• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Prepare to make your mark in the highly competitive global motorsport industry. Offering exciting practical experience and strong employer links, the Motorsport Engineering with Foundation Year (Hons) degree from University of Derby gives you a smooth route to success.

  • Take your first steps towards becoming a Chartered Engineer – this degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council so it partially meets the academic requirement for you to register as a CEng
  • Hone your skills in our state-of-the-art workshop complete with a rolling road and digital diagnostic and set-up equipment
  • Study a wide range of vehicles and systems, from racing motorcycles to dragsters
  • Take part in challenging live projects such as Formula Student, IMechE Railway Challenge, IMechE Drone and Shell Eco-marathon
  • Gain inspiring industry insights at exhibitions and race meetings
  • Enhance your employability – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree


The focus is on ensuring you are work-ready and this course will give you the all the confidence and skills you need to progress directly into the international motorsport arena.

Graduates have secured employment with companies like Cosworth, Zytec, JLR, Pirelli and EPM Composites. They have also raced all over the world and worked with international race teams in F1, GP2, FIA-GT and with a variety of national teams. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Scientific Methods
  • Professional Development and Business Accountability
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Design and Workshop Technology
  • Motorsport and Motorcycle Technical Applications
  • Motorsport Electronics (Work Based Learning)
  • Motorsport Power Train Technology
  • Motorsport Chassis Engineering
  • Engineering Design Modelling
  • Structural Analysis and Materials
  • Design for Manufacture and Materials Optimisation
  • Advanced Power Train Engineering
  • Motorsport Chassis Design and Dynamics
  • Independent Study and Professional Development (Motorsport)
  • Advanced Engineering Design Modelling
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Alternative entry qualifications:

  • BTEC - MPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14045 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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