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Course summary

UWTSD ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Mechanical Engineering – Complete University Guide 2023 The automotive industry in the UK and around the world has seen great technological developments in recent years and despite economic pressures, the industry has faced it is set for continued growth. The technological challenges the industry faces in achieving efficiency gains to all kinds of vehicles, brought upon by increasingly stringent legislation and customer awareness, has led to an increase in the demand for highly skilled Automotive Engineers. Our graduates have demonstrated over the decades the competence to respond to the needs of employers and are recognised as able to “hit the ground running” and getting the job done. Underpinned by core mechanical engineering science and its application to design and the solution of a range of engineering problems in the context of the automotive industry. The Automotive Engineering programmes have been developed to equip students with the specific needs of this industry, including design, manufacturing, quality and systems engineering – all areas which are crucial to modern vehicle engineering operations. Specialist areas of study including advanced engine design and vehicle dynamics will enable you to focus on areas of specialist interest that can be developed in the Group and Major Project modules. Within many of the modules, the course considers the environmental aspects of design and technology which is transferable to a broad range of employment opportunities. We run a number of extra-curricular activities which provide an excellent experience for all types of automotive engineering careers that can be linked with your project and assignment work.


Year One – Level 4 (HNC, HND & BEng) • Analytical Methods (20 credits; compulsory) • Electrical Control Systems (20 credits; compulsory) • Engineering Design & Materials (20 credits; compulsory) • Engineering Science (20 credits; compulsory) • Vehicle Technology (20 credits; compulsory) • Workshop & Practice (20 credits; component pass). Year Two – Level 5 (HND & BEng) • Alternative Propulsion Systems (20 credits; compulsory) • Automotive Chassis Systems (20 credits; compulsory) • Engineering Management (20 credits; component pass) • Group Design Project (20 credits; compulsory) • Stress Analysis & CAE (20 credits; compulsory) • Thermodynamics & Combustion (20 credits; compulsory). Year Three – Level 6 (BEng) • Automotive Materials & Sustainability (20 credits; compulsory) • Contemporary Powertrain Design (20 credits; compulsory) • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Ride, Handling & NVH (20 credits; compulsory) • Structural Design & Fluid Analysis (20 credits; compulsory).

Assessment method

The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, phase tests, presentations, vivas and examinations.

How to apply

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SA1 Waterfront Campus, Swansea
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

In choosing to study at university you are making a considerable investment in your future and it is a decision that we take seriously. We will make every effort to ensure that your experience as a student here will help you to develop your potential to the full. We will provide you with sound academic knowledge, but we also believe that the rich diversity of cultural and social experiences that you will have as a student here will help you develop a range of personal and professional qualities as we believe that these are both equally important considerations when choosing a university.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths: Grade 4 (instead of C)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

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Automotive Engineering at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS