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  • Local: $ 8.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
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  • English

    15th January/October

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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 Sunderland’s 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 Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 8500 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules 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 you’ll 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 you’ll 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)

    Year 3

    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 you’ve learned on the course to research and create a design, or conduct experimental analysis in your chosen area. You’ll have close academic supervision and support, and most students find it an extremely rewarding and enjoyable part of their course.

    In your final year you’ll 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)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take 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.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • 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:
    £1000 engineering scholarships are available for this course. For more information and to see the eligibility criteria, please see the Student Achievement Reward (StAR) bursaries page of the Faculty of Applied Sciences website.


    This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as partially fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Accreditation is an assurance that our courses meet the standards set by the Engineering Council. This is the highest level attainable for any undergraduate programme. As well as increased employment potential, graduates from an accredited programme are typically able to fast track the process of achieving CEng status.

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