7 Reasons to Do a Motorsport Engineering Master's


Interested in working as a motorsport engineer? Did you know that you can apply for the University of Bolton’s MSc Motorsport Engineering course from a number of different engineering disciplines?

For instance, if you’re a third-year student studying motorsport technology, automotive engineering, mechanical engineering or another relevant subject, you’ll be considered for our master’s programme.

Whether you’re interested in doing a master’s in motorsport engineering or a master’s in engineering management, there are so many benefits to continuing your education and investing in further training. Here are just seven of the reasons why you should stay on at university for your engineering master's!

Motorsport in practice

1)  Motorsport is highly competitive

Motorsport is a dynamic and competitive global industry, where companies are required to use state-of-the-art materials and processes in order to remain relevant. Not only do they need to invest in the right technology, but they also need to invest in the right talent.

This makes engineering jobs extremely competitive within the recruitment space. While it’s possible to enter this sector via the training route (with an undergraduate degree), specialised motorsport engineering degrees at postgraduate level carry a lot more weight.

Postgraduate degrees get you noticed by top employers, and this will open up more job prospects, both nationally and globally. Plus, there are some companies that specifically train postgraduates for higher-level roles, with the view of helping them progress their careers quickly.

Plenty of studies tell us that second-degree holders earn more than first degree holders, so if you’re looking to boost your earning potential, pursuing a master’s in engineering management or motorsport engineering is a worthwhile investment.

2) A master’s prepares you for industry

In addition to staying competitive in recruitment rounds, a master’s degree can also prepare you for a professional workplace setting. For many students, postgraduate training is the perfect stepping stone before employment.

At master’s level, you will be working more independently. You will also get to work on live projects and modules that have been designed in line with industry standards and requirements. At Bolton, our courses are written with industry collaboration, and we also offer postgraduate apprenticeships for those interested in studying engineering management.

Professional development is a core part of our training, and we also have a dedicated Employability Team to support your career ambitions in this competitive sector.

3) Develop your expertise

A master’s in engineering management or motorsport engineering is the best way to develop your skills and knowledge in this exciting field. Motorsport is an industry where things are fast-evolving, with new technological advancements being introduced every day.

We are in the midst of Industry 4.0, and this means it’s essential for engineers to have specialist skills. A master’s degree can help you rise to the cutting edge of research in your field, and it can keep your training up-to-date, placing your career at the forefront of this fast-paced industry.

By working with key players like HAAS F1, M-Sport, Prodrive and RML, Bolton’s postgraduate courses can deliver industry-centred modules to maximise your employability. We optimise partnerships like these to ensure you have everything you need to develop expertise for today’s industry needs.

4) Climb the ladder

While a second degree may not automatically promote you to a higher role, it does open up more opportunities, helping you access better-paid jobs with prestigious employers. Furthermore, a master’s degree could help you climb the ladder much faster.

As mentioned before, some of the leading employers in motorsport search for second-degree holders with a view to training them up and progressing them into senior management positions, or positions with additional responsibility.

This is because a master’s degree is a big investment, and employers are very aware that it takes a certain type of person to dedicate themselves to their craft. It shows passion for your work, a thirst for knowledge and continued learning, and it also indicates a high level of competence.

5) Enjoy personal development

In addition to professional development, and being able to enhance your skills and knowledge in engineering practices, our MSc Motorsport Engineering or MSc Engineering Management degrees are also the ideal platforms for self-growth.

Personal development is just as important as professional development, and this is something our course leaders focus on to ensure you are ready for the workplace.

A great engineer doesn’t just have technical and practical skills. A great engineer is an excellent collaborator, a big advocator of teamwork and collective brainstorming, an excellent communicator, a good leader and manager, and someone who understands how to work well with others.

We’ll teach you how to improve your soft skills for the industry’s highly collaborative environments, and we’ll instil important values such as professionalism so that you find success in employment and get the chance to grow in your role.


6) Use this opportunity to network

Staying at university acts as a stepping stone to employment, but it also prepares you by allowing you to brush up on your networking skills.

At Bolton, we have a thriving postgraduate community from a range of engineering backgrounds. This means you’ll get to study among a diverse group of people, with a diverse collection of skills and experience.

Anyone who invests in further education is dedicated to their field, and this means you’ll be surrounded by the best in class. This makes postgraduate study the perfect time to build your professional network, as you never know who you might end up working with, or for, in the future.

7) Boost your long-term employability

As well as helping you stand out to recruiters, a master’s in motorsport engineering can also support your goals in the long term. More and more employers are looking for highly advanced engineers who have the most up-to-date understanding of Industry 4.0 technologies and practices.

A master’s degree not only increases your chances of getting hired, but it’s a degree for life that can work in your favour for all future roles.

Does our MSc Motorsport Engineering or our MSc Engineering Management course appeal to you? If you want to stay at university to pursue a master’s degree, there’s nowhere better to continue your journey than the University of Bolton.

You’ll continue your development within our £13 million state-of-the-art specialist workshops and laboratories. And as our postgraduate courses are accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), you’ll have the best possible start to a long and successful career.

To find out more about applying in 2022/23, see our available courses online.



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