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BEng (Hons) Vehicle Engineering

Solent University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
12,500 GBP excl. VAT

Program description

BEng (Hons) Vehicle Engineering

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.

Study the key concepts of green transport design – vital for future careers in the transport industry as more emphasis is placed on environmentally friendly vehicles.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

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.

Admission requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • From two or more A-levels (including one STEM subject), BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* in a STEM based subject orequivalent.
  • Alternative entry is available through theScience and Engineering Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

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Program content

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 threeCore 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.

Scholarships & funding

Bursaries and scholarships

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. 

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Solent University

Solent University

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Solent University

Solent University
E Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southhampton
United Kingdom

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