Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc

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    Course Description: Cranfield University's Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc has been developed in collaboration with leading motorsport companies, in response to the sector's need for postgraduate level engineers. The Cranfield Masters programme will hone your skills and expertise in relation to motorsport and high performance engineering. Motorsport practitioners such as Pat Symonds, Adrian Reynard, Andrew McFarlan, Stefan Strahnz, Mike Pilbeam and Daniele Casanova contribute valuable sessions on the course. Start Months: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year School: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing Theme:  Transport Systems Entry Requirements: A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page. English Language: If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows: IELTS - 7 TOEFL - 100 Pearson PTE Academic - 68Cambridge English Scale - 190Cambridge English: Advanced - CCambridge English: Proficiency - C In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date). Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test. Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Course Format: TaughtMSc(Res)Overview: Motorsport is an exacting world that requires total commitment from its engineers. Without their skills and expertise, teams don’t even get to race. This MSc will hone your skills and expertise in relation to motorsport and high performance engineering through a rigorous combination of teaching and motorsport related project work. Who is it for?:   Developed in collaboration with leading motorsport companies, this postgraduate programme prepares graduates for a career in motorsport or high performance engineering. Why this course?:   This course aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the fundamental scientific, engineering and managerial principles involved in motorsport, and their implementation within a high performance technology context. You will cover design, construction and operation of competition vehicles, and related aspects of materials science, aerodynamics, structural analysis, vehicle systems, and management techniques related to motorsport. You will be taught the skills required for the planning, execution and reporting of motorsport projects and to prepare them for a variety of roles in motorsport. Cranfield University has undertaken research, consultancy and testing for the motorsport sector since the 1970s. The University is home to the FIA approved Cranfield Impact Centre and Cranfield Motorsport Simulation which work with F1 and leading motorsport companies. We have an international reputation for our expertise in aerodynamics, CFD, materials technology, including composites, safety of motorsport vehicle structures, power-train development, vehicle dynamics, simulation, data acquisition and electronics, tyre characterisation and modelling. This track record ensures the course is highly respected by the motorsport industry.     Practical sessions using Cranfield's facilities and equipment    Engagement with motorsport practitioners    Motorsport related project work.Informed by Industry: This programme is supported by a dedicated industrial advisory panel which is comprised of senior motorsport professionals. The panel is closely involved in the development of course content and provides support for group design and individual projects. This ensures the knowledge you gain is of direct relevance to the motorsport industry and provides you with an invaluable network of industry contacts. Your teaching team:     Clive Temple    Dr Veronica Marchante Rodriguez    Dr Laszlo Konozsy    Professor Kevin Garry    Jennifer Holt    Dr Kim Blackburn    Dr James Brighton    Dr Terence Richards    Professor Mark Jenkins    Professor Matthew Harrison.Our students regularly engage with motorsport practitioners through group design and individual project work supported by industry. Our extensive network of contacts provides students with the opportunity to undertake exciting projects addressing real-life challenges in motorsport, while gaining important additional skills. In addition, a number of external lecturers from the world of motorsport will deliver sessions during modules as well as contributing to the group design project phase and to the support of individual thesis projects. Accreditation: The MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements. Cranfield University is a member of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and is supported by the Motor Sports Association (MSA). Its Motorsport MSc students assist the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) with respect to the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc programme is linked to AVLthrough AVL's University Partnership scheme. Students have access to AVL Boost software Course details: The MSc course consists of nine one-week assessed modules, of which eight are assessed, which take place during October to February, a group design project and an individual thesis project. Students who excel on the Masters' course have their performance recognised through prizes from our partners and associates presented at the Motorsport MSc 'Winning Post' Graduation event. These are awarded for:     Sir Jackie Stewart OBE Prize - Best overall student performance    Visiting Professor Adrian Reynard Prize - Best thesis    British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Prize - Best student ambassador    Altair Optimum Award - Best Group design project report    MSA (Motor Sports Association) Prize - Best Group design project presentation    Racecar Engineering Magazine Prize - Best Group design project poster.Group project: Group design projects are usually sponsored by industry partners and provide students with experience of working on real challenges in the work place along with skills in team working, managing resources and developing reporting and presentation skills. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Projects run from February to May. The group design project forms an important element of the education and assessment process for our Masters' students. The group design project is an applied, multidisciplinary team-based activity, providing students with the opportunity to apply principles taught during their MSc course. The Presentation Day provides the students with an opportunity to present their work to an audience of industry representatives, academics and their peers. Our group design projects have proven very successful in developing new conceptual designs which are now implemented in competition vehicles and have even influenced sporting regulations. The nature of the work is very much applied with the students accessing facilities and equipment here at Cranfield together with support from the academic team and motorsport practitioners. 2015-2016  Land Speed Record (LSR) motorcycle concept designs Four student teams developed their concepts for the 500cc streamliner class. Within each team students specialised in disciplines such as CFD, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, powertrain, materials and structures. They created a wind tunnel model that was tested in the Cranfield facility. In addition to the technical aspects, students engaged in individual competency evaluation, peer review and personal reflection. Individual project:   Each year we have a number of thesis projects with motorsport companies that are subject to Non-Disclosure Agreements. This reflects the competitive and confidential nature of motorsport. However, a number of thesis projects are in the public domain and reflect the opportunity students have to deepen their technical understanding. Recently completed thesis projects include:     Simulation of interconnected suspension for LMP applications    Applied aerodynamics study for rear wing optimisation     Simulation and design of a split turbocharger for a 2015 F1 engine     Design, manufacture and testing of a novel F1 suspension arm joint     Airbox design: analysis and improvement for a racing sidecar outfit. The individual thesis project runs until early September. Thesis projects allow the students to deepen their understanding through research work related to motorsport. “The day before going to Goodwood, I was at Cranfield University attending the Thesis Project Exhibition Day which included presentations for the Motorsport MSc programme, in other words, the bright young minds that will hopefully be coming into motorsport in the near future. With students from around the world, it really was inspirational talking to many of them and learning from them what they had been researching and their conclusions. As long as the sanctioning bodies embrace new technologies and not be afraid of them and go down the spec series route, then motor racing’s future looks exceptionally bright.”  William Kimberley, Editor, Race Tech Magazine Assessment: Taught modules 40%, Group project 20%, Individual project 40% Funding Opportunities: Students are expected to finance their studies, either directly or through an external funding source. External sources of funding for UK/EU students: Institution of Mechanical Engineers Postgraduate Masters ScholarshipWhitworth Scholarships Awards and Whitworth Senior Scholarships AwardsThe Royal Academy of Engineering / Royal Aeronautical Society MSc AwardsYour career: Motorsport is a highly competitive sector. Studying at Cranfield will immerse you in a highly focused motorsport engineering learning experience, providing you with access to motorsport companies and practitioners. Securing employment is ultimately down to the student who completes the job applications and attends the interviews.  Successful students go on to be part of a network of engineers. You will find Cranfield alumni working across motorsport and the high performance engineering sector.

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