BEng (Hons) ADVANCED VEHICLE ENGINEERING

UK Fees

£9250

Int. Fees

£15900

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Overview

Speed and sustainability

Employers’ demand for engineering graduates is growing. This unique course will give you the skills, knowledge and expertise the automotive industry is looking for. You can expect innovative project-based learning that’s supported by industry-leading hardware and software. The focus is on sustainable development, future low-emission technologies and urban transportation – this is where you’ll really benefit from our central London location and links with local leading vehicle engineering companies.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2022.

IMechE Formula Student team

Why study Advanced Vehicle Engineering at LSBU?

1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2023).
Make use of our stand-out facilities including a world-class Advanced Vehicle Engineering laboratory, workshop and computer suite.
4th in London for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2022).
European study: spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time Duration3 years Start dateSeptember Application code5656 Application method UCAS
ModeSandwich Duration4 years Start dateSeptember Application code5656 Application method UCAS
ModePart-time Duration4 years Start dateSeptember Application code5657 Application method Direct to LSBU

Course Accreditations

  • IME

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level Requirements

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merits including 3 distinctions in Maths and 3 merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Level 3 Physical Science (Physics preferred) and Maths
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

United Kingdom

£9250

Tuition fees for home students

International

£15900

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees

  • Part-time

    part-time

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £6935 International fee: £11925
    AOS/LSBU code: 5657 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £27740
    International: £47700

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £6935 International fee: £11925
    AOS/LSBU code: 5657 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £27740
    International: £47700

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (PT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £6935 International fee: £11925
    AOS/LSBU code: 5657 Session code: 3PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £27740
    International: £47700

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (PT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £6935 International fee: £11925
    AOS/LSBU code: 5657 Session code: 4PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £27740
    International: £47700
  • Full-time

    full-time

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £15900
    AOS/LSBU code: 5656 Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £27750
    UK (including any optional years): £27750
    International (excluding any optional years): £47700
    International (including any optional years): £47700

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (FT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £15900
    AOS/LSBU code: 5656 Session code: 2FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £27750
    UK (including any optional years): £27750
    International (excluding any optional years): £47700
    International (including any optional years): £47700

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (FT) - Year 3

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £0 International fee: £0
    AOS/LSBU code: 5656 Session code: 3FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £27750
    UK (including any optional years): £27750
    International (excluding any optional years): £47700
    International (including any optional years): £47700

    BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering (FT) - Year 4

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £9250 International fee: £15900
    AOS/LSBU code: 5656 Session code: 4FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK (excluding any optional years): £27750
    UK (including any optional years): £27750
    International (excluding any optional years): £47700
    International (including any optional years): £47700

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration 3 years Start date September Application code 5656 Application method UCAS
Mode Sandwich Duration 4 years Start date September Application code 5656 Application method UCAS
Mode Part-time Duration 4 years Start date September Application code 5657 Application method Direct to LSBU

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

This engineering degree course focuses on sustainable development, future low-emission technologies and urban transportation. You can expect to adapt theoretical principles to solve real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. After all, that’s what engineering is all about.

At the start you'll study modules largely common with the IMechE accredited BEng Mechanical Engineering. This is so you gain a fundamental understanding of Vehicle Engineering core subjects. Over the second and third years we’ll get more specific and you’ll take an active role in our IMechE Formula Student Team, LSBU’s Shell ECO challenge vehicle, and other group and individual projects specific to Vehicle Engineering.

Methods of assessment for this course overall: 60% coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module consolidates the mathematical skills that underpin the BEng engineering degrees. It's specifically designed to cater for the wide differences in mathematical background of 1st year students, as well as to prepare you for the Advanced Engineering Mathematics and Modelling module that you'll take in the second year. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials
    This module will give you a broad introduction to the properties and limitations of engineering materials and an understanding of the fundamental structural characteristics governing these properties. The module will also introduce you to the fundamental concepts of engineering mechanics, particularly statics at BEng Level 4. The module will emphasise the relationship between theory and real engineering systems, and will involve a set of appropriate practical laboratory experiments. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    This module provides a first study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and dynamics. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Electrical Circuit Analysis
    This module will cover the essential material relevant to the fundamentals of both electrical and electronic engineering. Starting with basic circuit elements, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law, the first half of the module will introduce basic and more advanced circuit analysis techniques such as Node Voltage and Mesh Current methods, progressing onto Source Transformation techniques and the basics of semiconductors (Diodes, BJTs and Op-Amps). Then, the electrical part will cover DC responses of RC, RL and RLC circuits and finally AC sinusoidal circuit theory and power systems and three phase circuits. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Design and practice
    This module will cover material design activities, team work, creative problem-solving, project management, sustainable development principles, personal development planning, report writing communication, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), employability and transferable skills. It's also a work-based module for part-time students, utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide supporting teaching material and assessments. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Object Oriented Programming C++
    This is an introductory module that will address the engineering formation as well as programming knowledge and skills. It will enable you to appreciate the role and importance of software and computers in engineering, and so provide you with the impetus to quickly become competent in their use. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modelling
    This module covers undergraduate advanced engineering mathematics to enable you to consider and model a variety of relevant engineering problems (e.g. electrical, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, computer, civil). Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Engineering Design
    This module investigates vehicle engineering design using the latest CAD industry standard software and LSBU’s Virtual Engineering (VE) suite. Utilising a project-based learning approach, you'll be able to appropriately select and apply established design theory to effect comprehensive solutions to vehicle engineering problems. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Solid mechanics and FEA
    This module will provide new concepts in the deformation of materials under different loading conditions and extend the application of fundamental principles of solid mechanics to more advanced systems, building on knowledge gained through Engineering and mechanical Principles. The module will provide basic concepts and the principles of the finite element analysis (FEA) techniques and the application of FEA in structural and stress analysis. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Dynamics and control
    This module builds on the platform established at Level 4. The module covers dynamics and classical theory. You'll extend your treatment of dynamics from point masses rigid bodies, and cover a wider scope of applications of the principles of mechanics. You'll apply a variety of mathematical techniques to the study of dynamics and feedback problems. Additionally, you'll study various methods of classical control theory such as Bode, Nyquist and Root Locus. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Thermofluids and Sustainable Energy
    This module provides a second study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, exploring more theory to allow industrial level analysis of processes. The scope includes an appreciation of fuels/combustion, power-producing cycles, internal/external fluid flows and further heat transfer. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Machine drives and mechatronics
    This module provides the fundamental theory and calculations behind essential elements of mechanical and mechatronics design e.g. mechanical drives, transmission systems, electrical actuation systems, sensors and microcontrollers. You'll learn from the laboratory experiments about the hardware components and subsystems used in the mechanical and mechatronics control in advanced engineering applications. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Electric Vehicle and Power Electronics
    This module provides an advanced study on stress analysis, including elasticity theory, inelastic deformations, fracture of materials and their application to practical engineering problems. The module also introduces the core concepts of manufacturing systems and computer integrated manufacturing in the contemporary product realization process. You'll develop an understanding of the scope of materials/manufacturing technologies, the integrative role of materials selection in engineering and design and an appreciation of technological change, innovation and sustainable in manufacturing technologies. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Vehicle dynamics and system modelling
    This module will introduce you to advanced dynamical systems theory. This involves mathematical modelling of engineering systems using both Newtonian and Lagrangian approaches. The module will provide an introduction to vehicle dynamics, tyres, and braking systems. It will embrace investigative work into vehicle dynamics systems using computer software and laboratory experiments. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
  • Portfolio engineering projects  
    This module will develop students professional skills and portfolio in preparation for a career as a design engineer. Students will apply knowledge and understanding of range of engineering design principles and techniques, using appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering design problems, exploring design alternatives and understanding the implications of trade-offs in the design process. They will learn how to prototype and implement their proposed solutions using appropriate digital manufacturing technologies. Assessment methods: coursework 100% coursework.
  • Thermofluids and turbomachinery
    This module provides a third study of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics exploring in-depth internal combustion engines, fluid-mechanics governing equations, performance of various types of pumps and turbines, and application of heat transfer to extended surfaces and heat exchangers. Assessment method: 30% coursework,  70% exam.
  • BEng individual project
    The Individual Major Project requires you to plan, execute, review and report upon a major piece of technical work directly related to your degree discipline. In this regard, this module provides you with the opportunity to develop a high degree of subject-specific expertise. This module differentiates from others on the course taken due to the high degree of autonomous study expected. This flexibility should be seen as an opportunity to explore new areas of interest and to acquire new and often unexpected skills. The work undertaken within the project will require you to develop your own methodology in advance of presenting solutions to the studied problem. It's therefore expected that project will include evidence and demonstration of detailed research of the subject matter, practical demonstration of understanding of the material, testing and evaluation of the practical elements, detailed reporting, discussion and conclusions of the entire project, and a high level of written presentation and grammar skills. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Modules are assessed through formal written examinations, phase tests, formative and summative assignments. Ability to apply and integrate knowledge is assessed by larger scale project work as well as group assignments (where appropriate) and logbooks.

Facilities

During your course you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios which are highly in tune with leading technologies. LSBU has made considerable investment into it's engineering facilities, and thanks to our commitment to developing work-ready graduates, you'll be developing and producing your work in an industry standard environment.

Read more about our workshops, laboratories and industry-standard software packages.

    Facilities

    During your course you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios which are highly in tune with leading technologies. LSBU has made considerable investment into it's engineering facilities, and thanks to our commitment to developing work-ready graduates, you'll be developing and producing your work in an industry standard environment.

    Read more about our workshops, laboratories and industry-standard software packages.

Careers

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
  • Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

The automotive, future low-carbon vehicle technology and motorsport sector is experiencing a solid growth. The UK is recognised as a world-leader in the research and design of automotive technology and demand for graduates is growing too.

On this course we use industry-standard technology and instrumentation; this means you’ll be equipped with the industry specific skills that count.

Our central London location means we have developed local links with Automotive OEM’s, tier suppliers, local transport companies and future transport and low carbon technology centres for London.

Also, remember that many recruiters look favourably on BEng graduates because they demonstrate deep understanding of the science and maths underpinning engineering.

We have a panel of advisers from the industry to make sure that the course content is up-to-date and matches employers’ needs. And this means our graduates are in demand!

In-sync with industry

Accreditation is a mark of quality assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council, who represent the engineering profession. This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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IMechE is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, with 100,000 members working at the heart of the country's most important and dynamic industries.

Put your skills to work

Work experience transforms a CV. It’s important that you get some – and we’ll help you do that. This is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment. Many students get their first job offers through this training year.

What’s more you can choose to complete your sandwich year at our partner institution Hochschule (Bremen), where you’ll study German and then complete your industrial placement year in Germany.

During the year you’ll stay in regular contact with your tutor and your peers – and we’ll make sure that you have the support you need.

Teaching and Assessment

Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award.

We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Applied knowledge is what counts

The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all into your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solve real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career.

This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis.

Prepared for modern engineering practice

In reality most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules are about understanding the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice and problem-solving. Guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls Royce, have lectured on these modules.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study
Year 1 38% 62%
Year 2 37% 63%
Year 3 35% 65%

Personal Tutoring

As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  
They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

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