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Mechanical Engineering / Automotive Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering
4 years
Course type
Highfield, Boldrewood
UCAS course code

About this course

Discover how automobiles are designed, built and tested. Learn the specialist science and engineering behind the industry, then design and create your own. You'll have the chance to specialise in areas of motor vehicle engineering that interest you, from race cars to vehicle electronics. This degree will prepare you for a career in automotive mechanical engineering.

This course provides a solid foundation in mechanical engineering and you'll learn the core principles of:

  • vehicle dynamics

  • structural design

  • propulsion

  • automotive electronics

Then you can specialise in subjects, including composite engineering.

As part of this course you can:

  • use our range of engineering facilities and gain practical experience with our design workshops and studios.

  • get a solid introduction to relevant subjects such as mathematics and mechanics

  • take a work placement to boost your academic performance and career prospects

  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show

  • study management modules to explore a variety of career paths

  • go on site visits to experience engineering in practice

You can also join our Formula Student team. You'll help design, build and race a car in competitions.

You can take this course with an additional year-long, paid placement. Apply with UCAS code H3H3 for the Industrial Placement Year option.

We're a designated university for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).

This course is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and offers a route to chartered status.

If you’d prefer a more general approach, or you’d like to focus on a different specialism, you can choose from our other pathways.

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Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.