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Motorsport Engineering

This course provides a broad mixture of theoretical and applied engineering principles, coupled with a practical design and manufacture final project. It will lead to accreditation at full Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (at least second class) or equivalent.

Course modules

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.

Postgraduate Certificate
You will study modules such as:

  • Research Methods, Application and Evaluation
    Research Methods will advise, guide and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and developing an overall research plan. The learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply, different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, data collection and data analysis methods. The module will cover both quantitative techniques and qualitative techniques in this respect.
  • Forensic Engineering, Failure Analysis and Prevention
    Forensic engineering is the study of product, process, or design failures and how these relate to international legislation and standards or, in some cases, to legal investigations.

    During this module you will review the identification and advanced analysis of a range of failure modes for engineered products. You will critically appraise the design, manufacture, and material facets of failed components,
    which can indicate the sources of failure, and combined with the examination of failed components, identify likely causes of failure and strategies for testing out failure mode hypotheses.

    By considering misuse or original design flaws, you will review the mechanical analysis for the assessment and deduction of factors that contribute to the onset of failure, such as loading types, materials, manufacturing techniques, and environmental and structural properties, and predict failure scenarios that include brittle, ductile, fatigue, wear, and buckling failure modes. You will consider design for the prevention of failure of both metallic and non-metallic mechanical products.

  • Applied Internal Combustion Engine Thermosciences
    This module aims to provide the scientific and technological foundations for understanding the operation, performance, and design of internal combustion engines. It should consolidate and integrate studies in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics using examples from Automotive and Motorsport engineering propulsion units.
  • Environmental Risk and Responsibility
    Evaluate how professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interacts with the society in which you are working, and how this affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet. Starting with a global view of how environmental stresses are generated by developing technologies, the module takes a systemic approach to how responsibility for sustainability challenges does not always lie with the decision maker. This module may be delivered online for students joining the course in January.

Postgraduate Diploma
You will study modules such as:

  • CPD and Strategic Management
    During this module you will develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach.

    You will focus on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct and become adept at forecasting and financial analysis, while considering business ethics.

    The CPD (continuing professional development) element of this module means that you will be able to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline to improve your employability.

  • Integrated Control Systems
    This module relates to the growing development and implementation of electrical and electronic control and instrumentation solutions in many industries including mechanical, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and performance applications. Examples in context include:

    • Analyse complex communications networks and evaluate signal integrity and component function.
    • Specify communication and control networks to combine multiple integrated control modules installed on a power/transmission/chassis system.

    The module takes into account current and emerging technologies for system control and instrumentation and also energy management and storage. Hybrid energy systems will become more developed and require safe and reliable implementation, this module will give the opportunity to develop the understanding and application of advanced integrated control systems necessary to ensure progress in this rapidly expanding discipline.

  • Negotiated Motorsport Technical Module
    You will carry out a professional development audit, develop your learning contract, and identify specific aspects of technical study in your given specialism that may complement or extend your academic studies at masters level. This will help your application for Chartered Engineering status. This module will be taught through distance learning and you will negotiate your area of study with the module leader.

You will study one module, such as:

  • Independent Scholarship – Technology
    The Postgraduate Independent Scholarship forms an essential, integral and substantial part of programmes leading to your Master’s degree.

    It will provide you with an opportunity to utilise and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during your programme, by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material.

    The University of Derby Regulatory Framework for Postgraduate Taught Programmes recognises dissertations; research based technical design and development projects and the exhibition of creative design artwork (with moderated length of dissertation) as viable types of independent scholarship.

    This module requires you to produce a coherent, sustained and comprehensive research based study, demonstrating an ability to generate complex proposals with awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, proposing new hypotheses and speculations.

    You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research in production of clear, logically argued and original work related to the field of your study.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework assignments, examinations and formal presentation.

Sponsorship information

We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.


You will need to gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
MSc Full-time Home/EU £ 670 Credit module 1 years
MSc Full-time International £ 12,240 Whole course 1 years
MSc Part-time Home/EU £ 670 Credit module 2 3 years

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