Entry requirements English language requirements: All applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not previously studied in an English speaking country for at least two years have to provide evidence of English language ability before they can register. The two international English language tests which are acceptable to the University are IELTS and TOEFL. A minimum overall score of 6.0 is required from the IELTS test, with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, and not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing. From a TOEFL paper based test the requirement is a minimum score of 550, with 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). From a TOEFL computer based test the requirement is a minimum score of 220, with 4.0 on the essay rating. If your English language is does not meet the above requirements it is possible to take a pre-sessional English language course at the University prior to registration as a postgraduate student. Further information on the English language requirements and on pre-sessional English language courses run by the University can be found at the University Language Centre Webpages. Academic entry requirements: For entry onto one of our MSc courses candidates should normally have a minimum of a second class (2:1 or 2:2) UK honours degree, or equivalent, in engineering, a physical science or mathematics.
The MSc Automotive Engineering was introduced to cater for industry's demand for highly skilled graduates in advanced areas of analysis, design and manufacture in the automotive industry. Although this industry has been traditionally associated with high volume vehicle manufacturers, the nature of the industry has changed over the last decade with the national turnover now dominated by the automotive component manufacturers together with specialist design and consultancy houses.
The course is specifically focused on providing engineers with skills required by all of these organisations. It aims to cover a wide range of advanced subjects across automotive engineering and to develop student skills in engineering design, analysis and manufacture with emphasis placed on the application of computer methods and packages to achieve this. The course is designed to be individually tailored by the student to suit their particular interests, with the aid of the program tutor.
On completion of the course a graduate should be able to:
* Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the compulsory subject area combined with an equivalent appreciation of some specialised areas.
* Integrate and apply their skills to the solution of a real engineering problem involving some combination of computational, experimental and theoretical techniques in a selected area of automotive engineering.
* Approach professional problems and challenges with initiative, responsiveness, decisiveness and confidence.
School of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering has an international reputation for the quality of its postgraduate research and taught courses. The School has consistently achieved the highest possible rating in all of the UK Government Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) to date, with 5* rating representing research of international standing. The wealth of expertise within the School ensures that both taught and research degree students can be sure of receiving the highest possible quality of education and research.
All academic staff within the School are active in research and teach on our postgraduate programmes. We have around 50 students from all around the World, on our postgraduate taught courses. This together with 100 postgraduate research students (around 30 new students a year) and annual research spend of over £2 million we are a major player in the field of mechanical engineering.
What you study
The MSc is a twelve month modular programme which gives students the chance to select taught modules from a wide range of disciplines. Modules are offered in areas in which the School has a proven international record of excellence at the highest level, these include: Vehicle Dynamics, Tribology, Combustion, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computer Aided Engineering and Manufacture. The course is split into three equal semesters.. The course is split into three equal semesters, in the first two semesters students study eight taught modules (with approximately 20 to choose from). During this time students also undertake preparatory work for their chosen professional project. After completion of the taught modules, the Summer is spent working on the professional project.
The project is chosen by the student and is usually associated with one of the 5* rated research groups within the School of Mechanical Engineering. The projects offer the chance to put all that has been learned in the first two semesters in to practice, in solving a true engineering problem. A small sample of typical projects include:
-The sensitivity of valve train friction to design and operating parameters
-Detection of knock in an engine using time encoded signal processing
-Alternative ambulance suspensions
-Finite element analysis of an Indy Racing Car disc brake
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry and can involve spending time working at the collaborator’s site during the Summer semester.
Students may also wish to get involved in projects linked to the design, construction, testing and racing of a Formula SAE race car. Formula SAE is a competition held in Detroit, North America every year by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Typically this prestigious event attracts entries from over 100 Higher Education Institutions from across North American and the globe. In 1997 the University of Leeds became the first university outside North America to compete and came overall 2nd in the new entries competition. Over the years the team has improved its position dramatically and won numerous prizes in several categories including the Best Analytical Approach to Engineering Design (2 years running!) and first place in the overall design competition. These prestigious awards are in recognition of the excellent use of CAE technology, one of the primary goals of the MSc Mechanical Engineering.