This industry-driven course will keep you ahead of the curve and prepare you for a career in the automotive industry. This four-year course offers specialist modules whilst maintaining the broad based engineering background associated with Mechanical Engineering. Students can also take the Industrial Placement Year, providing the opportunity for a year-long placement with an engineering-based organisation.
Building on our exceptional general Mechanical Engineering courses, this four-year integrated masters degree course in Mechanical Engineering / Automotive Engineering provides you with specialist skills and knowledge to pursue a successful career in the automotive sector. The course covers a broad range of design and operational aspects related to modern automobile systems, from the structure and dynamics of cars, noise and vibration issues, to aspects of human factors.
On this course, you will learn the core principles of vehicle dynamics, structural design, propulsion and automotive electronics.
In years one and two we will advance your understanding of key mechanical engineering subjects. The first two years of this degree are common with the MEng Mechanical Engineering.
In your third and fourth year, you have the opportunity to specialise in subjects including race car aerodynamics, composites engineering and automobile systems. A management module will help to prepare you for your future career. You will also carry out an individual project and group design project to further your practical learning. Students also get the option to participate in the Formula Student group design project.
During your studies you also have the opportunity to go on an industrial work placement. You can go on placement for one semester, one year or during the summer holidays of your second and third years. It can help boost your academic performance and prepare you for your career.
You can also take the Industrial Placement Year, which is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The successful placement will be recognised on your Degree Certificate.
“The course appealed to me as I could specialise in the Automotive theme whilst studying Mechanical Engineering. This meant that I could study all the topics that interest me the most, at the same time as building the knowledge base necessary for my future career.”
English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above
A*AA (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical)
GCE A-level and EPQ A*AB (A*A in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in Physics Practical) with grade A in the Extended Project Qualification
38 points overall, 18 at higher level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.
Scottish Advanced Highers/ Highers
Scottish Advanced Highers - AAA including Mathematics and Physics Or Scottish Advanced Highers – AA (Mathematics and Physics) and Scottish Highers AA (non-compulsory subjects)
Welsh Baccalaureate (2014) + A Levels
Grade A in Skills Challenge Certificate, A*A in GCE A Levels, Mathematics and Physics with a pass in physics practical
D2D3D3 with D2D3 in either Mathematics or Physics and D3 in third subject
Distinction overall with distinctions in Analytical Methods and Further Analytical Methods
85% overall, minimum of 85% in Mathematics (level 5 or Advanced) and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAA including A in Mathematics and Physics
15/20 overall, Minimum of 15/20 in Mathematics and Physics
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are recognised in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.
A typical contextual offer is AAB (AA in Mathematics and Physics with a pass in the Physics practical) from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
If you want to study for a degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or Geophysics but you did not choose mathematics and physics at A level, our Foundation Year may be of interest to you. The Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course. Find out more about the Foundation Year.
120-140 (total part 1 Mechanical Engineering cohort)
Average applications per place:
While the average level entry onto our degree courses is among the highest in the UK, we always look carefully at each individual application. In addition to your examination grades, we also take into account your personal statement and references. These give us an indication of your personal attributes and your enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The course may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.
Years 1 and 2 are compulsory for all Mechanical Engineering themes and provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree.
In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to specialise taking modules designed for your theme. You will also undertake an individual project that usually takes the form of a design or research exercise, and involves the production of a formal report.
In Year 4, MEng students participate in a Group Design Project (GDP). These projects are often linked to current research activities or topics that have practical relevance to industry and represent a significant part of your Mechanical Engineering masters studies.
Special Requirements - All Courses
Visits to industry and research establishments are organised for Part I, Part II and Part IV candidates. Candidates are required to attend the Part I Workshop Training Course unless exemption is given.
The first year provides a background in engineering science, emphasising mechanical engineering aspects. We have an award winning induction programme during which teams of new students work together to design and build projects. This exciting introduction provides the opportunity to get to know fellow students and gain hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to take apart and put back together a 4 stroke engine and also test your skills in bioengineering through stabilising fractures in bones.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 1
The second year covers the main mechanical engineering subjects with modules tailored to the mechanical engineering discipline. A total of 120 credits across two semesters. At the end of year two you have the opportunity to select from the wide list of options available for this theme.
All modules below are compulsory. No optional modules to be undertaken in Year 2
In the third year the course includes a Individual Project, which is compulsory for this theme. In addition to the modules below, students can choose further optional modules to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for the automotive theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year three of the Mechanical Engineering courses.
In the fourth year the course includes a Group Design Project, which is compulsory for this theme. In addition to the modules below, students can choose further optional modules to be undertaken between Semester 1 and Semester 2 from the wide list of options available for the Automotive theme. Follow the link for a list of optional modules available for year four of the Mechanical Engineering courses.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically
£9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most
part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Design equipment and materials: Standard construction / modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile.
For customisation of designs / models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
Field equipment and materials: Where appropriate a number of essential items will be provided to you e.g.: field notebook(s); compass-clinometer; geological hammer; steel tape measure; map case; pocket lens (x 10); safety helmet; safety goggles; bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid. However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
Field course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copying
In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile. Students are responsible for the printing of their poster for the Poster Presentation Day. This may range from £5-£20.
Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Our Mechanical Engineering graduates are highly sought after with 92% in professional jobs or further study six months after graduation (DLHE, 2013/14). We have graduates in a variety of positions including: simulation and analysis engineer, design engineer and production engineer. Some of our students now work for Jaguar Land Rover, Transport for London and Triumph Motorcycles.
A dedicated Employment Officer will be on hand for each discipline to help you build your skills profile and realise your ambition. We also have connections with local, national and international employers as well as the University Careers and Employability Service.
"I did a summer placement with Sagentia in my third year and now I am working for them."
Learning & Assessment
Teaching and learning
At Southampton, our students gain knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, classes, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group projects. You will broaden your formal learning by becoming an active student member of a professional institution and our student Engineering Society (SUES). We will also enhance your transferable skills such as written and oral communication, in order to become an effective professional engineer.
A practical approach
Practical application is integral to our courses, providing students with hands-on engineering experience in our world-class facilities.
You will attend site visits to experience engineering in practice, put your theoretical knowledge to the test in our laboratories and undertake project work to develop your management, communication and team working skills. Your analytical and problem solving skills will be developed through regular problem sheets, individual and small group exercises.
Design projects in each year offer the opportunity for you to develop unique engineering solutions. Visit the Design Show blog to see examples of our students’ design work.
Our annual Design Show celebrates the innovative and ambitious design projects produced by our undergraduate students during the academic year.
Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning and development.
Assessment and examinations
Assessment is conducted through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.
Every student on our MEng Mechanical Engineering degree course is assigned a personal academic tutor from the start of their degree, in addition to a senior tutor.