MEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle EngineeringSouthwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time; Day release
This integrated Masters degree four year course focuses on sustainable development, future low-emission technologies and urban transportation.
9 reasons to study here
- Future proof: Unique course develops the expertise demanded by the automotive, future vehicle and motorsport industries.
- Career progression: Extends studies to Masters level and provides greater breadth and depth of study which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
- Innovative delivery: Project-based learning supported by industry leading hardware and software.
- Research quality: No.2 London modern university for research quality in Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).
- Well-connected: LSBU has links with leading vehicle companies.
- Stand-out facilities: Make use of our virtual engineering lab.
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- Work experience: You'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.
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- Ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst UK competitors in Mechanical Engineering (National Student Survey 2020).
- Ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
This integrated Masters degree course covers...
You'll adapt theoretical principles to solve real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. This course covers:
- engineering mathematics
- vehicle engineering
- thermofluids and dynamics
- electrical engineering
- dynamics and control
- innovation and enterprise
- 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: 30% coursework, 70% 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.
- 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.
Optional placement year
- 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.
- Vehicle powertrain, sustainability and 1D-CFD
This module evaluates a variety of existing and future low-carbon powertrains including internal combustion engines utilising multiple fuels, electric motors powered by batteries and fuel-cells, and alternative power sources. Power transmission systems for each powertrain will be considered, as well as energy recovery systems, sustainability and infrastructure requirements for wide-scale use / adoption. Analysis of energy systems will include an appreciation of environmental impact, and you'll develop the ability to critically appraise alternative power-producing devices to meet current and future energy needs. This module will also develop the study of fluid-mechanics governing equations applied to computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and performance of various types of pumps and turbines. You'll undertake simulation of a fluid system using 1D-CFD code. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Innovation and enterprise
In the rapidly changing world around us, it's imperative that you're able to think dynamically to create advantage in your life. This module encourages you to question what you see and experience around you and in your prospective engineering field with an aim to enhance your creativity to discover new and better ways of doing things. It aims to equip you with methods and processes to recognise opportunities and to plan on harnessing commercially viable benefits that may exist from exploiting those opportunities in a sustainable fashion. This might be a product or service (such as consultancy or contract management). The application of project management principles will help to define the critical path of a proposed business and how the many processes involved (planning, market research, market placement, finance, operations, human resources etc.) are interlinked throughout the initial planning exercise and how they can change over time. You'll be expected to reflect on what you can contribute towards a group. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- MEng 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.
- Technical research and professional skills
This module provides training for the skills that are necessary for successful completion of Master's level studies in the near future and for professional development in the long-term. More specifically, the course teaches how to search and gather relevant technical information, how to extract the essence from a piece of technical literature, how to carry out a critical review of a research paper, how to write a feasibility report, how to give presentations and put your thoughts across effectively, and how to manage a project in terms of time and progress in a group project environment. These are designed to enhance the technical and analytical background that is necessary for the respective Master's stream. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Engineering Design Analysis and Manufacturing
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of conventional and advanced manufacturing technologies in the context of engineering management. It will seek to develop awareness of the strategic significance of high value manufacturing in terms of new and emerging technologies and the management of associated assets as contributory factors in achieving a sustainable competitive advantage. These will be closely linked themes that will enable you to further understand how the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, electronic control and systems are realised as mechatronics solutions to improve manufacturing processes, effectively manage time, waste and energy, thus enhancing the competitive advantage of the business. The themes of globalisation, concurrent engineering and related manufacturing strategies will also be explored through lectures, case studies and a combination of interactive workshop and laboratory sessions. Assessment methods: 100% coursework
- MEng group project
This module is designed to provide you with the experience of working in an asset team to solve a real world problem using industrial data for the development of a specific asset. You'll be grouped into teams of 3-4 members and you'll undertake a specific role in respect of the design calculations and analysis. You'll work full-time on this project under time constraint, using donated field data. The project results will be presented orally to an expert panel and the group will submit a report detailing their investigation and recommendations for development of the field. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Advanced vehicle dynamics, NVH, structures and crash-safety
This module links structural design of vehicles with vehicle vibrations and noise. Consequently, it embraces linear and nonlinear dynamics, Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) of vehicles, and elastic and plastic structural analysis applied to crash-safety. It involves selection of materials criteria, control theory and acoustics theory. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
- Advanced powertrain systems, vehicle performance, and 3D-CFD
This module further develops analysis of powertrain systems, integrated into vehicle performance analysis through numerical modelling. Performance prediction of power-producing devices will use techniques ranging from simple models, through to consideration of various numerical simulation techniques including further work with computational fluid dynamics, applying 3D-CFD for complicated internal flows. Experimental techniques for measurement of performance of power-producing devices and fluid mechanic systems will be covered in both theory and practice. Analysis of power transmission systems, gear-design, and bearings will be given from a mechanical design and fluid-mechanics perspective. Assessment methods: 30% coursework, 70% exam.
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.
MEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering courses uses Industry standard technology and instrumentation, ensuring that graduates are equipped with detailed knowledge and practical experience of a broad range of industry specific skills that will improve employability chances in an increasingly competitive environment.
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 the sector has invested significantly in recent years. Demands for Engineering graduates by these employers is growing.
The course provides you with the opportunity to study Advanced Vehicle Engineering to a level consistent with accreditation by the IMechE as a route to Chartered Engineer status, while encouraging applied work and hands-on involvement through the many opportunities available. LSBU is creating a world-class Advanced Vehicle Engineering facility to support these courses and meet the needs of the Automotive, future Low-carbon Vehicle and motorsport industry.
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.
Value of an MEng programme
This is a four-year degree course that extends your studies to Masters level, and provides you with greater breadth and depth of study which is the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). After the completion of this programme you can immediately pursue the necessary steps to obtain Chartered engineer status which enhances employability and offers higher salaries. You can apply for undergraduate student funding for this course, so you can gain a postgraduate level qualification without the financial pressures normally associated with further study.
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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:
- An 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.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
This course has a panel of advisers from industry, to help ensure our course coverage is up-to-date and relevant to employment needs. This MEng course offers the quickest and easiest way to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
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).
- 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.
Undertaking a placement year is encouraged and supported on this course. You'll be offered a range of placements based on industry contacts in the Automotive OEM / tier suppliers, motorsport, and London transport networks.
For those students who choose to take the four year sandwich course, the third year is spent on an industrial placement in the UK and our industrial placement team will provide the necessary guidance, support and advice. This four-year Sandwich option is a great opportunity to understand the way that the industry functions and to gain an appreciation of the priorities in the commercial environment.
European placement opportunity
The European Studies endorsement is available on all our BEng courses. If you choose to complete a sandwich year abroad you will study German at our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, and then complete the year with an industrial placement in Germany.
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.
Teaching and learning
Our teaching members of staff have a great amount of experience. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy for industry they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn in a modern, well-equipped environment complete with innovative technology.
Common first and second year
The first two years are taught alongside the BEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering degree. The third year of the course includes a unique group project where you'll design, make and test either a low-emission urban concept vehicle to be driven in the streets of inner-city London, or high-performance orientated vehicle. The fourth year provides a wide range of core and optional modules in advanced areas at Masters level.
Approach to learning
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. You'll develop skills in effective communication, problem solving, project planning and team work that will set you apart to give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.
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. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.
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.
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.
- A Level AAB or;
- BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 39 Distinctions and 6 Merits or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 144 UCAS points
- 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.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme
If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. ATAS certificate is a requirement for enrolment at the University, you will need one if you are an international student applying to study for a postgraduate qualification in the UK and it is now a requirement for every Visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.
The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.
The CAH code for this course is CAH10-01-02.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Fees and funding
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Possible fee changes
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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.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships page.