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    Course Description:The MSc in Automotive Engineering has been established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates. The automotive industry is global and similarly the reputation of this course is attracting students from all parts of the world to share in the learning experience. The MSc in Automotive Engineering offers students the opportunity to study in a postgraduate only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research. You will be taught by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners, and work alongside a strong research team at Cranfield University. Industry placements are on offer during research work.Start Months:OctoberFull Time/ Part Time:Full Time School:SATMTheme:Transport SystemsEntry 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 - 6.5    TOEFL - 92     Pearson PTE Academic - 65    Cambridge English Scale - 180    Cambridge English: Advanced - C    Cambridge English: Proficiency - CIn 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 yearCourse Format:TaughtMScOverview: Established for over 50 years with excellent industrial links and an outstanding record for the employment of its graduates, this course has been developed to provide the industry with high calibre engineers that are equipped with the necessary skills to advance vehicle technology to meet the demands of the future.Who is it for?:The MSc in Automotive Engineering is suitable for graduates in engineering, physics or mathematics, and will prepare you for a career in this exciting field, from engine design to hybrid and electric vehicles, chassis and braking operations, and much more.Why this course?This course aims to provide graduates with the technical qualities, transferable skills and independent learning ability to make them effective in organisations that design and develop automotive products. Our strategic links with industry ensure that all of the course material is relevant, timely and meets the needs of organisations competing within the automotive sector. This industry-led education makes Cranfield graduates some of the most desirable in the world for automotive companies to recruit.We offer students the opportunity to study in a postgraduate only environment where Masters' graduates can go onto secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research. You will be taught by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners, and work alongside a strong research team at Cranfield University. Industry placements are on offer during research work.Informed by Industry:The MSc in Automotive Engineering is directed by an Industrial Advisory Panel comprising senior engineers from the automotive sector. This maintains course relevancy and ensures that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. You will have the opportunity to meet this panel and present your individual research project to them at an annual event held in July. Your teaching team:You will be taught by Cranfield’s academic staff with experience in industry as well as other academic institutions including:    Dr Glenn Sherwood, Course Director    Professor Francis Assadian    Dr Marko Tirovic    Dr Daniel Auger    Dr Stefano Longo    Dr Efstathios Velenis.Our staff team are practitioners as well as active researches, with clients that include Jaguar Land Rover, AVL and JCB Power Systems. Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience. Knowledge gained working with our clients and partners is continually fed back into the teaching programme, to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry.The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice. In recent years, our students have received lectures from industry speakers including:    Dr Matthew Hancock, Jaguar Land Rover    Dr Davor Hrovat, Ford Motor Company    Dr Leon Rosario, Lotus Engineering.Accreditation:Re-accreditation is being sought for this programme from the following Institutes on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer:    Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)    Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET)Course details:This course comprises eight compulsory taught modules that are assessed via a combination of written exams and individual coursework assignments, a group project and an individual research project.Group project:You will undertake a substantial group project between October and March, which focuses on designing and optimising a particular vehicle system/assembly. This is designed to prepare you for the project-based working environment within the majority of the automotive industry.As a group, you will be required to present your findings, market the product and demonstrate technical expertise in the form of a written submission and a presentation to the Industrial Advisory Board, academic staff and fellow students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.Individual project:The individual research project is the largest single component of the course taking place between April and August. It allows you to develop specialist skills in an area of your choice by taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical application, usually involving a design feasibility assessment, systems analysis or facility development. Most of the projects are initiated by industrial contacts or associated with current research programmes.In recent years, some industry sponsors have given students the opportunity to be based on site. Thesis topics will often become the basis of an employment opportunity or PhD research topic.Assessment:Taught modules 25%, Group project 35%, Individual research project 40%Funding Opportunities:General Bursaries: A variety of bursaries are available on a competitive basis. For more information about funding opportunities please contact the Course Director.Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.To help students find and secure appropriate funding, we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Your career:Our postgraduate Automotive Engineering course provides you with the necessary skills for a career in the automotive industry. Cranfield’s automotive graduates have an excellent employment record and currently occupy positions of high responsibility in industry, such as managers of research establishments, chief engineers, engine and vehicle programme managers. Some of our graduates decide to continue their education through PhD studies with Cranfield University.Companies that have recruited graduates of this course include:    Jaguar Land Rover    Lotus    Millbrook Proving Ground    McLaren    Ricardo.We also arrange company visits and career open days with key employers.

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