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    Description

    This specialist degree has arisen from the demand in the motorsport industry for graduates who have a rigorous and traditional academic education coupled with a well-developed appreciation of the highly competitive and commercial nature of this specialist and fast-moving industry.

    The subjects studied are what would be encountered on a mechanical engineering course such as Maths and Engineering Science, but with a very sharp flavour of motorsport in the application of these topics.

    Careers

    The motorsport industry has a high demand for skilled graduates with a rigorous and traditional academic education coupled with a well-developed appreciation of the highly competitive and commercial nature of this specialist and fast moving industry.

    The BEng (Hons) (three years academic study) programme aims to produce graduates equipped to play leading professional roles in the motorsport, automotive and related industries.

    The MEng (four years academic study) programme aims to produce graduates possessing qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the motorsport, automotive and related industries and public sector, where additionally the exercise of leadership, initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making are required.

    The UK is one of the world leaders in motorsport technology in all its forms, from formula one racing through to rally driving and right down to go-karts. In 2000 the industry in this country employed over 40,000 people (25,000 of whom were engineers), and achieved a turnover of nearly 5 billion.

    Pole position

    The international business community looks to the UK for leadership in design, manufacture and consultancy, and skilled staff are always in demand. Motorsport is a high-tech, high profile and highly competitive global industry, and companies use state-of-the-art materials, designs and processes to stay at the top. Aerospace industries are not alone at the forefront of science and engineering progress.

    Motorsport is constantly evolving as companies seek to gain an edge on their rivals, and the lifespan of products is very short. All aspects of the industry have to reflect this as the key to success is that vehicles have to be ready for the race, no matter what.

    Pressure cooker?

    This pressure has resulted to some of the finest engineering solutions (both design and manufacturing) and team management techniques. In reaching for the common goal, close-knit teams mean that your effort is noticed and your contributions rewarded.

    Past students

    A number of Brunel graduates (some holding very senior positions) are currently working in motorsport or related engineering companies. These have included Jaguar F1, Williams F1, BAR Racing F1, Ford Racing, Lotus, Gordon Spooner Engineering, and Cosworth Technology. Many keep in touch with Brunel, giving you potential access to future employers.

    Research

    Some of our graduates go directly into research, leading to the award of Doctor of Philosophy degree, or PhD, whilst some others spend several years in industry first before studying for either a PhD or EngD (Engineering Doctorate) course. Opportunities for research are open to excellent graduates from the Motorsport Engineering course.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline as early as possible Tuition fee
    • EUR 3857 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 13793 Year (Non-EEA)

    Home: Full-time £3,290; Overseas: Full-time £11,765

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 360 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    You will study similar modules to those of a standard mechanical engineering course but with a strong flavour of motorsport in the application of these topics.

    Both programmes (BEng and MEng) cover the same topics in Levels 1 and 2, allowing you the flexibility to transfer between them at the end of Level 2. You are normally required to attain an average of at least 60% at Level 2 to proceed onto the MEng degree.

    This meets the academic requirements for membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, whereas the BEng qualification will require a Matching Section which may require further study.

    Levels 1 and 2 are designed to ensure you have a firm grasp of the theoretical and practical elements of the broader discipline. Some modules are specific to the course and relate closely to racing vehicle materials, manufacturing methods and electronics. Level 3 is directly related to motor racing engineering.

    Some modules are specific to the course and relate closely to racing vehicle materials, manufacturing methods and electronics. Lectures are supplemented with laboratory and workshop sessions.

    Project work is commonplace and is usually completed in groups to imitate the everyday experience in an engineering firm where specialists must pool their talents to design a solution to some problem.

    Typical Modules

    Level 1
    • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
    • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
    • Analytical Methods and Skills
    • Design, Materials and Manufacturing
    • Communication, Management and Practical Skills
    • General Principles of Motorsport Engineering
    Level 2
    • Solid Body Mechanics
    • Thermofluids
    • Modelling, Control and Automotive Electronics
    • Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
    • Project Management and Racing Vehicle Materials and Manufacturing
    • Mechanisms, Simulations and Computer Graphics

    You have the option to undertake a year working in the motorsport industry between Levels 2 and 3. This industrial placement forms the basis of many students' Major Project, and may lead to future employment. It also looks good on your CV, and increases your network of contacts!

    Level 3: BEng
    • Major Project
    • Analysis of Vehicle Structures
    • Racing Vehicle Design, Performance and Legislation
    • Numerical Modelling, Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship
    • Aerodynamics and Internal Combustion Engines
    Level 4: MEng
    • Major Group Project
    • Racing Team Management and Vehicle Testing
    • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines and Materials
    • Advanced CAD and Numerical Modelling
    • Advanced Thermofluids
    • Advanced Solid Body Mechanics
    Teaching and Learning

    All students study a common set of modules in all levels to ensure that everyone graduates from the course with the same core knowledge and skills. Levels 3 and 4 are directly related to motor racing engineering.

    Hours

    In Level 1 contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 17 hours per week to assist you to adjust from school/college to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.

    How will I be taught?

    Lectures

    These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas you need to understand and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.

    Laboratories

    A staff to student ratio of 1:6 is normal here. Practicals are generally three-hour sessions in which you can practice your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.

    Design Studios

    In a studio you will work on group projects with guidance from members of staff. You may be required to design and produce an artefact or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.

    One-to-one

    On registration for the course you will be given a personal tutor whose role is to be available to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university.

    You will get one-to-one supervision on all Level 3/4 project work.

    If you go on an industrial placement you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will help you achieve the training objectives necessary to satisfy the requirements for Chartered Engineer status of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. You will also be visited by a member of the academic staff, usually your personal tutor, to monitor the progress of your training.

    Assessment

    Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this year to continue with the course. Students wishing to transfer from the BEng to the MEng must achieve at least 60% at Level 2.

    Several methods of assessment are employed on the course. There are written examinations at the end of each term but work is also continuously assessed throughout. You will undertake projects, assignments, essays, laboratory work and short tests.

    Project work is commonplace and is usually completed in groups to imitate the everyday experience in an engineering firm where specialists must pool their talents to design a solution to some problem.

    In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. Group members share the mark gained, so it is up to each individual to get the most out of everyone else.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

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    Requirements

    BEng

    UCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:

    • GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBC, including Grade C in both Maths and Physics at A-level, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies not accepted; Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS-level only.
    • Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects, including both Maths and Physics at minimum Grade C.
    • Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including both Maths and Physics at minimum Grade C, plus 1 Higher.
    • Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Engineering, including the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers plus 1 AS-level (excluding General Studies) for Additional and Specialist Learning.
    • BTEC ND DDM to include Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles or equivalent. BTECs are welcomed in a variety of related subjects - please contact the Admissions Tutor for details.
    • IB Diploma 32 points, including 5 points in both Maths and Physics at Higher Level.
    • Foundations of engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page. For external foundation courses, please contact the Admissions Tutor.
    • Access Pass in Engineering, including Distinctions in all Maths and Physics units at Level 3.

    For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.

    MEng

    UCAS Tariff - 370 points, from:

    • GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer ABB, including Grade B in both Maths and Physics at A-level, plus a B in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies not accepted; Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS-level only.
    • Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects, including both Maths and Physics at minimum Grade B.
    • Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including both Maths and Physics at minimum Grade B, plus 1 Higher.
    • Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Engineering, including the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers plus 1 AS-level (excluding General Studies) for Additional and Specialist Learning.
    • BTEC ND DDD to include Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles or equivalent together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification. BTECs are welcomed in a variety of related subjects - please contact the Admissions Tutor for details.
    • IB Diploma 34 points, including 6 points in both Maths and Physics at Higher Level.
    • Foundations of engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page. For external foundation courses, please contact the Admissions Tutor.
    • Access Pass in Engineering, including Distinctions in all Maths and Physics units at level 3.

    For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.

    Funding

    Brunel offers bursaries and scholarships to a wide range of students from different backgrounds and with different talents.

    Please note that all information on this page is valid for 2010 entry only. 2011 entry information will be added as soon as it is available.

    Brunel Bursaries

    A Brunel bursary is a non-repayable sum of money awarded by the University to supplement the Government´s Maintenance Grant. It is designed for undergraduate students from lower-income households.

    For 2010 entry, Brunel offers:

    • £1,000 per year of study to all undergraduate students entitled to receive a full Maintenance Grant;
    • £500 a year to undergraduate students eligible for a partial Maintenance Grant and whose annual household income is between £25,001 and £35,000.

    Bursaries are paid automatically to eligible students, in termly instalments - you do not need to make a specific application, but you must indicate on your UCAS form that you consent to financial information being shared with the University.

    Brunel Academic Scholarships

    Four Scholarship schemes are currently available to new full-time undergraduates at Brunel. Applicants cannot receive more than one Scholarship - you will be awarded the most financially beneficial Scholarship for which you are eligible.

    Regional Partnership and Alumni Scholarships

    Please note that details and rates are subject to change for 2011 entry.

    Brunel's Regional Partnership Scholarships are non-repayable cash awards of up to £3,000, paid each year to up to 25 undergraduate students on the basis of high academic achievement. Brunel Alumni Scholarships (funded by alumni donations) are non-repayable* cash awards of £6,000, paid each year on the same basis as Regional Partnership Scholarships to the five applicants who achieve the highest number of UCAS tariff points.

    Eligible students for both Scholarships must have attended a maintained school or college (not an independent or private school) in one of the six boroughs with whom the University operates Widening Participation partnerships - Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

    You must also meet one or more of the following under-represented criteria:

    • You have a disability, including dyslexia (ie you are eligible to apply for the Disabled Student´s Allowance at the time of scholarship allocation in the August of your year of entry);
    • You are a care-leaver (ie you have been in care for a minimum of 13 weeks including at the time of your 16th birthday and have declared this on your UCAS form);
    • You come from a low-income or low socio-economic background (ie you are entitled to a full Government Maintenance Grant or Special Support grant).

    Students who meet the above criteria and who achieve a minimum of 360 UCAS tariff points will be considered for a Regional Partnership Scholarship of up to £3,000 per year or an Alumni Scholarship of £6,000 per year. All applicants attending a partnership school or college who make Brunel their firm choice will be invited to complete an online application in the spring of their year of entry. Only those students who complete the application will be considered for a scholarship.

    Brunel Urban Scholarships

    Brunel Urban Scholarships are non-repayable cash awards of up to £3,000 per year for students who have attended the Urban Scholars programme at Brunel University for a minimum of two years, who achieve academic excellence and who meet the criteria for obtaining UK fee and maintenance support. Details are sent directly to eligible students.

    Brunel Mathematics Scholarships

    The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers up to 10 scholarships annually for UK students admitted to one of the undergraduate Mathematics degree programmes (Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematics and Computing, Mathematics with Computer Science, Mathematical and Management Studies or Mathematics and Statistics with Management). To qualify for a scholarship, students must achieve at least grades AAB at A-level, with grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Students who achieve 35 points from the International Baccalaureate Diploma, including grade 7 in Higher Level Mathematics, will also be eligible.

    Successful applicants will receive £500 in each year of study (except in a placement year), subject to the recipient maintaining at least an upper second class honours standard of academic performance.

    Brunel International Scholarships

    Scholarships are available to all full international fee paying students who have an offer for a place in the first year of a full-time course at Brunel.

    Extra-curricular scholarships and awards

    Music Awards

    A number of awards are made each year to singers and instrumentalists from any part of the University who are not studying music performance as part of their academic course. Recipients may have all or part of the cost of their music tuition covered while they are studying at Brunel. The University Arts Centre administers the awards through an annual audition system, and you can apply once you have received an offer from Brunel.

    The number of awards made each year will vary according to the standard of the applicants and how many students are currently holding full and partial awards, but there will be no fewer than four new awards made each academic year.

    Sports Scholarships

    The Brunel Sports Scholarship, supported in part by the Borough Road Scholarship Fund, is designed to benefit elite performance athletes by supporting their academic study and sporting commitments simultaneously. The package includes a financial award, free use of our world-class sports facilities and assistance with competition expenses.

    Anyone who has fulfilled the conditions of a course and subsequently been given a confirmed place at Brunel can apply, and all applicants must be able to demonstrate sporting achievement at Junior International level or equivalent in one of the 20 Sport England Priority Sports.

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