Automotive, Motorcycle and Motorsport Engineering

Our aim is to empower students with the engineering knowledge, practical skills and confidence to ensure that they are attractive to potential employers.

Our programmes fully meet the standards required for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), all accredited degrees are displayed on the IMechE website: 

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MEng and BEng Automotive Engineering

MEng and BEng Motorcycle Engineering

MEng and BEng Motorsport Engineering

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The mix of theoretical and practical taught elements, individual and group projects and subject specific assignment work enables you to tailor the programme to your own needs and career aspirations. 

If you are seeking a career in Motorsport, our graduates have found employment with companies such as Mercedes AMG F1, Williams F1, Redbull F1, McLaren F1, Sauber F1, Prodrive, Mitsubishi WRC, Mahle, and MIRA. Our graduates enjoy jobs varying from aerodynamics and engine design to vehicle dynamics. Some of these graduates return to the University to encourage and share their experiences with current students. 

Automotive Engineering graduates have found employment with companies such as Mclaren Automotive, Visteon, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Nissan, Gates Powertrain and Cummins. For example, graduates have found jobs as engine calibration engineers, chassis designers, test and development engineers, engine designers or as automotive component design engineers.

Our Motorcycle students have been employed by FTR, Kalex, Suter, Buell, Triumph, Norton, Royal Enfield, and have worked for race teams in MotoGP, Moto2, World SuperSport, British Superbike and Italian Superbike championships with teams such as Ducati, MZ, FTR Moto and MarcVDS. 

If you are looking for a stimulating career in F1, MotoGP, Rallying, Touring cars or the automotive sector, UWTSD may be your first step.

Studying in Swansea is not just about academic excellence although this is extremely important. It's about the whole expertience of living as a student in the area - the excellent night life, great shopping, friendly locals, low crime levels, stunning scenary, amazing beaches and excellent road and rail links. 

Come to an open day or book yourself onto one of our Taster Days and see for yourself. 

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The Sports 2000 championship run by the SRCC was founded in 1977 for two seater sports racing cars with Le Mans style bodywork. The championship rounds take place at prestigious race circuits around the UK such as Silverstone, Donington and Brands Hatch. A student team at the university are preparing and race engineering an MCR race car in the 2 litre Duratec class of the championship.

The team aims to compete in all championship rounds and selected endurance races every year. The Universities links with the manufacturer of the MCR race car allow our engineering students to collaborate with the company and help develop the car by design, testing and simulation.

Students are also responsible for the logistics and management of the team, with students from the Motorsport Management degree participating. The project allows students to put theory learnt in lectures into practice and gain the practical experience of running a race team in a competitive UK championship.

Steffan Williams, Automotive Engineering BEng

Getting Involved: “I was a member of the Formula Renault team the year before and decided I wanted a fresh challenge. I went along to the workshops and just got involved.”

Proudest Moment: “Achieving a podium at Castle Coombe Circuit last year.”

Skills Gained: “Having sought out sponsorship, as well as deals for the best components, my manner in communicating effectively with business has vastly improved.”

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Our graduates are renowned for their ability to apply themselves to engineering challenges, as well as possessing excellent practical skills which support a thorough grounding in analytical engineering. The university has strong links with industry and our students have an excellent record of employment when completing our courses.

There will always be a demand for engineers to find solutions to human needs and improve quality of life. Engineering degrees develop skills in identifying and analysing problems, conducting research, applying scientific and mathematical knowledge, identifying and understanding constraints such as cost, time, risk and practicality, communicating ideas and transferring information, innovative thinking, testing, decision making and computer skills for generating specifications, simulating designs and analysis.

Many of our programmes are accredited by professional bodies such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). Combined with the opportunities to gain work experience during their studies, guest lectures from inspiring engineers and opportunities to become involved in one of our engineering projects, students are provided with a unique opportunity to experience real world engineering during their studies.  Our aim is to empower students with the engineering knowledge, practical skills and confidence which ensure that they are attractive to potential employers. 

Formula Renault Monoposto

The Formula Renault Monoposto project provides Motorsport Engineering and Management students with an opportunity to put theory into practice and gain hands-on experience of running a single seater racing car in a real championship. The team is organised by students from various years who are responsible for developing, maintaining and running the car. The project has already completed two full seasons in Formula 4 and one in Monoposto, racing at venues such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park and is currently competing in the Monoposto championship

Samuel Hooper, Motorsport Engineering BEng

Getting Involved: “I went along to the meeting arranged for new students and got going from there really, helping out with what I understood and gaining knowledge along the way.”

Proudest Moment: “When we got the car onto the podium for the first time, It was a tough weekend but the feeling was indescribable.”

Skills Gained: “As chief engineer I got a real taste for leadership with the team, all the guys have different skills and utilising those was an invaluable experience.”

Lupo Rally Team

UWTSD currently runs a VW Lupo 1000cc MPI engine tarmac specification rally car. Over two years a dedicated team of students have turned a basic “city mini” car into a full-blown rally car which is currently competing in the Formula 1000 and class 1 rally category. The team has achieved significant success so far, with a number of “First in class” positions. They plan to further upgrade and modify the car, and are currently working on future engine developments.

Daniel Pidegeon, Motorsport Engineering BEng

Getting Involved:  “I went along to the motorsport talk in the first couple weeks of term and got stuck in! Getting the chance to co-drive was down to previous experience with road rally navigating but Barry's willing to take almost anyone for a spin!”

Proudest Moment: “Beating a 2.5 turbo Impreza in the overall results with a 1.0 Lupo?”

Skills Gained: “Teamwork, timing and fun! Working with a team to get any problems sorted before the end of service helps with managing as well.”

The Locoblade

The Locoblade car has been constructed within UWTSD to compete in the 750 Motor Club’s RGB Championship, together with selected hillclimbs and sprints. The project is run by an enthusiastic team of students from whole range of courses. The car is powered by a Honda Fireblade motorcycle engine, and the whole development and engineering of the car has been carried out by the students, covering a range of areas including powertrain, chassis, electrical systems and suspension. Students are responsible for all aspects of the project, including logistics and sponsorship. Our Locost continues to compete regularly in races, hillclimbs and sprits.

Benjamin James, Motorsport Engineering BEng

Getting Involved:  “There was an open evening for the team half way through the second semester, I put my name down and didn’t look back.”

Proudest Moment:  “The first time I saw the car running after 3 or 4 months of building and preparations. To see something that you have physically made doing the rounds is very rewarding.”

Skills Gained: “I’ve learnt some really good industry valued skills with my time on the team, namely data logging and car setup.”

Team V4

Team V4 was the largest racing team from the Motorcycle Engineering programmes. It consisted of a number of students who ran a highly modified VFR400 in the BMCRC ADIasia F400 championship. The team had one main race bike and a further two development bikes used for testing and data analysis. The team started the 2013 season with great success, winning many of the championship rounds and a number of podiums. In the 2014 season the team secured 2nd place in the championship.

William Gray, Motorcycle Engineering BEng (2014 Graduate)

Getting Involved: “I joined the team midway through my second year as I needed a change in direction for my project, I asked the guys on the team if I could get involved and they were more than happy for my input”

Proudest Moment: “Getting three wins in our first full weekend of racing, it will definitely stay with me as a highlight of my time at Uni.”

Skills Gained: “Developing my design and analytical skills has been the most useful part of the experience.”

We have developed a close relationship with Wuhan University of Technology in China. Opportunities already exist for our graduates to undertake  post graduate  teaching post  at the university  and more collaboration is planned for the future.

Undergraduate students have full-access to an extensive range of resources that include:

Engine laboratory with a range of engine dynamometers and test engines

Two race preparation workshops with fabrication, data acquisition and set up facilities

Motorcycle workshop with dedicated test and service equipment

Automotive workshop with sophisticated diagnostic equipment for engine and vehicle systems and engine and chassis system test rigs

Materials laboratory with a range of modern test equipment

Manufacturing centre with traditional machine tools, Haas CNC turning and machining centres, steriolithographic and 3-D scanning equipment

Two CAE laboratories with software including suspension analysis, Pi Research and 2-D data acquisition, SDRC Ideas for 3-D modelling and Finite Element Analysis, Fluent for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Matlab for systems simulation and Ricardo WAVE and GT Power for engine simulation and analysis

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