Motorsports Engineering (BENG)

October. 2023

Start Date

1 FY + 3 UY

Course Duration



Basic Information

Start Date

October. 2023

Course Duration

1 foundation year (if required) + 3 undergrad years + 1 placement year (optional)

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Programme Description


Our Motorsports 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. You’ll work on both personal and team projects, developing an 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.

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. In your final year this culminates in the Formula Student team project as a significant part of the course. The Formula Student competition is renowned as a testing ground for the next generation of world-class engineers, and our students will design and manufacture almost the entire car in-house. Recently, a carbon-fibre tub has been developed using our CNC router, the engine has been tuned on our engine dynamometers, the structural integrity of the sub-frame has been assessed in our materials testing laboratory, and our waterjet cutter has been working overtime to machine numerous components such as the rear wishbones.

The motorsport courses are designed to give you a balanced education including knowledge, skills, and experience. Engineering science – including engineering analysis, mechanics, and fluid dynamics underpin much of the design and manufacturing activities that you will participate in during your time at UCLan. You will develop skills associated with the design and development process through a combination of year-long modules, masterclasses, and short courses. These include the manufacturing equipment, computer-aided design with SolidWorks, and simulation tools such as ANSYS, Fluent (CFD), and Ricardo WAVE. The racing, Formula Student, Motorsports Club, and other individual and group projects provide an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in the context of product design and development. These are often real engineering experiences, during which you will develop a variety of transferable skills, such as presenting, and time and project management.  Students will travel to internationally renowned events such as Formula Student and the Shell Eco-Marathon – providing an opportunity to travel and to network with representatives from the industry (both nationally and internationally).

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years and is highly recommended. Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability.

The benefit of the experience gained during your placement is evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs. We will support you in preparation for this with placement seminars during the second year. These are run by your placement tutor and UCLan Careers, and you will plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Future Career

There is 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. As well as progressing into motorsport, you could work in in aerospace, the automotive industry, the Ministry of Defence and research development. The School has excellent employability statistics – particularly for students completing the placement. Graduates from this course are currently working at companies like Mercedes AMG Motorsport, Williams F1, Force India F1, Tom Tunstall Racing, M-Sport, Ginetta, and Century Motorsport. 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, Babcock, Tata Technologies, Helical Technologies, MI Technology, and United Utilities



  • 1 Study Skills
  • Basic Mathematics
  • ICT
  • Practical Skills
  • Design Studies
  • Analytical Studies


  • Engineering Applications
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science


  • Operations Management A
  • Instrumentation and Interfaces
  • Software Development 2
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation


Compulsory modules

  • Advanced CAD
  • Engineering Simulation
  • Operations Management B
  • Manufacturing Simulation
  • A major project

Optional modules – choose one:

  • Computer Aided Tribology
  • Control Systems
  • Engineering Design