year work to fellow students and industry representatives. This exciting celebration brings together the creative minds of our final-year students to showcase projects ranging from nano and micro engineering to larger scale aviation projects.

Our dynamic student Brunel Racing TT Team enter the TT zero electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man and our Brunel Racing FS team compete in the Formula Student competitions every year. Wherever your interests lie, we are confident that you’ll find the course that is right for you at Brunel.

Our course produces automotive engineering graduates of the highest calibre. You’ll develop the technical and managerial skills needed to design, develop and manufacture environmentally-friendly road vehicles for the future. Our degree balances the practical with the commercial, incorporating professional skills such as management and law. We aim to equip you with everything you need to become a leader in the exciting, fast-moving automotive sector.

You’ll study analytical and computational skills as well as the principles and concepts for the design and operation of road car and commercial vehicles. This includes the study of materials, manufacturing methods, internal combustion engines, aerodynamics, vehicle performance and electronics.

The BEng and MEng courses share a common first two years. You’ll be taught in a mix of lectures, laboratory sessions, design studio workshops and one-to-one supervision. In Level 3 you’ll undertake a major individual project, often involving experimental work and sometimes with industrial support.

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors. All students receive support from the University and benefit from our links with industry for career development.

An automotive Engineering degree from Brunel is highly regarded. Many of our graduates now work in technical and managerial positions within the automotive industry. Recent destinations include Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, McLaren Automotive, Ricardo, Nissan Technical Centre Europe, Bentley Motors, Ford, BMW (Mini), Lotus Cars, Tata Motors, BP, MAHLE Powertrain, Cummins, JCB, Perkins and Delphi.

Course Modules

Typical modules in year 1 Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics, Fundamentals of Thermofluids, Analytical Methods and Skills, Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines, Introduction to Engineering Design, Automotive Laboratories, technical drawing and workshop experience. Typical modules in year 2 modules Solid Body Mechanics, Thermofluids, Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation, Professional Engineering Applications and Practice, Automotive Vehicle Design and Performance. In year 3 typical modules Individual project and Major Individual Project, Automotive Structures, Propulsion and Manufacture, FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems, Professional Engineering Practice. Visit our website to find out full list of modules. You may transfer from the BEng route to MEng at the end of Year 2 providing you meet the predetermined progression requirements.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £18,720 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0with no less than 5.5 in each subsectionInstitution's Own Test60% in Brunel English Language Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection