Cranfield University Formula 1

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Cranfield University Formula 1

Motorsport is an exacting world that requires total commitment from its engineers. Without their skills and expertise, teams don’t even get to race. This MSc will hone your skills and expertise in relation to motorsport and high performance engineering through a rigorous combination of teaching and motorsport related project work.
  • Start dateSeptember
  • DurationOne year full-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, Group project 20%, Individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeFull-time

Who is it for?

Developed in collaboration with leading motorsport companies, this postgraduate programme prepares graduates for a career in motorsport or high performance engineering.

Why this course?

This course aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport, and their implementation within a high performance technology context.
You will cover design, construction and operation of competition vehicles, and related aspects of materials science, aerodynamics, structural analysis, vehicle systems, and management techniques related to motorsport.
You will be taught the skills required for the planning, execution and reporting of motorsport projects and to prepare them for a variety of roles in motorsport.

Cranfield University has undertaken research, consultancy and testing for the motorsport sector since the 1970s. The University is home to the FIA approved Cranfield Impact Centre and Cranfield Motorsport Simulation which work with F1 and leading motorsport companies. We have an international reputation for our expertise in aerodynamics, CFD, materials technology, including composites, safety of motorsport vehicle structures, power-train development, vehicle dynamics, simulation, data acquisition and electronics, tyre characterisation and modelling. This track record ensures the course is highly respected by the motorsport industry.

  • Practical sessions using Cranfield’s facilities and equipment
  • Engagement with motorsport practitioners
  • Motorsport related project work.

Informed by Industry

This programme is supported by a dedicated industrial advisory panel which is comprised of senior motorsport professionals. The panel is closely involved in the development of course content and provides support for group design and individual projects. This ensures the knowledge you gain is of direct relevance to the motorsport industry and provides you with an invaluable network of industry contacts.

The current composition of the Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc Steering Committee (Advisory Panel) is:

  • Adrian Reynard, Director – ARC and Motorsport Visiting Professor to Cranfield University (Chair of the Panel)
  • Paul Crofts, Head of Materials Engineering – Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (Deputy Chair of the Panel)
  • Chris Aylett, Chief Executive – The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA)
  • Simon Blunt, General Secretary – The Motor Sports Association (MSA)
  • Gillian Carr, Secretary – The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC)
  • Owen Carless, Head of Stress, Rear of Car – Red Bull Technology
  • Jamie Dye, Managing Director – Fortec Motorsports
  • Jane Gilham, Head of Human Resources – Xtrac Ltd
  • Sylvain Filippi, Chief Technical Officer, Virgin Racing Formula E Team
  • Ian Goddard, Senior Engineer/Graduate Programme Manager – Renault Sport Formula One Team
  • Ron Hartvelt, Director of Delivery – RML Group Ltd
  • David Lapworth, Technical Director – Prodrive
  • Cristiana Pace, ADR Operations Manager (consultant engineer) – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)
  • Mike Pilbeam, Director – Pilbeam Racing Designs
  • Julia Schumacher, High Performance Technologies (HPT) Business Growth Manager – Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP)
  • Neil Spalding, Director – Sigma Performance and Technical Consultant Moto GP
  • Stefan Strahnz, Engineering Group Manager – Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
  • Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer – Williams F1
  • Christopher Tate, Managing Director – Donington Park Racing Ltd

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