Automotive Systems Engineering MSc – University of Bradford

EU Fee
International Fee

Level of Study2020/2021 Fee
Two-year degrees£9,250*
* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Level of Study   2020/2021 Fee
Duration1 year
Placement YearNo
Placement Year FeeN/A
Please Note – all fees are on a per annum basis.




This full-time Master’s programme will enable you to work on complex Automotive Systems Engineering problems in order to equip you with the skills required to support working in the modern automotive industry.

The automotive engineering landscape is rapidly changing with the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles. Automotive engineers are now expected to work in interdisciplinary design teams, to develop scalable, multidisciplinary systems models covering all aspects of the product lifecycle from conceptual design of the user interaction, through to verification and validation of designs and systems, and all the way through the operation phases of the system lifecycle.

This programme provides both engineering broadening and deepening by exposing you to a range of automotive engineering and computer science topics to prepare you for a role in industry.

You will have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary automotive team projects with a focus on systems engineering, and at the same time will gain expertise in a chosen specialist research area as part of your MSc Project.

Entry requirements


A second-class honours degree or above (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

Applications from candidates with physics, mathematics, and computer science degrees with relevant background in maths and physics, are welcomed.

Candidates who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive industrial experience in a related area will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

Course Content

All module information is subject to change.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Automotive Systems Engineering is an emerging area with a predicted high demand for specialist engineers working on and around the areas of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Graduates from this course will also be skilled to work within a diverse range of disciplines across transportation and Mechanical Engineering. You can expect to work in industries such as:

  • Automotive
  • Motorsport
  • Aerospace
  • Rail
  • Mechanical

Graduate salaries can range from:

  • Starting: £20,000 – £28,000
  • With experience: £30,000 – £45,000
  • Senior: £60,000+

Learning and assessment

Our teaching strategy begins with the end in mind. We want students to become great engineers; that means great problem solvers, great team-workers with an inquisitive and curious mind. This should mean that by the end of your study with us you can move seamlessly into the world of work, academic research or become an entrepreneur.

Study with us will include formal lectures (including those from Visiting Lecturers), but these will always be interactive and two way. We want to develop your understanding of the vast array of opportunities open to today’s professional engineer and therefore we look to incorporate aspects of real world engineering problems and solutions where possible. To this end we make use of case studies, practical demonstrations, and provide lots of opportunities for you to design your own solutions.

As part of our focus on building a learning experience which will prepare you for the world of work, our curriculum has been developed using the CDIO framework. This means that our learning strategy will be to encourage students to work in teams to Conceive potential solutions, Design new products processes or services, Implement (or model) and test those designs, and Operate the product or solution. In line with the CDIO philosophy, you will have numerous opportunities to be an active learner, to work as an engineer on real-world projects.

There are two forms of assessment. Formative assessment provides an opportunity for our staff to give you feedback to help and guide learning. All the modules will have some formative assessment and this may take various forms including discussions or questioning from the supervisor, tests, practical activities etc.

Summative assessment is how we grade the work on a module and the details of this assessment will be available from the beginning of the module so that you understand how the grade will be determined. A main method of assessment (as is common on all professional engineering degree programmes) is by formal written examinations. Project work will often be assessed on the basis of the quality of the product produced as part of the project. We use practical tests to assess practical skills and written reports to show the depth of understanding of concepts and ideas. Practical skills are often assessed via individual and group technical reports with the laboratory work linked with the taught modules. The methods of assessment of transferable skills are built in to the structure of the examinations, case studies, laboratory demonstrations and project work.

Study support

You will have a Personal Academic Tutor, normally your individual project supervisor, to support you through regular meetings and interactive activities. They act as an independent source of advice and guidance on supporting you to make the transition to Higher Education, and to assist you with any questions or problems you may encounter.

In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows you to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist you with every aspect of your journey through our degree programmes. From our Careers Service, through our strong Student Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


Our research in Automotive Engineering underpins your programme of study. You will be taught by academics from our Automotive Research Centre who are working in areas directly related to the current and future developments in the automotive sector.

The teaching on your programme is directly influenced by our engagement with the automotive industry through collaborative research projects.  Our academics regularly run Master’s level short courses for the automotive industry, which ensures that the teaching on your programme is driven by current and future trends.

Your individual MSc project will allow you to work closely with our Automotive Research Centre on specialist research projects that are aligned with our industrial projects.