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Motorsport Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.

Motorsport is at the cutting edge of innovation in the global engineering industry, and the UK is a world leader in the field. This course is designed to ensure it stays that way.


Coventry is a world-renowned centre for motorsport and performance engineering on both two wheels and four. We have links with the UK performance engineering industry to help ensure that the course benefits from the latest technical content, and provides you with broad and detailed coverage of the essentials of motorsport engineering and its key applications.

Our Motorsport Engineering degree course aims to equip you with the necessary expertise for you to make a contribution to both industry and society as a Graduate Motorsport Engineer.

 If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • Close links with employers in the performance engineering industry, including Red Bull Racing, the Auto-Cycle Union, Lotus Cars, Penske Racing and Triumph Motorcycles;
  • state-of-the-art facilities including a new wind tunnel, a new CNC machining centre, a new engine test cell and a full-size shaker rig;
  • regular lectures delivered by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE);
  • placement opportunities for you to apply for with a wide variety of motorsport and performance engineering companies, across a range of disciplines;
  • the chance to be involved in exciting projects, such as Formula Student and/or Shell Eco-marathon;
  • this course meets, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC. The BEng(Hons) also automatically meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).


You will study subjects designed to broaden your knowledge of motorsport engineering, as well as to further your understanding of the fundamental concepts of engineering such as stress, temperature, kinematics and dynamics.

You will specialise in Performance Engineering, Design for Performance, Aerodynamics, Vehicle Dynamics, Powertrain, Advanced Materials and Manufacture, and the Motorsport Group Project.

Your main themes of study will be:

  • Design: the innovative resolution of design problems focused on commercially viable solutions.
  • Analysis: you will learn to use industry standard software to model, analyse and validate vehicle behaviour, components and systems.
  • Management: the application of principles and practices utilised to assure effective business operation.
  • Sustainability: an ethical approach to work by protecting the best interests of life and the environment.
  • Practical: investigation and analysis using laboratory, workshop and computer-based techniques.


Your course features a range of learning opportunities, from lectures, seminars and tutorials to laboratories and workshops. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


Our Mechanical Engineering courses are ranked 2nd by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 35%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 40%;
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • group work etc.10%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour tutor group session each week with your personal tutor

Medium group teaching: 7 hours of tutorial, practical laboratory or workshops each week

Large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: you should spend between 16-20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time – including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: AAB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD-DDM in Engineering to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians

Access: Considered on an individual basis.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include Maths at Higher level.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0

This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates in Engineering will have developed key skills employers require. With our reputation for excellence in motorsport and performance engineering and our strong industry links, successful graduates should be well prepared and qualified for a successful career in motorsport. Developing analytical and problem - solving skills.

Some recent student placements include: Honda, in new product introduction; Aston Martin, in special vehicle projects data acquisition; NP Aerospace, working on the new range of military vehicles; Eaton Trucks, in gearbox design; McLaren Automotive, in software test and evaluation; BMW, in vehicle trim and materials; and Cummins Engines, on engine development and build.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty’s Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service (UK 2015) presented by the NUE Awards. 


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Safety equipment and project materials

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas Formula Student/Shell Eco-marathon competitions - £400+ per trip

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


Our course aims to produce the world’s best motorsport engineer. We encourage you to study abroad as part of your course, in Europe (through the Erasmus scheme) or in America or Asia through out Centre for Global Engagement.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say - Heidi Dyer

Motorsport Engineering is a great hands on course, which pushes me to be a great engineer, team worker and pushes me to be the most employable graduate I can be.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time, BEng (Hons) 4 years sandwich or study abroad, MEng (hons) 4 years full-time, MEng (Hons) 5 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152