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Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc


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Motorsport is an exacting world that demands total commitment from the designers and engineers who form the backbone of the companies and teams competing in series around the world. Without their skills and expertise drivers and riders don't even get onto the grid.

Cranfield University's Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc has been developed in collaboration with leading motorsport companies, in response to the sector's need for postgraduate level engineers. The Cranfield Masters programme will hone your skills and expertise in relation to motorsport and high performance engineering.

Established in 2000 with support from the motorsport community, this postgraduate programme prepares graduates for a career in motorsport or high performance engineering through the development of a combination of applied research and practical skills, specialist expertise and business management tailored towards a career in motorsport. 

Motorsport practitioners such as Pat Symonds, Adrian Reynard, Andrew McFarlan, Stefan Strahnz, Mike Pilbeam and Daniele Casanova contribute valuable sessions on the course.

  • Course overview

    The MSc course consists of eight one-week assessed modules, a group design project and an individual thesis project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete eight modules and a group design project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete six modules.

    A number of external lecturers from the world of motorsport will deliver sessions during modules as well as contributing to the group design project phase. Our official visiting academics include:

    • Dr Adrian Reynard, Motorsport Visiting Professor 
    • Mr Ricardo Davila, Motorsport Technical Visiting Fellow 
    • Mr Joe Saward, Motorsport Business Visiting Fellow
    • Mr Karl Ludvigsen, Motorsport History Visiting Fellow.
  • Group project

    Group projects are usually sponsored by industry partners and  provide students with experience of working on real challenges in the work place along with skills in team working, managing resources and developing reporting and presentation skills. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group design project.

    The Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc group design project forms an important element of the education and assessment process for our Masters students. The group design project is an applied, multidisciplinary team-based activity, providing students with the opportunity to apply principles taught during their MSc course. It is an important component of the MSc which is accredited by the IMechE, IET and RAeS. The Presentation Day provides the students with an opportunity to present their work to an audience of industry representatives, academics and their peers.

    Our group design projects have proven very successful in developing new conceptual designs which are now implemented in competition vehicles and have even influenced sporting regulations. The nature of the work is very much applied with the students accessing facilities and equipment here at Cranfield together with support from the academic team and motorsport practitioners.

    Over 100 people attended the recent presentations here at Cranfield on 14 May. The audience included motorsport practitioners, automotive professionals interested in alternative fuel strategies and prospective students. The winning team delivering the best presentation on the day, Team Three Radicals, received a cheque for £500 from John Symes of the Motor Sports Association (MSA). Leading motorsport technical magazine Racecar Engineering awarded the best poster prize to Team Four and have published a feature on the Cranfield Hydrogen Motorsport Challenge.

    2014: Hydrogen-powered Sports Racing Car for the Future [view Press Release]
             Supported by Radical Sportscars, Aerocom Metals and several other organisations

    Four teams of students, the project has been designed in anticipation of the hydrogen economy and in relation to the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) Technology Road Map. The students have been tasked with designing a 2-seat, low-cost hydrogen-powered sports-racing prototype. They are focussing on the brand new Radical RXC as an example of best current practice and will be investigating chassis and powertrain options for a future world where hydrogen may be the fuel of choice.

    PDF Project Posters


    2013: Active aerodynamics for the Reynard Inverter
             Supported by Reynard

    Working in four teams, the Cranfield students designed active aerodynamic features for the Reynard Inverter car and quantified their performance benefits. Their brief:

    • Focus on drag reduction while maintaining downforce
    • Active aerodynamics – flaps, fans, tabs
    • Performance improvement to be assessed by:  
      • L/d ratio
      • Mass
      • Cost and complexity.

    The students:

    • Established a CFD workflow
    • Validated their CFD models against existing wind tunnel data
    • Generated conceptual devices
    • Designed and manufactured tunnel parts that were rapid prototyped by Williams F1
    • Designed a wind tunnel experiment and then undertook this in the Cranfield wind tunnel using the wind tunnel model supplied by the Automotive Research Centre in Indianapolis
    • Specified instrumentation for full size validation on the Reynard Inverter race car that was tested at Silverstone.
  • Individual project

    Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The individual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems.

    Cranfield Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc thesis projects have been supported by many motorsport companies, some of which we cannot name because of confidentiality. Previous thesis project supporters have included; Williams F1, McLaren Racing, Red Bull Technology, Force India, Cosworth, Pilbeam Racing Designs, Carlin, Wirth Research, ART Grand Prix, Reynard, RML, Silverstone Circuits, Epsilon Euskadi, The FIA, OptimumG, Swindon Racing Engines, Litespeed, Multimatic, ATL, ChassisSim, Xtrac, Alto Performance, Audisport North America, Prodrive, Stack, DAMS and Lola.

    Thesis projects can form the basis of technical articles in magazines such as Racecar Engineering and Race Tech.

  • Modules

    The MSc course consists of eight one-week assessed modules, a group design project and an individual thesis project.


    • Composite structures for motorsport
      Module LeaderDr Veronica Marchante Rodriguez - Research Fellow in Thermoplastic Nanocomposites

      Provides detailed understanding and practical experience of the use of composite materials in racing car structures including materials selection, component design, manufacturing technology processing and performance.

      • Materials forms, performance and selection
      • Composites application of in the motorsport industry through case studies
      • Manufacturing technology and joining techniques, including manufacturing technique training
      • Composite structures design, analysis and optimisation techniques
      • Design of safety structures.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module, you should:

      • Understand the principles of composite material selection and performance and their areas of application in motorsport
      • Be aware of upcoming materials/structural technologies and their possible applications
      • Be aware of the techniques used for the design, processing, assembly and testing of motorsport structural components
      • Understand crashworthiness concepts and the influence of motorsport regulations on the structure design.
    • Computational fluid dynamics for motorsport
      Module LeaderDr Andrew Aspden - Lecturer in Computational Fluid Dynamics

      Computational Fluid Dynamics plays an increasingly important role in the design and analysis of both external vehicle aerodynamics and sub-component design. The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the use and application of CFD as a design tool, providing complementary background theory and hands-on experience of a typical commercial CFD pre-processor, solver and post-processor package. The CFD package used (FLUENT) is the world’s leading CFD package, currently occupying 40% of the commercial CFD market, additionally being the CFD software of choice for Red Bull Racing.

      • Introduction to CFD
      • Fluid dynamics - governing equations
      • Computational fluid dynamics - numerical methods
      • Grid generation, techniques and application
      • Practical hands-on experience of commercial codes (e.g. ICEM/FLUENT/Paraview)
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

      • Differentiate between CFD approaches for different flow regimes
      • Formulate a solution strategy for a given fluid dynamics problem in motorsports
      • Demonstrate an ability to apply commercial CFD software to a given fluid dynamics problem.
    • Introduction to motorsport
      Module LeaderMr Clive Temple - Senior Lecturer

      The module provides an introduction to the history, structure and organisation of motorsport and the motorsport industry, including the business of F1 and careers in motorsport. The module covers motorsport safety and through a visit to Silverstone, the management of a major motorsport complex and the organisation of a race meeting. The module should enable students to understand the relationship between race engineer and racing driver, and will provide students with the experience of driving a state of the art race simulator at Cranfield and a single seat racing car at Silverstone. In addition, the module introduces key aspects of the MSc Motorsport Engineering and Management programme to students.

      • The history of motorsport
      • Motorsport technology evolution review – group exercise
      • Marketing and motorsport
      • Professional networking
      • Making presentations
      • Simulation software
      • The motorsport industry
      • Careers in motorsport
      • The business of F1
      • Safety and motorsport
      • Optimising the racing driver
      • Race driver simulation*
      • Single seat race car driving*
      • Management of a major international motorsport venue including race organisation*

      The module includes presentations from personnel from Williams F1, Red Bull Technology, Lotus Renault Grand Prix, Silverstone, the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), iZone and Cranfield Impact Centre (CIC).

      *In November as part of this module MSc Motorsport Engineering and Management students will undertake sessions in the Cranfield Motorsport Simulator. The following day the students visit Silverstone and experience driving single seat race cars.

      Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Motorsport aerodynamics
      Module LeaderProfessor Kevin Garry - Head of Applied Aerodynamics Group/MSc Course Di

      Aerodynamics is a critical element of modern motorsport vehicle design. This module will enable students to understand the basic principles governing aerodynamics in relation to competition vehicles, including the use of wind tunnel testing techniques.

      • Basic flow concepts and governing equations
      • A review of the fundamental aerodynamic characteristics of streamlined and bluff bodies
      • The application of aerodynamic design principles to motorsport wings and diffusers
      • Mechanisms for controlling aerodynamic lift and drag generation
      • An introduction to aerodynamic issues related to cooling and ventilation flows
      • An introduction to wheel aerodynamics
      • An overview of open-wheel, sports car and touring car aerodynamics
      • Experimental methods for motorsport aerodynamics including the use of a moving ground wind tunnel.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this study the student should:

      • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts and principles of incompressible flows including vortices and viscous effects, boundary layers, wing and diffuser aerodynamic characteristics.
      • Demonstrate understanding of how aerodynamics affects the motorsport vehicle design and operation.
      • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the wind tunnel techniques used to analyse motorsport aerodynamic problems and apply these techniques and concepts to develop solution strategies for  relevant wind tunnel simulations.
      • Demonstrate competence in analysing and evaluating the low speed aerodynamic characteristics of representative vehicles and components using acquired wind tunnel data, data sheets and fundamental principles.
    • Motorsport electronics and data acquisition

      Provides an understanding of electronic and data acquisition systems that are integral to the modern motorsport vehicle. Provides methodologies for the analysis and interpretation of the data acquired, and suggests how this may be used to optimise car performance.

      • An overview of competition data collection systems and their packaging
      • Sensors, signal conditioning and information technology
      • Data collection, collation and analysis.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module the student should:

      • Have an awareness of the role of electrical and data acquisition systems in a competition vehicle
      • Have an overview of sensor technology, signal conditioning and information technology as applied in motorsport
      • Gain an initial insight into data collection, organisation and analysis for motorsport applications.
    • Motorsport power train design
      Module LeaderMr Clive Temple - Senior Lecturer

      To provide students with a series of learning activities during which they will acquire an understanding of the engineering principles on which engine design and development depend. Some activities will be classroom based, some reliant on group work and some requiring active learning by the student. The course aims to encourage students to acquire skills in information gathering, the processing of information, analysis and communication and these skills will be tested by peer review and by written assignments.

      • Gasoline engine performance characteristics: performance indices
      • Idealised thermodynamic cycles and the limits to ideal behaviour
      • Maximising power output using high engine speeds: thermo-fluid implications
      • Maximising the air/fuel charge in every cylinder: intake system design, supercharging & turbo-charging
      • Fuel systems, combustion control and engine management systems
      • Mechanical design of high performance two and four stroke automotive engines
      • The matching of engine, transmission and vehicle
      • The design of vehicle transmission systems.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

      • Demonstrate through success at examination and assignment, knowledge and understanding of the physical processes at work during the preparation of the fuel & air mixture and its eventual combustion and emission
      • Discuss with engineering practitioners the implications of high engine speeds on the mechanical and thermo-fluid behaviour of engines
      • Describe the matching of engine, transmission and vehicle chassis for motorsport applications
      • Describe the operation of high performance vehicle transmission systems.

      This module uses AVL Boost supported through the AVL –Universities Partnership Programme.

    • Motorsport structural analysis

      The module aims to provide an introduction to the selection, processing, design, and analysis of competition vehicles. The module offers combination of fundamental concepts lectures, engineering theories, lab exercises, finite element modelling and simulations, tutorial and peer review exercises.

      • The physical and metallurgical properties of high strength steels, stainless steels, metal matrix composites and aluminium, and titanium alloys.
      • Structural responses and stiffness analyses
      • An introduction into finite element modelling and simulations
      • An introduction into shape optimisation
      • Identification of failure modes and non-destructive test methods.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successfully completing the module the student will be able to:

      • Define metallic materials selection criteria, select metallic materials to specifications and relate the metallic material properties and structural properties.
      • Design metallic alloy products (e.g. vehicle chassis, wheels, suspension etc), develop finite element model of a metallic product using modelling and simulation tools, define relevant structural properties for product models, validate models (with respect to shape, mesh, contacts, materials  law,  etc) using modelling and simulation tools, analyse modelling and simulation results with respect to structural responses behaviour and compare finite element modelling results with experimental results.
      • Assemble the designed product, optimise the designed product (with respect to lightweight, cost, performance,  and safety margins properties) using modelling and simulation tools and relate designed models and implementations.
    • Motorsport vehicle dynamics

      To provide students with fundamental information on vehicle dynamics focussing on limit behaviour with explanations and derivations from first principles, using simplified physical models. In addition the module provides experience of a computer based dynamics simulation package of industrial standard, and to provide experimental exercises to illustrate major physical concepts. This module comprises lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

      • Minimum time optimisation
      • Tyre shear force development, measurement and characterisation
      • Suspension geometry description and analysis - important properties
      • Steady turning equilibrium states; suspension/chassis interactions; roll angles, load transfers, jacking
      • Yaw/sideslip handling dynamics; steady turn responses, understeer and oversteer; stability and controllability (a) small perturbations from straight running (b) small perturbations from cornering trim
      • Limit behaviour and design aspects; differentials and brake balancing
      • Simulation tools and model building - special reference to RaceSim
      • Vibration behaviour of car and wheels; springs; dampers; track roughness and the use of electro-hydraulic shaker rigs for setup.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

      • Demonstrate an understanding of the performance limits of a race car and the sources of such limitations
      • Describe the interactions of car and driver and discuss intelligently the requirements on the car from a controllability point of view
      • Demonstrate a knowledge of the complex relationships between car design aspects and vehicle performance
      • Show some familiarity with simulation and optimisation methods for improving design and performance.
    • The business of motorsport
      Module LeaderMr Clive Temple - Senior Lecturer

      To apply management techniques to the context of motorsport in order to build awareness of the specific management challenges faced in this sector.

      • The business environment for motorsport organisations
      • The nature and dynamics of business environments
      • Determining drivers for future change
      • Managing motorsport businesses strategically
      • Creating and sustaining competitive advantage
      • Commercial aspects of motorsport management
      • Marketing plans and positioning for sponsorship
      • Brand strategies
      • Media relations
      • Raising capital for motorsport businesses
      • Managing technical knowledge and expertise
      • Knowledge management, creating, codifying and diffusing knowledge
      • Managing innovation and expertise
      • Integration of management principles through assessment and evaluation of a series of motorsport case studies.
      Intended Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module the student should:

      • Understand the specific management challenges of the motorsport sector
      • Characterise the motorsport environment and the influences on its development
      • Appreciate the potential sources of competitive advantage for an organisation in the motorsport sector and the steps needed to both create and sustain such an advantage
      • Understand the particular issues relating to the commercial aspects of motorsport management. These would include raising and sustaining sponsorship, media relations and raising capital
      • Understand the particular issues relating to the management of technical expertise and knowledge in motorsport.
  • Assessment

    Taught modules MSc 40%, Group project (dissertation for part-time students) MSc 20%, Individual project MSc 40%.

  • Start date, duration and location

    Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year

    Duration: One year full-time, two-five years part-time

    Teaching location: Cranfield

  • Overview

    • Study in a postgraduate-only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research
    • 35 places available
    • Teaching by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners
    • Dedicated support including extensive information resources managed by Cranfield University's library
    • Consultancy to companies supporting their employees on part-time programmes, through group and individual projects.
    • Multi-cultural environment
    • Excellent career paths.
  • Accreditation and partnerships

    The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for fulfilling further learning requirements for CEng, and the PgDip course for IEng. Cranfield University also holds the approval 'Motorsport Academy UK Recognised Educator (Post-Graduate)' through the Motorsport Academy’s Employer Recognition Scheme for educators and trainers. Cranfield University is a member of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and is a Motor Sports Association (MSA) Recognised Organisation. The Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc programme operates partnerships with Silverstone Circuits Limited and iZone Driver Performance.

    Our Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc students also benefit from Cranfield's partnership with Silverstone. This includes student passes to access most race meetings, single seater race car driving and opportunities to learn about track design, motorsport marketing, event management and a range of other business related issues.

    At the British F1 Grand Prix and Moto GP our students support the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) by driving BRDC members and their guests to locations on the circuit.

    Cranfield University is a partner with AVL through AVL's university scheme and our students use AVL's Boost software.

    Students who excel on the Masters course have their performance recognised through prizes which are provided by high profile organisations and individuals associated with Cranfield University and awarded during the School of Applied Sciences Graduation Day:

    • British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) Trophy and Prize for the leading British student on their performance in relation to the three elements of the course (taught modules, thesis project, and design project) and their interaction with the motorsport sector
    • Sir Jackie Stewart Trophy and Prize for the student who puts in the best overall performance on the taught element of the course, the group design project and the individual thesis project
    • Professor Adrian Reynard Prize for the best student who offers the best thesis project. The winner receives a trophy and cheque
    • Prize for the Best Group Design Project.

    "Cranfield University is working very closely with Altair where the MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering is concerned. Altair's contribution is really benefitting the students and the academic team delivering the programme. With many points of engagement throughout the academic year the partnership is ensuring our students are conversant with state-of-the-art software and its application. The Altair prize is testimony to Altair's commitment to the Motorsport MSc."

    Clive Temple, Programme Director, MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering

  • Informed by industry

    Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. The current composition of the Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc Advisory Panel is:

    • Adrian Reynard, Director - ARC and Motorsport Visiting Professor to Cranfield University (Chair of the Panel) 
    • Chris Aylett, Chief Executive Officer - The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) 
    • Phil Barker, Race Operations Director - Ray Mallock Ltd 
    • Owen Carless, Head of Stress, Rear of Car - Red Bulll Technology 
    • Paul Crofts, Head of Materials Engineering - Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (Deputy Chair of the Panel) 
    • Sylvain Filippi, Chief Technical Officer - Virgin Racing 
    • Jane Gilham, Head of Human Resources - Xtrac 
    • Ian Goddard, Senior Engineer/Graduate Programme Manager - Lotus F1 Team 
    • Jon Hilton, Commercial Director -Torotrak PLC 
    • Robert Jones, Chief Executive Officer - The Motor Sports Association (MSA) 
    • David Lapworth, Technical Director - Prodrive 
    • Cristiana Pace, Business Development Engineer - Williams Advanced Engineering 
    • Richard Phillips, Managing Director - Silverstone Circuits Ltd 
    • Mike Pilbeam, Director - Pilbeam Racing Designs 
    • Neil Spalding, Director - Sigma Performance and Technical Consultant Moto GP 
    • Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer - Williams F1 
    • Christopher Tate, Managing Director - Donington Park Racing Ltd 
    • Andrea Woolf, HR Officer - Ray Mallock Ltd.

    A number of external lecturers from the world of motorsport will deliver sessions during modules as well as contributing to the group design project phase and to the support of individual thesis projects. Our official visiting academics include:

    • Dr Adrian Reynard, Motorsport Visiting Professor
    • Dr Matthew Harrison, Motorsport Visiting Professor
    • Mr Ricardo Divila, Motorsport Technical Visiting Fellow
    • Mr Joe Saward, Motorsport Business Visiting Fellow
    • Mr Karl Ludvigsen, Motorsport History Visiting Fellow.

    Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day. View the 2014 Prize Winners booklet.

  • Your teaching team

    Mr Clive Temple
    Dr Rishi Abhyankar
    Mr Andrew Mills
    Dr Nikolaos Asproulis
    Dr Laszlo Konozsy
    Professor Kevin Garry
    Dr Jennifer Holt
    Dr Kim Blackburn
    Dr Terence Richards
    Professor Mark Jenkins
    Dr James L Brighton
    Professor Matthew Harrison

    In addition you will receive lectures from motorsport practitioners.

  • Facilities and resources

    • Composites manufacturing laboratory
    • Crash testing facilities at the FIA approved Cranfield Impact Centre
    • Off road vehicle dynamics facility
    • Vehicle articulation rig
    • Rolling road dynamometer
    • Moment of Inertia rig
    • Wind tunnels
    • 4 post vehicle dynamics rig at Shrivenham
    • Honda F1 Racing car
    • Formula Ford racing car
    • Access to the National College for Motorsport’s workshops at Silverstone
    • Data logging equipment and associated software.
  • Entry Requirements

    First or Upper Second class UK Honours graduates in engineering, aerospace, materials science and closely related disciplines who wish to gain knowledge of the engineering, management, science and technologies relevant to Motorsport.

    Selected UK students are expected to attend a formal interview at Cranfield. Selected overseas and EU students will be interviewed by telephone.

    English language

    If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

    IELTS - 7

    TOEFL - 100 (Important: this test is not currently accepted by the UK Home Office for Tier 4 (General) visa applications)

    TOEIC - 880 (Important: this test is not currently accepted by the UK Home Office for Tier 4 (General) visa applications)

    Pearson PTE Academic - 68

    Cambridge English: Advanced - C

    Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

    In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

    We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

    Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa will also need to meet the UK Home Office Tier 4 (General) student visa English language requirements The UK Home Office are not currently accepting TOEFL or TOEIC tests for Tier 4 (General) visa applications. Other restrictions from the UK Home Office may apply from time to time and we will advise applicants of these restrictions where appropriate.

    ATAS Certificate

    Students requiring a Tier 4 General Student visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.

  • Fees

    Home/EU student

    MSc Full-time - £7,500


    The annual registration fee is quoted above. An additional fee of £1,080 per module is also payable.

    MSc Part-time - £1,280 *

    PgDip Full-time - £5,500

    PgDip Part-time - £1,280 *

    PgCert Full-time - £3,000

    PgCert Part-time - £1,280 *

    Overseas student

    MSc Full-time - £17,500

    MSc Part-time - £9,000

    PgDip Full-time - £13,000

    PgDip Part-time - £7,000

    PgCert Full-time - £7,000

    PgCert Part-time - £5,300

    Fee notes:

    • Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.
    • The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
    • All students pay the annual tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
    • Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.
    • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.
  • Funding

  • Application process

    Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

  • Career opportunities

    Can take you on to a career in motorsport or high performance engineering. Former students have gone onto careers with companies such as Williams F1, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, McLaren Racing, Ferrari, Michelin, Lotus F1 Team, Red Bull Technology, Ilmor, Cosworth, Caterham F1, Sauber F1, Sahara Force India, Carlin Motorsport, ART Grand Prix, Prodrive, M-Sport, Porsche Motorsport and Fortec. Graduates also go onto highly rewarding careers in other sectors such as aerospace, automotive, defence and energy.

  • Konstantin Hager

    Current MSc student Konstantin Hager discusses why he chose to study the MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield and the impact it has had.

  • Jack Chilvers

    Jack Chilvers shares his thoughts on how the MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield University exceeded his expectations with its rich pool of industry links and alumni network.

  • Ralph Koyess

    The Advanced Motorsport Engineering course granted Ralph the skills to be eligible for his current position, and informed him of the graduate program at Lotus F1 through the course’s internal website.

  • Kirsty Pinnell (née Allan)

    The MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering helped Kirsty Allan gain a role at Williams F1 by providing an invaluable opportunity to network and make contacts within the motorsport industry.

  • Jenni Oakham

    After working on a thesis with McLaren F1 Racing, Jenni Oakham was then offered a position in the Aerodynamics Department as a Design Engineer within the company.

  • Audrey Moyal

    Audrey Moyal highlights the wealth of motorsport engineering areas covered on the MSc in Motorsport Engineering and Management course (now MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering).

  • Christopher Lowe

    Christopher Lowe, Cranfield alumnus, accredits the Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc course to his future success within the industry.