Undergraduate BEng (Hons)

Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Technology

School of Computing, Science & Engineering


With placement


Three year

Four year


September 2019

Next enrolment

In a nutshell

Be out in front with our UK-­first BEng (Hons) Automotive and Autonomous Vehicle Technology degree. As transport takes a revolutionary step, our unique course will help you to launch an exciting career in transport, equipped with the technical knowledge and engineering skills to shape the next generation of vehicles.

Few objects shaped the 20th Century like the mass-produced car. Yet, as more people migrate to cities, artificial intelligence connects our world and sustainability becomes a priority, the 21st Century is ready for something new. Our ground-breaking course will equip you with technical knowledge, expert engineering skills and ethical governance, ready to design and deliver the next generation of vehicles.

This is a truly multi-disciplinary degree, blending Salford’s areas of expertise, including mechanical engineering, acoustics, computer science, electronics and robotics. This unique approach enables you to explore a wide range of topics, from vehicle design and AI control systems to ethical risk. You’ll get hands-on with our world-class laboratories, plus our new vehicle technology hub, built exclusively for this course.

This course is also available with an integrated masters.

You will:
  • Learn about conventional, electric and autonomous vehicle technologies
  • Explore specialist modules such as vibration and acoustic engineering, automotive design, autonomous vehicles operations
  • Complete experiments and project work in a specialised vehicle technology laboratory
  • Take a placement year in industry to develop your workplace skills

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You're excited about engineering, innovation and how we might live in the future


You desire a future career in automotives, advanced engineering or robotics


You're a problem solver who enjoyed mathematics and technology at school/college

Course details

All about the course

Combining automotive and mechanical engineering, acoustics, computer science, electronics and robotics, you’ll follow a fascinating, multi-disciplinary programme. You'll explore many areas, from hybrid vehicle systems and emission control to driverless ethics and cyber security.

In year one, you'll explore a range of six topics covering engineering fundamentals and applications. Throughout year two, you'll progress to study specialist modules in vehicle technologies, including vibration and acoustic engineering, control engineering and automotive group design. In your final year, you will continue to develop your skills in advancing your knowledge, practicing on hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicle system and design.


If you're studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By completing a placement, you can add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award.

Year one

Manufacturing and Automotive Group Design

You'll learn a range of basic manufacturing processes and their application. Particular reference is made to the primary processing of metals and metal cutting operations. This will enable you to specify appropriate manufacturing techniques, taking into account quality, quantity and cost. Key skills will be developed in communication both written and oral, and group dynamics. The use of computer systems and applications of IT and CAD in support of design, communication and the analysis of data will also be explored.

Programming 1

You will be introduced to a systematic approach to programming, and you will develop an appreciation of the software development cycle. You will learn excellent programming practice through design, implementation and testing, and will be introduced to the basics of a structured programming of integrated programming environment.

Programming 2

You will strengthen your syntax and semantics base of Java developed in the ‘Programming 1’ module. You will develop an appreciation of recursion as well as your knowledge of dynamic data structures. Additionally, you will learn how to test and debug code, along with an appreciation of more sophisticated programming behaviour. You will be introduced to a non-BlueJ means of compiling and executing Java applications.

Engineering Mathematics

You will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis. This will enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.

Engineering Structures and Engineering Dynamics

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain and provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems, and preparing you for subsequent modules.

Engineering Thermo and Fluid Hybrid Systems 1

You will learn about the basic concepts of engineering thermodynamics with regard to the 0th, 1st and 2nd Laws and the implications of these upon prime mover performance. In this module you will also develop an appreciation of the relevance and application of thermodynamic principles in modern engineering practice, to provide a broad based introduction to the subject of Fluid Mechanics.

Year two

Data Structures and Algorithms

In this module you will be introduced to some of the most important data structures used in the design and implementation of computer software and shown how these are implemented using Java. You will then learn to analyse the requirements of algorithm resources to allow you to provide a sound basis for objective choice when dealing with competing algorithms.

Chassis, Suspension, Vibration and Acoustic Engineering and Digital Electronics

The module will introduce introduce you to the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and the loads experienced by chassis structures, including various suspension systems, steering and tyres. Also explored in this module are the concepts of ride and handling in terms of analytical modelling and practical approaches to enhance driving experience, along with the analysis of vehicle vibration, noise and noise control.

Control Engineering and Automotive Group Design

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the elements of control theory and control engineering, which will enable you to create dynamic representations of both open-loop and closed-loop systems and to analyse them with respect to stability and response. Also developed within the module is knowledge and application of a range of design tools and concepts to address real word challenges facing the automotive sector.

Engineering Mathematics (year 2)

Develop more advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis relevant to engineering applications. Gain the confidence to apply your skills to tackle advanced engineering challenges.

Engineering Thermo and Fluid Hybrid Systems 2

This module will develop your understanding of the thermodynamic analysis of systems employing phase changing fluids. You will also develop an appreciation of turbomachinery and reciprocating air compressors. The principles of of heat transfer will also be introduced within this module. The theory will also be developed to include the treatment of fluid mechanics to two dimensional low speed flow and one dimensional compressible flow. The concepts of boundary layer theory and incompressible flow through turbo machinery will also be developed.

Risk and Project Management

You will develop knowledge and understanding of project and quality management techniques used in the areas of project planning, organisation and control. Also developed within the module will be your understanding and application of financial and risk management tools and how these can be used in the decision making process.

Year three

AAV Embedded Systems and Group Design

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the components of automotive embedded systems and the principles for the design of suitable embedded systems. The theory taught in this module along with management skills will be put into practice through a group design.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

You will introduce the fundamentals of autonomous vehicles operation and to analyse the performance of autonomous vehicle and the technological aspect and challenges of autonomous vehicles operation. Also in this module methods of software for autonomous vehicle applications will also be explored, notably, sensors, communications, navigation, machine learning and sense and avoid concept for autonomous vehicles.

Industrial Management and Project Preparation

This module has two main components. Industrial management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of quality management systems; and project preparation which will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information, and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.


You will work under the direction of an academic supervisor to research a suitable problem, and to develop and evaluate a solution that demonstrates originality in the application of your knowledge.

Powertrain, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

In this module the fundamental characteristics of different powertrain systems and powertrain controls system will be explored. Also in this module the fundamental concepts of Hybrid/Electric vehicles and the performance of Hybrid/Electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems for Hybrid/Electric vehicles will be developed.

Vehicle Emissions and Sustainability

The module will introduce the effects of air quality from vehicle emissions and to explore the environmental and health effects of vehicle emissions. This module then explores the concepts of low emission vehicle design and discusses sustainable transport strategies.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?


You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Lab activities


You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our facilities

During your studies, you’ll get hands-on with our world-class robotics and engineering laboratories, and our brand new vehicle technology laboratory, built exclusively for this course. The vehicle technology facility is used for teaching and learning, post-graduate research and collaborative research with industry. It enables research into ultra-low emission vehicles and the development of autonomous systems and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) testing.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


With a shortage of autonomous vehicles technologies engineers in the UK, this unique course can fast-track you to in-demand roles. Future career pathways include hybrid and electric engine manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, emission control, research, or the rapidly-growing area of smart, driverless and connected vehicles.


We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study paths to help you take your career even further. We offer a fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

A taste of what you could become

A vehicle engineer

An automotive specialist

A systems controller

A mechanical engineer

An advanced technician

And more..

Career Links

Salford has a wide range of long-standing and professional relationships with industry in the North-West and beyond. This course has been extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industrial partners.  You will receive practical experience and have the opportunity chance to network with professionals and stakeholders.


What You Need To Know

English Language Requirements

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant Profile 

There are no typical students for this exciting new programme. We welcome applicants who are passionate about engineering, robotics and electronics, with a strong background in mathematics and an interest in science and technology. You will ideally already have a keen interest in automotives and desire a future career working in this cutting-edge field of engineering.

Standard Entry


You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

English language and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 and above.

UCAS tariff points

104-112 UCAS points to include the study of Mathematics and a numerate science. 

GCE A level

104-112 UCAS points, to include a grade C in Mathematics and grade C in a numerate science. A pass in the practical element of science A-Levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM from Engineering or Science subjects, must include Distinctions in Mathematics modules.

Scottish Highers

104-112 UCAS points to include Mathematics and Physics grade C for Advanced Higher level, or grade A at Higher level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-112 UCAS points to include A2 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering.

International Baccalaureate

30 points to include grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.

Access to HE

Pass with 104-112 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Engineering course; including 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and Distinctions in numerate modules.

Alternative Entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,820per year
Part-time 2019 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarship Opportunity

Applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships provided thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrolment in September 2019.  More information about the scholarship.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID H333

Institution S03