Advanced Technology Automotive Systems (532H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

1. An overview of the automotive systems, operating principles, performance analysis and design process.
2. Introductions to IC engines, HEV technology, FCV technology and transmission.
3. Introduction to vehicle dynamics, adhesion, cornering behaviour, roll and roll movement distribution, stability control.
4. Introduction to chassis, suspension, steering, brake and tyre performance. Introduction to thermal management, body aerodynamics, NVH, electronics and control system including telematics, crashworthiness and crash testing.
5. Selection of appropriate subsystems, components to meet performance objectives.
6. Use of various new technologies to improve engine behaviour, downsizing, power output and emissions.


67%: Lecture
33%: 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 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: