BEng (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
University: Telford Campus
School of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences
UCAS points calculator

Why choose this course?

BEng (Hon) Automotive Engineering offers the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed as a design engineer in the automotive industry. As such, the course consists of all the necessary elements to ensure its graduates are prepared for the various roles of the modern automotive engineer.

The University of Wolverhampton offers a range of facilities, workspaces, and opportunities for hands-on experience, all aimed at nurturing your abilities to their full potential. 

Tailored to real industry needs

The automotive engineering degree is led by the needs of industry, catering students' knowledge and abilities to real-world demands of the automotive sector.

The course has a strong emphasis on modern production technologies and conceptual design, cultivating an innovative design ethos that aligns with the evolving landscape of global vehicle design. It also provides a deep understanding of legal requirements and compliance. This approach equips our graduates with the necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly regulated industry and contribute to the future of automotive innovation.

As an area of increased scrutiny, the course material also focuses on fuel efficiency, a key consideration in the development of new vehicles. Students learn how to achieve this through a number of approaches, including conceptual engine design, use of hybrid and renewable energies, and the streamlining of vehicle aerodynamics. All of these concepts feature heavily on this bespoke course, designed to meet current and future industry needs.

Enhanced learning with specialist facilities

Automotive engineering students can enhance their learning with access to a wide range of specialist facilities at the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Research. This includes our:

  • visualisation centre
  • laser melting machine
  • rapid prototyping 
  • wind tunnel
  • metrology lab

Accredited by IET and IMechE

Our automotive engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council. The course is also accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

Upon successful completion of our degree, you will meet the academic requirements necessary for registration as an incorporated engineer (IEng) through IMechE. Additionally, IMechE accreditation partially fulfils the academic requirements for registration as a chartered engineer (CEng), representing the highest level of professional recognition within the engineering field.

This accredited recognition signifies your competence and proficiency as an automotive engineering professional, allowing you to pursue a fulfilling career as an IEng and contribute to the advancement of the industry.

What's unique about this course?

  • Opportunity to gain experience with UWRacing, a university-led motorsport team that allows automotive engineering students to apply both theory and practice in industry
  • Access to open automotive workspace
  • Wraparound race simulator technology
  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The combination of engineering skills, design capability, and management provides graduates of this course with a wide range of employment opportunities in technical environments across the world.

Potential career paths include:

  • Design engineer
  • Automotive systems engineer
  • Research and development engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Project manager
  • Vehicle dynamics engineer
  • Powertrain engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Autonomous vehicle engineer
  • Safety engineer
  • Manufacturing process engineer
  • Production planner

Automotive systems engineers may choose industrial-based careers in research and development, test systems, product development, performance and development engineering, automotive component, and design engineering.

They go on to coordinate product, process, and system design, as well as managing technical projects in a wide range of technical environments.

Graduates may also study for a taught postgraduate degree, MSc, or a research degree, MPhil/PhD within the department.

The transferable skills gained during the course include project management, group working, and analytical thinking, and also enable a graduate to pursue careers in non-technical fields such as law, accountancy, authoring, and computing.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 104 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades BCC  including Maths and either a Technology or Science-based subject
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma (Technology or Science-based subject) or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma (Technology or Science-based subject) - grades DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (104 UCAS point equivalence) in a Maths, Science or Technology based subject.

Those meeting the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview / portfolio review. More information on what we expect from a portfolio can be found at


Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

English language requirements also apply

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

"The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UKSPEC. The accredited BEng (Hons) will also automatically meet in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)."

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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