Automotive Engineering MSc (Eng)

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant engineering discipline. Successful applicants will have strong grades in advanced mathematics and at least three of the following relevant modules: strength of materials, dynamics, fluid mechanics, physics, or thermodynamics.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£13,750 (Total)
International fees
£31,000 (Total)

Course overview

Automotive Engineering students working in the Formula Student workshop.

Traditionally, the automotive sector has been associated with high-volume vehicle manufacture, but the past decade has seen the landscape shift towards automotive component manufacturers and specialist design and consultancy.

Our Automotive Engineering MSc gives you the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the automotive industry in the advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture.

This course will prepare you to work in a range of different settings. Core modules will develop your knowledge of key areas in industry, alongside the chance to choose from advanced professional skills modules and other optional modules on topics that suit your own interests and career intentions.

Our School’s Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is actively engaged in ensuring this course meets the needs of industry and reflects trends in the sector. IAB members also contribute to talks that feed into our taught modules and project work, ensuring the curriculum is challenging and relevant.

This means that, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the most up-to-date practices and industry-relevant knowledge to pursue an exciting career in this area.

Why study at Leeds:

  • This Masters degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Our globally-renowned research conducted right here on campus feeds directly into the course, shaping your learning with the latest thinking.
  • Benefit from our School’s close links with organisations like Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Robotics at Leeds whose work also shapes the course.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in key areas of automotive engineering like electric and hybrid drivetrain engineering and chassis engineering.
  • Tailor the degree to suit your specific interests with a large selection of optional modules to choose from, with everything from design optimisation to vehicle systems engineering – plus many more.
  • Build industry experience, conducting a team design project, using multi-disciplinary approaches to achieve a solution to a programme-specific and industry-relevant design problem.
  • Access our School’s impressive range of specialist facilities including a brake test area, measurement lab and industry-standard software.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers who work within the School’s research institutes and groups.
  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have secured jobs in many excellent organisations, including Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors Ltd. And Honda Cars.
  • Get involved with Leeds Gryphon Racing, the University’s Formula Student team.


Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

This Masters degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning to Masters Level for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)*.

*It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

Course details

Core modules will give you a solid knowledge base in key areas of automotive engineering. You’ll build your understanding of how vehicle and product systems are designed and developed, as well as automotive driveline and chassis engineering.

This foundation will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in areas that particularly interest you when you choose from our range of optional modules. You could focus on topics such as computational methods, tribology, combustion in engines or applications of mechatronics among many others.

Throughout the course, you’ll complete your professional project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

In semester 2, you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months. You could even get involved with the Formula Student race car through your project.

Project work

The professional project allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Recent projects for Automotive Engineering MSc students have included:

  • Regenerative braking systems – Impact on fuel consumption and vehicle stability in HEVs
  • Design of Autonomous Vehicle for Formula Student competition
  • Thermo-mechanical analysis of disc brake for vehicle rollaway
  • Designing, Measuring and Modelling of Vehicle Dynamics

A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer. You can also get involved with projects linked to the design, construction and testing of the Leeds Gryphon Racing team race car.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Automotive Engineering MSc (Eng) in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Electric and Hybrid Drivetrain Engineering 15
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Systems 15
Automotive Chassis Engineering 15
Engineering Psychology and Human Factors 15
Professional Project 60
Team Design Project 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Design Optimisation - MSc 15
Vehicle Design and Analysis 20
Engineering Computational Methods 15
Fundamentals of Tribology 15
Surface Engineering and Coatings 15
Experimental Methods and Analysis 15
Lubrication and Lubricants 15
Advanced Finite Element Analysis 15
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15
Advanced Manufacturing 15

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Automotive Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you'll study.

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you could have the opportunity to be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with your teaching staff through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the course, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

You'll be assigned a personal tutor, who will maintain contact with you throughout the year and offer pastoral guidance. They will help you to settle into the university and clarify any procedures, as well as helping you prepare for employment on graduation.

Active research environment

Specialising in engineering systems and design, thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces, medical devices and regenerative medicine, our School is at the heart of solving real world problems through high-quality research.

Throughout your degree you'll be taught by experts who are leaders in their fields and be directly engaged with their cutting-edge research.

Specialist facilities

You’ll benefit from working in world-class specialist facilities for different aspects of automotive engineering. These include a brake test area and measurement lab, as well as the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of systems and materials.

High-level CNC and wire EDM facilities are available in the faculty workshop, and we have cutting-edge tribology facilities to study wear on engine parts. There’s even a ‘stirred bomb’ for characterising fuel ignition and advanced engines with optical access. If you get involved with Formula Student race car, you’ll also use our dedicated car build area including computerised engine test bays, Engine mapping based on MoTeC ECU, ADAMS and OptimumG software is also available for suspension simulation and Ricardo Wave for engine simulations.

In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling, programming and structural and multidisciplinary optimisation. You may also make use of the School's wind tunnels and other laboratories as well as manufacturing facilities including 3D printing and machine tools such as lathes and CNC machines in our new integrated workshop for students taking the Advanced Manufacturing module. These facilities are also available for those students that have selected a lab based project, or need to manufacture components for their project.

Programme team

The Programme Leader, Dr Kris Kubiak, has a wide variety of research experience across manufacturing and fluid dynamics to experimental and numerical research in automotive engineering. He is also the Faculty Advisor for Leeds Gryphon Racing.

The wider programme team is made up of academics and researchers from across the School of Mechanical Engineering, who work within the School’s research institutes and groups.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You’ll be assessed through a variety of assessment approaches to test different knowledge and skills. Assessments will enable you to demonstrate your competency in a particular skill, as well as measuring the extent of your knowledge and understanding. They are designed to be fair and inclusive.

We will use different forms of assessment including written examinations (held at the end of each semester) and coursework that also develops key transferable skills that will be relevant to your future professional practice, such as project reports, teamworking and presentations.

Assessments will develop your ability to bring together evidence from a variety of sources, and to critically understand and evaluate. You will also have frequent opportunities to develop your understanding of assessment and to improve your performance, for example through formative assessments with feedback, guided marking, peer review and opportunities to practise key assessment methods.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a relevant engineering discipline. Successful applicants will have strong grades in advanced mathematics and at least three of the following relevant modules: strength of materials, dynamics, fluid mechanics, physics, or thermodynamics. We may ask for further detailed module information if these are not clear on your transcript.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

30 June 2024 – International applicants

8 September 2024 – UK applicants

Click below to access the University’s online application system and find out more about the application process.

If you're still unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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UK: £13,750 (Total)

International: £31,000 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This course will give you the opportunity to not only build automotive engineering skills but specialise in an area that suits your interests through optional modules from across the different areas of the discipline. This will open up career opportunities across different sectors of the automotive and motorsport industries.

By the time you graduate from this MSc, you'll be an all-rounded automotive engineer with a specialist skill set and the in-depth knowledge sought after by many employers in industry.

Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top 10 most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2023 report.

Here’s an insight into some of the job positions and organisations previous graduates in automotive engineering have secured:

  • Graduate Body Design and Engineer, Toyota Motor Europe
  • Design Engineer, NBHX Automotive R&D Co. Ltd.
  • Honda R&D India, Honda Cars India
  • Vehicle Test Engineer, Wise vehicle Testing Solutions Pvt Ltd
  • Test & Measurement Engineer (Contractor), Bentley Motors Ltd
  • Product Design Engineer, Ariens Company Ltd
  • Development Engineer, Ricardo
  • Application Engineer, Best Engineering Aids and Consultancies Private Limited
  • Specialist Engineer, Stability Control Systems, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Service Engineer, MAN Trucks & Buses - Department of Transport Buses
  • Design Engineer, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC

Careers support

At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. We have a wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team who are in contact with many employers around the country and advertise placements and jobs. They are also on hand to provide guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.

  • Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
  • MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate, you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
  • Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, write your CV and cover letter, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
  • Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.

Find out more about career support.

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