DEPARTMENT OF AERONAUTICAL & AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING
MSc DEGREE PROGRAMME in
Automotive Systems Engineering
‘N’ Team Intake Brochure Part Time Industry 2009
Intake Brochure 2009
Part Time Industry
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The Loughborough MSc programme in Automotive Systems Engineering is aimed at engineers working in the
automotive industry, to extend and deepen their skills and understanding of this vast field of knowledge. As an
educational course, it is not designed to train engineers for their daily job in industry. Rather, it seeks to widen horizons
and build confidence, providing a route for MSc graduates to acquire
knowledge and technical expertise in a wide range of automotive disciplines
a systems viewpoint for automotive design and manufacture,
relevant and in-depth knowledge in chosen areas, through elective modules
the ability to transfer new skills and knowledge to the workplace, via the industry-based MSc project
a confident and open-minded attitude to exploring new areas of knowledge in the future
Though primarily aimed at product development engineers, the programme offers significant value to those working in
the manufacturing side of the industry - indeed, the electives provide considerable depth in manufacturing engineering.
The benefit will be most significant for those who need to work alongside colleagues from product design in the context
of cross functional teams and simultaneous engineering practice.
Starting in 1986, in partnership with Ford Motor Company, we at Loughborough have been working closely with the
automotive industry in designing, developing and delivering our part-time automotive MSc programme. Over 300
engineers have now graduated from our programmes and a good number of these are now in senior positions in the
The programme has its home in the Department of Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering. With one of the largest
engineering faculties in the UK the MSc also benefits from the contributions made by other Loughborough academic
departments. Additional expertise is provided from other universities as well as from industry-based specialists.
We reorganised the entire programme to incorporate a theme of Systems Engineering into our MSc and October 2009 will
see the fourteenth intake into this Automotive Systems Engineering Programme. Working from to our earlier MSc in
Advanced Automotive Engineering, we have sought to retain the strong automotive engineering content, but with an added
element of ‘top down’ design. The programme also provides a more flexible modular structure, allowing a wide choice of
electives in the second year.
MSc in Automotive Systems Engineering
• Introduction 3
• Overview of Automotive Systems Engineering 5
• Programme Format 6
• Entry and Progression Requirements 7
• Location and Travel 8
• Programme Management and Support Personnel 9
• Key Dates 10
Overview of Automotive Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering can mean many different things to many different people; to us it is a pragmatic way of dealing with
the complex products, processes and constraints that fill the automotive world. Gone are the days when engineers might
seek to build ‘good motor vehicles’ by the simple strategy of specifying ‘good quality components’. Designing and building
with confidence involves quantifying the function and performance of systems and sub-systems. ‘Good’ engineering
practice is still needed, but applied in a way that ultimately links the bottom level component design to the top-level
objectives such as customer satisfaction and cost effectiveness. No engineer working in the modern automotive industry
can afford to ignore this functional approach.
To reflect this, the programme
adopts a top-down approach to the delivery of the vehicle engineering topics
incorporates a ‘systems thinking’ framework, referring to product lifecycle, target setting, requirements capture and
cascade, plus elements of business-related drivers for engineering practice
includes a very significant level of core technical engineering content
introduces the duality of approach to engineering: components and assemblies vs functional systems, physical vs
functional attributes and boundaries, etc., and starts to develop these themes at the vehicle level.
provides clear links between design and manufacture, for example presenting examples where manufacturing
capabilities have a large impact on design and system robustness.
Two modules in the first year are pitched at the level of vehicle systems and attributes, including elements of the ‘top
down’ focus, particularly in the area of customer and legislative requirements, and how these apply to the major vehicle
functions such as straight-line performance, fuel economy, vehicle dynamics, etc.. There is also a very strong emphasis
on developing the accompanying engineering tools and concepts. The focus is widened in the two remaining first year
modules addressing key areas that interface with vehicle design:
• vehicle life and lifecycle - essentially taking an extended time-line for the vehicle, dealing with issues such as
product usability (ergonomics), reliability, recycling, maintainability etc., plus interaction with other systems, e.g. as in
telematics and highway information systems. An extended list of requirements is thereby generated.
• vehicle design as a process - is centred on the methods and procedures relevant to a systems-based vehicle
design process. It includes relevant systems engineering tools and methodologies, such as requirements capture
and cascade. An overview of CAE testing and sign-off practices also comes under this heading. The link to
manufacturing is also explored via issues of simultaneous engineering practice and the need for design for
manufacture and design for assembly.
• vehicle engineering as a business - briefly exploring the links to commercial and economic factors. This includes
cost implications and planning for the design, manufacture, service and disposal phases of the vehicle lifecycle, as
well as associated issues of vehicle programme timing. This is an area of common concern for the design and
manufacturing areas of the automotive industry.
• manufacturing systems - this brings us back to ‘solid’ engineering, in a way that mirrors the vehicle
engineering content of the earlier modules; so we concentrate on manufacturing processes and their
organization, cost, effectiveness, capabilities, limitations etc.
The first four modules provide a broad foundation for understanding the wider aspects of automotive engineering practice.
By contrast, the remainder of the MSc programme provides an opportunity to add considerable depth, first through the
elective modules, and secondly through the MSc project. The electives cover areas such as powertrain design, vehicle
dynamics, manufacturing and materials. Though the Systems Engineering aspects are less explicit here, it will always be
a priority to highlight the relevance and significance of the technical material covered.
Not surprisingly, the project is also expected to provide this same blend of systems engineering framework plus detailed
technical engineering content.
The MSc comprises 180 modular credits, made up from eight taught modules valued at 15 credits each, plus a Masters
Project valued at 60 credits. The programme is designed for part-time study by graduate engineers working in the
automotive industry. Of the eight taught modules, four are designated as being ‘core’ and four more ‘electives’ are chosen
from a list of available options. The core modules are normally studied during the first academic year of the programme,
and the electives during the second year. The project is initiated towards the end of the first year, with completion in time
for graduation in the summer of the third year. However, in recognition of the sometimes unpredictable demands of the
students’ work and other commitments, there is considerable flexibility in the time available to complete the programme,
and it is usually possible to defer taking any particular module.
Each 15 credit taught module is designed to occupy approximately 10 weeks of part-time study. Central to each module
is an intensive week of residential study at Loughborough based at Burleigh Court, our on-site residential conference
centre. Outside of this, students are expected to work on prepared course materials and assignments, and to do this
effectively, will need access to email and the Internet. An interactive ‘discussion database’ is used to provide additional
information and materials, and also to facilitate tutorial-type discussion. The database is password-protected, and
accessible by students using a standard web browser such as Netscape.
As described above, two of the core modules work from a vehicle engineering perspective, developing the relevant
engineering fundamentals alongside a top-down review and analysis of the major vehicle systems. This perspective is
then widened to deal with more general Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering concepts and methods. Finally the link
to Manufacturing and simultaneous engineering is explored.
• Vehicle Functional Performance
• Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering
• Vehicle Systems Analysis
• Manufacturing Systems
The list of electives currently on offer is as follows. This list may vary slightly as the programme develops, and a
confirmed list will be offered during the first year of study. Choice of elective will normally be made in consultation with a
Loughborough academic tutor and a manager or supervisor from the sponsoring company.
• Vehicle Dynamics • Engine Performance Advanced Techniques
• Electronic Systems Integration • Design Integrated Manufacture
• Powertrain Engineering • Automotive Control
• Vehicle Platforms Engineering • Automotive Materials – an Overview
Typically this is carried out at a company location, under the supervision of a nominated University supervisor, and with
the cooperation of a company-based manager or supervisor. The project topic is agreed at an early stage between the
student and the academic and industry supervisors, and regular discussions take place. The academic supervisor will
visit the student at the workplace. A good project combines the academic rigours of the university with the technical and
commercial requirements of the company. Project dissertations can have access restrictions where commercial
confidentiality is an issue.
The core modules are assessed by examination and coursework, while the electives are assessed by coursework only.
The masters project assessment is based mostly on the written dissertation though marks are also awarded for an interim
progress report of 2000 words.
Entry and Progression Requirements for the MSc Programme
Candidates should have an engineering or physical science first degree, or equivalent. A typical candidate will have 2 or
more years company service and a management recommendation to come onto the Programme, though this is naturally
not a university requirement.
A formal interview may take place, though this is not usually necessary.
The method of programme assessment is as follows
Module Exam Coursework MSc
Programme Modules Code Weight Weight Credit
C1 - Vehicle Functional Performance TTP 301 60% 40% 15
C2 - Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering TTP 403 60% 40% 15
C3 - Vehicle Systems Analysis TTP 302 60% 40% 15
C4 - Manufacturing Systems MMP 602 60% 40% 15
Elective Periods (EP) [select four] :
• Vehicle Dynamics TTP 404 --- 100% 15
• Electronic Systems Integration TTP 408 --- 100% 15
• Powertrain Engineering TTP 401 --- 100% 15
• Vehicle Platform Engineering TTP 402 --- 100% 15
• Engine Performance Advanced Technologies TTP 406 --- 100% 15
• Design Integrated Manufacturing MMP 400 --- 100% 15
• Automotive Control TTP 405 --- 100% 15
• Automotive Materials – an Overview MPP 031 --- 100% 15
MSc Project TTP 300 --- 100% 60
Location & Travel
M1 Jct 24
M1 Jct 23
Aero & Auto Dept Leicester (A6)
Stewart Miller Bldg
Campus Burleigh Court
Car travellers are advised to take one of the following routes:
Rail travellers will arrive at Loughborough Midland Station,
approximately 3 miles from the campus. Taxi fare approx M1: Junction 23 on to the A512 to Loughborough, approx 2 miles to 1st
£4.50 roundabout, turn right, at next roundabout turn left into the campus
entrance. Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is the first building
A University/Town/Station Kinch Bus service operates every
on the left. Please use the car park on your right.
20 mins. No.7 – fare 80p single, £1.50 return.
A6 from North and South: follow signs for Loughborough, then
University and/or Nanpantan.
Coach travellers will arrive at Loughborough in The Rushes.
A five-minute walk away is the Kinch Bus service in Ashby
Square. No.7 runs past the campus . A60 from Nottingham, or A511 from Leicester or Burton: follow
signs for Loughborough, then University and/or Nanpantan
For Burleigh Court: please follow the signs for Burleigh Court and use the car parks within the complex
Loughborough is a small market town of some 50,000 people, situated between Nottingham and Leicester in the heart of the Midlands. Its
main activities are Engineering and Education. The latter includes the University, the Technical College and the College of Art. All were
started by Dr Herbert Schofield.
The University received its charter in 1966 but it’s beginnings stem from 1909 when Dr Schofield established the Loughborough Technical
Institute in cramped accommodation close to the centre of Loughborough. Today, the University occupies one of the finest campuses in
Europe. The University is well known for Engineering and Sport.
Programme Management & Support Personnel at Loughborough
A system of continuous improvement is embodied in the management of the MSc programme. Feedback is gathered and
considered from each module, and there are regular meetings with an industrial liaison committee - a team of industrial
managers and technical experts which works with the Loughborough team. This committee helps to steer the MSc in the
design, development and management of the programme. The technical experts also provide guest lectures on the
programme, thereby improving its relevance to the automotive industry.
Loughborough University +44 (0)1509 22 XXXX xxxxxx @lboro.ac.uk
Prof Richard Stobart Ford Professor & Programme Director 7201 r.k.stobart@
Dr Stephen Walsh Programme Tutor 7208 s.j.walsh@
Dr Rui Chen Programme Admissions Tutor 7255 r.chen@
Mrs Lynn Braham Departmental Administrator 7222 l.braham@
Dr Anoma Malalasekera Study Support IT Manager 7279 w.m.a.malalasekera@
Dr Martin Passmore Vehicle Functional Performance 7250 m.a.passmore@
Prof John Andrews Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering 7286 j.d.andrews@
Dr Stephen Walsh Vehicle Systems Analysis 7208 s.j.walsh@
Dr Russ Harris Manufacturing Systems 7571 r.a.harris@
Dr Matthew Best Vehicle Dynamics 7209 m.c.best@
Dr Rui Chen Powertrain Engineering 7255 r.chen@
Dr Simon Wang Vehicle Platform Engineering 7252 s.wang@
Dr Salah Ibrahim Engine Performance Advanced Technologies 7253 s.s.ibrahim@
Dr Paul Leaney Design Integrated Manufacture 7631 p.g.leaney@
Dr Xujin Bao Advanced Automotive Materials 3150 x.bao@
Prof Richard Stobart Electronic Systems Integration 7201 r.k.stobart@
Dr George Mavros Automotive Control 7273 g.mavros@
LU MSc Program Champions:
Prof Pim van der Jagt - Ford, Manager Global Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, Adv Research & Engineering, Aachen
Tony Pixton – Ford, Executive Director Ford Global PD Integration, Dunton Technical Centre, Essex
Industry Module Champions
Tim Davies Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering tbe
Ron Price Powertrain Engineering & Elec Systs Integration email@example.com
Chris Taylor Vehicle Platform Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigel Weaver Engine Performance Advanced Technologies email@example.com
Pim van der Jagt Vehicle Dynamics firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Weakley Automotive Materials – an overview email@example.com
Torsten Wey Automotive Control firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuly Malka Design Integrated Manufacture email@example.com
Graham Cochrane Electronic Systems Integration firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Dates1, 2
October 2009 Intake (‘N’ team)
Academic Year 2009 – 2010 : (all modules and exams mandatory for part time)
Start Date Short Code Module Title
15 September 2009 Induction
12 October 2009 C1 Vehicle Functional Performance
7 December 2009 C2 Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering
18 January 2010 C1 Examination
25 January 2010 C2 Examination
1 March 2010 C3 Vehicle Systems Analysis
24 May 2010 C4 Manufacturing Systems
21 June 2010 C3 Examination
28 June 2010 C4 Examination
Academic Year 2010-2011 : (select 4 modules)
Start Date Module Title
20 September 2010 Vehicle Dynamics
15 November 2010 Electronic Systems Integration
7 February 2011 Powertrain Engineering
11 April 2011 Vehicle Platform Engineering
20 June 2011 Engine Performance Advanced Technologies
26 September 2011 Design Integrated Manufacture
24 October 2011 Automotive control
21 November 2011 Automotive Materials – an Overview
Academic Year 2012
May 1 Project Completion
July tbe Graduation
1 All modules are of 1 week duration except for Induction
2 For Full time Students there may be further options available to you
Students are required to contact the Departmental Administrator (Lynn Braham) at least five weeks prior to the
commencement of a module to provide confirmation of their attendance on the modules and day of arrival at
Please note that students should be respectfully dressed when in the public places within Burleigh Court particularly
when in the dining room. Whilst in Burleigh Court classrooms and restaurant please ensure that your mobile phone
is switched off.