Design of Clean Vehicle Propulsion (531H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module concerns engine testing technology and test design, including

  • energy flow calculations
  • the use of sensors including temperature, pressure, force, torque, velocity, displacement, mass flow, vibration, emissions and diagnostic techniques, calibration and metering technology, key instrumentations, ECU functions, interpretation of test data, engine control systems for fuel economy and emission level
  • modelling and simulation methods for power-trains of conventional IC engines, electric vehicles and hybrid power systems
  • energy demand and efficiency in EU and US test cycles
  • optimisation of gears.


67%: Lecture
33%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: