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The Motorsport Engineering and Management MSc at Cranfield University


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The Motorsport Engineering and Management MSc is suitable for graduates in engineering, aerospace, materials science and closely related disciplines who wish to gain knowledge of the engineering, management, science and technologies relevant to motorsport. The part-time option allows practitioners to extend their professional development within their current employment.

Former students have gone onto careers with companies such as Williams F1, McLaren Racing, Michelin – Motorsport Division, Lotus Renault GP, Red Bull Technology, Cosworth, Mercedes Grand Prix, Mercedes High Performance Engines, Force India, Carlin Motorsport, ART Grand Prix, Prodrive and EM Motorsport; Graduates also go onto highly rewarding careers in other sectors such as aerospace, automotive and energy.

Students are taught by members of research and academic staff at Cranfield University.

Motorsport Engineering and Management course description

This program will hone students’ skills and expertise in relation to motorsport, providing them with an understanding of key technologies. In addition, the MSc course will provide with management development tailored towards the discipline, a requirement demanded by many motorsport businesses.

Cranfield has a range of facilities relating to motorsport including wind tunnels, the Cranfield Impact Centre (CIC), the Off-Road Dynamics Facility, and composites and advanced materials laboratories.

Students compete for a number of prizes put forward by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Visiting Professor Adrian Reynard, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) and the Motor Sports Association (MSA).

The MSc course consists of eight one-week assessed modules, a group design project and an individual thesis project. Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma complete eight modules and a group design project. Postgraduate Certificate students complete six modules.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society for fulfilling further learning requirements for CEng. Cranfield University also holds the approval ‘Motorsport Academy UK Recognized Educator (Post-Graduate)’ through the Motorsport Academy’s Employer Recognition Scheme for educators and trainers.

Group design project

The objective of the group design project is to provide the students with experience of working as part of a team, organizing the various elements of the project within a group, managing resources and developing their reporting and presentation skills. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group design project.

Individual thesis project

The individual thesis project is designed to be relevant to motorsport. This gives students the opportunity to develop solutions to real problems. Projects are either undertaken within a company or working at Cranfield, using the University’s equipment and facilities. Companies such as Prodrive, Williams F1, Lola, McLaren Racing, Audisport North America and Red Bull Technology have backed projects.

Related short course

The Introduction to Motorsport Engineering short course is available to prospective students registering for the MSc in Motorsport Engineering and Management course. It is also offered to individuals interested in developing their understanding of motorsport engineering.


Motorsport Structural Analysis
Composite Structures for Motorsport
Motorsport Aerodynamics
Motorsport Electronics and Data Acquisition
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Motorsport
The Business of Motorsport
Motorsport Vehicle Dynamics
Motorsport Power Train Design


Source: Cranfield University
Romain’s opinion:

I have a lot of members of my network who have done this MSc. They have said that it is not only a very good MSc for learning motorsport and associated business but also a great opportunity to make one’s network grows, as students can get in contact with most of the motorsport teams. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to work in motorsport area to apply for this MSc. Any additional feedback from alumni?

1 Comment

  1. Abhishek Banerjee07-28-2014

    Hi Romain

    I am contemplating about taking this course and am trying to find the popular view on this course. Since the duration is only 1 year , does that effect the way industries look at potential graduates. Also are there opportunities for international students to work in the automotive industry.

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