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    Course Description:The MSc in Automotive Mechatronics is a newly established course, developed to respond to the clear demand in the sector for graduates with advanced skills and education in the specialised field. The significant increase in the application of mechatronics has created an industry need for this masters degree. Cranfield University has extensive strategic links with the automotive industry and key players in the forefront of automotive research and development. This high level of engagement with industry through short courses, consultancy and research make our graduates some of the most desirable in the UK and abroad for companies to recruit.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:OctoberCourse Format:TaughtOverview: Automotive Mechatronics is a life-cycle activity that involves the multidisciplinary integration of automotive mechanical and electronic systems. You will gain skills across automotive-specific mechanics, electronics, communication, advanced control and modelling.Who is it for?:The MSc in Automotive Mechatronics is a recently established course, developed to respond to the clear demand in the sector for graduates with advanced skills and education in the specialised field. The significant increase in the application of mechatronics has created an industry need for this Masters degree. This course is designed for students with a solid engineering, mathematics or applied science undergraduate degree who want to strive for a skill set which combines electrical, mechanical, digital control systems and physical system modelling.Why this course?:We have extensive strategic links with the automotive industry and key players in the forefront of automotive research and development. This high level of engagement with industry through short courses, consultancy and research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the UK and abroad for companies to recruit.We are well located for visiting students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies.Informed by Industry:The MSc in Automotive Mechatronics 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 leading academic staff who have experience both in academia and industry. Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience.    Dr Stefano Longo, Course Director    Dr Efstathios Velenis    Dr Glenn Sherwood    Dr Marko Tirovic    Dr Daniel Auger    Dr Amir Soltani.Our staff team are practitioners as well as active researches, with clients that include:    Jaguar Land Rover    AVL    JCB Power Systems    Millbrook, Mahle Powertrain.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    Dr Philip Clarke, dSpace.Accreditation:Re-accreditation is being sought for MSc in Automotive Engineering programme from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  In addition accreditation is also being sought from the Insitution of Engineering & Technology (IET).  Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.    Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)    Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)Course details:This course is made up of ten taught compulsory modules, which are generally delivered from October to March. During the first term you will take modules in core automotive subjects, such as vehicle dynamics, design, vehicle performance, powertrain technology and vehicle structures.In the second term, you will undertake a bespoke programme of study geared towards a greater understanding of physical systems, advanced control system design and rapid prototyping.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.Presentations are arranged to the Industrial Advisory Panel members (consisting of practising automotive engineers and managers), academic staff and fellow students, to market the product and demonstrate technical expertise. These presentations give you the opportunity to develop your presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner. Individual project:After having gained an excellent understanding of methods and applications, you will work full-time (May to September) on an individual research project. This research project will allow you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest, taking the theory from the taught modules and joining it with practical experience. A list of suggested topics is provided, and includes projects proposed by staff and industry sponsors, associated with current research projects.  It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation and written report will be required from all students, and the research findings presented to the academic staff as well as the Industrial Advisory Panel members.Assessment:Taught component (50%), Group project (10%), Individual research project (40%)Funding Opportunities:Bursaries are available for UK nationals. A variety of bursaries are available on a competitive basis. The bursary is dependent on the qualification grade of undergraduate degree and the Head of Centre’s discretion.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.Your career:This course will take you on to an excellent career as a qualified engineer of the highest standard in the field of Automotive Mechatronics, capable of contributing significantly to the increased demand for experts in the field of vehicle electrification. The broad application of Automotive Mechatronics opens a wide range of career opportunities within the automotive sector. Expected careers paths for graduates who have successfully completed the MSc in Automotive Mechatronics include further research or employment within internationally leading vehicle manufacturers and engineering consultancies and tier 1 suppliers to the automotive industry.

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