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This real-world experience feeds directly into the delivery of modules such as Automotive Design, Vehicle Drive Train and Chassis Systems and Automotive Dynamics and Control Systems.
We encourage our students to undertake a year-long placement between the second and final years, although it is not compulsory. In the past our students have secured paid placements with companies such as Nissan, Jaguar, Vauxhall, Caterham Cars and Tata Steel.
It is striking that 85% of Sunderlands engineering and technology graduates who are in employment within six months, are in graduate level jobs, according to Unistats in 2012. This shows that there is considerable demand among employers for people with the right mix of skills and experience.
Destinations of our recent graduates include McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines and Parametrics Technology, with graduate pay averaging around £28,000 a year.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
- GBP 8500 Year (EEA)
- GBP 9500 Year (International)
Course ContentModules on this course include:
Year 1 (national level 4)
This course will equip you with the skills you need to be an accomplished Automotive Engineer. In your first year youll build a strong foundation in fundamental engineering principles, which include Maths, Mechanics, Electrical Principles, Thermodynamics, CAD and practical skills.
- Electrical Principles (20 Credits)
- Engineering Application of IT (10 Credits)
- Applied Mechanics (20 Credits)
- Design, Drawing and Practical Skills (20 Credits)
- Engineering Mathematics (20 Credits)
- Thermodynamics (10 Credits)
- Manufacturing and Materials (20 Credits)
Year 2 (national level 5)
Year 2 takes many of the year 1 subjects to a higher level, and youll also start to specialise in the field of Automotive Engineering, specifically Vehicle Drive Chain, Chassis Systems and Manufacturing Systems.
- Vehicle Drive Train and Chassis Systems (20 Credits)
- Computer-aided Engineering (20 Credits)
- Engineering Mechanics (20 Credits)
- Industrial Studies (10 Credits)
- Thermofluids and Engines (20 Credits)
- Design Methods and Applications (20 Credits)
- Measurement and Instrumentation (10 Credits)
We encourage you to undertake a year-long paid placement in your third year. Our students have used this opportunity to work with some of the biggest Automotive Engineering players in the world, including Jaguar, Nissan and McLaren.
- Work placement (optional)
Final year (national level 6)
A large part of your final year is the individual project. This is your chance to pick a subject area that particularly interests you, and use the skills youve learned on the course to research and create a design, or conduct experimental analysis in your chosen area. Youll have close academic supervision and support, and most students find it an extremely rewarding and enjoyable part of their course.
In your final year youll also develop professional skills and knowledge in areas that employers are particularly interested in, such as Project Management and Control and Ethics.
- Automotive Design (20 Credits)
- Manufacturing Systems Design (20 Credits)
- Project Management Planning and Control (10 Credits)
- Individual Project (40 Credits)
- Materials Selection (10 Credits)
- Automotive Dynamics and Control Systems (20 Credits)
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award) which must include Mathematics or Physics.
Please note we do not accept AS/A Level General Studies.
We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.
Other acceptable qualifications:
BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma, which must include Mathematics or Physics.
Access Courses: Ideally you would have been taking an Access course which includes Mathematics, Physics or a relevant subject(s) and have obtained a merit in each subject on the Access course. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.
Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points, which must include Mathematics or Physics.
Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points, which must include Mathematics or Physics.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.
- Engineering scholarship: