Coventry University Automotive Engineering

Coventry University Logo

Coventry University Automotive Engineering

Coventry University Automotive Engineering

Automotive Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

Coventry University has a positive history in the engineering field. Automotive vehicle and system manufacturers around the globe employ some of our former students.


Our Automotive Engineering course is designed to equip you with the skills and capabilities for you to make a contribution to industry and set you on the path to be a Chartered Engineer.

You will benefit from the University’s advanced facilities, its reputation for teaching excellence in the engineering field and its strong links with local industry. You should develop an in-depth knowledge of the essential technical subjects, along with the personal skills necessary to progress your career in

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • a course that achieved an overall satisfaction of 100% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013 and 2014;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring their professional or research expertise into their teaching;
  • strong employer links with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Prodrive, Lotus, MIRA, BMW, Unipart and Morgan;
  • state-of-the-art facilities including a new wind tunnel, a new CNC machining centre, a new engine test cell and a full-size shaker rig;
  • the opportunity to be involved with our Formula Student and/or Shell Eco-marathon projects;
  • an industrial placement tutor, who helps you with your applications for placements and supports you during your year in industry;
  • a course for which the MEng route fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The BEng route partially meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).




Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


In the first two years you will study subjects that have been designed to broaden your perspective of automotive engineering. As you enter year three you will define your individual study plan, selecting from a range of options to complement your core subjects.

Your main themes of study will be:

Design: the innovative resolution of design problems focused on commercially viable solutions.

Analysis: you will learn to use industry standard software to model, analyse and validate vehicle behaviour, components and systems.

Management: the application of principles and practices utilised to assure effective business operation.

Sustainability: an ethical approach to work by protecting the best interests of life and the environment.

Practical: investigation and analysis using laboratory, workshop and computer-based techniques.


Our courses are based on a series of one or two hour lectures, with associated practice, laboratory, workshop exercises, and tutorials. Our innovative ‘Activity Led Learning’ approach has received national and international acclaim.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: formal examinations 34%; coursework, tests, essays 40%; practical or project work 10%; group work 10%; presentations, posters 6%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial (or later, individual project supervision) every week

Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars every week

Large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 16-20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: AAB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD-DDM in an Engineering subject to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Access: Assessed on an individual basis.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher level

Find out more about acceptable qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

As well as the engineering expertise you should develop through the course, we will actively encourage and support you in your preparation for the world of work, including assisting you when it comes to undertaking a year in industry.

Some recent student placements include: Honda, in new product introduction; Aston Martin, in special vehicle projects data acquisition; NP Aerospace, working on the new range of military vehicles; Eaton Trucks, in gearbox design; McLaren Automotive, in software test and evaluation; BMW, in vehicle trim and materials; and Cummins Engines, on engine development and build.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year.

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


To increase student employability and create global graduates, Coventry University supports its students to study abroad as part of their programme of study, in Europe (through the Erasmus scheme), America or Asia. Students have recently secured placements in China, Thailand and in Germany with BMW.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.





Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152