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Study a graduate program in automotive engineering

What will I study on a graduate program in automotive engineering?

A graduate program in automotive engineering will prepare you for a career in car manufacturing and design, with the ability to also work on the mechanics and dynamics of moving vehicles.

Automotive engineers may work on developing and improving a vehicle or designing and testing a new part. With experience, engineers in this sector tend to specialise in a particular area of vehicle design, research or testing, focussing on engines or exhaust systems, for example.

Your postgraduate course will focus on providing you with the technical know-how and practical skills to work in any part of the automotive industry.

Length of program

Depending on which country you study in, automotive engineering postgraduate courses will vary in length. Here are some examples of country and length:

  • UK- 1-5 years
  • US – 2-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 2-4 years

Many undergraduate courses can be converted straight into postgraduate programs if you get a high enough mark in your first year of study.

Entry requirements

It will almost always be necessary to have completed a relevant undergraduate course with at least a 2:2 honours before being accepted onto an automotive engineering postgraduate course. It will also help your development and chances of being accepted onto a program if you have relevant work experience within industry.

Career development

Automotive engineers are typically responsible for the design, production and manufacture or car parts and other moving vehicles. You may choose to specialise in a particular part of production, such as exhaust systems, braking or engine design.

Some areas of work that postgraduate automotive engineers work in include:

  • Research
  • Design
  • Motorsports
  • Production
  • Mechanics

If you choose to work in a larger company, your work will be more structured and in a variety of sectors of the business. Larger companies will also be more likely to provide you with training and experience that will help you achieve chartered or incorporated engineer status through professional qualifications with appropriate professional bodies.

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate automotive engineering programs varies widely, depending on the country, the institution and the course. The type of automotive engineering you choose to specialise in will also have a huge bearing on the cost of your postgraduate course.  

The average tuition fees per year of graduate programs in automotive engineering are listed below:

  • UK £5,000 - £16,000 (national or international)
  • USA - $13,000- $30,000
  • China – RMB 17,000 - 36,000
  • Canada - $17,000 – $25,000

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