BEng (Hons) Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering

Help drive the development of a new generation of sustainable and electric vehicles in the unique surroundings of our National Centre for Motorsport Engineering. You'll be working with an expert team who'll guide you on your path to becoming a highly skilled, multi-disciplined engineer.

Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

54 months

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

104

Start date:

25/09/2023

Course Details

Become part of a select group of future engineers working at state-of-the-art facilities as you gain the knowledge and experience needed to enter this exciting, fast-moving, and essential industry.

Creating, assessing, and supporting the development of more sustainable, environmentally friendly vehicles requires engineers to work across both mechanical and electric systems. Until now, only a postgraduate education could provide this combination of automotive expertise. The University of Bolton's new BEng (Hons) in Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering is the first undergraduate degree that delivers the multi-disciplinary approach required by the automotive industry.

You'll get up close and personal with advanced manufacturing technologies at an unrivalled £13 million development housing the latest equipment and technology: including a wind tunnel, cutting-edge workshops, and manufacturing areas. You'll be guided by industry experts and passionate tutors as you work towards creating a new generation of vehicles with a social, economic and environmental impact. You'll also have opportunities to work on live projects, supporting your learning experience.

This is a career-focused programme appropriate for those working towards professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). With a clear focus on the skills and knowledge the industry needs, our dedicated and knowledgeable team will build your understanding of the key areas necessary to stand out to employers.

Highlights
  • You'll study and learn at the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) at the University of Bolton; our 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 the industry through our industry partnerships and our Industry Advisory Board, ensuring that our programme is always driven by employers' current and future needs.
  • Our academic and technical staff have decades of industrial experience in the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, and electronics industries.
  • Our programme is designed to fully meet the academic requirements for professional registration to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and to partially meet the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng). CEng status can be met by an accredited period of further study at the master's level. We will be seeking accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and/or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Key Features
  • 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.
  • Our course aims to help you learn from top industry professionals, such as international racing teams and supercar manufacturers.
  • This course is based at the University of Bolton's National Centre for Motorsport Engineering in the Northwest of England.
  • Hypothesis and experiment are key elements in your learning, and our laboratory facilities are designed and equipped so that you can gain experience in applying and testing engineering and scientific principles.
  • 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 always student-centred, so we'll work with you individually, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
Professional recognition

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

We will be seeking accreditation of the BEng (Hons) Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering programme for partial Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and full status for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and/or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics, physics or engineering; for instance, A-level Mathematics or Physics, BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering, or one of the Engineering and Manufacturing T Level routes (the T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing; the T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control; or the T Level in Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing.)
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • We'll be happy to consider your application if you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience or a suitable portfolio of work that we deem a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course. If you have an HND/C in an appropriate engineering discipline, then we'll consider you for entry to level HE5 of this programme, depending on the subject area of qualification and the level of maths and science that you have achieved. You may be asked to undertake additional assessment(s) to determine your suitability for the course.
  • 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). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

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.


The UK government has set a deadline of 2030 for removing petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles from sale. In embracing this change, the automobile industry has ambitious plans to meet and exceed this target. More than ever, people are concerned about the environmental impact of vehicles and are looking for more sustainable forms of transport. This all means that the career prospects for suitably qualified engineering professionals are excellent. The University of Bolton's BEng (Hons) in Sustainable and Electric Vehicle Engineering offers you the multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge needed to secure your future in this rapidly evolving industry.

As a graduate of this course, you'll be able to apply engineering principles and technologies drawn from across the fields of electrical, electronic, mechanical and automobile engineering to the development and manufacture of sustainable and electric vehicles. You'll be ready to enter automotive industry roles requiring specialist knowledge of electric vehicles or associated technologies. In addition to developing your technical expertise and experience, this programme will give you greater confidence in your transferable and personal skills. You'll gain a broad skill set, including excellent communication abilities, spatial and three-dimensional conceptual awareness, commercial awareness, attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure, and excellent problem-solving capabilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate of this course, you'll be fully prepared to enter the sustainable and electric vehicle industry in the area you choose. That could be research and development, design, integration, testing and development or manufacturing. Careers in sustainable and electric vehicle engineering are diverse, and employers range from manufacturers to supply chain businesses and even racing teams. The global engineering industry, including automotive, aerospace, marine and rail companies, seeks professionals with the fundamental engineering knowledge and related transferable skills offered by this degree.

For those aiming to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, this programme is designed to partially meet the academic requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

You may also progress to a master's or doctoral degree specialising in automobile engineering or engineering management. Studying for an accredited postgraduate degree will support your progression toward CEng status.

Alternative career options

Graduates can 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 2022-2023 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 www.gov.uk 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.

Bursaries

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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.

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Before beginning your application, you should have the following information 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 email 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 inputted.

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

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


We use the most appropriate teaching, learning and assessment methods to help you achieve your potential. Formally timetabled sessions, such as lectures, seminars, and tutorials, offer you knowledge of the concepts and principles essential in engineering. You'll be expected to build on these in your own time through extra reading, revision and reflection on what you've learned.

Open-ended projects and "design, make, and test" activities allow you to apply the principles you have learned, bringing the concepts and practical applications together in your mind. Opportunities to work with employers on real-life projects also help you hone your new skills and develop the 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. You'll also be required to develop and maintain an electronic personal development plan, which will form the basis of your professional development plan – needed when you apply for membership with associated professional bodies.

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.

  • Engineering Analysis 1
  • Computer Aided Engineering 1
  • Manufacturing 1
  • Vehicle Anatomy
  • Engineering Analysis 2
  • Computer Aided Engineering 2
  • Manufacturing 2
  • Group Project
  • Future Propulsion
  • Engineering Analysis 3
  • Advanced Project
  • Major Project
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 87%, Written exams 13%
Level twoCoursework 74%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 13%
Level threeCoursework 33%, Practical exams 45%, Written exams 22%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneScheduled learning and teaching activities 100%
Level twoGuided independent study 25%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 75%
Level threeGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%

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

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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