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There are a range of ways students can benefit from the expertise and world-class infrastructure at IAAPS during their studies

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

Photo of AAPS CDT students conducting project work in the chassis dynamometer facility at the University of Bath

 Our Centre for Doctoral Training goes beyond the traditional engineering disciplines to bring together students from backgrounds in engineering, sciences, mathematics and social sciences 

The depth of knowledge and breadth of skills delivered by the Integrated MRes and PhD programme equips our students to take leading roles in addressing the complex challenges in the UK propulsion industry. 

The first full-time taught MRes year immerses our students in the technologies, business processes, stakeholders and working practices of the automotive propulsion sector. Foundation knowledge is embedded through a bespoke lecture programme delivered by research active academics from across the IAAPS Institute. Complementing this, during this year  our students work together in a purpose-designed hub at the University of Bath, growing their skills in interdisciplinary collaboration through group projects, user research, insights frameworks, developing prototypes and business cases.  

During Years 2-4 students move to the PhD phase of the programme where they conduct a substantial research project whilst continuing to benefit from the CDT’s cohort-based approach through student-led symposia, integrative think tanks, mentoring programmes and guest lectures. 

Supporting  the automotive sector as it transitions to the zero emissions future is key to the mission of the AAPS CDT.  This is reflected in our Research Themes : 

  • Low Carbon Fuels 
  • Gas Purification 
  • Propulsion Electrification 
  • Applications of Mathematics 
  • Digital Systems Optimisation and Integration
  • Chemical Energy Converters
  • Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
  • Driver and User Behaviour
  • Transportation and Society
  • Policy and Economics

Led by academic experts from across the University these themes provide a full 360-degree approach to developing the sustainable transport solutions of the future. By joining the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems, you will be at the forefront of addressing this most important of societal needs.

MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion

Our MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion is for students who want to take their education to the next level and learn the skills needed to work in the competitive automotive sector. Our course prepares engineers for industry by giving them specialist knowledge in complex propulsion systems that incorporate combustion engines, electric machines and batteries.

Students learn about the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems, considering electrical components and their mechanical contexts and constraints. They do this through a mix of theory and hands-on individual and group projects revolving around current industrial challenges.

Based in our Department of Mechanical Engineering, this course is taught by academics who bring a breadth of knowledge and research, and industrial experience in electric propulsion systems. They are actively researching in this area, working with industry on research development and innovation projects. This means they are always up to date with what is happening in the sector and can bring this valuable experience to teaching.

MEng Mechanical with Automotive Engineering

Our MEng Mechanical with Automotive Engineering degree is for students who want to apply fundamental mechanical engineering knowledge to the challenges of the automotive industry. Our course gives students the chance to build on core mechanical engineering principles and specialise in vehicle design, performance, analysis and systems.

Based in our Department of Mechanical Engineering, the course balances theory with hands-on practical work and draws on the research expertise and industrial experience of our teaching staff. Projects are a key part of the degree from designing and building prototypes in the first two years to working on semester-long group and individual projects in the third and final years. Our students have the opportunity to join competition teams including Team Bath Racing, who design and build a single-seat race car each year to take part in Formula Student Competitions around the world.

Students also have the option to take a placement year to gain work experience during their degree. Our past students have worked at companies such as McLaren Automotive, Williams F1, Red Bull Racing and Jaguar Land Rover.