Solent University (Southampton)

Future Transport Engineering Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Solent University


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TEF Silver

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Transport is a quickly evolving branch of engineering. Demand for faster, more fuel-efficient, greener vehicles with advanced control systems in all modes of transport means that vehicle design will change considerably over the next decades. This course will help you expand your knowledge of the key science and engineering principles behind a range of vehicles. You’ll also build the skills to develop and analyse designs in a quickly changing market.
The course will provide you with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of engineering. You’ll then develop the specialist knowledge required to work on the design and analysis of road vehicles, marine vehicles and rail vehicles. You’ll also explore the supporting technology, such as automation, control systems and advanced technology. And using contemporary software, techniques and materials, you’ll be supported in developing the analytical skills and practical engineering design skills that are sought after in this fast-growing industry.
You’ll study the key concepts underpinning the design of vehicles, ranging from yachts and powerboats to trains and supercars. Along with this you’ll explore some of the technology behind advanced systems, such as automation and control, and advanced materials, including carbon fibre composites.
You’ll also learn about the important environmental aspects of vehicle engineering and green transport design. This will help you respond to the challenge of making transport more environmentally friendly as emissions targets continue to increase.
Learning is hands-on, with a mix of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You’ll have full access to our engineering laboratories which include an advanced manufacturing and robotics workshop, composite material laboratory, CAD suites and towing tank.
The course covers a range of transport types: road vehicles, yachts and boats, and trains. Graduates will be well-equipped to work in a number of sectors within the transport industry, providing flexibility in the job market and the opportunity to specialise in automotive, marine or rail.
Suitable roles for graduates include automotive design engineer, motorsports engineer, rail engineer, and working in small craft design or manufacture.
This course is ideal for those who wish to bring their love of engineering into a transport context. Candidates should be passionate about transport engineering, from learning the underlying engineering, scientific and technical principles, to designing and developing the next generation of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Course details


Year one
Core units

Applied Mathematics CAD and the Design Process Mechanical Principles Manufacturing Principles Electrical Principles Professional and Study Skills

Year two
Core units

Applied Mathematics for Engineering Vessel Engineering Rail Engineering Automotive Engineering Automation and Control


Competition and Contracts in Engineering Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Vehicle Design and Analysis Composite and Floating Structures Eco-Vehicle Technology Project


Business Strategy Entrepreneurship

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a mixture of written and practical examinations and coursework.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code FTE1
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points From 2 or more A Levels (including one STEM subject), BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD in a STEM based subject.

Or equivalent qualifications.
A level DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
P: 15 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) In combination with other qualifications

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
TOEFL (iBT) 80.0 TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,875 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: Optional costs Some non-compulsory field trips to manufacturers. Compulsory costs Minor equipment costs circa £50 One compulsory field trip to a manufacturer, circa £50.

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN

Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066