National Motorsport Academy

MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering

MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering

Study method: online part-time, approximately 18 months – 2 years flexible learning.
De Monfort University Leicester DMU
Our MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering is awarded by our academic partner,
De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

About the Course

Study online for the Master’s Advanced Motorsport Engineering and boost your motorsport career. With the ability to fit your studies around your existing career and family, the MSc is flexible and affordable. Start on any date and study when and where suits you!

When you graduate with your Master’s you will have gained the advanced, specialist skills that are essential to progress to a senior level or management role in the highly demanding motorsport industry.

Course Modules

Module 1 - Research Methods
15 Credits

One of the major skills required for a Mechanical Engineer working at the forefront of their discipline is the ability to critique others work and communicate their research and outcomes effectively. This module enables you to appraise, debate and present complex issues relating to technical literature within your chosen field of study through application of a range of project management techniques and effective presentation of scientific results such as the introduction of a new product and/or implementation of new technological processes.
Module 2 - Design & Modelling of Motorsport Systems
15 Credits

Motorsport systems rely upon extensive testing to prove their capabilities prior to application. These systems must therefore start from a design objective where the final outcomes and all possible variables have already been considered. Design and modeling of a system must go through several iterative steps before converging upon the appropriate design path and as such a total overview of the end product must be considered and modeled. During this module you will learn the importance of design cycles and product requirements. You will develop the skills required to design a system from initial problem to final conceptual design.
Module 3 - Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
15 Credits

Data Analysts and Race car performance engineers require excellent knowledge of vehicle dynamics and vehicle performance through the application of mathematical methods and data analysis for such a role in the Industry. In this module you will study the effects of vehicle dynamic modelling and set-up changes, enabling you to strategise effectively, both pre (through validated models), during and post- race events to maximise racecar performance.
Module 4 - Engineering Management Practices
15 Credits

As you develop your career it is more than likely you will take on more of a management role whether this be as a team leader in an engineering or research department or as Team Principle. It is essential that you understanding the concepts of management and the legislation surrounding the motorsport industry. This module teaches you the art of managing people whether they be staff or drivers, how to negotiate sponsorship agreements, prepare and agree driver contracts and the legalities of all aspects of a race team from race truck legislation to employment law.
Module 5 - Multi-Physics Analysis for Motorsport
15 Credits

Advanced computational fluid dynamics is an imperative part of validating models against real-world results. This module continues your knowledge of thermodynamic and fluid mechanic phenomena by applying analysis to problems of pervasive flow and species so that you can effectively secure solutions to race vehicle design concepts via moving meshes, multi-species environments and temperature dependant flow modelling.
Module 6 - Driver Coaching
15 Credits

An important part of the Chief data analyst skillset is the understanding of measured data and the importance of video recording to enable both set-up changes and improve driver performance. This module teaches you the fundamentals of industry standard data and video recording software and how to effectively review and utilise this information and feedback to the driver to ensure an improvement in lap time.
Module 7 - Race Car Applications
15 Credits

An important part of the race-car engineer’s skillset is the understanding of the mathematical applications of race vehicles and how to critically analyse the system behaviour so that future development plans, race strategies and system modelling can be appropriately generated and utilised. This module teaches you how to develop your own mathematical models through an introduction to Matlab and Simulink.
Module 8 - Race Strategy Optimisation
15 Credits

With many race series now restricting testing, race teams performing in high-end race-series rely more on race simulation and strategic mathematical decisions before and during race events. This module introduces you to the process of race strategy through vehicle simulation, lap-time simulation and data analysis.
Module 9 - Final Year Project
60 Credits

As a final module to your programme you have the chance to showcase 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 you have chosen as your career. The project must include research skills, simulation and software skills, analysis skills and academic writing ability gained through the programme to ensure you fully showcase your analytical skills at Level 7.

Entry Requirements

A Degree of second-class honours classification or higher in a relevant subject area.

Typically these areas would be:

  • Motorsport
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive
  • Engineering or similar

Applicants with lower entry qualifications but with Motorsport/Automotive industry experience at a senior level can also be admitted on to the programme at the discretion of the award tutor.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis.

Admission with advanced standing (credit of previous modules studied at postgraduate level) is possible for applicants holding a relevant postgraduate qualification or who have relevant and extensive industry experience at a senior level.

Entry for 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 6.0 (minimum) or equivalent qualification is required

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