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About the course

Transport is a quickly evolving branch of engineering. Demand for faster, more fuel-efficient, greener vehicles with advanced control systems in all modes of transport means that vehicle design will change considerably over the next decades. This course will help you expand your knowledge of the key science and engineering principles behind a range of vehicles. You’ll also build the skills to develop and analyse designs in a quickly changing market.

The course will provide you with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of engineering. You’ll then develop the specialist knowledge required to work on the design and analysis of road vehicles, marine vehicles and rail vehicles. You’ll also explore the supporting technology, such as automation, control systems and advanced technology. And using contemporary software, techniques and materials, you’ll be supported in developing the analytical skills and practical engineering design skills that are sought after in this fast-growing industry.

You’ll study the key concepts underpinning the design of vehicles, ranging from yachts and powerboats to trains and supercars. Along with this you’ll explore some of the technology behind advanced systems, such as automation and control, and advanced materials, including carbon fibre composites.

You’ll also learn about the important environmental aspects of vehicle engineering and green transport design. This will help you respond to the challenge of making transport more environmentally friendly as emissions targets continue to increase.

Learning is hands-on, with a mix of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You’ll have full access to our engineering laboratories which include an advanced manufacturing and robotics workshop, composite material laboratory, CAD suites and towing tank.

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Study the key concepts of green transport design – vital for future careers in the transport industry as more emphasis is placed on environmentally friendly vehicles.

What does this course lead to?

The course covers a range of transport types: road vehicles, yachts and boats, and trains. Graduates will be well-equipped to work in a number of sectors within the transport industry, providing flexibility in the job market and the opportunity to specialise in automotive, marine or rail.

Suitable roles for graduates include automotive design engineer, motorsports engineer, rail engineer, and working in small craft design or manufacture.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who wish to bring their love of engineering into a transport context. Candidates should be passionate about transport engineering, from learning the underlying engineering, scientific and technical principles, to designing and developing the next generation of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK and EU part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 other costs were:

Optional costs
Some non-compulsory field trips to manufacturers.

Compulsory costs
Minor equipment costs circa £50
One compulsory field trip to a manufacturer, circa £50.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Applied Mathematics  
  • CAD and the Design Process 
  • Mechanical Principles 
  • Manufacturing Principles  
  • Electrical Principles 
  • Professional and Study Skills

Year two

Core units
  • Applied Mathematics for Engineering 
  • Vessel Engineering 
  • Rail Engineering 
  • Automotive Engineering 
  • Automation and Control

Options

  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Vehicle Design and Analysis 
  • Composite and Floating Structures 
  • Eco-Vehicle Technology 
  • Project

Options

  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Jonathan Ridley academic profile Jonathan Ridley Head of Subject View profile
Dr Janet Bonar academic profile Janet Bonar Course Leader View profile
Dr Marc Molinari academic profile Marc Molinari Senior Lecturer View profile
Abdullah Wardak academic profile Abdullah Wardak Senior Lecturer View profile
Fayyaz Rehman academic profile Fayyaz Rehman Senior Lecturer View profile
Simon Saggers academic profile Simon Saggers Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

As a student on Solent’s vehicle engineering programme, you’ll have full access to the University’s fully-equipped engineering facilities, including CAD suites and electronics and control laboratories.

The advanced manufacturing and robotics laboratory houses 3D printers and laser cutting machines, as well as a Baxter industrial robot system.

The advanced composites laboratory is designed to handle all of the processes commonly seen in composite construction, including pre-impregnated fibre construction and resin infusion.

For students working on the design of marine transport, Solent’s 60m towing tank enables the evaluation of hydrodynamic lift and drag components.

The course is based on underpinning engineering and scientific principles and covers a range of transport types: road, yachts and boats, and trains, with the opportunity to specialise in one area.

Your future

The course covers a range of transport types: road vehicles, yachts and boats, and trains. Graduates will be well-equipped to work in a number of sectors within the transport industry, providing flexibility in the job market and the opportunity to specialise in automotive, marine or rail.

Suitable roles for graduates include automotive design engineer, motorsports engineer, rail engineer, and working in small craft design or manufacture.

Industry links

The course team has strong links across the key areas in the UK transport industry. High profile yacht engineering graduates include Vendee Globe sailor, Mike Golding and Paralympic sailor, Helena Lucas.

Students on other engineering courses have taken part in a guest lecture with the Red Bull Racing F1 team, with more planned for the future.

The University has also undertaken RSSB-funded research looking at railway wheel condition monitoring.

Placements

The course does not contain a compulsory work placement. Students will be encouraged to find appropriate work experience outside of teaching weeks.

Further study

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