WMG has an established legacy of leading automotive research in close collaboration with industry. Our experimental facilities enable academics and industry practitioners to work together to overcome the strategic challenges of battery design and integration, vehicle lightweighting, and digital validation.
This Master's in automotive engineering 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.
What the course will provide?
This course will give you 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.
You'll be required to take the following modules as part of this MSc programme:
* NB. Programming and Fundamental Algorithms for Scientists and Engineers is timetabled for all SAE students in order to prepare you for the module in 'Systems Modelling and Simulation'. Students with a background in computing and programming, or those with sufficient undertanding of the topic, will be able to select an alternative elective module. Please discuss with your course leader during induction week.
You will need to choose three additional elective modules from the full module catalogue, to supplement your course modules above. Elective modules are subject to availability and restrictions apply.
Please note: the list relates to modules available in 2018/19 academic year, and should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.
You are required to pass nine modules in total for this MSc course.
Your project is worth 50% of your final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills.
Leveraging the close partnerships that WMG has with key organisations within the automotive supply chain, it is envisaged that your project will have an industrial sponsor and be closely aligned with overcoming a real-world problem in the areas of vehicle electrification and sustainability. Many of the projects will feed directly into larger research programmes and will require you to liaise directly with senior academics, researchers, and industry partners.
This programme has received extensive industry support from local, national and international companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Zytek Automotive Ltd., Continental Engineering Services, TATA Consulting Services, Cenex, Potenza, Dennis Eagle and Frost Electonics Ltd.
The taught component of the course consists of lectures, workshops, practicals, demonstrations, problem classess, syndicate exercises, and a review.
Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.
Rather than exams, each module is assessed through in-module assignments (IMA) and a post module assignment (PMA) based on the learning objectives of the module. Your PMA should take around 60 hours of work and consolidate the knowledge you have gained during the module week. Automotive modules include several industry speakers and real-world case studies.
Each module usually lasts one week. See here for more information about the course structure.
In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the minimum of a UK second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering or STEM subject, and you should have an interest in automotive innovation.
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.
What you will need to apply
- A completed application form and application fee.
- A Personal Statement, which can be included in the online application.
- A scan of your transcript (marksheet). If you are still studying, send us your transcripts to date. NB: if you are made an offer, we will then require your original degree transcripts and certificate in hard copy format to clear your conditions.
- English test result (if applicable) - this can be submitted after you have an offer.
- One reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference. If you graduated more than 2 years ago, we will accept professional references. We contact your referee directly, so please include their valid professional email address on your application form.
You can read more about the application process on our how to apply page.
Two-stage application process
Please be aware that this course will have a two-stage application process. Once you have submitted your application, and providing you meet our admission requirements, our team will be in touch with instructions on the next stage. The second stage will require a video statement or an interview.
What our students say...
"There were many different activities that kept the course very stimulating right the way through. Workshops and practicals for example, as well as guest lecturers from industry, research. I also really enjoyed the collaborative aspect of the course - working in small groups to solve problems and create solutions has really enhanced my learning experience. There were also lots of visits to companies and work in our on-site labs, so we had plenty of opportunities to talk to and learn from industry and research experts. WMG’s state-of-the-art facilities and automotive expertise are well known, and it’s great to be surrounded by all of that.” ~ Read more from Ben.
Employability and career prospects
As an SAE graduate, you can expect to take a leadership role with a vehicle manufacturer or specialist supplier. We would expect you to become a research manager or technology leader within the strategically important areas of vehicle electrification and sustainability.
You will have gained 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.
WMG: a department embedded in industry
You'll be studying in an environment surrounded by professionals from a range of industries and sectors; including hearing directly from industry experts and guest speakers in many of our modules.
Throughout the year, we also host activities and events that will help you to understand potential career pathways including; seminars; external speakers; industrial visits; alumni talks and more. We encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available to learn about career options for the future.
Warwick Careers Service
The University of Warwick's Careers Service offers specific careers support to WMG students, through a dedicated Careers Advisor, Siobhan Qadir. The service provides practical workshops and 1-1 appointments for our students covering many aspects of career choice and development, including: how to build a strong CV and write job applications; effective career planning and guidance; and how to enhance your interview and networking skills.
Additionally, each year, employers have a presence on campus, with careers fairs, presentations and guest lectures happening on a regular basis; meaning you'll have lots of exposure to potential employers.
We hope that your relationship with WMG and the University of Warwick will continue long after your graduate. The university and the department both have vast alumni networks and, upon graduation, you'll be a member of this ever-growing community of professionals working in countries around the world. You'll have access to our alumni support; events; e-mentoring scheme; amongst many other opportunities.
You can read about more about the careers and experiences of our alumni on our alumni profiles web pages.
English language requirements
However, please note that early application for this course is strongly recommended.
*Applications will close prior to this deadline if capacity on the course is reached.