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Future Vehicle Technologies (including Professional Practice) MSc

Future Vehicle Technologies (including Professional Practice) MSc

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Study mode

Full time


22 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Vehicle Maintenance / Repair Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This multidisciplinary programme bridges knowledge gaps, enabling new graduates and experienced engineers to lead the modern automotive industry in the production of intelligent, zero and ultra-low emission vehicles. This course also features the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in its second year.

Course outline and modules

The course was created to prepare the engineering professionals demanded to lead the transition process to hybrids, pure electric, autonomous and connected vehicles and develop the prospective related technologies.

It aims to provide automotive engineers and recent engineering graduates with multidisciplinary fundamental knowledge, awareness of breakthrough advancements and the necessary skills to attend the requirements of the modern electrified automotive industry.

The skills gaps addressed include a complete understanding of hybrid and electric powertrains, connected vehicles and autonomous driving, design of electric drives, low-carbon engines and fuels, and multiphysics modelling of automotive systems using advanced computational tools.

What You'll Learn

The course is tailored to the needs of the automotive and energy industries, to attain the low carbon technologies that will shape future mobility. The students will access a well-suited programme of unmatched characteristics, featuring an original blend of multidisciplinary content delivered by a large team of specialists in each individual topic.

Professional practice

The difference between this course and the MSc Future Vehicle Technologies course is that this one features a professional placement.

Taking the Professional Practice route allows you to extend the duration of your Masters to 22 months and gain valuable working experience to support your career aspirations. The placement commences after completion of your MSc dissertation and can be paid work. study abroad exchanges or unpaid research projects or even a mix of these options. You will return to Aston the following May for an intensive period on campus to draw all your learning together and finalise the assessments.


Develop a research hypothesis drawn from comprehensive survey of state-of-the-art technological advances to develop a sustainable solution for an emerging challenge in modern automotive industry; Observe and analyse the data generated to draw applicable recommendations in the field of study; Communicate the research findings to a wide circle of audience from different backgrounds (e.g. engineers, technicians, entrepreneurs).

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2.2 in a first degree (BEng) in engineering; IELTS 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each area; an overall TOEFL score of 93 (Reading 18, Writing 23, Listening 19, Speaking 19).