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Why choose the School of Computer Science and Technology


100% of our full-time UK graduates in engineering are in employment and/or further study, 15 months after graduating (source: HESA Graduate Outcomes for 2020/21, pub 2023).

The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), preparing you to work in the modern automotive engineering industry.

Study among like-minded students in our modern STEM building, complete with specialist labs and state-of-the-art equipment.

About the course

This degree offers the in-depth technical training you need to pursue a rewarding career as a practising automotive engineer. Throughout the course you work closely with local automotive and motorsport companies gaining experience of real-world problems and solutions.

Your studies combine theory with practice using individual and group work to give you a thorough grounding in the essentials of automotive engineering. In your first year you start to build your technical and practical skills through learning about engineering design and application; vehicle development history; and new products and technologies. You then move on to specialise with units in areas such as fluid dynamics and thermofluids; vehicle dynamics and chassis technology; vehicle electronics; and automotive systems and design.

As you move through the course you benefit from practical sessions with the opportunity to take part in the prestigious Formula Student Racing Car or Shell Economic Car projects.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop your skills using industry-standard facilities including high-end equipment machines and testing work spaces
  • Learn from an experienced research-active academic team
  • Collaborate with local companies either on campus or in nearby company workshops
  • Explore career opportunities through a fee-free Placement Year (see below) with nearby companies like BMW Mini Nissan and AVL Powertrain
  • Challenge yourself to participate in exciting competitions developing your individual and team-working skills
  • Develop your project management and research skills in preparation for your final-year project
  • Gain a qualification that opens the door to a fulfilling and exciting career in a wide range of engineering scenarios including car or motorbike motorsports
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below) gaining experience and building contacts
  • If you need to step up into higher education start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees you a place on the degree course

with Professional Practice Year

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

with Foundation Year

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

Course Leader - Dr Rostand Tayong

Dr Rostand Tayong joined the University in November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering. Prior to this position, he was working on composite materials at the University of Bristol as a Research Associate since 2014.

His research activities encompass Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Materials testing and characterisation, Acoustics and Vibration using analytical and numerical methods.

What will you study?


Engineering Mathematics

This unit introduces mathematical background knowledge that is used by electrical and electronic engineers. It helps you to establish an understanding of the mathematical concepts and also explains how mathematics is used to solve engineering problems. The unit offers opportunities for practical experience of carrying out mathematical calculations and evaluating the solutions, individually and within a team. It uses case studies to help you develop skills for modelling real-world problems using mathematical notation, and for solving engineering problems.

Vehicle Electronics And Control

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of the role of vehicle electronics and control systems and vehicle communications and how those systems work.

Vehicle Powertrain Technology

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practices associated with the working principles, design and performance analysis of various vehicle powertrain technologies, including electric powertrain. It is also to provide students opportunity to experience the process of producing preliminary designs for a whole power system or its sub-systems.

Mechanics And Heat Transfer

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of engineering mechanics and heat transfer, and to develop relevant skills of design and application of relevant heat transfer systems.

Engineering Design And Manufacture

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of engineering design and manufacture, and to develop relevant skills of engineering design and utilisation of relevant software.

Fundamentals Of Engineering 2

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an understanding of the theory and practices associated with the scientific principles of maths, physics and chemistry underpinning the study of engineering. This is the second of two related units, and you will cover materials and their properties, thermodynamics and how to work within and engineering lab environment.

Introduction To Software Development

This unit introduces key concepts in Software Development relevant to software development. This unit will provide the fundamentals of how to model problems and develop software using a high level language.
The unit will focus on the following areas:

Software development processes and effective team work
Analysis of problems and identification of key features
Modelling using problems abstract modelling techniques
Program Development using a High Level Language
Program testing using appropriate techniques
Understanding distinctions between different forms of programming and modelling

Fluid Dynamics, Thermofluids And Modelling

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of properties and principles of fluid and flows, thermodynamics processes and systems relating to thermofluids.

Vehicle Dynamics And Chassis Technology

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics and chassis system and components of an automobile may take, together with their associated advantages and disadvantages.

Engineering Structure, Materials And Analysis

This unit is designed for students to acquire good knowledge and understanding of the analysis of structural component subjected to complex stress/strain fields, and enable students to select materials and their processing in a design situation, by matching properties of specific materials with engineering requirements.

Research Methodologies And Project Management

This unit is designed for you to prepare for your honours project utilizing your subject experience from the first two years of your study. You will also be asked to contextualize your project idea within current or emerging technologies, typically underpinned by academic publications and to do systematic market research that will equip you with a sound strategy on how to implement your honours project.

Academic Skills Foundation

When you begin your undergraduate level studies, you will be expected to have knowledge of and ability to use a large range of 'study skills'. You will also be expected to have some knowledge of the subject area you will  be studying. This unit deals with both of these aspects of your preparation for undergraduate level study. 

All of the academic skills are practised in English, so you will use your developing acquisition of the language from the partner unit 'English Language Foundation' to practise and gain mastery of these skills. You will also use your language and study skills as you learn the foundation of your subject area, putting the skills into practice as you learn.

Academic Study Skills 2

This unit is designed to help you develop important academic study skills that you will use throughout your university study, as well as preparing you for when you enter into or return to employment.  This is part two of two linked units, which enable you to plan, build and practice your knowledge and skills acquisition gradually, it introduces and develops presentation skills, and professional development planning.

Automotive Systems And Design

The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practices associated with the working principles, design and performance analysis of various automotive systems, including those systems applied for electric vehicles and racing cars. It is also to provide students opportunity to experience the process of producing preliminary designs for a whole power system or its sub-systems.

Undergraduate Project

Whether you go on to further study or into employment one of the most important skills expected in an Honours Graduate is the ability to work autonomously.  This unit is an ideal vehicle for the development of that skill.

You will typically implement the project proposal developed during the unit CIS013-3 Research Methods and Emerging Technologies (an alternative approach will be agreed with the unit coordinator and your project supervisor if you haven’t successfully completed CIS013-3 yet). 

Although you will be working independently, you are expected to arrange regular meetings with your supervisor to guide and support you.  You will apply coherently your technical, analytical, practical and managerial skills during your project development.

The project is an important opportunity to expand your experience in an area which is of close relevance to the course that you are studying (e.g. Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Games Development).  Your project may be of relevance to a future employer, and will demonstrate your interest and ability in the chosen area.  As such your project topic should be aligned with your career aspirations.

The following aims are addressed in particular:

  • To provide you with an opportunity to work autonomously on a sustained piece of work.
  • To develop your ability to manage a project from start to finish.
  • To develop your ability to identify problems, analyse the requirements and produce and evaluate solutions.
  • To develop your ability to work to the relevant academic and professional standards.

English Language Foundation

This unit focuses on your ability to understand and use the English language accurately when you read, speak, listen and write. We will concentrate on the English you need for undergraduate level study in your chosen subject area, covering grammar, subject area vocabulary and the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

A key element of the unit is the grammar of the language, and particularly the verb tense system in English, because your ability to use the verb tense system accurately will be extremely important when you come to write essays and reports. This unit will focus in particular on the grammar of the language.

We will also focus on reading, listening and speaking skills in the context of your chosen subject area. Beginning with short texts, we will practise each skill and practise it again, so that gradually you will see, hear and feel that your command of the language is improving. 

A recurring focus of the unit will be your acquisition of 'learner autonomy'. This means your ability to acquire the language yourself, without needing a teacher's help. This is important because from next year you will not have an English teacher to help you. So we will consider and practise strategies to help you gain confidence in your own ability to increase your knowledge of and ability to use the language, including for instance guessing meaning of difficult words, deciding which words are important in a text, recognising differences between formal and informal language, and other strategies, so that as the first semester continues, you begin to feel more confident in your use and experience with the English Language.

How will you be assessed?


A wide variety of teaching styles will be used throughout this course. The most important aspect will be that of a student-centred approach and the University will encourage students through relevant guidance to become an independent thinker who can take responsibility for their own learning and adapt to a wide variety of different situations within the context of Automotive Engineering.

The Automotive Engineering Lab suite includes a range of experimental facilities such as an engine test bed with full instrumentation two advanced automotive engine demonstrators various test rigs for vehicle aerodynamics materials and engineering structure machining workshop etc. 3D printers and a CAE lab. These form an important part of thecourse allowing the exploration of many practical aspects of automotive engineering and to further developing hands-on skills.

The course will make use of traditional lectures and practical sessions as well as encouraging students to engage in various scenarios such as managing students own projects and achieving professional output through teamwork.

Unit content such as lecture slides or practical sheets are made available electronically through the University’s virtual learning environment.

Careers


Career opportunities for graduates of this course can include automotive industry for development and manufacture of automotive components systems and whole vehicles motor-sport sector engineering consultant companies for vehicle testing and relevant technology development.

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS tariff points including 32 from at least 1 A-level or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS tariff points including 32 from at least 1 A-level or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)48 UCAS tariff points including 32 from at least 1 A-level or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points including 96 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points including 96 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)112 UCAS tariff points including 96 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalentMust include A-level Maths or equivalent (including BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma Engineering)

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See www.gov.uk/student-finance

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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