BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering (Including foundation year)

The University has a strong reputation in automotive research and development. The Centre for Automotive and Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) undertakes research and consultancy for some of the top car manufacturing companies. The research centre also supports teaching on the automotive degree and final year projects. We have strong links with the automotive sector and we place considerable emphasis on student’s projects.

Our students have access to facilities which include Computer Aided Design (CAD) and analysis software, automotive engine test beds, a gas turbine plant, laser scanning arm and wind tunnel. As part of your studies you will also have the chance to be involved in the development of a formula student racing car.

This course is subject to validation.

Foundation year

  • Quantitative Methods
  • European Computer Driving Licence
  • Mathematics
  • Working Effectively with Computers
  • Personal Development
  • Mechanical Science
  • Electrical Science
  • Experimental Methods
  • Specific Subject

Year 1

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Vehicle electrical and electronic systems
  • Design and manufacture
  • Professional practice for engineers
  • Engineering mechanics 1
  • Thermofluids for Engineers

Year 2

  • Computational techniques for analysis
  • Engineering management and business constraints
  • Engineering mechanics 2
  • Engineering materials science
  • Manufacturing
  • Design for automotive engineers
  • Vehicle control systems

Year 3

  • Individual project
  • Finite element method
  • Manufacturing systems and management
  • Vehicle dynamics and structures
  • Research methods for engineers
  • Aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics
  • Vehicle and engine technology

Please note modules are subject to change from time to time.


You will learn via lectures, tutorials and seminars. As well as this, you will spend time keeping up-to-date on current issues within the engineering industry. You will also learn through practical work, group projects and a final year project.


You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.


Our students are encouraged to spend a year working in industry. This year will give you first-hand experience of working in the sector. The course has been developed to form an educational base for Incorporated Engineer and, with a period of further learning, Chartered Engineer status.

A-levels or equivalent. GCSE: grade C or above, in Mathematics and English is required. Individuals will be considered based on their experience.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Graduates of our engineering degrees have gained a good reputation in industry and are working in all areas including research and development, design, manufacturing management, technical sales and plant engineering.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.