Automotive Engineering



Course introduction

The Brunel Automotive Engineering BEng gives students with a passion for motor vehicles the specialised expertise they need to become professional engineers in the fast-moving automotive industry.

Along with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, including maths, engineering science and design, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of the technical workings of current and future automotive systems.

You’ll study all aspects of automotive development and manufacture from vehicle design and performance to engine and transmission systems to materials, structures and safety.

You’ll also get hands-on practice troubleshooting engineering problems that inevitably arise during the construction and testing processes.

Your education will profit, too, by your access to the work done at our Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF). One of the largest and most active engine research groups in the UK, CAPF focuses on minimising pollutant emissions and improving fuel efficiency while maintaining performance levels.

Throughout your studies you’ll have use of our modern, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, which comprise our motorsport workshop, and 24-hour access to industry-standard specialist software for engineering design at dedicated computer clusters.

We offer two study options. You can choose three years full-time, or four years full-time with a one-year professional placement that will allow you to put what you’ve learnt to use in real-world situations.

If you start on the full-time course, you can transfer to the professional development option, which includes the placement, at any time before the end of Year 2.

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It fulfils the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially fulfils the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration. These are internationally recognised qualifications confirming that the holder is a professional and competent engineer.

In the rapidly evolving automotive industry, demand for engineers with the technical and managerial skills to excel is on the rise. Your Brunel BEng will give you these and equip you to play leading roles in industry and public service.



Course modules

Year 1
Engineering Mathematics and Programming
Engineering Mechanics and Materials
Engineering Methods
Engineering Practice
Engineering Systems and Energy
Mechanical Engineering Science

Year 2
Automotive Vehicle Design and Performance
Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
Solid Body Mechanics
Thermofluids

Year 3
FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems
Professional Engineering Practice
Vehicle Performance
Major Individual Project



Start date

09/2021

Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £9250 European Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £9250 Home Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) £19280 Overseas Fees


Qualifications required

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 -- with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
  • Institution's Own Test: 60% in Brunel English Language Test -- with no less than 55% in each subsection
  • TOEFL (iBT): 79.0 -- with a minimum of:
  • Reading - 18
  • Listening - 17
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17
  • PTE Academic: 51.0 -- with a minimum of 51 in all subscores