MSc Electric Vehicle Technology

This MSc in Electric Vehicle Technology aims to meet the automotive industry’s need for highly skilled, multi-disciplinary engineers to lead the development of the next generation of electric vehicles. Taught at the University of Bolton’s National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, it’s an ideal choice if you’re planning a career at the forefront of this fast-moving industry.

Electric Vehicle Technology

Key information



Mode of Study:



24 months


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

Our MSc in Electric Vehicle Technology is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to take you from your bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronic, mechanical or automotive engineering and prepare you for a career developing the next generation of electric vehicles or associated technologies. Written with industry collaboration, our dedicated, knowledgeable team will cover the key areas needed to make you stand out to employers. We’ll concentrate on advanced topics such as electric machines, energy storage systems, smart sensors, automotive networks and communications protocols, and control systems.

The course is designed to address all the competencies set out by the Engineering Council and UK-SPEC and to support you to achieve professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). So, if you are an ambitious engineering graduate or a professional engineer seeking to develop an advanced understanding of electric vehicle technology, this master’s degree should prove an excellent investment in your future.

  • The programme is delivered at the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) at the University of Bolton, based in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility.
  • You'll have access to industry-standard computer-aided design and analysis software, as well as to our fully equipped vehicle workshops and our composite, machining, fabrication and additive manufacturing facilities.
  • We have strong links with industry through our industry partnerships and our Industry Advisory Board, ensuring that our programme is always relevant to employers' current and future needs.
  • Our academic and technical staff have significant industrial experience in the automotive, motorsport, aerospace and electronics industries.
  • Our programme is designed to meet the academic requirements for further learning, required for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We are seeking accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Key Features
  • Course materials are available online in our virtual learning environment (VLE), allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our teaching and learning approach is student-centred, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • By studying alongside students and professionals from other engineering specialisms, you can benefit from a wider range of knowledge and experience that supports cross-disciplinary thinking.
  • This course is based at the University of Bolton’s campus in the North West of England.
  • We also offer master’s degrees and postgraduate apprenticeships in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Motorsport Engineering and Engineering Management. This programme is part of a well-established suite of master’s programmes offered by the University of Bolton.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s MSc Electric Vehicle Technology programme uses the Engineering Council UK-SPEC learning outcomes. It is designed to meet the academic requirements for further learning required for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

We’ll be seeking accreditation of the MSc Electric Vehicle Technology programme for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

  • Normally, you should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a relevant subject; for instance, a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or automotive engineering.
  • If you have alternative equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience, then we’ll be happy to consider your application and may invite you for an interview or request a portfolio of work.
  • We welcome your application if you hold a degree awarded by an overseas institution. The University will assess the equivalence of your qualifications.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • 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). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • We're more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the Programme Leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it's not our usual practice for this course.)

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 addresses contemporary issues in electric vehicle technology. Graduates of the course will be ready to enter the automotive industry, especially in roles requiring specialist knowledge of electric vehicles or associated technologies. In addition to developing your technical knowledge and experience, this programme will also give you greater confidence in your transferable and personal skills. These include problem-solving, critical thinking, team working, and communication.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate of this MSc, you’ll be prepared to take on advanced roles in the electric vehicle industry, such as research and development, design, integration, testing and development or manufacturing.

You'll likely seek to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and this programme is designed to meet the academic requirements for further learning required for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Research is an exciting career path that will allow you to explore working in research and development roles or academia. An MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone for those who wish to continue to an MPhil or PhD.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers, bearing in mind that relevant experience and/or further study may be required. Some of these roles include:

  • Research and development
  • Design engineering
  • Test and development engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Operations management
  • Materials science
  • Project management
  • Quality management
  • Consultancy
  • Technical sales

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

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.


Click here for more information on our Master's Bursaries.

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

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.

The course is delivered through a range of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions and tutorials. These are supported by online discussions, activities and learning material posted on the virtual learning environment (VLE). You’ll be expected to spend a considerable amount of time on independent learning, including research, reading, completing work for seminars, preparing for workshops, presentations or group discussions.

Several different assessment forms are employed on this programme, including examinations, portfolios, reports and presentations. Assessment serves several functions, the primary function being the method used to evaluate your achievement. However, assessment also serves to help you organise and develop your learning. Feedback from assessment serves an important educational function and can help you develop your skills and understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses.


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.

  • Research Skills and Project Management
  • Advanced Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Smart Engineering Systems
  • Product Innovation and New Technologies
  • Advanced Power System, Control and Electrical Machines
  • Advanced Automotive Technology
  • Individual Major Project
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 77%, Written exams 23%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%


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

Stuart Donohoe
Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor

+44 (0)1204 903251

Akram Bati

+44 (0)1204 903525

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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