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IAAPS - Opportunities to study with us

We offer a range of courses in automotive engineering to develop graduates with the skills required to get ahead as the automotive engineers of the future


Our Mechanical with Automotive Engineering course is for engineers who want to apply fundamental mechanical engineering knowledge to the challenges of the automotive industry including areas such as cost, emissions, performance and materials.

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bath has an excellent reputation for teaching and is consistently ranked in the top 5 of major UK league tables. Our Mechanical with Automotive Engineering course combines advanced engineering knowledge with the opportunity via group work and projects to develop practical and transferable skills, crucial to ensuring a pipeline of inspired, skilled and knowledgeable engineers into the global automotive industries. Our students have the option to undertake a year-long placement with industry both in the UK and overseas. Industry placements offer students the chance to further hone their technical and practical skills within real working environments. We also offer students the opportunity to get involved in a range of student competition teams, including Team Bath Racing, Team Bath Racing Electric, Team Bath Drones and Team Bath Racing TT Zero. These competitions challenge engineering students to build upon what they have learnt from their academic studies and apply it to real-life engineering by designing, building and testing race vehicles and competing against the very best on the Formula Student circuit. This close alliance between the taught curriculum and real world application through industry placements and group project work provides a rich environment for our students to develop the skills to get ahead in the global automotive industries.


Our MSc Automotive Engineering prepares students for a career in the fast-paced automotive sector, providing access to leading research and diverse opportunities to develop their skills.

Turbo-charged engine

Our MSc course is for engineers who want to develop their knowledge further and specialise in automotive engineering and technologies. Exploring research and development in this sector, this course focuses on the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems. Students build on their existing engineering skills and apply them to the challenges of the automotive industry.

Students explore in-depth developments in low-carbon and sustainable powertrain and propulsion systems and the future technologies of vehicles. Industry needs innovative engineers who can create the next generation of vehicles, and this course is geared specifically towards equipping students with those skills.

Covering everything from downsizing internal combustion engines and turbo-charging small engines, to alternative fuels, hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles, our course draws on the specialist automotive research in our Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our students learn from academics with expertise in automotive engineering and low-carbon technologies. Their industrial collaborations and research activity feed into the teaching and learning experience.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion is designed to produce graduates who bring together the many technical disciplines and practical skills to ensure propulsion systems transition to a more sustainable future.

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The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion aims to train graduates to become future leaders in the Automotive Propulsion Sector. Students study an integrated PhD over four years, starting with a one-year MRes followed by a three-year PhD. The CDT has been built on a cross-disciplinary approach to learning and researching, drawing on a supervisor pool of 50 academics from across the University, each with specialisms in distinct areas. This enables students to develop their expertise in one area of automotive propulsion whilst also having a broad propulsion system knowledge which transects all relevant technical, scientific and specialist disciplines. Delivery of the PhD will take a spiral approach to learning, offering breadth and depth simultaneously. Teamworking and mentoring will be central to our students’ training, as will industry involvement on guest lectures and placements. Our students will have the opportunity to work with global industry partners, creating a richly immersive and collaborative environment for them to align their skills development with those required by industry.

One of the really exciting elements of the CDT will be the opportunity for students to benefit from the transformational research taking place within IAAPS. Our new purpose-built research and innovation institute will house state-of-the-art testing facilities to enable precise experimentation into future automotive propulsion systems, supporting the automotive industry on the Road to Zero.