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Unit details for our 2022 entry automotive master's courses

Details of the units included on one of our four automotive master's courses.

Agile and effective working practices

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

This unit introduces you to a range of professional skills and agile research techniques essential for the dynamic nature of the automotive engineering sector. You will explore and debate topics relating to responsible research and innovation, ethics, and diversity, and creativity and compassion.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management
  • MSc Automotive Technology
  • MSc Automotive Technology with Business Management

Towards zero emission propulsion

Credits: 20 CATS/10 ECTS

This unit develops your knowledge of automotive propulsion systems, components, and functionality. You’ll explore holistic approaches to sustainable propulsion technology selection. You will learn about engineering approaches to analyse the performance of components and full propulsion systems. Furthermore, you’ll study propulsion system trade-off and performance characteristics which account for the impacts of climate change.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management

Scientific principles for automotive technologies

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

This unit develops your knowledge of the physics-based principles which govern the operation of automotive technologies. You will review the impacts of technological innovation on progress in the automotive sector, and use scientific methods to evaluate emerging technologies. You will also investigate and implement processes for selecting mechanical and electrical hardware.

This unit is taken on the following courses: - MSc Automotive Technology - MSc Automotive Technology with Business Management

Future intelligent vehicle platforms

Credits: 20 CATS/10 ECTS

This unit introduces you to automotive architectures, chassis sub-systems and their major components. You will explore the function, design, and production approaches for vehicles suited to future infrastructures and communities where sustainable mobility is key. You’ll learn about engineering approaches for analysing the performance characteristics of chassis sub-systems and their components. This will allow you to recognise a range of trade-off options and make informed design decisions.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management

Propulsion and vehicle technologies for sustainable mobility

Credits: 30 CATS/15 ECTS

This unit covers the tools and techniques of vehicle design. You will perform case study-based vehicle life-cycle analysis, and undertake propulsion system selection and matching exercises. You’ll explore the relationship between cars, society and mobility and consider how this might change in a sustainable future where responsible consumption, recycle-ability, and resource efficiency are key.

This unit is taken on the following courses: - MSc Automotive Technology - MSc Automotive Technology with Business Management

Propulsion system group project

Credits: 30 CATS/15 ECTS

In this unit, you'll apply knowledge learnt through your studies so far in a practical group project and develop your engineering technology skills. You'll carry out design and analysis activities as well as practical-based modelling and laboratory sessions. You will also experience working in a team on an open-ended problem to develop a solution involving a proposed vehicle system with a propulsion theme.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management
  • MSc Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Technology with Business Management

Propulsion systems engineering in the digital age

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

This unit explores detailed aspects of propulsion system design and operation, and associated sub-system component specifications. You will use a range of modelling techniques and parameterisation processes for all parts of the propulsion system, involving hardware and software. You will also gain experience in evaluating and communicating the environmental performance of advanced propulsions systems considering legislative frameworks.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management

Automotive systems thinking

Credits: 20 CATS/10 ECTS

This unit explores how systems approaches are used in the current and future automotive industry. You will learn the theory of systems thinking in engineering and apply this in a group project to develop an automotive propulsion system within defined boundaries. You'll also apply testing and verification processes, and effective data presentation in a laboratory session.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management
  • MSc Automotive Technology
  • MSc Automotive Technology with Business Management

The Business of automotive innovation

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

This unit develops your knowledge of business processes and how they are used in the automotive industry worldwide. You will review legislation and regulatory frameworks, including roadmaps and sustainable development goals linked to climate change, and how they influence strategic planning at local and global levels.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management
  • MSc Automotive Technology
  • MSc Automotive Technology with Business Management

Project and change management in a rapidly evolving sector

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

In this unit, you'll study the project management skills that influence industrial competitiveness. You will explore a range of areas including strategic management, contemporary engineering practice and organisational factors. You'll also look at project management in automotive technology organisations, including projects that involve local and global infrastructures.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management
  • MSc Automotive Technology with Business Management

Research project scoping

Credits: 10 CATS/5 ECTS

This unit gives you the time to study relevant literature and background materials to help you build a project plan to prepare for your dissertation. You'll be given a brief for your individual project and assigned a supervisor to support you as you develop your research proposal.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Technology

Research dissertation

Credits: 60 CATS/ 30 ECTS

You'll carry out a large research or engineering project related to the automotive sector and responding to sustainable mobility. You'll work independently with the support of a lead supervisor and assessor. Your project may be experimental or simulation.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion
  • MSc Automotive Technology

Industry-linked business consultancy project

Credits: 60 CATS/30 ECTS

You'll finish your master's by carrying out a large project where you'll use the skills, concepts and techniques from your studies in practice-based business scenarios. You will work on a current business problem and research, analyse data, and present a viable solution to time and budget targets. The aim is to develop your ability to understand some of the many aspects of business and appreciate integrative firm activities and cross-functional approaches to solve business problems. You will also learn to communicate with audiences working in different areas of business.

This unit is taken on the following courses:

  • MSc Automotive Engineering with Business Management
  • MSc Automotive Technology with Business Management