Speed and sustainability

Employers’ demand for engineering graduates is growing. This unique course will give you the skills, knowledge, and expertise the automotive industry is looking for. You can expect innovative project-based learning that’s supported by industry-leading hardware and software. The focus is on sustainable development, future low-emission technologies, and urban transportation – this is where you’ll really benefit from our central London location and links with local leading vehicle engineering companies.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why study Automotive Engineering at LSBU?

  • No. 1 London modern university overall for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian League Table 2018).
  • Make use of our stand-out facilities including a world-class Advanced Vehicle Engineering laboratory, workshop and computer suite.
  • Our staff are experts, with a great deal to share.
  • European study: spend your third year studying with our partner institution, Hochschule Bremen, in Germany.
  • No. 1 London modern uni for graduate prospects in Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 4 years September Southwark Campus


This engineering degree course focuses on sustainable development, future low-emission technologies, and urban transportation. You can expect to adapt theoretical principles to solving real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. After all, that’s what engineering is all about.

At the start, you'll study modules largely common with the IMechE accredited BEng Mechanical Engineering. This is so you gain a fundamental understanding of Vehicle Engineering core subjects. Over the second and third years, we’ll get more specific and you’ll take an active role in our IMechE Formula Student Team, LSBU’s Shell ECO challenge vehicle, and other group and individual projects specific to Vehicle Engineering.

Methods of assessment for this course overall: 60% coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Introduction to mechanical engineering
  • Thermofluids and dynamics
  • Introduction to electrical electronic engineering
  • Design and practice
  • Engineering computing

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Vehicle design and virtual engineering
  • Solid mechanics and FEA
  • Dynamics and control
  • Thermofluids and sustainable energy
  • Machine drives and mechatronics

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Manufacturing systems and material technologies
  • Vehicle dynamics and system modeling
  • Vehicle powertrain, sustainability, and 1D-CFD
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • BEng individual project

Modules are assessed through formal written examinations, phase tests, formative and summative assignments. Ability to apply and integrate knowledge is assessed by larger scale project work as well as group assignments (where appropriate) and logbooks.


The automotive, future low-carbon vehicle technology and motorsport sector is experiencing a solid growth. The UK is recognized as a world-leader in the research and design of automotive technology and demand for graduates is growing too.

On this course we use industry-standard technology and instrumentation; this means you’ll be equipped with the industry-specific skills that count.

Our central London location means we have developed local links with Automotive OEM’s, tier suppliers, local transport companies and future transport and low carbon technology centers for London.

Also, remember that many recruiters look favorably on BEng graduates because they demonstrate a deep understanding of the science and maths underpinning engineering.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


During your course, you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios which are highly in tune with leading technologies. LSBU has made a considerable investment in its engineering facilities, and thanks to our commitment to developing work-ready graduates, you'll be developing and producing your work in an industry standard environment.

Virtual Engineering lab

Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.

Teaching and learning

Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award.

We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Applied knowledge is what counts

The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all on your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solving real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career.

This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis.

Prepared for modern engineering practice

In reality, most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules are about understanding the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice and problem-solving. Guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls Royce, have lectured on these modules.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merits including 3 distinctions in Maths and 3 merits in Physics or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Level 3 Physical Science (Physics preferred) and Maths
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 - 4 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £6935; International fee: £9843.75
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Sep 23, 2019
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