Motorsports Engineering

Motorsports Engineering BEng (Hons)

Get ready for a thrilling career working on some of the most technically advanced vehicles in the world… This course gives you both the knowledge and the hands-on experience you need to progress to the highest levels in the motor sports and engineering industry. During the first year of the course you will work on our Formula Ford cars, and learn about how race-car setup affects performance. Later in the course you will work as part of a student-led group on the design and build of a Formula Student race-car. This is a key part of the curriculum, and leads up to entering your car into an international competition at Silverstone – renowned as a testing ground for the next generation of world-class engineers. This course is absolutely focused on delivering top flight racing and engineering professionals.

The first year (second year in the Foundation Entry route) of the BEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering has a 'hands-on' module in the student workshop. A module in Drawing and CAD provide the requirements and mechanics of standards associated with modern engineering drawing. Race Car Anatomy provides a valuable insight to the design and manufacture of the components and systems in modern race cars. The remainder of the year is comprised of the modules in Mathematics and Engineering Science to provide analytical design skills for the electrical and mechanical design of components and products.

UCLan Motorsports Club

UCLan Motorsports Club

UCLan Motorsports Club

During the course  we expect you to develop and increasingly integrate the subject matter around the processes required for successful innovative and sensible technical design and manufacture.

A final year involves the Formula Student Team Project as part of the course. The dissertation comprises another third of the final year and helps with the formation of projects engineering skills. 

Advanced CAD develops generic understanding of the operation and philosophy around CAD packages. The module in Motor Sports Systems is concerned with the design methods in solid mechanics, vibration and heat transfer.

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We have excellent opportunities to gain real experience in course relevant areas.

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Our Motor Sports Engineering course operate a 'hands-on' approach to manufacturing that includes a design-and-make exercise, design-development projects and the design and manufacture of a race car in the final year. The personal and team projects develop excellent association with the processes within the design-development-manufacture cycle and the strategies associated with the development of vehicles and products for racing, the automotive sector and general engineering.

You’ll learn from lecturers who’ve all had successful careers in aerospace, automotive and rail industries, including top level professionals such as Simon Hindle, an expert in engine design and performance and former Technical Director at Mountune.

During the active projects you will develop a variety of transferrable skills, such as presenting, and time and project management. You also have the opportunity to do an industrial placement – this comes between the second and third years and is also highly recommended. In preparation for this, we arrange placement seminars during the second year. These are run by your placement tutor and UCLan Futures and you will plan, develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

There’s a greater demand now for engineering graduates than ever, so your options in Motorsports Engineering and across the whole engineering spectrum are vast and varied. You could work in in aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development. The School has very good employability statistics and graduates from this course are currently working at companies like Force India F1, Arden International Motor Sport, Tom Tunstall Racing and Century Motor Sport. If you’re looking beyond the motor sports industry, we have had graduates employed in engineering positions at companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, Airbus, BAE Systems, Helical Technologies, MI Technology, and United Utilities.

Applicants who are interested in taught postgraduate studies will be able to continue on to MSc Renewable Energy Engineering and MSc Maintenance Engineering. Applicants who are interested in research will be able to continue MPhil/PhD studies within the school, in areas of such as tribotechnology, and energy & power management.

Engineering at UCLan: Alex

Alex talks about how studying at UCLan and participating in events such as the School of Engineering's Annual Engineering Symposium has helped prepare him for a career in engineering.

Formula Student Vehicle Design Project

Formula Student Vehicle Design Project

Formula Student Vehicle Design Project

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, four years sandwich.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at C or STEM at C.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit including Maths units.
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects & HL5 in required subject.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Racecar Anatomy
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Motor Sports Design
  • Operations Management
  • Thermofluids with CFD
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Optional Industrial Placement Year
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  • Motor Sports Vehicle Systems Design
  • Motor Sports Systems
  • Advanced CAD
  • Project

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Learning Environment

The student workshop provides a centre for many students wanting careers in design and development of products. There is a race facility where cars are prepared for the race activities. The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of F3 hovercraft. Formula Student develops a strong understanding of the design and development of the vehicles and the nature of team members. Master classes and formal meetings are used together with the facilities in the workshops and the CAD facilities including SolidWorks, FLUENT (CFD), COSMOS, Nastran and Ricardo WAVE and many other software packages. The dynamometer is used for engine mapping and development.

The racing, the motor sports club and our 'open door' policy makes the staff approachable for help in the assessment 'game'. Assessments include traditional examinations, formal reports, interviews, presentations and commentaries on portfolios.


Engine Build / Dynamometer Workshops

Engineering / CNC Workshops

Composites (GRP bodywork) Workshop

Motorsports Workshops

Professional Accreditation

The quality of this course has been recognised with accreditation for partially meeting education requirement for Chartered Engineer status (CEng) by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

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This course offers an optional 48 week sandwich placement in industry. The benefit of the experience is evident in improved performance in the final year and when competing for graduate jobs. Extra-curricular activities include a motor sports club and a professionally run Formula Ford race team.

We care about your employability, and from the first year we will work to ensure that when you graduate you are attractive to employers. This is done to some extent within the curriculum, but participation in our extra-curricular activities (such as UCLan Racing and Motor Sports Club) is highly recommended.

You’ll have the option of completing a 48-week industrial placement year, which builds on your academic learning, develops your professional approach, and often leads to successful employment after graduation.

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Austin O’Brien

BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering, 2012

Ever since a visit from British Touring Cars engineers to his native Ireland in 2005, UCLan alumnus Austin O’Brien wanted to become a motorsport engineer. This, twinned with an ever-present passion for the sport, led Austin to study BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering at UCLan.

Craig Pearson

BEng (Hons) Motorsports Engineering, 2012

Aspiring to live life in the fast lane and keen to pursue an enjoyable career, Craig Pearson’s strong interest in motorsport lead him to the BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering course at UCLan. Since graduating, Craig raced towards a dream career with Williams F1, with a pit stop at TCS Motorsport in-between. 

Important Information

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.