University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Automotive Engineering

The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas. This course aims to enable you to develop the knowledge base that engineers in the automotive industry require in order to successfully take advantage of new and emerging methodologies, technologies, and market opportunities. This course, run jointly by the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, provides key skills in a range of specialist modules. A design theme forms the core element of the course. The course culminates in a major project, which may be either industrial or research based. You benefit from the research expertise, industrial links and combined laboratory facilities of both Universities. The dynamics, control and vehicle research group at the University of Sussex has links with Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Johnson Matthey. The internal combustion engines group at the University of Brighton has links with Ford, ND Marston, Delphi and Ricardo Consulting Engineers.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in engineering, mathematics or physics. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Core modules include: Automotive control systems; automotive systems; MSc individual project; optical fluid flow measurement; power train engineering; sustainable automotive power technology; testing and modelling for automotive power systems. Option modules include: Advanced manufacturing technologies; gas turbines and turbocharging; mechanical dynamics.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed typically by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules. It exposes you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation and communication, and demands individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in the Department, and the project is supervised by a member of faculty.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,850 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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