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Advanced Automotive and Autonomous Technology (AAAT)


School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Engineering

Start Date(s): September


MSc – One year full-time

PgDip – Nine months full-time

PgCert – Four months full-time

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,230 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,380

International - £13,500, part-time £6,750

In Brief:

  • You will develop a broad set of skills that draw upon a range of engineering disciplines which will enable you to develop new and emerging automotive technologies
  • You will be developed professionally so that you can make informed decisions on the design, development and manufacture of the next generation of automotive subsystems and vehicles
  • Your learning will be research led through the use of state of the art laboratory facilities used for both teaching, learning and research, and will be used to further reinforce theory with practical application
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Our new Advanced Automotive and Autonomous Technology (AAAT) programme has been designed to address the needs of a rapidly changing automotive industry; an industry that will require engineers with a unique set of skills that draw upon a range of engineering disciplines.

The structure of the Advanced Automotive Technology programme has been designed to expose you to the latest automotive technology and thus draws upon a number of areas across engineering such as: engines, automation, control, vehicle dynamics and noise vibration and harshness (NVH) and advanced manufacture. The breadth of this programme will provide you with the necessary skills to work within a wide range of areas within the automotive sector.

Course Details

The MSc programme is taught over one year full-time and consists of four 30 credit modules and one 60 credit module.

Core modules  

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the physical and mathematical representations of vibrating systems with application to an automotive setting. Throughout the module the application of theory and analysis to realistic automotive problems will also be further developed along        with practical skills in the measurement and analysis of noise.      
This module aims to develop a critical awareness and understanding of traditional engine technology and the latest forms of electric/hybrid automotive power systems. The learning is further enhanced through laboratory exercises which develops practical hands on skills to analyse and evaluate engine performance. Also developed in this module is a critical awareness and understanding of vehicle legislation relating to vehicle emissions, how these emissions can be controlled and the environmental implications.      
This module will teach you to critically review and analyse current autonomous intelligent robots, consolidate and extend knowledge in robotics applications and provide a practical understanding of robotic navigation and locomotion. You will also be taught the theory and practice of autonomous intelligent        mobile robots and how these techniques and technologies impinge on research and industrial activities.      
The Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to exercise what you have learned in a research (student driven) environment. This is carried out under the direction of an academic supervisor and will involve a range of high-level coordinated academic and practical work.      

Optional modules  

You will study network and host-based penetration testing tools and techniques and methods for vulnerability detection, exploiting development and countermeasures. This course provides the information needed in order to obtain ethical hacking and exploit development certifications.      
You will explore the role of artificial intelligence in control applications with practical experience of using techniques such as fuzzy logic, artificial neural networks and evolutionary computing in engineering applications.

Entry Requirements

  • Typically a minimum of 2:2 honours degree with significant numerate content comparable to first degrees in engineering/science

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

The course is designed for technically-skilled, numerate graduates that are currently working in the automotive sector and wish to further their expertise in the field of autonomous automotive engineering.  The course is also equally applicable for those that want to change career direction to the automotive sector.

We are keen to hear from applicants that have strong numerate and scientific abilities that want to pursue a career in an upcoming and rapidly changing automotive sector.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Please contact Jos Hirst the Director of Admissions for further information

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,230 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,500, part-time £6,750

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section


The majority of the teaching and learning will be delivered through lectures and tutorials. Group laboratory work will be undertaken in a purpose built automotive laboratory and will be used to relate theory to practical application. There will also be a strong emphasis in developing the skills for guided self-learning.


  • Taught modules are assessed via both coursework and examination. Typically a split of 70% assignment and 30% coursework.
  • The final dissertation module is 100% assignment.


There is currently a skills shortage of engineers in the UK within the connected and autonomous vehicles technologies sector.

It has been proposed that the autonomous vehicle technology sector will generate substantial employment opportunities in the supply of autonomous vehicles and the associated technology. This programme has therefore been designed so that following completion of the degree you will be equipped with the necessary skills to gain employment within a rapidly changing sector.

Links with Industry

The university has strong links with industry covering companies that span the automotive supply chain. These links with industry have either come through collaborative R&D projects or through the commercial testing of products/ components. The knowledge gained through these engagements all feed into teaching and learning and contextualizing learning to real-world applications.

Further Study

There are many areas for PhD research including:

  • Development of ultra-low vehicle emission technology
  • NVH and infotainment
  • Environmental monitoring of vehicle pollution
  • Cyber-security of automotive vehicles
  • Advanced manufacturing techniques

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