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University of Bath: Automotive Engineering with Business Management

Institution University of Bath View institution profile
Department Mechanical Engineering View department profile
Telephone +44 1225 38 5115
Study type Taught


Combine specialist knowledge in engineering with advanced business skills to impact the future of vehicle engineering in the automotive sector.

Our course gives you the opportunity to build on your first degree with more in-depth knowledge in automotive engineering. Alongside this, you’ll learn key business management skills relevant to a variety of industries but focusing first on the automotive sector.

You’ll advance your technical engineering knowledge in areas such as propulsion systems and how they will influence the future of vehicle engineering. Exploring a range of automotive engineering applications and technologies, you’ll consider their impact, analysing past failures and predicting future challenges and successes. Using a systems-thinking approach, you’ll learn to understand wider challenges that affect the automotive sector including moral, ethical and sustainability issues.

At the start of your course, you’ll be set a topical automotive theme to carry through into group projects. This ensures the subject-based units are current and relevant to professional practice in the industry. It also gives you the benefit of a personalised learning pathway.

Complementing your engineering studies, you’ll learn about business and management in the automotive sector. You’ll cover areas such as resource management, business processes, business theory, and change management. All of this is designed to give you the opportunity to develop skills that will be useful for your future career. A key part of this will be working on group projects with students across our suite of automotive courses to create a collaborative and transdisciplinary learning environment. And our consultancy project allows you to work on a real engineering management challenge together with an industrial partner.

Learn from experts in the field We’ve been researching within the automotive sector for over 40 years so you'll be learning from academics contributing to the latest research in automotive engineering. They are dedicated to transferring this knowledge to your learning experience so you get the benefit of their expertise. As well as academic support, you’ll benefit from our links with industry. Your practice track project will be sponsored by a company with a real problem they want you to solve. And you’ll also have the benefit of an industrial mentor throughout the project.

Use specialist facilities Throughout the course, you'll attend laboratory sessions run on our bespoke facilities that demonstrate the principles of current and future vehicles. You'll also be able to draw on the staff expertise and facilities of our new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS).

Start your future here Supporting you to graduate ready to advance your career is important for us. As part of your course, you’ll study professional development to build your research, communication and project management skills.

We expect graduates from this course to go on to work as managers in the automotive industry. They are likely to work in roles that draw upon both their technical expertise and ability to manage resources at large vehicle manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and large consultancies. Our past engineering graduates have secured jobs as:

  • Calibration engineer, Ford Motor Company Ltd

  • Product engineer, Renault

  • Engineering consultant, D'Appolonia


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Our master’s, MPhil and PhD courses are united by a common interest in design, an area of strategic importance to all industrial sectors. All our postgraduate courses benefit from the work of academics with specialist expertise.

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