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Study Automotive Engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying automotive engineering as an international student.

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Automotive engineering degrees abroad

Automotive engineering is the study of how vehicles work, and how they’re designed, built and maintained. A degree in automotive engineering will give you a good understanding of engineering science, and how it is applied to the development of automobiles.

It’s an ideal choice if you have a passion for cars, are interested in how the work, and how they can be improved. The drive towards making vehicles safer, cleaner and more sustainable means that talented automotive engineers have the chance to be at the forefront of a rapidly changing industry.

Choosing to study automotive engineering abroad is a great way to access the best programs and facilities. It can also expose you to a range of industry opportunities where you can get hands on experience at some of the world’s biggest automotive businesses.

Automotive engineering program structure

Some programs include a study abroad or placement year, which is usually taken in the third year of an undergraduate degree.

You can study a BSc, or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) in automotive engineering at undergraduate level. You may also have the option to convert a BEng to an MEng (Master of Engineering) if you have achieved the necessary grades. You usually have until the end of the second year to transfer to an MEng, and it means you’ll study for an extra year and earn a master’s level degree.

Bachelor’s programs usually last between three and five years, and a separate master’s will take one or two years. You can also study for a PhD degree if you have your master’s, and they can take up to four or five years to complete.

The precise structure and content of an automotive engineering program will differ depending on the university you apply to. In some programs you will spend the first one or two years learning the foundations of mechanical engineering, whereas others will focus on automotive topics from the start. Modules you can expect to study include:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Engineering materials
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Computing and programming for engineers
  • Vehicle systems and design
  • Dynamics and vibration
  • Ground vehicle aerodynamics
  • Electrical drive systems

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Automotive engineering study abroad programs

Automotive engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in automotive engineering

  • RMIT University Logo

    Automotive Engineering/ Management RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 41,184 AUD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 5 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of the West of England - UWE Bristol Logo

    Automotive Engineering University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Logo

    Automotive Engineering Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    • Tuition fees per year 3,500 EUR
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • Frederick University Logo

    Automotive Engineering Frederick University, Cyprus

    • Tuition fees per year 8,400 EUR
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
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Associate in automotive engineering

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    Automotive Engineering Technology University of West Alabama, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 16,818 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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Automotive engineering graduate programs

Master's in automotive engineering

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    Engineering (International Automotive Engineering) RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 37,440 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • Cranfield University Logo

    Automotive Engineering Cranfield University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,500 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date October
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  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Logo

    Automotive Engineering Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    • Tuition fees per year 3,900 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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Future automotive engineering careers

As an automotive engineering graduate you will be well placed for a role in design, manufacturing or testing in the automotive industry. Popular careers with an automotive engineering degree include:

  • Automotive engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Product designer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Research engineer

The skills you learn during an automotive engineering degree program mean you could look to work in other engineering areas.