BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology

Industry-standard, purpose-built facilities, the possibility of exciting trackside and workshop experience with international racing teams, and lecturers who share your passion, combine to make our IMechE-accredited Motorsport Technology degree ideal if you are seeking to join the high-octane motorsport industry.

Motorsport Technology

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

4.5 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

F4G5

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

Motorsport is exciting – for the drivers, for the spectators and for the engineers and technicians involved. If the idea of a career striving to achieve optimal performance and efficiency in race car design and set-up gets your motor revving then this is the course for you.

At the University of Bolton you can study in the classroom, in the laboratory, in the workshop and on the race track. We want to help you gain a sound understanding of the engineering principles and theories essential in motorsport technology, and develop your practical expertise in our industry-standard facilities and while working with our partner racing teams.

On this course you'll look at all aspects of race cars and motorsport. Modules cover aerodynamics, performance optimisation, aspects of safety and much more. We work to help you develop skills in motorsport-focused computer aided design (CAD), engineering, mathematics, business and management. This combination of technical knowledge, practical experience and transferable skills will help you get ready for success in this high-octane industry.

If you don't have the appropriate qualifications to start this course, a four-year full-time version that includes a foundation year is available.

Highlights
  • This degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements leading to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
  • We want to help you learn what it takes to run a race and championship-winning team on every level, from engineering cars to dealing with the challenges of a race meeting.
  • Our workshop is designed so that you can develop your ideas from initial thought through to production and testing, mimicking the research and development process used in industry.
  • We offer exciting opportunities for you to work with motorsport and automotive industry experts so you can gain impressive experience that is highly valued by employers.
  • Based in the brand new, purpose built National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME).
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has a distinguished history in engineering.
  • The course is designed to meet industry needs and focuses on helping you develop in-demand motorsport-specific and transferable skills.
  • Our course aims to help you learn from top industry professionals, such as international racing teams and supercar manufacturers.
  • We have dedicated computer workstations equipped with the latest CAD and simulation software.
Professional recognition

Our BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirements leading to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details.


  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Non-standard and mature student entry: Certificate (HND/C) may be considered for direct entry to HE5 Level given good results in Level 4 Mathematics and Science, Engineering related work experience and interview (essential for those applying with non-standard entry routes qualifications)
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a mathematics-based subject and a science-based subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This course focuses on developing your understanding of the theory and practice of designing and manufacturing high performance vehicles. Throughout your studies, you’ll have opportunities to develop your knowledge of vehicle handling, chassis aerodynamics and suspension mechanics, as well as automotive/motorsport computer systems and electronics, the fundamentals of internal combustion science and wider engineering issues.

We’ll also support you to gain transferable skills such as project management, team working, IT and formal presentations, and help you develop the intellectual capabilities of research, problem solving, evaluation and synthesis.

What can I do with this qualification?

The UK competes on the world stage in performance engineering and an exciting range of varied opportunities are available. Careers in motorsport engineering are diverse and employers range from racing teams, to manufacturers and through to supply chain businesses. Fundamental engineering knowledge and related transferable skills are sought after by the global engineering industry, including automotive, aerospace, marine and rail companies.

With experience, you could specialise in a particular engineering field, like engine transmission or electronics. You could also progress to test or workshop manager, chief engineer, technical coordinator or technical manager. If you gain experience in creative design, you could move into the graphic design field. Teaching and lecturing at universities or colleges is a possibility if you have a Master’s or PhD in mechanical or automotive engineering.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or post graduate study may be required. Some of these roles include:

  • Electronics engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Technical sales
  • Quality management
  • Teaching, academia and lecturing
  • Research and development

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2020/21.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

For 2021/2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021/2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


We use a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods to help you to achieve your potential. Formal timetabled sessions, such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, offer you knowledge of the concepts and principles essential in engineering. You are then expected to build on these in your own time through extra reading, revision and reflection on what you have learned.

Open-ended projects and design, make and test activities give you the chance to apply the principles you’ve learned, bringing the concepts and practical applications together in your mind. Opportunities to work with racing team staff on real-life projects and at race meetings also help you hone your new skills and develop your ability to apply your engineering knowledge and creativity.

Regular assessments, including written exams, coursework and practical exams, and feedback from these, will help you to identify areas for improvement.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Thermofluids
  • Engineering Principles
  • Vehicle Engineering Applications
  • Materials
  • Applied Analytical Methods
  • Graphical Communications and Computer Modelling
  • Vehicle Performance
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Data Engineering
  • Team Project
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Assembly Technology
  • Motorsport Operations
  • Advanced Engineering Analysis
  • Individual Project
  • Racecar Design Project
  • Business Operations
  • Race Engineering
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 67%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 8%
Level twoCoursework 85%, Practical exams 15%
Level threeCoursework 75%, Practical exams 25%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 67%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33%
Level twoGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level threeGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Robert Higham
Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer

R.Higham@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903267

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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