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Motorsport Engineering BEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option


Brunel Racing FS team placed 3rd in the UK at Formula Student Germany 2016.

If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of your second year based on achieving the required grades.

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

Motorsport is a dynamic, competitive global industry and companies need to use state-of-the-art materials, designs and processes to stay at the top. Some of the finest engineering solutions, both in design and manufacturing, and team management techniques, have emerged from this competitive pressure.

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 course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


The motorsport industry 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.

The industry puts a high value on graduates that bring technical knowledge, motivation and commercial awareness – and this specialist degree provides you with the technical knowledge and transferable skills to help you succeed in this fast moving, exciting industry.

The subjects studied are those that you would encounter on a mechanical engineering course, but with a strong flavour of motorsport in their application.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course Content

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.

All students study a common set of modules at all levels to ensure that everyone graduates from the course with the same core knowledge and skills.

Typical Modules

Level 1
  • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
  • Analytical Methods and Skills
  • Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Motorsport Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience.

Level 2

  • Solid Body Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
  • Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
  • Principles of Vehicle Design.

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems
  • Vehicle Performance.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


The four-year thick-sandwich degree programme enables you to gain high-quality, relevant professional experience which is sought by employers. This puts graduates from the course in a strong position when entering the job market. Students have the opportunity to change from the full-time mode of study to the thick-sandwich course up to the end of Level 2.


The UK is one of the world leaders in motorsport technology in all its forms, from Formula One and MotoGP racing through to world rally and touring car driving right down to professional karting and amateur circuit racing.

The UK is home to the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and Motorsport Valley, the largest concentration of top level motorsport firms in the world. The international business community looks to the UK for leadership in design, manufacture and consultancy, and skilled staff are always in demand.

You’ll find Brunel graduates wherever there is excellence in motorsport including Mercedes F1, Williams, Force India F1, Lotus, McLaren, Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Red Bull and Triumph Motorcycles.


Some of our graduates go directly into research, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), whilst others spend several years in industry first before studying for a PhD

Work Placements

You can choose to study either a full-time course or the prestigious sandwich course. Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations. The placement in industry is taken between Levels 2 and 3 for at least 44 weeks. This time can count towards becoming an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.

Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre will support you to get the best placement to suit your aspirations. They can help you with advice to compose the best possible applications, and coach you with mock interviews – often with the support of industry visitors.

The organisations that employ the students on placement are checked to ensure they can provide suitable training experiences. Quite often, Brunel graduates within firms mentor current students. The placement is assessed, and students must pass it to graduate with the words ‘with Professional Development’ in their degree title. Each student is allocated both a mentor within the company and an Industrial Tutor from Brunel, who is on hand to help ensure that the placement yields the best possible experience for the student’s personal professional development.

The ethos of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences stems from the initial formation of the University as a technological institution in the mid-1960s.

The preferred option is for students to gain industry experience through taking up a placement year. Often students return to the employer where they carried out their placement upon graduation.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level BBB, including Maths and Physics. (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles modules.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles and A-Level grade B in Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D with A-Levels grades BB in Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Level Maths and 5 in Higher Level Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Engineering course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. All Maths and Physics units must be Distinctions at level 3. Plus A-level Maths at Grade B. Access students who are not taking A-level Maths are encouraged to apply for the Foundations in Engineering course.
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

Five GCSEs to include grade B or grade 5 in Maths, and grade C or grade 4 in English Language and two science subjects.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment


How many hours of study are involved?

In Level 1 contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 19 hours per week. This will assist you in adjusting 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 that you need to understand, and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.

Laboratories – Practicals are generally two or 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. In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. 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 allocated a personal tutor whose role is to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will also have one-to-one academic supervision on all Level 3 project work.


You will undertake assignments, project work, reports on laboratory practicals, oral presentations and short tests. There are written examinations in May of each year. In Level 3, all students undertake a major individual project. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year.

The final degree classification is calculated from a combination of Level 2 and Level 3 grades. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree, but you must pass the year in order to progress.

Special Features

  • Students have the opportunity to be part of the consistently competitive Brunel Racing FS team, which involves designing, building and competing a high-spec racing car. The student-led team recently achieved ‘second fastest combustion car’ in the Formula Student competition 2014 sprint event.
  • Staff teaching on the course carry out much of their research with collaborators outside the University, including major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms.
  • If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining a pre-set progression standard.
  • If you start on the full-time course, you can transfer to the sandwich course at any time before the end of Level 2.
  • Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped. Industry-standard specialist software for engineering design is available to students 24 hours a day in dedicated computer clusters.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at Iowa University in the US, during your second year.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.


The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The BEng degree course fulfils the academic requirement to go forward for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng); it partially fulfils the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £18,000 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants