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MSc in Automotive Engineering

MSc in Automotive Mechatronics
Cranfield University
We are an exclusively postgraduate university located in the
heart of the UK. Our close collaboration with industry means
we offer relevant, practical teaching that is firmly based on our
transformational research.

Our passion for the areas we operate in and our long-standing

relationships with some of the most prestigious companies in
industry mean that studying at Cranfield will open doors for you.

4,600+ learners UK and technology
No.1 postgraduates
A professional network of

60,000 alumni 81% of our research is world-leading

or internationally excellent.

Studying Automotive at Cranfield

Cranfield University has more than 50 years of automotive engineering pedigree, built on decades of close
collaboration with a wide range of industry partners - and we remain at the forefront of automotive and
motorsport research and development to this day. We deliver high-calibre engineers equipped with the
latest multidisciplinary skills and expertise to forge successful careers in this hugely-competitive sector.

Studying this course has granted me the privilege to work abroad

and offered opportunities in research and pursuing a PhD. Indeed
this course has helped me secure employment as a Lecturer at
the University of Eastern Africa Baraton, and I believe it will foster
subsequent promotions. A postgraduate qualification from Cranfield
is globally valid and will open a lot of opportunities for me.
Inniyaka Reuben Irmiya, Automotive Mechatronics MSc, 2015
Reasons to study
Automotive with us
1 Industry links 4 Learning environment
Our students have regular contact with Cranfield University is a wholly
industry through group and individual postgraduate institution which
project work as well as guest lectures offers a mature and focused learning
from partner organisations. Courses are environment. It has an international
regularly reviewed by an advisory panel student body and a global reputation
of leading professionals from industry to bringing together the most talented
ensure the content is relevant and meets students and academics.
the expectations of employers.
Networking opportunities
2 Heritage
Our automotive MSc programme is
Our close and long-established links with
the automotive industry - such as through
one of our longest-running academic our Industrial Advisory Panel - ensures
programmes, and we have strong that you will have numerous opportunities
track record in the automotive sector. to meet and develop contacts with senior
Lotuss first active suspension system automotive engineers from successful
was designed here. We are currently automotive companies including major
supporting the development of connected manufacturers, tier one suppliers and
and autonomous vehicles. dynamic SMEs.

Outstanding facilities
3 At our Advanced Vehicle Engineering 6 Funding opportunities
You may be eligible for the bursaries
Centre students have access to globally and scholarships that are available for
unique labs and test facilities including our programmes to help support your
our off-road vehicle dynamics facility and development.
the Cranfield Impact Centre. During 2017
our new Intelligent Mobility Engineering
Centre and the first section of an
7 Broad portfolio
We offer a wide range of study options
autonomous highway will be opened research degrees, taught degrees,
within the University. executive education and short courses.
Read more on our website.
Automotive Career prospects

courses Our industry-led education makes Cranfield

automotive graduates some of the most desirable
in the world.
The courses described in this Automotive Engineering
brochure deliver graduates Successful students are now working for Jaguar
with the technical qualities, Land Rover, Ford, Aston Martin, JCB, Fiat/Chrysler,
transferable skills and Nissan and Bentley in diverse roles including
Research Software Engineer, 1D-Simulation Model
independent learning ability to
Development Specialist, Component Engineer,
make them instantly effective Performance Test Engineer, Thermal Engineer,
and productive in organisations Controls and Calibration Engineer and many
that design and develop engineering management roles.
automotive products. Automotive Mechatronics
Our graduates are working in roles such as
Our industry-led education simulation, software engineering, calibration,
makes Cranfield graduates some control systems, mechatronics and advanced
driver assistance systems (ADAS) for AVL, JCB
of the most desirable in the
and Millbrook.
world for automotive companies
looking to recruit.
Group projects
Students will be taught by Our team design projects that prepare
leading academics as well as students for an industry working environment.
Presentations to market the product, demonstrate
industrial practitioners, and work
technical expertise and showcase group
alongside a strong research team communication skills are delivered to automotive
at Cranfield University. engineers and managers, academic staff and
fellow students. Here are two recent examples:

Automotive Engineering Design of a Hybrid

A high mobility 6x6 commercial vehicle, Bucher
Mowag Duro 2, was converted into an electric
hybrid vehicle, keeping the existing diesel engine.
The vehicle could be hybridised for use by
emergency services in natural disaster areas for
rescue and aid relief.

Automotive Mechatronics Design of an

Intelligent Hybrid Powertrain Controller
A controller to make optimal decisions how best
to combine the vehicles engine and electric
motors. The system is expected to take into
account the drivers planned route, data obtained
through intelligent sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle
communications and vehicle-to-infrastructure
Course information
The courses described in this brochure will deliver highly-skilled and motivated automotive
engineers with the expertise to develop the solutions to todays and tomorrows challenges,
such as further reducing CO2 emissions and increasing vehicle utilisation traffic density as
intelligent mobility enters the transport sector.

Automotive Engineering MSc

This one year course equips students with a broad range of skills and expertise across the automotive
spectrum, from engine design, hybrid and electric vehicles, chassis and braking operations.

Directed by an industry advisory panel of senior automotive engineers, it is suitable for graduates
in engineering, physics or mathematics, seeking careers designing and developing the automotive
systems, technologies and components of the future.

During the year students will carry out research into a current automotive challenge, participate in a
group design project and complete a research thesis project.

Taught modules will typically include vehicle design, powertrain and performance, automotive
control and simulation, vehicle structures and crashworthiness, dynamics, ride and handling,
instrumentation and testing, engine simulation and performance and suspension design.

Automotive Mechatronics MSc

This one year course is responding to increasing industry demand for engineers with the skills
to deliver multi-disciplinary integration of physical systems - mechanical, electrical, hydraulic or
pneumatic - with electronic digital controls, a field responsible for many exciting recent advances in
the sector.

This course is ideal for students with an engineering, mathematics or applied science undergraduate
degree with the capabilities to develop a skill set combining electrical, mechanical, control systems
and physical system modelling.

The demand for these skills - and the relative scarcity of supply - means that successful students
emerging with the ability to apply the principles and practice of automotive mechatronics are in great
demand by businesses worldwide and can look forward to swift career progression.

We work with organisations such as:

For full information about each course see www.cranfield.ac.uk/study

Key facts and statistics
Course structure Key facts
The Automotive Engineering MSc is a full time
course comprising taught modules 50%, group Full-
time 1 year
project 10% and an individual research project

There are eight compulsory taught modules that


are assessed by a combination of written exams

and individual coursework assignments, the
group project and individual research project. Start
The individual research project is the largest Class Size

single component of the course and allows


you to develop specialist skills in an area of
Please see the individual course pages
your choice, taking the theory from the taught Average
on our website for full fee information
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modules and giving it practical application, and full-time or part-time options. Terms
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usually involving a design feasibility and conditions apply see

assessment, systems timeanalysis or facility
development. Average
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The Automotive Mechatronic MSc is also a full
Across our automotive
time course comprising
time Exec
taught modules 50%,
time programme
a group project 10% and an individual research
project 40%. 62% UK
9% EU
There are 10 compulsory core and specialised 29% Rest of World
taught modules, while the research project
provides an opportunity to delve deeper into
an area of specific interest, with the results 15-45
summarised in a written document and oral Class
presentation to engineers, academics and
20-30 years
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The MSc in Automotive Engineering is accredited

by the IMechE. The MSc in Automotive
Mechatronics is expected to become accredited
by the IMechE and the IET in 2017. Accreditation
is awarded on behalf of the Engineering Council
as meeting the requirements for further learning
for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Academic staff
You will be taught by a wide range of subject specialists at Cranfield University and from
outside the University, who draw on their research and industrial experience to provide
stimulating and relevant input to your learning experience. Our academics include:

Dr James Brighton, Head of Centre

James possesses over 22 years experience relating to off road vehicle

dynamics, terra-mechanics, tyre and track system modelling, advanced vehicle
instrumentation and lightweight material structures. Through the off-road
dynamics facility his team is able to offer a wide range of vehicle related
technical solutions from fundamental research through product design and
prototype vehicle sub-system manufacture, supply, evaluation and testing
across a wide range of industry sectors.

Dr Stefano Longo, Course Director, MSc in Automotive Mechatronics

Stefanos research focuses on the area of optimisation-based control algorithm

development and their implementation on embedded hardware. His international
reputation builds on the publication of over 50 research papers on international
journals and conferences. He has an academic background from prestigious
universities, including Imperial College London. He currently directs and lectures
on automotive mechatronics and supervises MSc and PhD projects.

Dr Glenn Sherwood, Course Director, MSc in Automotive Engineering

Glenn lectures in powertrain systems. He graduated in Chemistry from Bradford

University in 1983 where he also obtained a PhD in laser diagnostics. His
research interests are in the development of novel engine designs for high
efficiency and low emissions and in novel fuelling strategies for the replacement
or part replacement of current automotive fuels. These investigations are
aided by laser diagnostics to measure a range of fundamental combustion

Cranfield University is well-recognised in the industry. The

Automotive Mechatronics MSc helps me on a daily basis.
It provided me with a good grounding on vehicle systems,
including hybrid and electric technologies. This knowledge
is very important in my current work at The London Taxi
Company, developing a hybrid taxi.
Pauline Dumont, Automotive Mechatronics MSc, 2015
How to apply Location
Entry requirements Your course will be held at the Cranfield campus
Candidates must possess, or be expected a stimulating environment surrounded by
to achieve a first or second class UK cutting-edge research across a wide range of
Honours degree or equivalent in engineering, disciplines, including autonomous vehicles.
mathematics or an applied science or related We are located between Bedford and Milton
discipline, or their international equivalent. Keynes, and close to many major automotive
Other relevant qualifications, together with manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford
significant experience, may be considered. and Aston Martin. Nissans European Technical
Where applicable, students must achieve a Centre for Europe is based at our Business
minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Park. Several airports are easily accessible,
allowing fast travel to project sponsors based in
Europe and overseas. There are also convenient
The application process transport links by rail and road.

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