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Course Overview

Within WMG, and the fast-paced automotive research environment in which we work, we constantly review and revise our Master’s module content to ensure it keeps up and aligns with latest research and industry trends in the sector.

This year, we have developed a number of new modules, and re-structured the SAE programme. The new course design mirrors the System Engineering V-cycle used for product development in industry and consists of four layers. Course participants begin working at Layer 1: Stakeholder Motivations (Global, legislative, customer etc.) and progress through Layer 2: Vehicle, and Layer 3: Systems, before studying at Layer 4: Component engineering. Alongside this progression, there are additional supporting modules covering industry tools and techniques applicable at all layers and to manage the design life-cycle itself. Please see the Course Content tab for further details.

Who is this course designed for? 

This Master's course is designed for engineering or STEM subject graduates with an interest in automotive innovation. You will develop the skills to design and evaluate the next generation of low environmental impact automotive products.

The course is ideally suited to those aspiring to become research managers and technology leaders within the strategically important areas of vehicle electrification and sustainability. Through your studies, you will develop the management skills, technical awareness, and vision to assess different technology options within the context of environmental legislation and consumer expectations for vehicle quality, reliability, and performance.

Throughout the year, you will gain a holistic understanding of the different technology options and methods for design, system integration, and verification that will drive the market introduction of new energy efficient vehicles.

You will develop the skills to design and evaluate the next generation of automotive products that have a lower environmental impact than conventional vehicles. You will learn the latest innovations in research, technology management, and leadership that are pre-requisite for career progression within the international automotive industry.


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Delivery and assessment

Our specialist Master’s degree programmes are specifically for those seeking formal recognition in their specialist field and have been developed by experts within WMG’s many research groups.

Each module runs over five intensive days. The assignments and project provide an opportunity to apply the learning from the programme within your business. You will have the chance to discuss topics with the industrial and academic experts. The modules and their sequencing will be more closely defined and the module structure will be different depending on the stream you follow (please see the following pages). Core modules for specialist programmes tend to cater for a mixture of part-time and full-time students.


Learn how to design and evaluate the next generation of low environmental impact automotive products, while satisfying both environmental legislation and consumer demand.

Entry requirements

You should be currently employed and able to prove company support because you’ll need to apply your studies directly to your work environment.

We recommend that you have at least two to three years of appropriate professional
experience and that you possess at least a second class honours degree.

If you have an HND/HNC and professional qualifications with significant experience, you may be considered to start on an intermediate qualification such as the Postgraduate Award or Postgraduate Certificate, with the opportunity for progression to the MSc.


Start Date: One intake a year (September) Duration: 3 years, part-time
Accreditation: We will be applying for accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology  Course leader: Antony Allen


Course modules

Automotive Research, Strategy & Environment (Layer 1 - Global & Customer Motivations)

The introductory module of the new ‘Sustainable Automotive Electrification’ course. Content focuses on the motivations for electrification and hybridisation in the automotive industry: global warming and pollution. The module then introduces the overarching legislative and regulatory frameworks alongside organisational and strategic approaches of manufacturers in response to the problem.

Automotive Hybridisation & Electrification (Layer 2 - Vehicle)

This module covers the principles and concepts behind the engineering of hybrid and electrified vehicles at the vehicle system layer. Customer requirements, such as performance feel, efficiency and sound quality, are introduced. This will be consolidated with a thorough understanding of how technical solutions, and verification methods, are delivered to ensure that the product meets customer needs and expectations. Propulsion architectures, control methods and integration issues are covered in detail and a thorough understanding of the process is gained.

Energy Storage Systems (Layer 3 - Systems)

There are many complexities and challenges of introducing high voltage technology to passenger vehicles. This module provides a comprehensive study of energy storage systems for hybrid and electric vehicle applications in the automotive industry. You will gain hands-on experience of battery and hydrogen fuel-cell testing, which includes the wide and varying conditions of real-world applications.

Electric Drivetrains (Layer 3 - Systems)

Advanced propulsion technologies will lead the way for a cleaner and greener world; these technologies are especially important and appropriate for hybrid and electric vehicles and will be a core part of your learning on this module. You’ll also look at how to design, drive and control the electric machines of the future. The module includes a significant practical element where students gain hands-on experience of electric machine characterisation and testing, as well as classroom-based investigation and consolidation of the control technology employed.

Systems Engineering and Functional Safety (All layers)

Developing complex automotive systems requires an in-depth understanding and awareness of essential processes – this includes user cases, requirements and specifications through to validation and verification of functional and safe systems. Systems Engineering is the industrial framework for developing complex systems, and functional safety ensures that any such systems are fit for their intended purpose. Starting with Systems Engineering, you’ll cover the principles and concepts of complexity and systems thinking; lean engineering; system architecture; and model-based systems engineering. On the functional safety side, you’ll learn how to incorporate the systems engineering principles through the safety life-cycle by looking at hazard and risk analysis; system development; safety and change management; confidence levels; and verification.

Modelling & Simulation of Systems (All layers)

In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding and practical experience of the modelling and simulation of physical systems within an automotive context. Developing both theoretical and practical understanding of the derivation of ordinary differential equations, applicable numerical methods and the construction of models to solve problems in both time and frequency domains.

Elective modules

Two modules must be taken from the following list. These modules will allow you to gain further specialist, technical understanding

  • Battery Electrochemistry, Design & Manufacture (Layer 4 - Component)

  • Power Electronics & Converters Design & Manufacture (Layer 4 - Component)

  • Electric Machine Design & Manufacture (Layer 4 - Component)

  • Smart Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Fundamentals (Layer 2 - Systems)


Your project will be worth 60 CATS (33% of the final grade) and supports you in developing your personal research skills.

The project must be based on a topical aspect of sustainable automotive electrification. Projects should be of a technical nature, or relate to strategic direction of sustainable automotive technologies.


The course will help you:

• Use your technical knowledge to find creative, practical and realistic solutions to problems

• Advance your technical knowledge in cutting-edge innovations in the automotive sector

• Develop your problem solving skills

• Learn subject specific knowledge to enable you to do your job better

• Make evidence approach decisions in a business context

• Develop your critical thinking

• Adopt a business-wide viewpoint

• Develop yourself as a leader and manager making you a better asset to the organisation.