Design of Clean Vehicle Propulsion (531H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module concerns design of vehicle propulsion systems.

It includes testing, modelling and simulation methods for powertrains of conventional internal combustion engines, electric vehicles and hybrid power systems. Energy consumption and efficiency for different powertrains under international standard test cycles are calculated.

We will also look at design and optimisation for alternative energy powered vehicles. Matlab toolboxes (including Powertrain Blockset) are used to design, optimise and verify the vehicle propulsion systems.

The module addresses the AHEP4 Learning Outcomes: M1, M2, M3,M4,M5,M6, M12


69%: Lecture
31%: 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 2024/25. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: