Year 1: MRes
During the MRes year you will develop your foundation knowledge of the challenges facing the automotive sector as well as developing commercial and management skills together as a cohort, inherently learning how to work as part of, as well as leading, a team. This includes:
- Propulsion technologies and their roadmaps for development over the next 40 years
- Business practices and the stakeholders, structure and challenges within the industry
- Systems thinking and insights framework to practice innovation and how to work in trans-disciplinary teams.
- Guest lectures from industry and governmental organisations to ensure that you are immersed in current thinking and development.
You will learn the context, challenges and opportunities and how to apply your skills and knowledge to multiple scenarios. You will study the applications of various subjects through case studies and experience first-hand working in trans-disciplinary teams to perform complex problem formulation, innovation through insight frameworks and planning a research project to tackle this problem.
Our cohort-based approach is a crucial element of the programme. To meet the challenges that the future brings, the automotive industry needs individuals who are experts in their own discipline but parallel to that, can understand and can interact with a broad range of other disciplines. During your first year you will be co-located in a purpose-built environment designed to foster collaboration. By working alongside colleagues who have expertise in engineering systems, biological, chemical, mathematical, computer, psychological and social sciences, you will acquire specialist research expertise, complemented by a strong understanding of wider multidisciplinary and business considerations.
You'll also begin planning your thesis and finding academic and industrial partners to support your research.
A key part of your MRes study involves a nine-month group project on the innovation process. You'll gain hands-on experience of user research, insights framework, developing prototypes and business cases. This teamwork with fellow students in our CDT will help you grow your skills in transdisciplinary collaboration.
Taught units in your first year include:
- automotive propulsion system technology
- strategic and innovative thinking
- automotive propulsion systems evaluation
- automotive business processes
- automotive propulsion systems innovation
- student-led symposia and integrative think tanks
- thesis formulation project
All units are compulsory and bespoke to the CDT, with some units running throughout the semester and others being concentrated into shorter periods. An average of at least 60% across the first two semesters is required in order to progress to the MRes. thesis formulation report.