Advanced Technology Automotive Systems (532H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module gives you an overview of automotive systems, operating principles, performance analysis and design process.

We cover the following areas:

  • IC engines; HEV technology; FCV technology; and transmissions
  • vehicle dynamics, adhesion, cornering behaviour, roll and roll movement distribution, stability control
  • chassis; suspension; steering; brake and tyre performance
  • thermal management; body aerodynamics; NVH; electronics and control systems including telematics, crashworthiness and crash testing
  • the selection of appropriate subsystems and components to meet performance objectives
  • the use of various new technologies to improve engine behaviour, downsizing, power output and emissions.


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.