National Motorsport Academy

BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering
Final Year Top-Up


Enrol at any time & choose your
own start date. No term times
or semesters.


Online Part-time
Approx 1 year
flexible learning


No exams — Tutor assessment
and Moderation by
De Montfort University


Low fees, and monthly payments for all self paying students (student loans available for UK students)

About the Course

Top-Up your Foundation Degree, HND or BTEC to a full BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering, online with NMA. You can study just the final year of the BSc (Hons) online, part-time and fit your studies around your job and family.

You even choose your own start date! Improve your motorsport career prospects and become a highly qualified motorsport engineer. Use the latest industry software and even gain practical experience at race weekends with the NMA Race Team.

When you achieve your BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering you will have the range of practical and specialist skills sought after by the global motorsport industry.

The BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering Final Year Top Up is awarded by our academic partner De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

View our BSc (Hons) Course Guide now!

What will you study?

Module 1a (Option 1)

Advanced Engine Development
30 Credits

Physical engine testing and development is imperative to ensure you maintain the winning edge. Race teams spend large budgets and staff resources to find small percentage gains over the competition. To ensure successful validation of simulated models, engine test facilities are utilised creating a plethora of data from flow bench tests to dynamometer combustion analysis. This module allows you to develop higher-level analytical skills required to be competent within the industry. You will have access to large data files allowing you to analyse test results and determine correct development paths.
Module 1b (Option 2)

30 Credits

A race vehicle's handling and stability can be greatly improved by the addition of aerodynamic devices. This module develops your mathematical and analytical skills to enable you to design and develop aero packages for specific race vehicles. You will have the opportunity to design, test and analyse, through computational fluid dynamics, appropriate devices ensuring that you can solve complex industry problems.
Module 2

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
30 Credits

The future of motorsport is with hybrid and electric vehicles and the harnessing/regeneration of electric power. This module begins with the fundamentals of hybrid and electric vehicle architecture and regeneration techniques and as you progress through the module you will be able to develop hybrid models through simulation and then analyse the results enabling you to determine appropriate component choices.
Module 3

Final Motorsport Project (double credits)
60 Credits

As a final module to your programme, you have the chance to show your knowledge and skills through a final year project. This project allows you to choose the content and development path to fully explore a research area that will enhance your future job prospects in your chosen career. The project must include research skills, simulation and software skills gained through the programme so that you fully showcase your analytical skills at Level 6.

Entry Requirements

Previous Qualifications

Top up your HND, BTEC, Foundation Degree or Advanced Modern Apprenticeship to a full BSc (Hons) in just one year!

(or equivalent qualification at Level 5) in ONE of the following:

  • Motorsport Engineering or equivalent
  • Motorsport Technology or equivalent
  • Automotive Engineering or equivalent
  • Another relevant engineering qualification

Applicants not familiar with software packages: Inventor, GT Suite and Star CCM+ may need to study an additional module ‘Research and Development Simulation and Analysis’ from the full BSc (Hons) before commencing the top-up. CPD credits will be awarded for this module


  • CV showing current evidence of automotive or motorsport practical engineering experience either working in the industry or as a team volunteer


  • HNC in a related area plus a CV showing current evidence of relevant practical experience of automotive and/or motorsport engineering
  • HNC students may have to study a bridging course of approximately 90 additional credits with NMA, to achieve the 240 credits for entry to the BSc (Hons) top-up

Working in Motorsport Without a Degree?

We welcome applications from mature students aged 21+ without qualifications with previous and current practical industry experience at a senior level.

  • Apply by using our online application form, showing current evidence of relevant practical experience of automotive and/or motorsport engineering plus a good standard of Maths

International Students

  • NMA recognises equivalent international qualifications and these will be considered on an individual basis
  • Applications are welcome from all International Students with a good standard of English
  • If English is not your first language an IELTS certificate with a score of 6.5 (minimum) or equivalent qualification is required. However, all applications are considered on an individual basis as we are aware that for many international students their school or college curriculum has been taught in English.

If you would like to discuss your equivalent qualifications or experience please Contact Us or Request a Call Back later.