MSc Engineering (Automotive)

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 1 YR (FT) 2 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
*Subject to re-validation
Two students wearing safety goggles working under the bonnet of a car

Course Highlights


links to industry. 


to specialist motorsport and industry standard production workshops.


to the next level of your career in the industry.

Why choose this course?

Wrexham Glyndŵr University has a proven track record of success in Automotive Engineering and Motorsport. The course contains modules covering the essential aspects of the automotive engineering field, providing a solid background for a career in the automotive engineering and motorsport sector.

  • The programme provides the opportunity to combine practical aspects of automotive engineering as well as simulation-based projects. The university operates a computer lab with industry relevant software, including CATIA and ANSYS (Mechanical and CFD).
  • The state-of-the-art laboratories at Wrexham Glyndŵr University are equipped with up-to-date specialist equipment and vehicles.
  • Lecturers and supporting staff have the required industrial experience and are practitioners in fields such as track racing and car building.
  • Strong links to local, national and international companies ensure that the standard of teaching is industry relevant, and that they provide students’ with the best possible starting point into their professional career paths. 

Key course features

  • Strong links with industries such as Toyota and Polybush.
  • Access to a specialist motorsport workshop as well as an industry standard production workshop to gain experience of using machinery.
  • Access to various projects (projects are changing at all times – subjected to changes - currently Glyndwr Racing Alfa 159, MX5 race car, Westfield amongst many others). Students are also currently running a Formula student team.
  • Solid base for career progression in industry.

What you will study


  • Engineering Research Methods & Postgraduate Studies
  • Engineering Design & Innovation
  • Engineering Systems Modelling & Simulation
  • Advanced & Composite Materials
  • Structural Integrity & Optimisation
  • Advanced Automotive Chassis, Engines, Powertrain & Control
  • Dissertation

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

An honours degree with at least a 2:2 classification or equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline or relevant professional experience.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be assessed throughout your course through a variety of methods including portfolios, presentations and, for certain subjects, examinations.

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills. This is promoted through guided study or feedback given to students.


The taught element, Part One, of the programme will be delivered in two 12 week trimesters, with a total of 60 credits to be completed in each.

You will cover six taught modules which include lectures, tutorials and practical work on a weekly basis. The expected timetable per module will be a total of 200 hours, which includes 40 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours, and 160 independent study hours.

Part Two will then take a further 15 weeks, with a notional study time of 600 hours. 


For the January intake, students will study the three specialist modules first during the second trimester from January to May. The three core modules will be studied in the first trimester of the next academic year from September to January.

On successful completion of the taught element of the programme, the students will progress to Part Two, with their dissertation project to be submitted in April/May.


The taught element, Part One, of the programme will be delivered over two academic teaching years. 80 credits or equivalent worth of modules will be delivered in the first year and 40 credits or equivalent in the second year. The part-time students would join the full-time students with lectures and tutorials/practical work during one day on a weekly basis.

The dissertation element will start in the second trimester, taking a further 30 weeks with a total notional study time of 600 hours. 

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The course equips you with thorough knowledge and skills in engineering at the forefront of new and emerging technologies. Graduates will be well placed to become subject specialists within industry or to pursue research careers within academia.


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for MSc Engineering (Automotive) are £5940.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding section. 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.


Subject to re-validation

As part of its continuous quality assurance and enhancement, the University reviews its courses on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect the needs of students and employers. Periodic review of the existing programmes is required every five years and major changes may be made to the programmes during the re-validation process. As soon as the programmes are re-validated the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of courses that are still ‘subject to re-validation’ are approved by the validation process; however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section